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K1200LT 137MPH
R1200RT 133MPH
WHOSE STILL THE BEST ?
better value for the money
better bike
I could go on.

THE FLAGSHIP RULES .

04 YOUR 05 IN GRAPHITE IN BLIGHTY.

(LETS SEE WHAT R1200 RT OWNERS HAVE TO SAY)
 

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Where did those numbers come from? An LT doing 137, I don't think so. I'm not sure what the top end is on the RT. I did ride an RT on the autobahn in August, hit 120mph (indicated) before having to slow down for traffic. Of course the RT was only in 4th gear, cases loaded and 2 up. LOL Both are fine bikes, I'm just having problems thinking the LT will out run an RT.
 

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Two entirely different bikes . . . world's apart!!! I was very excited about taking the new R1200RT for a test ride. Thirty miles later, I got off of it and really don't care to ever swing my leg over another one. Then again...maybe I'm just a 4-cylinder kinda guy.
 

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When the K1200LT came out BMW only claimed 125. MCN only listed it at 115. The newer ones with more power may have a higher top end. I have only had mine to 100 on the speedo once so I don't know what mine would do.

To each their own but for me the with the price on the RT about the same as the LT-at least equiped about the same-I would have to go with the LT.
 

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KBandit said:
my LT will do 137 ... if i ride it off a cliff.

I've done 140. Could've gone more but ran up to traffic. Not something I make a habit of mind you. Did it the one time just to see what she would do.

Hey Joe, how fast did you....er, I mean YOUR FRIEND...get to blowing away chopper boy?

Ride safe,
Steve S.
 

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The pre-'05 LT's can do 124 MAX (OK...give or take 1-2 mph). Of course, I'm talking GPS measured speed here.

The '05s are probably capable of the 130-132 range...given the extra 15 ponies and a leetle more torque.
 

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I've had my LT at 200 Km/h on the ( unmodified ) speedometer.
It was surprisingly comfortable at that speed.
There is no comparison with the RT - may be a little faster but there is far more vibration and does not feel nearly as secure.
The LT at any speed is smoother and feels far more stable.
 

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K1200lt V R1200rt

Went over to belgium a month ago with two freinds on 1150RT, s .
On the motorway both stuck up my behind , so i thought right lets see what the beast will do as both of my freinds have always said there bikes are quicker .
gradually winding it up to 100mph they are right behind.
110mph they are trying to get in my slipstream.
120 mph starting to gather distance away from them.
130 mph are they going backwards.
140 mph all i can see is two headlights way way in the distance , i,m thinking have they broke down. The LT if you have got big balls to hold it flat out will do 140 mph and will be a lot more stable than a lighted R1200RT .
By the way i am two up with the bike filly loaded.
The others are one up with and loaded.
when we stopped at the motorway services my one freind on a limited edition 1150RT said his bike was a piece of shit and he was going to sell it , but now he,s gonna put a Remus pipe on and chip it . he still aint gonna catch me .
what do you think folks?
 

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Just check the avatar above.

(Yes, that's an uncorrected speedo. But it was still fun.)
 

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I've had my '03 LT with my wife aboard up to 120 MPH according to the stock speedo. There was some throttle left, but I decided against risking a ticket any further.

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ATFLT said:
When the K1200LT came out BMW only claimed 125. MCN only listed it at 115.
My '04 has seen the other side of a GPS indicated 120 mph. It still had more, but it was definitely going to climb VERY slooooooowwwwwly. I'd go with the BMW claimed 125 as the max on the pre '05.







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ATFLT said:
When the K1200LT came out BMW only claimed 125. MCN only listed it at 115.
The old ones would run to 127 on the GPS, the new ones run to more. My 05 has shown 133 on the GPS and seemed to have more to go.

I don't think it would run to 140. Might make 137 - don't know.
 

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LT wide open

Ditto on that ... checked it with the 276C ... flat, open road. No wind to affect performance-- side, back or front.

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The pre-'05 LT's can do 124 MAX (OK...give or take 1-2 mph). Of course, I'm talking GPS measured speed here.

The '05s are probably capable of the 130-132 range...given the extra 15 ponies and a leetle more torque.
 

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K1200 LT vs. R1200 RT

I own a 2002 K1200 LTE that is loaded. On July 1st, I bought a new R1200 RT (Color is red and also loaded with every option available)...Both bikes are wonderful! When I put around the city, I take the bags off my R1200, put the ESA on sport, and hit the curves! The R1200RT is a fun & sporty bike to ride. Everyone I talked to told me when I bought the R1200 RT that I would sell my LT. No way...When I travel, the LT is the bike. No question.....Don't get me wrong, I know guys that rode all the way to California on the R1200 RT, but for me, I would take my LT. For comfort on a long trip, the LT is the most comfort bike on the road! Just my '02 cents...

Dave Eller
'02 K1200 LTE
'05 R1200 RT
'05 1200 Sportster HD
 

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Have had mine to 140 (speedo), the GPS said 126. I was solid and stable and felt like it might have a littl emore to go but made my point to the rider on the crotch rocket and backed it off. His top end was 120 (GPS).
 

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I have a 99 LT right now. I am at this time riding a R1200RT. It is a very nice motorcycle and would love to have owning one. It is fast, light, beautiful, and well designed.

Why I would not own one. I hate to give the confort of, no intercom, no cb, no winglets, and the comfort that goes for the passenger.

If I were single????????????? :)

Just kidding.
 

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Ride around 150 miles at a shot - each day, for a week - then see what a REAL pain in the behind it is.

Screen - right between the eyes, but then again, you may be used to that if you have "Euro" screen on your LT.

Easier to throw around? Not in my opinion. I find my LT much easier - much more sure footed. the RT was skittish, didn't ride well. Maybe having this electronic suspension control sorts all that.

but - the pitching up and down of the nose on acceleration/braking, so cars think you're flashing the headlight at them all the time - right pain.

Get a hi-power LT, or drop a Rhinewest into your 99. Its not far off the RT then
 

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R1200RT disapointment...

I finally had a chance to take out a shiney, new RT! Boy oh boy, was I excited. 2 miles later was I unhappy! :( The windshield flops around, the engine vibrates, the exhaust note sounds metallic, the foot controls are too tight... Quick, I need some cheese to go with my whine!

The bike did nothing for me. Period. I prefer my R100/7 with its Windjammer, rich feel and sounds (Yes. I know it has NO brakes!)

I like the looks and the idea of the RT - Just not the reality of the bike.

When asked by the sales guy what I thought, I said. "I ride an LT and I do believe I'm spoiled by the best bike in the world." He looked at me and smiled. Nodding his head 'Yes' he said, "I understand completely."

I love my LT! :D :D :D
 

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I owned an 1150 RT. I can not speak for the 1200.....but the RT speedo is off by 10%!

If the speedo says:
120 you are only going 108.
130 you are only going 117


And you thought the LT speedo is inaccurate. This was confirmed many times with a Garmin 276C.

The 1150 RT useful top end is about 120 (actual). If you are going downhill with a backwind and have 50 miles of straight road with no cops, maybe more.

The RT is much better in tight twisties due to weight. The LT is Faster than the old RT's probably not the new one.

Anyone care to do a 2 week 10,000 mile trip, 2 up on an RT?

It would be divorce for me. Depends where you live, but many states like mine the wife gets 50%. That makes the RT a very expensive bike.
 
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