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post #1 of 15 Old May 16th, 2010, 10:10 am Thread Starter
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Anyone buy the RT and now wished they bought the LT or vice-versa?

I bought the 2009 LT last summer and love the bike. I was actually planning to get the RT, but after my wife test road both, she wanted the LT for her comfort, as we were planning to do a lot of touring. Well, as you guessed it, so far, not much touring has been done. I end up riding a lot alone and now wonder if I might have liked the RT better, even though I do love riding the LT. Anyone else in here experience anything similar?
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Re: Anyone buy the RT and now wished they bought the LT or vice-versa?

Had an RT and an LT, both were great bikes but like yourself I ended up riding alone. Glad I rode and ended up with a GS


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Re: Anyone buy the RT and now wished they bought the LT or vice-versa?

I usually ride one up and have both RT and LT. The RT is more fun, but I can't ride as far without getting wore out. LT is more comfortable... period. LT is top heavy and requires my full attention in the parking lots. After reading about it here, I removed the trunk from the LT. It makes a huge difference in the "top heavy" department, and is almost as much fun as the RT. If you get a chance, try the LT without the trunk.

If I had to have just one bike (but I'd sell the house first) ...... the LT would be my choice.... but that's just one ol-farts opinion.

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I usually ride one up and have both RT and LT. The RT is more fun, but I can't ride as far without getting wore out. LT is more comfortable... period. LT is top heavy and requires my full attention in the parking lots. After reading about it here, I removed the trunk from the LT. It makes a huge difference in the "top heavy" department, and is almost as much fun as the RT. If you get a chance, try the LT without the trunk.

If I had to have just one bike (but I'd sell the house first) ...... the LT would be my choice.... but that's just one ol-farts opinion.
+1. Nice to have both for their own strengths.

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Try the K1200RLT
My wife and I try to go on a week long tour once a year ( if we can ), and for that I install the topcase for the storage that it provides, and the back support for her.
But most of the miles I put on are from commuting to work & back, and weekend rides. For that I almost always have the topcase removed. It knocks 36 lbs right off the top.
Add a Ft Worth rack & Cortech sport bag, and what you've got is a K1200RLT. ( or maybee SLT )
She's still big and beautiful, but not quite as heavy....it makes a difference.
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Any of you guys have pics of your LTs with the top cases removed?

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I feel your pain too. I have both the RT and LT. The RT is for my one up duties due to the wife's dislike of the shortage of space. The LT came to the garage after I left my wife standing in the driveway while I went to Death Valley alone after she refused to go with me. Upon my return, she went with me to the local dealer and saw the LT on the showroom and told me to get it so she could ride with me. The rest is history. My favorite bike is the one I'm on. They're both great bikes but for really pushing it hard and dragging my knees, the RT is the weapon of choice. Of course, I dogged a Miata most the way down the mountain from Deal's Gap back to the lake. About 8 miles into the run, he gave up and waved me by. I was dragging the plastic and footpegs and the LT never felt unstable or out of place. As far as I'm concerned, as long as it's a BMW, you didn't go wrong.
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I had an 02 and an 06 LT. Sold them both and then went to the Honda ST 1300. Goobs of power but the heat issue is real. I sold the ST and went with an 05 RT because I thought I did not need the big ol work horse. I just sold the RT and went back to an LT. This bike just sings to me. I could never get over the sewing machine sound of the RT. At 5k to 7k RPM I just get goose bumps on the LT. I had to take a blood oath by bike hopping days are over. I feel like I'm home again.

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post #9 of 15 Old May 17th, 2010, 4:38 pm
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I just read the review of the 2010 RT in Motorcyclist mag, and now am thinking that I might want one of them (instead or in addition...hard to tell).

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I had to take a blood oath by bike hopping days are over.

Yeah. I know what you mean........I'm already feeling the urge for a new one, but there's no way I'm bringing that up this year.......

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Re: Anyone buy the RT and now wished they bought the LT or vice-versa?

I am also lucky enough to have both. It all gets down to what style of riding you prefer. I'm partial to long distance riding and would therefore chose the LT if I could only have one. Both bikes are great and capable of long or short rides. The LT is a tad more comfortable for distance, the RT being lighter has some advantage for sporty riding. It's a tough call to be sure.
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Re: Anyone buy the RT and now wished they bought the LT or vice-versa?

I orginally went looking for a RT but could not find one wih in my budger. The dealer made me a offer on the LT that I could not refuse. I went into the purchase thinking that the LT was to heavy and to tall but thought that I would get used to it in time. Well that did not happen. After dropping it to many times I got rid of it.

The other thing that took me by surprise was the cost of having the LT serviced. I am one of those that it is cheaper for me to have someone else due the service.

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