Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Rolling Meadows, IL, USA
Re: Bring back the old design in 2013
I too, hope you are right about a 2014 1600-1800LT.
The 1600 GT is a darn nice bike. Looks good. The GTL looks like about 90 minutes of design work after the GT was finished and not all of it lined up, but they left it that way and went home, anyhow.
I love the K1200LT, and the 07 is too new a friend to trade. I do wish there were more tire options. If I had to trade it today, it would probably be for the Wing. The K1600GTL electronics are nice, and the ride is a hoot, but the narrow saddle cuts into my legs the wrong way and the GTL front-end vs back-end design gaf still reminds me of a mullet.
I do stand in awe of the 90 degree offset on the valve stem on the BMW 1600's wheels. The iPad connector is another great feature.
Dan, I think a lot of the things that were said about the first LTs were correct. They were fixed later.
The GTL does have a small advantage in space. Whether it is usable space is debatable. You can take the bags off, but when you remove the top, you remove the passenger backrest. When you remove the side bags, you loose the tiny bit of tip over protection you get. The seat height is nice for those who, like me, are inseam challenged. I wonder what those of us who are long of limb will do after 300 miles. No place to hang jpegs and I am not sure where mic-o-pegs would go, with no wing and the oil can head in the way. But there are some ingenious aftermarket folks out there. They did do a nice job lighting up the front of the GTL. It looks like motolights on the LT, only they do not turn. Well, there is the mirrored headlight. I enjoyed the test ride. But it is a sport touring bike like the older GT.
07 K1200LT Biarritz Blau
80 Yamaha XS850 Black - retired in 06