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I'm looking at buying either of three bikes

A used Wing
A used K1200LT
A used K1200GT

I'm looking for a 2 hr one way traveling bike. Looking for comfort and wind protection (cruise would be nice too)

The LT seems to be my best bet, the Wing also, but I have a good deal on a K1200GT

My concerns are with the GT:

I'm more of an "upright" rider and the GT is more of a "front leaning" ride (front bar risers?)
The GT does not have the same wind protection as the LT (similar but not the same - recommendations could be a bigger shield - what about side winds)
I like the option of cruise control on the LT that I don't think comes on the GT (does it? Especially when my commute is 105 miles one way)
The LT is much better for two up (more comfortable for the rider)
I would definitely need the back box of the LT for commuting with all I have to carry for work
I do know the GT is much less top heavy than the LT which is a plus

How much different is the GT than the LT? Is it that much more noticeable in all the areas mentioned above?

Any other input would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Woody
 

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Sounds like you’re mostly interested in freeway riding? In so, I’d go for the Wing as it’s a very stable freeway bike. IMO, the LT is too old of a bike to buy now. If the GT is too forward for you, you could always install bar backs.
 

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Hey Woody, welcome, you're not going to get the protection from the GT as you would the LT. I've had both for awhile, LT since new and the GT a few years old. I bought the GT to have a short distance rider of just a few hours or so and for zipping around town. It was fine when I was a little younger but as I got older I became less interested with that style of riding which is more sport oriented. Even though it has bar backs, it was still uncomfortable after just a few hours in the saddle and has been sitting in the garage for well over a year now! Also keep in mind the servo brakes on some year BMW's as my 2006 LT and the 2004 GT both have them and it could involve a small fortune for replacement if they fail. My own GT has cruise but I can't say whether it was a standard feature on all the older models. The GT is definitely lighter and more nimble but the LT is just as proficient, just a bit heavier. These are my own opinions on the subject!
 

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Thanks I appreciate the input and agree that the Wing is probably the better bet for me all around. I had a 2010 Concours which I'm guessing is very much in line with a GT and I did install the risers which helped with the more upright position, but it definitely didn't give me the wind protection I was used to and needed with my old Ventures
 

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Yes, I'm an older gentleman as well and really need the wind protection and seating comfort. I am pretty much convinced with what you've shared and what I've read elsewhere that the GT is not going to give me what I really need (even though it falls more into my budget right now). So I'm up to either the LT or the Wing to whatever I can find within my meager budget right now given other responsibilities. I don't think there are any other bikes which fit into the wind protection\cruise control option I need. Close but no cigar. Thanks for the detailed reply
 
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