Well, I've gone and done it. I moved from my V-Twin to a K1200LT. My twin wasn't all that comfortable, especially for my wife. She loves to get out and travel on the bike, but on that little beast we couldn't go far without some MAJOR butt pain! She wanted me to get a touring bike that was comfortable for longer trips, and I wanted something 'fun' to ride. After doing the 'reviews', it seemed like BMW was always at the top of the list, but $30k for a new bike?! OUCH!
Then, I got a small settlement check I wasn't expecting from an insurance claim. My wife started looking at Craig's List for a 'new' bike. Amazingly, we found this BMW for about a $1000 more than the settlement, so we went for it. It's a 2005, and not in perfect condition, got a few scratches and a cracked right side 'bumper' (or whatever that little wing is called in BMW speak). A couple of scrapes down low where it looks like someone dropped it.
Still, it's a beautiful blue and looks pretty nice overall. 43K miles. Seems to run pretty great, but I have to get used to the sound and vibrations from the higher rpm's! A little 'buzzy' compared to what I'm used to! Been a long time since I've felt that in a bike - and the FIRST time I've owned/ridden a BMW. I've had it two days so far, and the wife loves it! Very comfortable for her. For me, well, I'm having to adapt a bit. It seems like the foot pegs are too high and causes my hips to get sore, while the seat is almost too high and makes it hard to reach the ground comfortably! What a weird combination. I'm going to have to figure out a fix, at least for the footpegs. I can probably get used to the overall height (MASSIVE difference to my twin!), but those footpegs are probably going to have to get changed somehow.
She's a heavy beast (the bike, not the wife!), but handles pretty well, especially at speed. Seems like the faster you go, the better she handles! Pretty cool. Definitely have to keep the rpm's up when starting from dead stop and at slower speeds, though, or she feels like she'll topple over. Seems a bit 'top heavy' unless she's cruising.
Anyway, being my first BMW, and being new to the group, I just thought I'd introduce myself. I look forward to learning from you guys and hopefully enjoying this new experience. I'm Doug Sharp, and live in Snohomish County in Washington State. Take care, and ride safe!