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Just joined tonight. I'm a Harley rider but want to get an inexpensive tourer for occasional use. Plus a bike I can park and just wash and dry without the polishing!
After scouring the ads I came across the K1200LT. So after watching the YT vids I'm hooked. Love it. My mate swears by the R1200RT but it looks a bit Dakar to me with the boxes fitted afterwards. The K just looks so neat and curvy. I'm looking at various models from 99 to 08. Seems the later models have electric centre stand and an extra light under the main light. Different dash too I think. I know they're heavy but not as heavy as an Electraglide which I've ridden no problem. Anyway can you experts give me some tips on what I should be looking for please? Mileage issues etc!
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They are great bikes! Very comfortable, particularly 2 up. They do require more maintenance than your late model HD. They handle extremely well, and get great fuel economy even when ridden very fast. Good luck with your search. They stay fairly clean due to the aerodynamics too. Ciao.
 
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Your Electra Glide was no where near the top heavy pig that the LT is. This really only comes into play at very low speeds and when stopping. Always and I mean always have the front wheel straight ahead when coming to a final stop or she will dirt nap on you. Other wise she will run circles around most bikes in the handling area at speeds above 5 MPH.
 

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Figure out what you want the bike to do and buy the bike that fits what you want to do. If you want a long distance touring bike that your passenger can relax and read a book on, the LT may be just the bike you are looking for. The problem is that once you start riding the LT, your HD may get jealous and lonely. Good Luck with the decision and purchase.
 

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You can find the issues on this forum and the methods on fixing them. They have their issues unique to them, like any bike. But if your handy with a wrench. It's no problem. Some issues are... Final drives on some,Not all LTs. There is a member here that rebuilds them. The radios can be an issue. Again. Not all. And there are solutions. Best put. If you buy an LT. Best plan on having the HD parked for awhile. Once your used to it, the Harley will sit.The parking lot manuvering is where it's top heavy. And as John stated. Stop with wheel straight or she gets unstable. But above 5 mph. Holy hell is it fun. You can Take her on a superslab 2 up at 85 or 90 mph allday and it loves it. My favorite is twisty mountain roads. It handles like a sportbike with manners. The look on peoples faces going down US 129 is priceless seeing that big bike dancing .Just an amazing machine inspite of time and labor when doing maintenance. Well worth it though.
 

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I loved mine and above comments are true but since the LT is out of production for several years, I'd seriously look at the K1600's. Some good deals on used one's out there.
 
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Great replies guys thanks. The idea is to ride across Europe, alps, Italian lakes etc and U.K. Stuff too. In comfort! The Harley thing is a different pastime really as I hang out with other Sunday afternoon chrome / noise tea & cakers!!!
One other concern is I have giraffe legs, but I understand the LT has adjustable pegs.
I've looked at Pan Euro's, Gold wings etc. But the LT just looks the boy! The K1600's are fantastic but bigger money, plus I'm just testing the idea at the mo so the cheaper option will do for now and maybe get one later if we take it seriously.
I take it high mileage isn't an issue?
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I take it high mileage isn't an issue?
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Not really. Don Arthur totaled his LT on the way to the Iron Butt Rally in 2005. It was a 2000 and it had 304,000 on it.
 
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I loved mine and above comments are true but since the LT is out of production for several years, I'd seriously look at the K1600's. Some good deals on used one's out there.
I didn't think of looking for a used K1600. Can't imagine the deal being close to the ones I've seen on K1200LT. I love mine but it is tippy, especially with the crown of the road. Can't figure out why it's so top heavy when the engine, tranny is sooo low! My only gripe is the GPS, Radio system. I could do without the CD just wish it could talk to my iphone and I wish any Garmin/TomTom would plug and play.
 

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fyi I have had some success recently with connecting my phone/mp3 player to my 05 LT. If you want, check out the recent "Decent stereo workaround" thread. So far so good.
 

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Hi All,
Just joined tonight. I'm a Harley rider but want to get an inexpensive tourer for occasional use. Plus a bike I can park and just wash and dry without the polishing!
After scouring the ads I came across the K1200LT. So after watching the YT vids I'm hooked. Love it. My mate swears by the R1200RT but it looks a bit Dakar to me with the boxes fitted afterwards. The K just looks so neat and curvy. I'm looking at various models from 99 to 08. Seems the later models have electric centre stand and an extra light under the main light. Different dash too I think. I know they're heavy but not as heavy as an Electraglide which I've ridden no problem. Anyway can you experts give me some tips on what I should be looking for please? Mileage issues etc!
Many thanks.


