Hey everyone, I am currently not
an owner of an LT but have been looking at a number in my price range.
I currently ride an '04 Victory Kingpin Tour and do not plan on getting rid of it. Love it too much. Has 65K miles, length around 92", seat height is 26", and dry weight under 700 lbs. I'm a couple cheeseburgers over 260 and my bride of over 30 years is in the 130's. Loaded up for a long trip we're easily over 1000 lbs. I've seen a number of posts about low speed handling issues with the center of gravity in regard to the height and weight of a K1200 LT. I have to ride one to see if that is an issue for me. Inseam is 30". TMI?
Bottom line is long trips together can be rough. Biggest con is storage and then comfort for her. Some might flip that but whatever. She has a gel pad that helps quite a bit. I'm considering the LT as an option to add as a second bike but am concerned with cost of parts, general maintenance, access to do maintenance, etc. I have been working on my 'Pin for 10 years but it is pretty easy to work on. General seasonal maintenance, replaced belts, fork oil changes, cable replacements, brake maintenance, tires (first time to do this winter), etc. I've stripped it down completely (without taking the engine off the frame) for overly compulsive off-season cleaning. I'm not a mechanic but not shy about working on a bike.
That said, what are the cons of working on an LT? What are the key pain points? What general maintenance is the biggest cost? What can't be done by weekend wrenches (need to get a dealer involved)? I have a bro-in-law and friend that have BMW cages and the cost of parts is insane. I'm kind of a cheap guy so anything outside of normal is high to me though. Is that the same for the bikes? I saw a couple posts about most parts are BMW only (OEM only, no after market parts). How accurate is that?
I'll keep searching this and other forums for the same info but anything you can provide would be appreciated. I want to get a long distance touring ride but don't want to get into a money pit either. Not concerned with resale value as I would drive this into the ground. I see K1200 LT's with reasonable miles in the $6K range. If I need to dump hundreds of bucks into an LT every year I may look at other options.
Thanks everyone. Maybe by next spring I'll be an active member with a LT sitting in my garage
Dear Considering... lol. I have owned many brands of motorcycles since the 1970s. I used to ride 30,000 miles every year through all four seasons in the northeast. I did not own a BMW back then, though I had a friend with over 300,000 on his R75/5 which was amazing! I always thought about owning one over the years.
Fast forward to today: my wife and I own 11 vehicles, mostly German "cages." I have been driving an '84 BMW 325e for forever. It costs more in insurance, and parts than either of our MBs, our old Porsche, or VWs. Why? I do not know, it just is the way it is.
Last year, I finally bought a large BMW for cross-country pursuits: 2000 K1200LT, and it does not cost anywhere as much as the car.
Both Beemers are the most fun to drive day-to-day, and that consideration plays into why I would not sell either for any reason I can think of. My wife usually drives a V-6 Camry back and forth to work which is boring as anything-but-is cheap and reliable. I do all the wrenching on all the vehicles. I enjoy that. Our other vehicles are all for fun, and hobby: pickup truck, van, luxury tourer, convertible, sports car, VW bug, etc.
The K1200LT takes a bit to get to the wrenching part, but it is a fascinating machine. Taking off all the "Tupperware" is what some gripe about, though that plastic shields the rider from heat, and I like that. I took off the top box, and prefer the bagger look with a rear tray I bought to hold stuff when necessary. I also bought a "Smuggler's Trunk" by Corbin which eliminates the second seat, though can be switched back to any combination in about ten minutes!
It is big. It is beautiful! And, it rides like a dream! It isn't perfect, but a lot of us love them!
NOTE: I am over 62 years old, weigh 135 lbs., am 5'8" tall, and an 800+ top heavy motorcycle takes a bit to get used at parking lot speeds, but otherwise: WOW! It is amazing!