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post #1 of 13 Old Oct 17th, 2011, 9:12 am Thread Starter
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RT as a 2nd Bike

I've had my LT since I bought it new in 2007. I commute on it almost every day to work and a recent move of my workplace to a new location puts me through heavier traffic.My wife and I both love it for touring but it can be a handful at low speeds and in traffic. I'm considering buying a new 1200RT as a solo bike to ride to work since it is quite a bit lighter and can be equipped with most of the features that I have become accustomed to. I would of course still keep the LT for road work.

Does anyone else have both? Would an RT be noticeably better at low speeds and in traffic. I considered an F800 but I have a good portion of high speed freeway travel in all weathers and it has virtually no wind protection or amenities.

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Re: RT as a 2nd Bike

I have been pondering the same question as I don't do nearly as much 2 up riding as I had anticipated when I bought the LT. (New ladyfriend has 2 Beemers of her own) Been thinking about finding an RT or RTP as a 2nd addition although the garage is gonna be quite crowded.

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Re: RT as a 2nd Bike

I ride an LT, but I've been pondering the possibilities and looking for an RT to expand my stable too.
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Re: RT as a 2nd Bike

I own both bikes and I love them both. I still ride the LT many more miles than the RT but I plan to keep both. The LT is considerably more comfortable but the RT is much more sporty and fun to ride. I love interstate touring, really long rides and riding 2up with my wife, the LT is the hands down, best bike I have ever owned for that kind of riding. But when I want to go out alone for an hour or two and blow off some stress, I love riding the RT through the canyons and back roads. The RT is also much better for around town or short errands. Either bike is great and I would highly recommend either, but both is better.

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I kinda like the combination of an LT and a GS.

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Re: RT as a 2nd Bike

I had both for a while when I first bought the LT. For the long haul and 2 up the LT is by far the most comfortable. However for traffic and short runs I'd opt for the RT. I don't ride long distance anymore and I find that I put many more miles on my RT when I had it that I have on the LT. I find that the LT is just too much to handle for me in tight spaces and parking lots. Due to a recent laydown in a gas station lot to avoid a car backing out in front of me, I have decided to sell the LT.

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I have an LT and a GS for my one up riding. Often ride the GS to work which is a 40 mile commute each way.
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Re: RT as a 2nd Bike

Bruce: I have an 03 LT and a 2000 Rt. I save the LT for the long stuff and use the RT for shorter rides. I can't speak for the new ones but my Rt is easier and cheaper to maintain and it helps keep the miles off the LT. In my case both bikes share the same oil filter and lubricants throughout. The LT takes some readjusting after riding the RT all winter here in Florida. If you have the garage space- cash flow and permission, jump.
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Re: RT as a 2nd Bike

I sold my RT and bought the LT, the LT is the perfect bike for my wife and me but the RT is a fantastic bike, much lighter, quick, great brakes, very easy to maintain if you are a DIY. It is tall and can feel top heavy but that disappears and soon as you let the clutch out.

There are great deals on used ones and it won't be such a hit if you decide it's not for you.

If you're looking for a commuter/work bike consider an R1200R, you can add the same bags. Then there is the GS.

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I have both. They make a great combination. I do prefer the LT's comfort and have no problems with the big beast even in Los Angeles traffic. They are both amazingly nimble for big bikes. You'll find most passengers prefer the LT.
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I have both. My RT is a 1998 R1100RT-P so it is not as refined as a brand new bike. I will say I absolutly love to ride it and it is much easier to handle in town. Maintenance is a snap. Mine has "city bags" so it is much more narrow than the LT and is my choice for Sunday morning rides on mountain curves. I would suggest trying to rent one to see if it is the right choice for for a purchase.
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I have a 1998 R1100RT and a 2005 K1200LT. The LT was purchased for the comfort of the passenger. The LT has the advantage for passenger comfort. If you do a lot of in town stop & go driving in the hot summer time; you may want to inquire if the RT would give you overheating problems. As long as you are moving air over the cylinders in the RT, you'll be fine. If you gave me money, I would buy a RT. There is a little more valve maintenance on the RT. The RT is much easier to handle and has a fun personality in the curves. Like posts above have listed, consider a GS if you want to get off the pavement.
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Re: RT as a 2nd Bike

As others have stated, the RT is a nice change from the LT. My RT is probably a little older than you're thinking of getting, but I use it for more local riding and still get all the wind/rain protection and a really nice ride. I drool over the newer models, but really like keeping the older stock running like a top and on the road.

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