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Hi Guy’s,
I know the forum is all about helping each other with problems and that’s the way it should be. But sometimes we can get so bog down with technical problems that we can forget to let the world know what a great bike the LT is. If you were a stranger to the forum and read the posts I don’t think you would get a true picture of the LT.
I ride with a good bunch of guys (Country Cruisers). All sorts of bikes, from cruisers to sports bikes and I want to let the WORLD know that I have the best bike that money can buy and I might add not a lot of money for what you get. I paid €5000 for a 1999 with 12,000 miles on the clock. I do all my own servicing so running costs are reasonable.
I have more comfort than the cruisers and can match the sports bikes up to a point.
As for the weight problem at slow speed - no problem - just a little pre-planning as you pull in to a parking spot, no big deal.
I would love to hear about all those good trips with no break downs etc. I am sure there are thousands of memorable stories that folks have and I for one would love to read them.
Sláinte
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OK, ya want stories?
Mine won't be as adventurous as some, but...last year from Oregon, through Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and back. 2,200 in 4 days. Got pulled over twice, so you know we were having fun. The LT performed as well as the Kawai Concours and Yamaha FJR I rode with, but I smoked 'em in the comfort department.
Month later loaded up the wife, rode with 10 other bikes, went through Idaho, Montana, Washington and back. Only 1,700 miles on that one, but the girls don't like to push as hard as the guys. Both awesome trips, and not a problem I can report. All that, and a consistent 50 MPG. Doesn't get much better.

sláinte mhaith

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fpmlt said:
OK, ya want stories?
Mine won't be as adventurous as some, but...last year from Oregon, through Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and back. 2,200 in 4 days. Got pulled over twice, so you know we were having fun. The LT performed as well as the Kawai Concours and Yamaha FJR I rode with, but I smoked 'em in the comfort department.
Month later loaded up the wife, rode with 10 other bikes, went through Idaho, Montana, Washington and back. Only 1,700 miles on that one, but the girls don't like to push as hard as the guys. Both awesome trips, and not a problem I can report. All that, and a consistent 50 MPG. Doesn't get much better.

sláinte mhaith

Frank
Way to go Frank, that’s the spirit.
I am a little jealous when I read about guy’s doing 2200 mile trips as hear in Ireland it is only about 600 miles from North to South and 150 miles from East to West. That said I am gearing up to do some mainland European tours in the future. You have one big patch of soil over in the States.
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Derek
p.s. I have attached a couple of pictures for those that like pictures.
 

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The reality of life with an LT is such that in the last six years, I have made at least 15 trips in excess of 1000 miles with one flat tire and one clutch linkage issue. I will not hesitate to make the 6000 round trip to visit my daughter in the fall if I can find the time. All machines have issues, but the morning that I get up and do not feel like my LT could do 500 miles that day, it will be gone. So far, so good.
 

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Check out my videos (in my signature) - 17 countries, two continents, and never ever a problem - what a bike.
 

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Well 30 miles from 100k and I still have a smile on my face whenever I have been riding a few minutes, yesterday was kind of window shopping while on the bike riding through the little town I live in and my wife hit me on the head and said "you are riding like a harley rider, lets go", so there is a first time for everything.
 

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As I was giving the bike a good spring cleaning today, I mentioned to my wife that the LT is as old now as the Suzuki Cavalcade was when we bought it used. The LT looks and rides better than the Suzuki would have brand new. The bike is solid and still clean looking even with some fading from being parked in the sun each work day.

I also feel good that no matter what goes wrong, at least parts are available, albeit maybe expensive, at least they can be had, unlike the Suzuki.
 

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Hey Derek, thanks.

I bought my LT a few weeks ago and found this forum after the purchase. If it had been the other way around I may not have bought the bike, there do seem to be many mechanical failures. My bike has been to the dealer for a thorough inspection and it came through fine, no problems. I have put about 1,000 miles on it so far and love it. I have owned a Goldwing and a Valkyrie and like this bike better than either. I appreciate being informed on potential problems but enjoy the positive also.

Brian.
 

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Had my LT for 5yrs now and several fully loaded 2 up trips. Never an issue. Someone on this forum said riding an LT is like setting on the couch back and not in the couch. I'd compare it more, to a setting on top of the world feeling. Anybody else get that feeling. :wave
 

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I felt the same as you do Brian. Bought the bike before I found this site. Started reading the posts and thought I had bought the wrong bike. This is the only motorcycle I had to learn how to ride. Don't look right or left when stopping . Or it will want to take a nap. Eyes up when comming to a stop. Nap time again.Slow speed tricks to make u turn's especially riding 2 up and parking lot speeds. Put in gear before putting on Side stand. If it wasn't for the nice folks here posting all this good info. I probably would not still have one of the best handling most comfortable best fuel mileage 2 up riding motorcycles on the planet.
 

