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Good morning;

I stumbled across this web site while looking for and at the new BMW1200LT. WOW! Beautiful bike..SO, I called the nearest dealer in Canton, Michigan only to discover that he doesn't have one. Next two to three weeks.or So!

Anyhow, I am seriously interested in thenew Harley Styreet Glide but the 1200LT definately caught my eye. So why should I even consider the 1200Lt and or the 1200GT ? (Maybe this is sort of like asking Colonel Sanders why Chicken?)

The Harley Street Glide is also beautiful, and they both (1200LT and Street Glide) are about the same price at about 21K. W

When I talked with the dealer this morning, he asked what I wanted on it? Not like it's two all beef patties etc. but looking at the options and acessories columns on the BMW web sites, they kind of indicate that it comes with everything, whatever that is. What options are there? I guess that isn't important at this time.

So back to the basic question BMW K1200LT vs. the Harley Street Glide !

I have also looked at some of your comments about the 1200GT, so what is the difference between the GT and the LT ? Performance? I don't know, that's why I am asking.

Looking forward to your comments. They will help, but I know, not as much as going out and test riding both of the bikes
 

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reschwert said:
as going out and test riding both of the bikes
That will tell u all u need to know. IMHO no comparision.

-TBob
 

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Last Year when I was looking, I wanted an ELGC and was not aware of the LT. I had not ridden in 25 years and decided to get a bike and with childhood dreams and some cash we started looking.We rented an ELGC for a week and headed out. I was very happy with the ELGC but my wife hated it, it beat her to death, I had to help her get off of it one time she was in such pain. We still have not figured out why, we have friends that have them and both love them. We returned the bike and I was nearly in tears, a friend came up on his new HD EGS and asked "What's up?" so I told him and he suggested I come ride his LT, said the wife would love it. So we took him up on his offer, 15 min latter the, wife said she could ride it. So we went to the BMW dealer to get one, none in stock and no idea when they would get one. So I came on this site and bought an 03 from the classifieds. That was last Feb and we have logged 20K on our LT this past year, we rode several 12 hour days together and she has not complained once.

Thats my story and I'm sticking to it!
 

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the GT versus the LT and the harley? that's like comparing a cheetah to garfield the cat.

ride all three and make up your own mind.

if i were riding one up i'd get the GT.

for two up i'd get the LT.

if i were a rich man i'd add a harley for chuffing around town. but personally i don't think i'd ever get a hawg if it was my only bike.
 

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Here's my story. Been riding a Harley for years. Currently have an Ultra Classic. After riding on two different BMWs in Europe and Africa I decided that if I really wanted to have the full motorcycle experience I needed a BMW. Because I always ride 2 up, I looked at the LT. My girlfriend loved it and I bought one 2 days ago. No law against having both a Harley and BMW, but I'm guessing my Harley won't get many more miles on it. I'm delighted with the LT and l look forward to lots of long distance riding. The handling is unbelieveable.
 

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LT vs Farm Implement

I've been riding HD's off & on since I was 17. Went with two friends to BMW dealer in July because one of them was interested in an LT. All three of us have been riding together since we met at the local HOG club in '99. Two of us had no intension of buying one and making the usual jokes that harley riders make about other bikes. Well the dealer turned us lose with the LT for the day. Long story short all three of us bought one when we got back to dealer. I got mine the Friday July 29. The salesman ask me when I wanted to do my 600 mile service I said Monday he said can't do that closed on Monday how about Tuesday. I have 16,000+ miles on it now. I have only ridin the HD once since I got the LT. My signature line kinda sums it up.
 

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In addition to going out and test riding both, what kind of riding do you want to do? What has been your past rides? Do you want to continue in that manner and/or style, or are looking to make a change to something different?

What's important to YOU...brand? ride/handling characteristics? maintenance? dealer support network? etc, etc..... answer those (and other) questions for yourself and you'll most likely come to a decision as to which one will "fit" you the best.

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Your question, as you alluded to, is akin to standing up in a Babtist church and asking which is best, the Bible, or the Koran. :D

I got back into riding after 28 years off bikes by riding my son in law's Harley Softail Heritage Classic. After 4,000 miles on that, decided to get back into it again myself, and started looking. Did not know what kind of bike I wanted, except that it was not going to be a Harley! Had some fun on it, but just too feet forward, tractor like for my blood. I ended up with an LT, and rode those very happily for 124,000 miles!

When my son in law was home on leave, I talked him into riding the LT. He was a long time Harley rider, started when he was 15 and had Harleys ever since. He reluctantly took the LT out, and about 30 minutes later rode up the driveway, looked at me with a wide grin and a somewhat flushed look, and said "Wow, what an adrenalin rush!" His outlook to other than Harley changed entirely in that 30 minute ride.

He recently sold his Harley, and if he does buy another bike he will no longer have the "Harley only" outlook.

