Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Springfield, Mo, USA
Re: Gtl Vs Lt
So I am transferring over to this thread from my #647 DOA thread because i picked up my GTL today have a few observations for those still on the fence about the GTL vs. the LT. I said goodbye to my beloved 99 LT yesterday with some misgivings about moving to the K1600 platform. Back home today with the new GTL and I have forgotten all bout that.
Big time better, in almost all departments--particularly for me. I was getting just a bit tired of trying to steady the old horse while the wife jumped on and then manhandling the bike around the parking lot, especially on gravel. The GTL seems almost too light to be as powerful as it is. Agile, nimble, quick, way more power, plenty of comfort for both riders, smooth as silk, etc, etc. A great integration of technology and ride characteristics. This is not your father's K1200LT!
Agree with the comments on this and other threads on the few down side issues compared with the LT, some of which can be fixed:
--Buffeting from wind stream--CalSci windshield on order;
--Way wrong on horn and turn signal buttons--both are a safety issue trying to get your thumb around the twirley selector switch--no fix likely, but this is a big step backwards
--Weak speakers--I have Scala G-4 intercom so I can iPod my music to my helmet, but that is also a safety issue as it is too distracting and hard to turn off/down when you want to focus quickly
--Luggage cases seem a tad flaky/light weight
--Seat is so-so, probably useable, but Day-long will be better
But the other list is very long. All the acceleration you ever wanted in a two up platform is the right tradeoff for giving up the no-longer-needed electric stand and rear passenger volume control. I will keep it and honestly feel this is the best possible bike i could own at this point for my needs, and then some.
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