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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Apr 1st, 2008, 4:00 am Thread Starter
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I need a push over the edge

I'm riding an '02 K12RS. I've relocated to the East Coast, MD, from SoCal. I have family in CT and FL. I intend to ride my bike to visit both places often as I get a 7 days in a row off from work each month. Here's my dilemma. I'm trying to decide between keeping my RS and buying a really nicely set up '07 LT from a local dealer or selling/trading my RS and buying an '08 GT. Since I'll be dealing with more weather than I'm used to I want the additional protection the GT and the LT provide. I ride two up on occasion but it's not really a consideration. Is there anyone out there that has owned each of these bikes and can provide input on which they liked better? I'm leaning toward the GT since I like to hit the twisties hard. The GT seems like the perfect balance between sport and touring. I'm figuring the GT to be about $4K more than the LT.

All I need is a push to get this deal done...

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old Apr 1st, 2008, 5:43 am
 
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GT over LT.

Gidday Mate, I am a 62 yo 120kg fun loving Aussie biker and have just,Jan 08,had the sense to upgrade to a late 06 K1200GT as I expect this will be the last bike I will be able to afford being on a veterans pension and the price of good bikes in Australia. I travel down to Phillip Island twice each year ( Motogp/Superbikes) a 3000km round trip after two weeks and have done one trip since buying the GT, only been home for 3weeks and am off again for a 3000km two week trip on Friday, some friends asked why I went the GT over an LT after riding both at the dealers, well my only answer is that the GT felt like the ride that suited my style of riding, Mum likes a ride to the vinyards on a sunny sunday also.
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Before you buy check out Mortons, They were head and shoulders over the Md dealers, I guess its why they are #1 dealer on the East coasthttp://www.mortonsbmw.com/
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If you want weather protection, the LT is the way to go. If you want power, take the GT.

I liked the LT, but the seating position just wasn't for me. I'm more used to leaning over slightly and the GT gives me the ability to adjust the bars to the perfect place.

I never had an issue with the handling on the LT. It performed nicely for me and the way I ride. The big problem with the GT is it wants to go fast, and it's hard to keep my hand controlled enough to stay out of trouble.

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I put 108,000 miles on an LT and think the GT is a much better bike. Coming off an RS, the LT will feel like a pig, though you can realy strafe some corners with them when you get used to it. I ran out of bike before I ran out of experience with the LT, it's the opposite with the GT.

Though the GT has less weather protection, it's still substantial.

If you want performance, go GT. If you want comfort over all else, the LT will fit the bill. If two up is important, the LT.

I suggest you ride them both before buying.

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I rode LTs for 9 years and just got a GT about 6 weeks ago. Had a 98 RS before that. Based on what you're telling us I think you'll be happier on the GT. The LT has much better weather protection, but it is a lot heavier and slower in the corners, and that protection can be a little too good on really warm days (say, running around Florida in the summer). I enjoyed my LTs (had 3 of them) and don't regret a minute of the time I spent on them, but I really am liking the GT.

OK, I shoved as hard as I could. HAve you jumped over yet??

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Like you, I also rode an 02 KRS for 4 years. i took a 15 minute ride on the GT. I like it a lot. Afew days later i took the GT demo for more than an hour "test" ride. Got off the bike and ordered one immeditaly.
I have had the 06 GT for almost 2 years and i have put more than double the mileage per year on this fantastic bike. I have been riding harder, faster and longer than before ( Sounds like a commercial for Viagra). I am doing much longer day rides and cannot wait to ride every day if possible.

I cannot discuss the LT as I have ridden one only once. It is more like a Goldwing!

Go for it. Pull the trigger.

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Thanks for all the feedback!!

Before I left CA I rented an LT and rode 400 miles from HB to Big Bear to Palm Desert, Joshua Tree and back. I really liked the bike. I was able to scrap the stand cornering in the mountains and wished I had little more lean but for a bike that big I was impressed with it's handling.

Things I didn't think of were the riding position and less may be more in terms of fairing. I like the riding position of the RS. The forward lean seems to be better on my back than the more up right seating on the LT. I didn't think about FL in the summer!

I do like what I hear of the GT's performance and I want to try out the ESA. I think I was always leaning toward the GT. Sometimes you just need a little validation.

Any suggestions on how to get a good deal from the dealer??

I'll do a search for farkles. I want to set this up the way I want right from the start.

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EXTRA HARD PUSH!!


I used to alternate between the Ducati, the FZ1 and my R11RS, mostly the RS was our two up ride. The GT replaced the RS Now I have to keep the trickle chargers on and stabile in the tanks of the FZ and the DUC.

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