Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Bellevue, Washington, USA
2006 K1200LT--No regrests!
On Friday I picked up my brand new Storm Gray Metallic K1200LT. As of this writing I have 300 miles on the bike and can honestly say it is the finest tour motorcycle I have ever ridden.
I have owned four Harley Davidsons (including a Road King) and currently own a R1200GS BMW as well as the K1200LT. I have ridden police bikes in the past including the Kawasaki, BMW and Harley. Prior to buying the LT I scoured the internent and this site to learn as much as I could about the pros and cons of the LT. This site gave me valuable information. Thanks.
From my research, my biggest concern had to do with the weight of the bike and the perception by some riders that the bike was top heavy. On this latter issue I think the degree of difficulty with the bike's weight has to do more with one's training and experience with big bikes. The weight "control" factor varies from rider to rider and their comfort level.
Prior to buying the LT, I looked at the Gold Wing and some of the Harley Tour bikes. Despite owning several Harleys, to me HD could not beat the LT is sheer comfort, wind protection, braking, power and virtually every requirement for serious touring. The vision of being two up on a rainy day and having to engage a HD in a panic maneuver was a risk I was not willing to take. The advanced ABS systems on the LT will definitely give me the best advantage, not the HD. When I looked at the Honda, I was unimpressed with the quality of finish and paint. The Honda had what I consider cheaper plastic on the dash ans 1970's car dash vents on the fairing. One cannot beat the quality of paint BMW uses. Also, the K1200 engine is tried and true and the new power increase and torque are more that adequate for the job. The real clincher is the ability of the LT to turn into a real handling machine once going. I was extremely impressed with the bikes nimbleness and flickability in curves. I felt like BMW really cared about the rider in designing this machine.
I coulkd go on, but I wanted to share these thoughts and confirm what some of you have written before, that once you own an LT there is no going back to sport-tour models or HD.
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