Ride all the bikes you are interested in. Only you can make the final decision, based on what you desire in a bike. It could well be the Harley, but our bets are on you getting the LT. Perfoamance wise, there is no comparison, either in power, speed, handling, and most certainly STOPPING! Be really careful the first time you stop on the LT, or you may end up testing the seating comfort of the TANK! :D :D
 

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I owned a Low Rider when one Saturday afternoon two friends and myself decided to go "tire kicking" at A & S in Roseville. Long story short, after 15 minutes on the LT, I asked the salesman (Ted), "where do I sign?" I was sold. Night and day difference from the Harley. Six months later, when I had 6,000 miles on the LT, I hadn't even started the Low Rider, so I sold it. Out of the three guys, two bought BMW's.

Fast forward two years. I injuried my knee, and the seating position on the LT caused me great pain. I tried a custom seat from Mayer's, Jpegs, etc, nothing helped. Plus, I have to admit that the LT was so perfect, it was boring...

I went shopping, saw the Street Glide, and bought one. Put a 95ci kit in it, some other performance mods, and an really enjoying the hell out of it. The seating positon doesn't hurt my knee, plus it's something new to me to farkle to my heart's content.

I have no doubt that I will own another LT in the future. You can't beat it for the ultimate touring bike, yet still ride it like a sport bike when the occasion strikes.

Ride both, you decide...

 

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I would not own or ride a motorcycle without ABS. Just a safety issue that I believe has saved many.
 

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I looked at and rode about everything. Came down to the same dilemma as you...choice between an Ultra Glide and an LT. At a party one night, with about six dedicated Harley husbands and wifes, a buddy summed it up to me this way AFTER extolling how beautiful the BMW handled and rode: "I'd get one myself (LT) but then I would miss the Harley culture".
I made my decision right then, and bought the LT within a week. As a sidebar, I thought I would miss riding with some of them, cause they are my close friends, but the LT falls over in the turns if you ride it that slow.
 

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I've owned both and still have one Harley. I did tons of comparisons online using forums and talking with people. I even created a spreadsheet to weigh the various merits of both of those bikes and the Wing. I did test rides on all 3 bikes. In the end, I went with the BMW, even though it means I'm 600km from the nearest dealer versus local dealers for both the wing and Harley. My rational. The BMW just called to me and "felt" right. Costs, reliability, service, accessories all didn't mean as much as the feeling I got on the beemer. In the end, after you've dumped a bunch of money on whatever bike you decide on, if it doesn't feel right to you, in my opinion you'll regret your purchase despite what the hard data on costs, reliability etc come out to.
 

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Call Blane at Grand Rapids BMW @ 616-530-6900. He is one of the co-owners. Tell him that Dick sent you. They have 4-5 new (maybe more out back) LT's in stock. Best dealership in Michigan IMHO. No, I don't work there and no I don't get a cut on any sales. Dick
 

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Rent them

Wife & I rented Harley, Goldwing, BMW for weekend test-rides. That's roughly $400 to ground our purchase decision on experience rather than sales literature and hearsay. Drop the mouse & grab a throttle. :)
 

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Harleys are truly silly machines

My first bike was a Harley... and beyond the Harley "culture" there's no reason to buy a Harley. They're not attractive in my opinion and they perform and function well below the LT's standards. Unless you grew up having to have one (perhaps in the baby boomer generation), I see no reason to spend good money on an inferior product. And inferior they are and that's a fact. That's my two cents.
 

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Culture

The "culture" runs thick with BMW riders, too, though with a bit more panache. Just check out a beemer dealership and observe the BMW roundel-clad golf shirts, jackets, hats, etc. etc.

If you want to go the uncultured route, try one of these:

 

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Say what...

Can't figure out how in the world one could compare these two machines in any rational sort of way. Emotionally, egotistically, and irrationally yes I suppose one could 'compare' the LT and the Street Glide; but why bother?

Comparing an LT with a properly equipped (ie. HID, oil cooler, fairing lowers, sintered brake pads, heated grips, upgraded windshield, Ohlins rear shocks, and so forth) Road Glide *might* make for a more reasonable comparison. Some of the neatest H-D riders I've met have been Iron Butt types, riding Road Glides set up for long and safe distance riding-way cool bikes and riders. Stock engines and STOCK exhaust systems along with other items to enhance comfort and safety. Unfortunatly these types of riders like us LT'ers are in the distinct minority. I b lovin' Harley-Davidson's products for what they are. The Motor Company has brought many, many nonriders into our moto community over the past 12-15 years and we are all the better for it.

I've come extremely close on two occasions to purchasing a Harley only to back away at the 'last' minute when I slapped myself sober when I realized that I really, really do enjoy riding big miles year in and year out and the current Harley fleet just isn't capable in that department. I reckon I'll make a Harley purchase in the next two years just for plain ole fun. Isn't that a good enough reason to ride in th' first place?
 

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Apples :bmw:











Oranges :(
 

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Its really a simple answer,

BMW = form and function...
HD = "Dont I look cool on this bike?"
Test ride all ..you will find what you like.
If you ask the question, I am thinking you must like the HD
You might want to try this forum,
http://www.v-twinforum.com/

See Ya!
 

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Wait a second...

What do you mean uncultured... isn't that a Sportster?

midwilshire said:
The "culture" runs thick with BMW riders, too, though with a bit more panache. Just check out a beemer dealership and observe the BMW roundel-clad golf shirts, jackets, hats, etc. etc.

If you want to go the uncultured route, try one of these:

 
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