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The first thing you should know is that there is nothing inexpensive about the LT. :smile:
 

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No one has mentioned the ABS systems on the early /and upgraded versions. Might want to research that issue. Good luck.
 

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The first thing you should know is that there is nothing inexpensive about the LT. :smile:


I take your point but I'm talking about the purchase price of circa 3k - 5k.
I should imagine the parts are expensive from BMW but if these bikes are as reliable as I'm led to believe I shouldn't be buying many parts considering the low mileage I have planned for the bike.
Anyway I'm used to HD's and the associated extortion!!!


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You know. I should have mentioned. The ABS system 99/2001 is just that ABS. 02/09 They are integral ,servo power assist. If the ABS servo goes out. You only have residual braking. And an integral ABS pump is $$$$. If you flush them annually. The integral system seems to do fine. But again. You have to flush the ABS regularity. If I were to do it again. I would go for a 1999-2001 with no servo assist. I just don't think it's needed. I have a 2004 with servo assist. It's been fine. But the 99-2001 is simpler and if the ABS goes. You still have brakes.And if that ABS goes. They can be rebuilt at a reasonable $$$.The integral/ servo ABS can't be rebuilt as of yet. Just info you might want to know.
 
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I have owned two LTs The first one (02) had ABS issues. The big Module that is expensive to replace. So I sold in in 2010. The brakes still work but not the ABS function and the dash light flashes.
So I licked my wounds and moved on. I was looking for another bike after moving back to the states in 2013. So I bought a 2006 LT. for $6600 (8800miles) so far it has been a great touring bike 15500 miles later.
In June 2016 I put a Russell day long seat on it. A better ride for sure but that's another story. It is a great touring bike The adjustable windshield gives great protection, I removed the CD player and radio and antenna.
For various person reasons a motorcycle radio is worthless. While the radio removed I get all the space in that top compartment for small items. It's much better. Heated grips and seat. I get tire shake at 40 mph or so with all bikes I
have owned. The biggest issue with the LT is that it is underpowered. 1171cc trying to move bike and rider/cargo is getting old. I think it needs a 6 spd transmission. The cruise control is nice as well. BUT the bike needed
a redesign. (enter K1600) I bought a used 2013 K1600GTL it is way more expensive that the LT . A larger engine (that doesn't smoke) way more power, suspension control, throttle control, removable bags/paniers, easy access
oil filter, superior handling, bluetooth, tire pressure monitor, XM radio, but the windshield is smaller less protective. However I still have both bikes. but the LT is a good ride and it's paid for.
 

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I take your point but I'm talking about the purchase price of circa 3k - 5k.
I should imagine the parts are expensive from BMW but if these bikes are as reliable as I'm led to believe I shouldn't be buying many parts considering the low mileage I have planned for the bike.
Anyway I'm used to HD's and the associated extortion!!!


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Bikes that are inexpensive used are usually thus for a reason. My LT, when it is working, is the best touring bike on the road. However, it has been the most troublesome vehicle I have ever owned and the most expensive to maintain by a large margin.

Just plan to do your own work and buy aftermarket parts to the extent possible. And read this forum to know what to address preemptively such as fuel line disconnects, trunk latch, brake lines, crankcase vent, etc,
 

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YES!
Just buy one.
I've owned an 05 for the last four years, and it's a great riging / touring bike. I don't care if it's a 10 mile commute or a ride to lunch, I still enjoy the bike. And for longer, multi-day, multi-week trips, it's a great companion. Yes, maintenance can be expensive, but do as much work yourself as you are comfortable with. If I have engine work I want done, I take off the "tupperware" myslef, then drive it to the mechanic. Why pay him for two hours of just removing plastic panels.
Good luck with your research and your decision.
 

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Great info guys thanks very much. From all the research I've done it's definitely my number one choice. However, I can see a number of K1200GT's, K1300GT's and many versions of the R flat twin for sale at similar money. But they all seem to be designed around the rider not the pillion. Any thoughts as to why the LT is better over the other BMW tourers?



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The Rt is a nice tourer. Even for two.Maybe just enough for 2 up. It and other BMW bikes just don't match the wind protection, comfort of the LT. The Rt just isn't as good two up as the LT is IMO . But many guys tour with them. It is said the K1600 can be as good as the LT with some add on's. Aero wings. New windshield, Seat. Etc... I can see the next step for me being a K1600. But that won't be for quite a while as this LT isn't going anywhere anytime soon. And by then. The LT will have out of production for a number of years by then. So not really an option.
 
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