My first ride on a BMW came in 1966 when my uncle gave me a ride on his R27, long seat. What a bike. Since that time I have had many bikes. In 1995, I bought my first BMW which was a K75C. My wife and I put many miles on that bike over the next 5 years but as we were getting a little older, the bike was shrinking. We needed a little more horsepower and a little more room. So, staying with a sport bike, I decided to add a K1200RS to my stable. My wife and I have been from Lake Superior to Key West on the K12RS. Since we have been retired or trips have been more frequent.
My wife started to have some pains in the hips and found riding on the back of the RS was not very comfortable any more so what do we do. I said, "if you want to continue riding we need to get a larger bike BUT I'm not getting rid of the
RS which was my "dream bike". I found a 2000 LT in Ohio which was in really great shape with very few miles on it. I contacted the owner for a time we could look at the bike. My wife and I set out on the 500 mile trip South to look at the bike."In October". We looked at the bike and we fell in love with it. I asked if the owner could take my wife around the block on the bike to see if she felt comfortable on it. When they came back, she had a big smile on her face. She loved it even if it was 40 degrees. So we bought the bike right there.
Next thing was to get the bike home, back to Escanaba in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. My wife would drive the car behind me and I would ride the bike back. The next morning, we departed Perrysburg, Ohio. I only sat on the bike before but never rode it. Was I crazy? This was a huge bike compared to the RS and almost 300 pounds heavier. The weather quickly got worse. High cross winds, rain and temperatures were dropping. Two tank fill-ups and there we were, FACiNG the MIGHTY MACKINAW BRIDGE. I have been across the bridge many times but not in these conditions and Not on a bike of this size. It's now or never, so we started out. Incidentally, now it was 8:00P.M. with high winds and rain coming down harder. The crossing went well as did the rest of the trip. Now that was 8 years ago and we both are still in love with our beautiful LT. 80,000 miles later and we continue to have smiles while riding this mighty touring steed. At 67 I still continue to ride the K1200RS with great thrill but when my wife and I take trips the only way to go is on the Trusty KLT. We Love this bike!!!!!