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Greetings,
I'm new to the forum and considering purchasing either a 2002 or 2005 LT.
Can anyone tell me the difference between the 2 bikes, if any?

Thanks!

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Greetings,
I'm new to the forum and considering purchasing either a 2002 or 2005 LT.
Can anyone tell me the difference between the 2 bikes, if any?

Thanks!

YD
3 years. :grin:

I forget all of the differences, but here are a few for the later model:

1. EHCS centerstand
2. Higher HP due to increased compression, larger throttle body and I think maybe a difference cam profile
3. Different front suspension geometry to supposedly improve low-speed handling, but at the expense of no longer being recommended for use with radial tires.
4. Different dash with LCD display
5. I can’t remember what year the servo assisted brakes came into being, but I think it was late 04 or 05 so the 2003 likely does not have the more troublesome servo brake iABS system, but others here will confirm that as I am not 100% on this one.

Personally, I like the additional capability of the later model, particularly the dash, HP and EHCS. However, many like the simplicity of the earlier models’ ABS and manual centerstand. All depends on what you like.
 

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It just so happens I have a 2002 and a 2005 1200LT in my garage. I was having the same dilemma in deciding to keep my farkled out 2002, (bought new, extremely well maintained) or make a change.
Bought a 2005 with 37000 kms (23000 mi) on it on a whim, but really still deciding which to keep.
The 2 bikes are very similar in a lot of ways but also very different in a lot of ways. One big difference is the power centre stand on 2005, really like it, but from what I am seeing on the site, prone to failure
Still struggling with BMW quality issues
A lot of trim (not all), accessories, brake parts (ABS different), drive train components except diff will transfer over but electronics, radio dash etc are all different, no crazy about temp and fuel gauge location
It has a little more power 6hp I think, you do feel difference but it is marginal. It handles a little better at lower speed (changed front end rake I think, and the seat is lower (not really a good thing because it puts you in a pocket, you can not move around much also bends knees a little more which is a concern for me (6ft 1 in), have a drivers peg lowering kit to put on. They both handle the same above 5 mph, braking is same.
 

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It just so happens I have a 2002 and a 2005 1200LT in my garage. I was having the same dilemma in deciding to keep my farkled out 2002, (bought new, extremely well maintained) or make a change.
Bought a 2005 with 37000 kms (23000 mi) on it on a whim, but really still deciding which to keep.
The 2 bikes are very similar in a lot of ways but also very different in a lot of ways. One big difference is the power centre stand on 2005, really like it, but from what I am seeing on the site, prone to failure
Still struggling with BMW quality issues
A lot of trim (not all), accessories, brake parts (ABS different), drive train components except diff will transfer over but electronics, radio dash etc are all different, no crazy about temp and fuel gauge location
It has a little more power 6hp I think, you do feel difference but it is marginal. It handles a little better at lower speed (changed front end rake I think, and the seat is lower (not really a good thing because it puts you in a pocket, you can not move around much also bends knees a little more which is a concern for me (6ft 1 in), have a drivers peg lowering kit to put on. They both handle the same above 5 mph, braking is same.
I think it is 17 HP difference. 99 to 116 as I recall. It is mostly at high RPM so probably little difference in normal riding. Unless your normal riding keeps the RPM above 6,000. :grin:
 

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I think it is 17 HP difference. 99 to 116 as I recall. It is mostly at high RPM so probably little difference in normal riding. Unless your normal riding keeps the RPM above 6,000. :grin:
Servo brakes came in at 2002 US models ( late 01 possibly for some I think Sailor may have said) and the location of the fluid reservoirs changes I think in 05 from under the seat to on top of the ABS unit itself but 02 on has servo brakes. My 01 does not. If you are buying an 02 on, would probably go with the newer of the two depending on maintenance, mileage and farkles keeping in mind the no radials after 05 as that limits the tire choices even more than the scant few with proper fitment.
 
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