If you will be traveling self-guided, then I would heartily recommend renting a bike from Stepfan Knopf in Heidelberg. He is super to work with and can be reached at www.knopftours.com. I rented an R1200RT from Stepfan in July, 2008, and was very pleased. The RT is great for riding in the Alps. I wouldn't consider riding an LT due to some of the issues with switchbacks.
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