I owned both Goldwings and Harley Ultra's, but was blown away by the K1200lt.
I don't know about everyone else but the one of the unexpected delights I discovered after I bought the BMW was the "lack of engine heat' coming off the bike on a very hot summer day. I was so used to being "cooked" by my previous rides, I basked in sheer delight actually being cooled down on our rides.
The other somewhat "expected delight" was the 54.5 MPG that I got on a 400 mile ride with my wife on the back. I had read about others on the forum doing even better, up to 60 MPG. WIth gas prices going who knows where, I know I'll be doing amongst the best I can with the Beemer.
My wife echo's everyone else's, after the first ride on the BMW she said " That by far is the most comfortable motorcycle I've ever ridden on, period".
Ride, Handling, Power, Touring Comfort, Canyon Carving, Dependability, Mileage, ABS Brakes, and a VERY HAPPY WIFE !!!!!
What more could you ask for? After your trip, you won't be able to wipe the smile off of either of your faces.
Once again, Welcome aboard, you won't be sorry.
Originally Posted by JBoesch
Hello to all,
I have been riding for many years and our last bike was a custom "06" Yamaha Roadliner pictured in my signature. Recently, we sold the Roadliner and are done with the cruisers and have our sights on a BMW. One of my friends let me ride his K1200LT and I was hooked within 10 minuutes. The smoothness, riding stance and handling are what most stood out and hooked me ("you had me from hello") from the start. I am not interested in any other manufacturer other than BMW and I need assistance from as many people that will reply. Our last ride was 1730 miles in 4 days and enjoy our long weekends, but it was too long and painful on the Yamaha. We are planning on touring around the US and need a bike that fit our needs.
My wife also wants a BMW because of the sexy lines and their reputation with their automobiles.
Here's my concerns: I am in the position to purchase any BMW motorcycle, but want to purchase the right bike for me. My options are the K1200LT or the R series motorcycles. I see where the RS was the "Touring Bike of the Year" in motorcycle magazine. This bike even beat the Goldwing. However, what makes this bike the champion compared to the LT? I will be purchasing a bike within the next two months and would appreciate everyone's thoughts because I do not want to ride a bike and think of the bike I could have had.