I have joined the group (at the moment I will say temporarily) specifically seeking information. I would appreciate input from anyone willing to put up with someone who is just looking at this point and educate someone who knows little about the K1200LT other tha what I've read.
Introduction: I currently ride and completely enjoy a 1985 honda GL1200 that I have owned for ten years. The reality is that it's a 21 year old bike and parts are getting hard (and expensive) to find. Even fixed up completely it is 21 year old technology. I am a member of Wings on The Internet (WOTI) and have learned much about all kinds of GoldWings from those fine folks. I do ride year round - often enough to question my sanity like today as I watch the rain pour over the bike outside my office window. I don't accumulate mega-miles yet as life's circumstances dictate that I can't do long tours yet but that is the eventual plan - at least one two-up tour a year and other rides as they come up. No long miles, but lots of little rides and commuting. I know I probably don't need a big touring rig to do this type of riding, but the bottom line is that I have the Wing and I do like the comfort, functionality and style of the tourers. So no need to convince me what kind of bike to look at - tourer is it.
So I have started shopping for an upgrade and I want to learn about the BMW. I want to stay in this class of motorcycle, so I have been looking at the new Wings and the Harley ElectraGlides. The ElectraGlide has kind of fallen to the bottom of the list - almost off, actually. I had not considered BMW mostly because they are a pretty rare sight around here and don't come to mind right away, but a friend asked if had considered them and that got the thought processes churning away again.
I can list and compare all the features and specifications so that's not where I would need any help. To me, it looks like the BMW comes with almost everything standard that you have to spend extra on for a Wing.
Anyhow...my questions and curiosity are more about maintaining the bike - what the reuirements are for basic stuff. How is fuel mileage in the real world and not in the press reports (my riding style is "sedate" - absolutely no need for speed, but I do like handling). What octane fuel do people really use? Realizing that there are good and bad everywhere, how is the dealer network? I'm assuming since I don't see a lot of BMW bikes around here (I'm in SE Massachusetts), that there are not a lot of dealers around. I have found three actually quite close by.
So, a friend has suggested that I include the K1200LT in my shopping list as being at least the equivalent of the GL1800. Any information or advice - what to look for, how to compare beyond the specs will be greatly appreciated.
So forum time isn't tied up, anybody responding can e-mail me directly at [email protected]
. My apologies for the lengthy post - just starting out here!