Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Dandridge (Near Knoxville), TN, USA
To drop the LT based on current trade in figures would be a mind boggling act of stupidity on behalf of BMW's marketing department.
Yes, people are trading LTs for GTs, but only because to get the new power and handling that is the only game in BMW town. The GT is quite a bike, and I really enjoyed my little test ride on one, but it is NOT a REPLACEMENT for the LT.
I consider the GT a "tweener". A nice, fun sport tourer, a step up from the older K GT, but it is still not a full tourer, and certainly will not take many, if any, sales away from the Goldwing. Yes, it is taking sales away from the current model of the LT, but would it fare the same with a new upgraded model? I think not. When introduced, a new LT could probably move some GT owners back into the LT stable again.
I was fully expecting a really nice step up for the LT, raising the bar yet again for Honda as they did in '99. If BMW drops the LT, it would be a bit of a tragedy in my opinion.
We have heard from BMW people who attended CCRs in the past that this was by far the most organized, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic single model group of owners in the BMW stable bar none. Why would they abandon us?
I liked the GT a lot, but it is not a (hopefully) new LT.
I don't want to achieve immortality through my work...I want to achieve it through not dying.
EX: '01 Black LT, BAT BYKE (Totaled at 110,000 miles)
IBA SS, BB, BBG, 10/10ths.
No bike now, but maybe in the future.