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Gee wizzz...
It's not an LT.
It's a K16GT/L.
Different bikes.
Why talk like the LT is dead?
Do you think BMW will produce another LT?
Of course they will!
Give them another year.
 

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It's OK.........it's not like the LTs will disappear the dog gone things will probably out last me..........and still beat most other big bikes down the pike................Class don't just go away.............. :cool:
 

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It looks to me like BMW has dropped the LT and come up with a new bike, the 6-cyl GTL. If this is meant to be a "luxury touring" bike, then it is BMW's way of responding to the years of LT owners complaining about different things and providing multiple wish lists of what they would like to see on the "next" LT. Well, I guess we're getting what we wished for. As has been said, be careful of what you wish for, you might get it. Let's jump about 8 years down stream. I'll bet there will be a hard-core cadre of GTL lovers who bemoan the next model GTL that BMW decides to produce. People won't like the design,the lack of whatever, the addition of whatever, and so on. But golly gee whiz, it sure is fun to speculate. http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/images/icons/icon6.gif ;) ;)
 

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I'm glad I traded my 99 LT in for a New 09 LT......I don't think BMW will ever be able to top the LT as a Luxury Tourer..... Unless they put the 6 in the existing LT Frame..... :)
 

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I will place my money on the K1600GTL being it as far as top touring bikes go from BMW for a while. The gap between the use profile of the GTL and the old LT is too small to justify it. The incremental sales - people that want a BMW tourer but don't fancy the GTL or RT - wont justify the development and production costs.
 

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bmwhd said:
I will place my money on the K1600GTL being it as far as top touring bikes go from BMW for a while. The gap between the use profile of the GTL and the old LT is too small to justify it. The incremental sales - people that want a BMW tourer but don't fancy the GTL or RT - wont justify the development and production costs.
I agree.

I don't have the stats with regard to global sales of the LT, but I have to believe that the US market was their largest - our vast geographical size and road system suits the LT, but in Europe it seems that the lighter "naked" bikes are much more prevalent. There has been a macro shift in the US to Adventure bikes, which obviously BMW plays well in.

I hope I'm wrong, but I don't see BMW building a true replacement for the LT.
 

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Appears to be a new time for BMW,this bike is retro from a touring gtl, to a gt without the trunk, or a gt sport with no trunk or saddle bags, Id be interested in the sport model but the price difference would have to be great enough to justify this, For the record i will never sell my 2007 k1200lt, its very passanger freindly for comfort, if you checkthe utubevideos you will see the passanger hanging onto the pilot,BMW need to offer arm rests,we will see,,anyway this would never happen on my lt...Matthew
 

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UltraLT said:
I wonder if it will have as bad a seat at the LT. It"s a BMW, of course it will.

Ultra LT
....how else are the aftermarket farkels guys suppose to make money? ;)
 

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One thing for sure is that this new K1600GTL does NOT seem to be targeting Goldwing crowd. So no more competion with Goldwing?

dabadger said:
Gee wizzz...
It's not an LT.
It's a K16GT/L.
Different bikes.
Why talk like the LT is dead?
Do you think BMW will produce another LT?
Of course they will!
Give them another year.
 

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Hell, we ride a 10 year old LT and will continue to do so for many more years.
We certainly can't afford to buy a new one now anyways. If things turn around in a few years just maybe BMW may address once again a full dresser for the pure touring crowd.
 

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MattKas said:
One thing for sure is that this new K1600GTL does NOT seem to be targeting Goldwing crowd. So no more competion with Goldwing?
I'm on record as saying I'm not a typical Goldwing owner, but I own a 09 Goldwing and had an 05 before. I also have a 2010 Concours (had a FJR before it). To me, the new GTL may be the perfect bike. What I need is a good two-up bike. But my wife only rides with me six months of the year. The other six months I take the Goldwing out just to keep it from dry-rotting in the garage.

With the new GTL as my two-up bike, I can see actually enjoying it by myself as an alternate to my Concours. I'm already chomping at the bit to see the new GTL and what it would take (financially) to go from my Goldwing to the GTL next year.
 

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My 09 LT is going to hard to part with. I sure like the dash on the GTL...being able to see the GPS display during the day is an improvement if the engineering is proper...We shall see :confused:
 

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I view the LT in the same light as the old Cadillac land yachts. The Coupe DeVille's have been replaced with CTX, and SRX and whatever 3 letter combos..I'm sure this switch from traditional Caddys alienated their old customers and no doubt making the shift cost Caddy old customers but gained a new ones.. This bike will do the same for BMW. This is a new generation of sporty touring bikes.

The LT suffered from horrendous depreciation and poor resale value compared to other BMW models in my market. We'll see how this one fares.

For me, this bike hits the mark. I never cared for the LT. Different strokes and all... :bmw:

I also tried the Goldwing and it was a strange bike to ride.. I felt I was in a car / bike hybrid. Lovely engine, but I did not care for how the bike handled or the riding sensation. At least the LT didn't feel like you're driving a car on 2 wheels.
 

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Here's hoping that BMW is fully aware of what we won't readily admit - passenger comfort is the key. Said passenger, in many cases, yays or nays a bike purchase.
Aging population + demanding SO's = an LT or such in the future.
 

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DarkMeister said:
Here's hoping that BMW is fully aware of what we won't readily admit - passenger comfort is the key. Said passenger, in many cases, yays or nays a bike purchase.
Can't agree more.

Wife "almost" said yes to the RT, but we were both un-happy of the vibrations after a 2-weeks test. Mostly her.... I was complaining more for the lack of power.

Wife said no for the GT (seat comfort, air protection...) and I immediately found it less comfortable than the RT, after just 3 days. Although I loved the engine thrill.

Wife loved the LT comfort, and so did I :)

So, did I really choose by my own jugement? Almost yes :rolleyes:
 
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