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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?

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Re: K1200LT for 1st bike... am I crazy?

As an '04 RT rider, I vote Crazy. But then who of us aren't? I want to get a Royal Enfield for around town... really miss that old thump thump.

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YES.... or no if you can deal with dropping it every 15 ft.... lol

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Re: K1200LT for 1st bike... am I crazy?

You wouldn't be the first guy getting an LT as a first bike. Judge Bill did it at age 74, and road 4000 miles the very same summer he got the bike.
Being tall is a big asset with the LT, soy ou just might be good.
Read all you can on the idiosyncrasies of the bike, and practice slow turns and sudden stops on an empty parking lot to be on the safe side.

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Re: K1200LT for 1st bike... am I crazy?

No, not crazy at all. I went from a Yamaha FZ6 to the LT. It was also my first liter (<1000cc) bike. Still enjoying it- it handles both my wife and I very well.

Go for it and good luck!

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Re: K1200LT for 1st bike... am I crazy?

I hadn't ridden in 25 years, after I sold my Suzuki GT750 (Water Buffalo), but got the bug again last year and bought an '07 LT with 19,000 miles on it. I was also very intimidated by the LT's size and weight (I'm 63, 200 lbs & 5'10"), but decided to take the plunge anyway. It now has almost 28,000 miles on it and I couldn't be happier - it performed flawlessly on a recent 3,400 mile trip to Yellowstone/Grand Tetons. Recommendation - take the plunge too.
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Re: K1200LT for 1st bike... am I crazy?

Do it, but take it slow at first and get some parking lot riding under your belt.

She's a bear at slow speed and will quickly nap at the least provocation. She will lay down at intersections and in your garage at at the worst possible times. I know!

Just don't worry about it and always be aware at all stops of what is on the ground... Look ahead when stopping and don't turn the wheel. Sand, oil, transmission fluid, leaves and acorns... They all like to get under your feet when backing up.

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Re: K1200LT for 1st bike... am I crazy?

You guys are great. Just called the dealer and put a deposit on it. Looking forward to getting it on Monday. I'm already planning a drive to Door County (from Chicago) next weekend.
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Re: K1200LT for 1st bike... am I crazy?

I currently own both a 2004 RT and a 2005 LT. The RT is much lighter and not nearly as top heavy as the LT. LT's engine is much smoother and you can just keep it in 5 gear and forget about it. With the RT it doesn't like lower rpms, as it will begin to ping and it's a lot more buzzy. The real nice thing about the LT is that cruise control when your out on the highway and it's fantastic gas mileage. How something that big, has an engine that was designed in the 80s and weighs 800 plus pounds, gets 50 miles per gallon and has a 300 mile range, I just don't know. The LT has all the radio and CD players as well but the only time I use them is when it's stopped and in the garage as I have Bluetooth headsets and all my entertainment system comes from my Garmin Zumo.

They're both nice bikes and I have no plans to get rid of either one any time soon.

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I had less buyers remorse on my LT than anything. Congrats and good luck ever finding something better.
Oh.. I like leaving it in third gear 40-85mph and easy on the brakes


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Are you crazy? it depends, are you ready to learn how to take care of it yourself?

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Re: K1200LT for 1st bike... am I crazy?

No. Not crazy. I bought my 04 LT after test riding an 06. I was intimidated by the top heaviness and size also. But. once underway, it was so smooth and had enough power. I was surprised at how well it handled. The 04 was a good price and in really good condition. This is my 3rd bike. So .here's the story. I'm 5'8,219 lbs. I can handle it, so you can. As others have chimed in. Watch were you put your feet down at,She's a top heavy girl and will tip over, And once past that point of no return, your not stopping her from laying down. But the tip over bars prevent damage.And no I haven't yet but have come close .When you stop, stop with the wheel as straight as possible. The brakes take some getting used to. so practice a light touch on the front lever. You will love the comfort,smoothness.The luxury amenities And sportbike manners in curves.It seems this bike does a lot of things really well. And I for one wouldn't trade it for anything else.

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I have had 7 BMW just bought my third K1200LT sold the first to buy a R1150RT sold it bought #2 KLT sold it to buy new Goldwing1800 now i bought a 2009 black K1200LT
will pick it up next week will have to sell the wing
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Yeah, you're crazy if you bought an 05LT. I bought one and I love it. Ride safe........

