Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Forest Park, IL, USA
K1200LT for 1st bike... am I crazy?
I'm about to pull the trigger on my first BMW and am looking for positive reinforcement.
I briefly had a Honda 550 in college (30+ years ago), and recently I've been riding a friend's Honda Magna. I have the bug to buy my own.
I want to tour (at least 2-3 day trips), and decided a 2004 R1150RT was the bike for me. Not too expensive, not too heavy, good on tour and in town.
I test-rode one yesterday at a local dealer, and simply wasn't wowed. It was a bit loud, and my hands hurt after 1/2 an hour.
The dealer also has a 2005 K1200LT and I decided to give it a spin. At first, I was terrified at it's size, but was quickly impressed at how easy it is to drive. I'm 6'4", 250lbs and the weight was no issue. It was fast, good in corners, and has lots of farkle. I'm 53, and loved the cd player and cruise. It's also a good deal (I think) - 46K miles for $8500. It's double the price of the R1150RT.
So - is it indeed a good deal, and am I crazy to want a K1200LT as my 1st and only bike?