Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Rolling Meadows, IL, USA
Re: On the verge of getting a new LT
The LT is great. Yes, I should add that if you are buying new, you also get a mature ABS & power break, which really helps with a Liter + bike, and the BMW one does work.
You may find the trans sometimes difficult, or at least different to shift from your H-D. Its a dry clutch. Preloading the gear helps going both up and down. You can make effortless shifts that way, and you only need to ease off on the throttle and blip the clutch that way. Its a matter of keeping the gears spinning. Pull the clutch out all the way and the gears will stop. Preload the gear change a little and shifting is smooth.
You will be higher up on the LT than on the H-D. Its great in traffic with the extra visibility, which works both ways. As to visibility, the LTs now have that nice brake light high on the trunk.
Big bikes can fall - I cannot think of a single liter bike I would ever want to be on and have the wheel turned when I hit the brake at low speed. But at least on the LT, the black wing hides a steel bar and the side cases are hardened to hold the back up. On flat and some other surfaces, you and a rider's legs will be protected if it happens.
Lastly, is a great bike for riding two up. The stock seat does a good job of putting the passenger high enough to see over your shoulder. I like the stock seat just fine, but some have other opinions.
Reverse works well, The electro-hydraulic center stand lift is great. The side-stand lean may scare you at first, but it works. BTW, with all bikes and especially with large bikes, as you probably already know from the Ultra, make sure the trans is in first gear when you park on the sidestand. Many of us shut the bike off by deploying the side-stand while in gear. At 845 lbs, the LT (like the Wing and the Harley Cruisers) are just too inviting a target for gravity if you leave it in neutral. I have parked my LT in some really pitched lots in South Dakota, Wyoming, and recently in TN. I have never had a problem as long at it was in gear.
The LT is almost perfectly balanced. I love changing lanes at 70 by just shifting my legs and letting all the german engineering do the work.
Yes, you do give up a little low end torque. But you can also take the LT through twisties, curves or slabs for 500 to 600 miles without excessive fatigue, and if you could do that on H-D, you are a better man than me.
07 K1200LT Biarritz Blau
80 Yamaha XS850 Black - retired in 06