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Re: K1200LT for 1st bike... am I crazy?

My first bike after 30+ years off was a used 2000 K1200LT...

No regrets at all. I noticed you're tall...might take a look at these pegs...I sure like them.
Got the lowered foot brake pedal as well.

Have fun with it!

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My first bike after 30+ years off was a used 2000 K1200LT...
No regrets at all. I noticed you're tall...might take a look at these pegs...I sure like them.
Got the lowered foot brake pedal as well.

Have fun with it!

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Those pegs look great. Thanks for the link.
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BTW. I forgot to mention. Get a set of Jpegs. They help eliminate fatigue. I love em.

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You guys are great. Just called the dealer and put a deposit on it. Looking forward to getting it on Monday. I'm already planning a drive to Door County (from Chicago) next weekend.
Good for you. Like the rest of commenters suggest - take it slow until you get used to the bike. Don't change your mind about a slow speed maneuver at the last second. Decide, commit, execute, safely of course. And expect to do your own work (buy a Clymers manual) OR expect to pay for the service.

Welcome - these guys know everything you need to know about the bike and are very helpful.

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Re: K1200LT for 1st bike... am I crazy?

Firstl, it dosent sound like your first bike. I purchased an LT last year and it has taken me a year of weekends to really appreciate it. If you wish to tour strictly one up you may find the GS, RT or even the K 1200/1300 easier handeling machines.
The LT is a great long distance comfort machine ; it won't beat you up. I do a 300 mile ride and do not feel fatigue and I have 10 years on you. The fact that you are tall and not a 98 pound weakling is certainly in your favor. Just don't hop on it and expect it to handle like a 550 Honda. Practice low speed manovering as at speed it it is like a steerable gyroscope. I had not ridden for 15 years before purchasing the LT and my previous ride was an XS1100.
The 1100 was great at low speed however handling was compromised at speed the exact opposite of the LT
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Re: K1200LT for 1st bike... am I crazy?

My situation was similar - got the bug to get back on 2 wheels after 10 years removed from my much smaller 550 Yamaha. I thought I wanted an R1200RT but while at the BMW dealer saw this low miles LT, rode it, loved how smooth it was compared to the RT and bought it that day without a lot of research. Now 10 months & 3000 miles later I have become comfortable on the bike in all situations so far. An MSF class helped my confidence and to get a feel for how awesome the brakes are!

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An MSF class helped my confidence and to get a feel for how awesome the brakes are!
+1 on the MSF course. I took one last week and am very happy I did. This bike requires confidence.

I now have my first full day of riding under my belt and have a permanent grin on my face.

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I had the 74 Suzuki water buffalo til 76 then 25yrs later got 800 Kaw. Vulcan. Four years ago got the 2000Lt with 30,000 miles on it. I ride everyday til the morning temps. go below 38 degrees. At 5ft 8in. I had some trouble at first. I try to use the rear brake to come to a stop when going down hills. Don't forget to secure your mirrors. Have fun and take it slow at first.
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I was never in my life before on anything bigger than 110 cc scooter till the opportunity came my way to purchase a LT two years ago at the age of 55. I bought the bike and was s..t scared to get on this massive machine for the first time. It took a few naps on me in the beginning at zero km's per hour, but today it is my only transport, and I love my bike. I do not have any knowledge how any other bike is handling because I have not been on any other bike. It was only after I was the owner of the bike that I discovered this forum, and boy, what a joy. Go for it, I am sure you will be impress.
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Not crazy. I had a Kawasaki Spectre 550 30yrs ago. When I decided to get back into riding I bought an 09 LT and have never looked back. I took in all of the info regarding riding the big beast from this site, lots of help here.

Take care at slow speeds, make sure your front wheel is straight when using the brake. Get used to the slow speed maneuvers.

Check out the Mick O Pegs for highway pegs, I have both the Jpegs and the MOP. I use the MOP 90% of the time but both are helpful in long distance riding.

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Glad to hear you're happy with the decision Charlie. Good call on taking the course. Confidence is extremely important with these, but don't forget to always respect it.

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Re: K1200LT for 1st bike... am I crazy?

Yes, you are crazy.....just like the rest of us. Now go for a ride.

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