Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Seattle WA, USA
First ride of 660 miles & New Owner observations
I picked up my new to me Graphite 05 BMW K1200 LT with only 1200 original miles on it with 2+ years of warranty remaining. I rode it home 660 miles in 30 degree weather to eastern WA thru snow, cold, rain, frost, hail and wind from coastal southern Oregon, arrived home last night. I met Scott the owner of Eugene BMW while passing thru, who offered tie down instructions incase I wanted to load it onto a Uhaul trailer or to hold the bike until the snow storm abated and I returned to pick it up @ a later date - but I just waited out the weather for a few hours and headed back out.
It was a very nice gesture on his part - He has a very nice shop.
W O W- Does this handle nice, but heavy. (Boeing 747 heavy as in Light Truck as compared to my point & shoot Touring-Sportbike V-Strom) I cranked down the suspension setting 75% and checked tire pressure and away I went thru some curvy roads coming home. Rear brakes squeek some and I wanted to shift up to a 6th gear often as I mostly averaged 75-85 mph according to the BMW Garmin attached to my bike @ 4000 RPM... At that speed my BC said I was only getting 35 mpg but when I slowed down to 65 it was back to 42 mpg and a high of 51.
I keep the R's well above 3500 all the time. I have not owned an inline four in some time now. The engine feels like it has effortless Turbine power. The exhaust thrum sound is very nice. I expected whisper quiet like a goldwing.
In all my years of riding I never hid behind a windshield but the COLD hail stung my face and COLD heavy rain and truck spray on such a long ride sure made having an adjustable windshield worth while !! I thought I would just set it and forget it. I always just look over the shield as a norm.
I frequently adjusted it during this long wet cold ride home!
Having the Heated Grips, Heated Seat, Tall windshield and Gerbing heated Liner made this cold trip possible. I never turned anything off. All items were set on toasty hot!
When it got dark I was very disappointed to find that the handlebar controls were not lighted like the radio controls...
Seating position was not bad, not as good as my V-Strom on a Russell Day long saddle but I imagine in time I will get another
Russell seat and a set of J-Pegs!
The bike came *Loaded with every extra available including the BMW Garmin color GPS. The only thing not included was the adjustable passenger floorboards. It has the tall ws, Comfort seat, 6 CD, Brakelight on rear rack, Convenience package, heated everything, etc.
It was nice finally pulling into my own driveway and seeing the ground effect lighting !! Now all I have to do is figure out my security FOBS and my new Garmin GPS as I am used to using the Magellan Gold GPS!!
I will upload some pictures later – *I gotta go lovingly clean the bike now!!
I am done buying MC’s "now " !! LOL!!!
(Famous last words) * With my
03 DL1000 V-Strom and the 05 LT I feel like I have to best of both worlds.
47+ Yrs Daily Motorcycle Street riding for Therapy
2012 Victory Cross Country Tour
2007 Black Suzuki DL1000 V-Strom - Sold
2007 Red Moto Guzzi Norge 1200 - Sold
2005 LT Dark Graphite - (Sold)
2005 PearlBlue FJR1300 (Sold)
3 BMW's, 8 HD baggers, 3 Goldwings & 860K + miles later
*Ridin steady since 1973
Last edited by usmctpdog; Mar 11th, 2006 at 3:29 pm.