Originally Posted by Mugszy
Good to see your posts again Mark, or have I missed others?
Do not mean to sabbatoge this post but I thought you were a steadfast LTer.. how do you like the RT in comparison?
Just became active again, now primarily on the RT side -- my self-imposed timeout was needed, but I'm ready to run amuck again
I definitely still give a
to the LT. Among the reasons for the change to the RT are weight (I blew an ACL on my left knee ~3 years ago, and the ~250 lb lighter bike helps keep the complaints from down there to a dull roar), I found that several of the LT features that were not available on the RT back when I had an R11RT are now on the R12RT, and I'm not doing any significant riding that needs the two-up, Bushtec trailer towing capacity of the LT.
I only have ~570 mi on the RT so far, but I have to say I'm quite pleased. The motor is clearly a boxer, but in a smoother way than my airheads or SWMBO's oilhead. Easy access to most everything on the bike is a bonus (I could whip the tupperware off an LT with the best of them, but it was still a pita to get to most everything under the skin).
The one area in which the LT is still HANDS DOWN the winner is looks -- the R12RT is perhaps the second most ugly BMW in the last 20 years! (the R12ST has that prize all to itself!
) Frankly, the nose of the bike was what kept me from even looking, let alone test riding an R12RT for several years. Once I did, though, I was very surprised at just how good a bike it is. After getting hooked by the test ride, I figured that I could deal with the designers having beaten the bike with an ugly stick by remembering that when I'm in the saddle, I can't see the nose
To the OP: sorry for the hijack! Back to your thread