My name is Tom, and I have an addiction.
Got back into riding in the Spring of last year after a 10 year hiatus (after "the accident"). Never had a BMW before, but ended up with an '00 RT-P. Loved it, still love it, and still use it for a daily commuter - A task which it handles incredibly well.
But I needed something for 2-up with the SO. Small tours at first, then hopefully longer. Found a local R1200C with nice bags, a Corbin dual-seat with passenger backrest, and at a great price. Had ridden a couple, and it seemed like a nice bike. But I kept it for only a month as I guess I just turned out not to be the cruiser type.
Made the mistake of test riding a used 2003 K1200GT at the local dealer. Couldn't believe the power (both of engine and brakes) and smoothness, and with a Pirate's Lair passenger backrest it would be an even better 2-up tourer than the R12C. So when I had to take my RT-P in for service and they didn't have any loaner bikes available... well I welcomed the K12GT into my stable.
Then I saw a BMW which I had lusted over for several years, on sale locally and at a very reasonable price. So last Fall I added the 2002 R1150GS-Adventure to the household. Someday soon she and I will ride the ALCAN highway, and also perhaps adventure into Northern Mexico and beyond...
So things were pretty stable at home. 3 beautiful BMW bikes, all with their own specific purposes and benefits. I took my longest ride when I took the K-GT down to visit my folks at Christmas. 760 miles round trip in 3 days - Not much by most standards but my longest yet on a bike. The K-GT sucked up those highway miles with ease, but even with the modifications I made to it (barbacks, etc.), I just never got totally comfortable on it. Perhaps because of the ergos, I never felt that I was totally in control of it, as opposed to the other way around.
Now I am pretty big at 6'4" and 250#, and I have no trouble flicking the RT-P when I need to. But the K-GT, perhaps because of its longer wheelbase or ?, just never responded as quickly as I would have liked. I'm really a pleasure rider who does like to stop and smell the roses, and I guess that I was just not "sporty" enough for the K-GT. So when I saw a couple of R-RT's available used at a local dealer, I decided I would check them out with the idea of maybe trading in the K-GT.
The '04 1150 RT they had was nice, but I actually didn't like it as much as the '00 R1100 RT they also had. I guess that I am used to my 1100 as I ride it every day. But neither or them really "wowed" me.
Then I made the mistake of asking whether they had any LT's which were not too dear. Well they had one with a motivated seller, who was also about my height, so he thought that it might be pretty well set up for me. I rode it, and loved it. How can a bike this big and heavy seem to handle better than the smaller, lighter K-GT? Whatever BMW engineers did with the K-LT, they did it right! We discussed the differential between trading in my K-GT for the LT and they came close enough for me to take it home that day. WOW!
Anyway, I took a bath on the K-GT between the purchase and trade-in price, but I like clean transactions and not having to worry about consigning the bike, etc. And I have not looked back. The new LT is a 2002 with only 26k on the clock. And it was decked out nicely (looks like all dealer installed) with options such as an Autocom Pro 7 sport, PIAA 510's with autoswitch, rack with aux brakelight on the top case, bag liners, Rick Mayer leather heated front and rear saddles, driver backrest, accessory shelf with mounted Garmin 176C GPS, and BMW cupholder! I have already removed the CD changer for more room in the sidecase, and have hooked up my XM Roady 2 for tunes.
So here I am at a new forum, a very happy person with my (new to me) K1200LT. Here is a pic - same one as my avatar, but a little larger. I'm looking forward to many new discussions at this Board, and many happy miles on my new ride!