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Having both a RT and LT, I can attest that BMWs, in general, are the greatest. As a Harley bad a$$ once told me, "BMW stands for Best Motorcycle in the World". That put a smile on my face for sure. With the RT's 96,702 miles, I've suffered one clutch spline lube (at 68K miles) and one HES failure 200 miles from home. Not bad at all in my opinion. The LT with 84,000 miles has only suffered from a detached steering damper and shift linkage break. In both cases, I was able to get it home. The aggregate mileage on the two bikes is 75,000 miles more than on my Town Car and I've spent literally thousands of dollars in repairs on that car. Including new piston and rod that was bent when the head gasket failed and let the cylinder fill with coolant, new intake manifold when the plastic one warped and started leaking. The Ford Ranger I had before that was even worse. About the only thing I didn't have to replace on it was the engine (too weak to get out of its own way!) and the transfer case.

Both bikes have gotten me to California and back to Tennessee without trouble and I will jump on either one and ride for points unknown at any time. These things are mechanical and sometimes mechanical toys fail. If they break, fix it and go on. Once it gets to the point that it's unreliable I'll replace them with another BMW.

Matter of fact, my wife told me that I can pull the trigger on a new bike and to be perfectly honest, I don't know which one I'd replace. For the time being, I'll be content with the two bikes I've got. That says a lot.
 

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The K1200LT is a remarkable bike.
It's not for everyone, and lots of folks don't get it, others don't want what this bike can do.

It isn't a lounge chair, but it has good weather protection and does alot to reduce road fatigue on long rides.

It isn't a sport bike, but in the hands of an aggressive rider it can keep pace with the average sport bike street rider.

It is a remarkably well engineered bike. BMW's quality control isn't as good as Honda's. I don't know much about modern HDs, but BMW's reliablity must be at least as good, no?

I am sure there are some high mileage Hondas and HDs out there, but those marques don't have the reputation of building high mileage motors like BMW.

"The Legendary Motorcycles of Germany" is a BMW catch phrase from the past: I find it hard to think of modern BMWs as "Legendary". But if you look into the number of old Beemers on the road, and compare those numbers to any other brand, old Beemers must out number all other brands of similar vintage.

Modern BMWs are much more complex, and have lots more to go wrong with them than do the old Airheads, but over all they are pretty reliable bikes. Certainly the K-bike motor is pretty bullet proof.

In the class of sport luxury touring, the K1200LT has no peer. You can get more sport, and you can get more luxury, but I deny any argumentation that there is a better combination, especially if you limit the entries to comfort for both rider and passenger.

Yeah, we all wish there were fewer final drive and clutch problems; but I wouldn't hesitate to ride my KLT to Alaska, planning on it.
 

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Hi Guy’s,
I know the forum is all about helping each other with problems and that’s the way it should
I would love to hear about all those good trips with no break downs etc. I am sure there are thousands of memorable stories that folks have and I for one would love to read them.
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Derek
Hi Derek,

just got back from a 5000 km trip to Central Europe.
And one longer trip report you can see on the link below...

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After riding yesterday, I stopped in at the neighborhood bar. A couple of "harley" friends were just pulling up with the Harley loaded on a trailer. After the usual BS concerning my bright green vest, and riding gear, they started the BMW vs Harley rant. One of my "harley" buddies (who owns the Harley that broke down) spoke up and said: "you know what BMW stands for..... Big Money Waster." I looked out at his trailer, and simply said "yep" and then changed the subject, offering my tire pressure gauge so he could check the low tire on his Trailer.
 

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Hi All,

Only 90,000 miles on three LT's, nothing wrong riding, EVER!!! (I should've stressed the riding part more, does not count all the times it has been backed into, knocked over, mice chewed wires, cut off and run off road(not as good as the GS in that department). Now that I jinxed myself, it is the best bike in the world for me(us), as we just keep on riding, it took 16 hours(900miles) from home to Lakewood Camping Resort for the first weekend of the 'Grand Strand Bike Week' or whatever they have to call it now. The reason it took so long was that at every place we stopped, people kept coming over to check it out, see what it was, see how the windshield worked, centerstand, etc. So 10 minute rest stops end up being 30 minutes :mad: But, no problem whether it was 95 degrees in South Carolina during the day, and 37 degrees going through the Catskills at 3am, this bike performed flawlessly, can't say that for me! :histerica

Hope all your journeys are LT-problem-free ones!
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The styling is timeless.

The ride is great.

It gets 50 MPG at 70 MPH.

The people on this site can fix pretty much any problem know to mankind.

What's not to like?

Ride it, look back, smile, repeat as needed.
 

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Thanks guys,
Great to read happy ending stories for a change, considering all the doom and gloom in the economy at the moment. Ari, I really loved your write-up re: your trip from Finland to the USA, first class.
Maybe we could have a sticky for all the good stories, to encourage other riders who might be sitting on the fence and also for some winter evening reading - to dream about trips we would like to do - reading Ari`s stories was as good as "The Long Way Down" knowing he is one of our own.
Thanks again guy’s
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the LT is certainly one of the best touring bikes ever. Great performance in all regards. I'd love it even more if it had about another 20 mph in top end. But for comfort and coronering and breaking, super, super. My 2000 has over 77,000 miles. Only problem was a shorted out 02 semsor. I would trust it, and have, to go anywhere. I've put 40,000 miles on it in the three years I've owned it...and I ride it hard.
However, if you don't do your own work, you can expect to pay a lot of money for maintenance.
 
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