I posted here two months ago saying that there was a chance that my wife and I might inherit my father-in-law's 2008 K1200LT, well it turns out that we're getting it! Her brother considered taking it, but luckily, he decided that it was too big for what he needs and that he'd probably only use it once in the summer and that the extra insurance wouldn't have made it worth keeping.
My father-in-law bought this bike two years ago and never got to ride it since he had only just gotten his motorcycle license and had enough sense to let his son ride him around on it. Unfortunately, his health went downhill fast and we found out last year that he had cancer and it was terminal. He's been living with us for the last few months and will remain in our home until the end, which could be very soon, it's anybody's guess.
This bike has less then 3000 kilometers on it, it's basically a new bike. And it's got a ton of optional extras on it too, man this thing is loaded!
Here's a picture of me sitting on this bike back in the summer of 2008:
That dopey grin I was wearing was what I had plastered on my face when I came back from a little half-hour ride on this thing. My wife was on the back for this little ride and she loved it! That was my one and only ride on a K1200LT. Since it was so expensive, I wasn't at all keen on taking it out but my father and brother-in-law insisted. It was indeed a super fine machine.
Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that we'd eventually own this super luxury bike. It was one of those things that you admired and never considered owning.
I will admit that I wasn't convinced that this bike would be a good fit for us because I'm only experienced with my big Vulcan 1600 Classic cruiser. The weight on that bike is pretty low, but the K1200LT has its weight quite a bit higher from what I could tell, so that's a foreign feeling for me but the more that I thought about it, I became convinced that it would be foolish to pass up this bike.
Yeah, we could sell it or trade it in but it would definately be at a loss and when you come right down to it, this thing needs nothing else to go out for extended road trips, so why get rid of it? My 1600 Classic will remain in my yard and I'll use it as an around town kind of bike on week days and save the K1200LT for weekend rides with the wife on the back.
I love the rough power of my V-twin but it's not an ideal bike for trips of any length, this K1200LT will definately be put to good use in the coming months. Come on Springtime!
Anyway, quite a few of you guys chimed in when I first posted about this bike and I wanted to give a little follow-up.
BTW, I've heard some people complaining that the seats on the newer K1200LTs aren't very good and that they are frequently replaced with an after-market seat. I hope that the ones on our bike are going to be comfy as they're the heated seats. Boy, my wife is going to LOVE sitting on the back of this thing this summer!