Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Chicago, il, The Good Ole USA
Re: Welcome - Show your scoots...
Well I do not want to criticise anyone's choice of motorcycle but the LT was, first of all the wrong bike for my situation. I have been riding Harley's for longer than I care to remember. The last was a 2003 FLHRSEI2 a screaming eagle road king. I do business with Chicago HD and they own Chicago BMW located just next door. I had been stopping in for years just keeping up with what BMW was doing. From the first time I saw the LT I thought it was the best looking bike ever made. Fast forward to this spring and I don't know what happened but I decided to go a different route as far as biking was concerned Made some phone calls on Thursday and picked up the LT on Friday. I had never ridden one.
I really like the nice smooth motor, plenty of power, although the torque curve proved difficult to get used to after the RK, that had 105ft/lb at a much lower RPM. Still acceptable though. Highway cruising has to be the Lt's strongest suit. The stereo sound was terrific, even dealing with the skipping of the CD on occasion, I enjoyed the music. The power assisted brakes with ABS provided outstanding stopping power, smooth and predictable stopping. I did not like the total integration of the front to back systems. This small detail was a big deal to me. May not be to all but for some reason I had issues with it. I might add that I am no fan of ABS at all. But I am getting used to it on the RT. I guess
I am just old and stuck in my ways.
And of course everyone should know what the next gripe is. Top Heavy, I ride to work most days and living in the city of Chicago, downtown, I will find myself using many of the alley ways as my garage is in the middle of the block and my alley has T intersections at both ends. This coupled with the unique front suspension that does not Dip or dive when breaking, made a surprise car or pedestrian appearing around a blind corner quite a challenge when startled braking was applied. Never dropped her but came very close a couple of times
I also did not like the fact that I could not see the motor, I know I said I thought the bike was the best looking ever, so this one doe not make a lot of sense, but it did bug me. I also was really annoyed by all the rattles and creaking of the Tupperware. It prolly could have been worked out over time, but a pain nonetheless. I did apply some velcro here and there as well as asking the dealer to help at the 600 service but to no avail though.
So basically I think it was a fantastic motorcycle with some minor annoyances that I could have learned to live with but chose not to at this time. I will have another LT at some point surly when I retire and can enjoy what the bike was built for. I am really anxious to see the next generation, what ever they call it, because I am sure that I am not the only person with these concerns. Hopefully that will be the perfect bike if say the difference from the 04 RT to the 05 RT, comparison could be made for the LT, Lighter , more power, lower CG, better braking system, better slow speed handling, etc.
Have Said how much I love that RT? Being new to BMW has made for one very enjoyable summer for this old man and Icannot wait to have as many BMW motorcycles as possible. Well that can only happen if I win the lottery... Better go buy a ticket...
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