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I'm looking for a new bike. Just sold my Harley Ultra Glide and I'm looking for a replacement. My wife traded her Harley for a 2008 K1200GT and loves the bike but it seems to small for me. I'm 6'4" 230 pounds been riding for 40 years and enjoy touring. Which bike would be best for me in your opinion.

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Have you thought of the (ugly, :eek: ) R1200GS? If your inseam is 34" or more it is the most comfortable for the long haul. Your wife's gonna be the winner of every contest except maybe high-gear roll on.
 

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I have put about 2000 miles on a R1200GSA while adventure touring and it is a nice bike, but I am looking for a tourer with more protection from the weather.

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Just went from an Ultra to the GT and I couldn't be happier, but with that said I'm 5'8" so I can see you concern. Have or will the better half let take the beast out for a few hours so you really get a feel? I know the LT would fit but I guess it depends on what type of riding you want to do. The GT is night and day from the Ultra, in fact in my opinion other then the LT it is a whole lot different. But I will tell you this, the GT puts a smile on my face that I haven't had in years.
 

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Been there, done them...

Had '02 LT. '05 & '07 RT. Now '07 GT. I'm 6'4" and 265. Here's my take.
IF you're gonna do a LOT of "long" ride touring, one up, then I'd go with the LT. However, It's a little more than a tad top heavy and a handfull at parking lot/walking speed. I didn't like it for the majority of my "around town" riding and commuting and didn't do enough "long" riding. The weather protection is great.
The RT's were great for touring and playing in the twisties and with a little tweaking of the ergo's(bar up/back's, peg's lowered from Surburban Machinery) & Corbin saddle were all I needed.
The GT has to be THE bike for the "grin" factor. I'm getting used to the slightly more aggressive riding position with peg's lowered, tall OEM shield, bars UP. I'm gonna keep the GT as long as I can keep somewhat comfy with my arthritic knees. Then I'll have a decision to make myself.
As you have probably read elsewhere in this forum, it's an "to each his own" situation. This is true with all three.
I'm with you as far as the GS. I want a little more wind/weather protection. I would have one as a second bike.
To make a long story short. I would ride the wife's GT as much as she will allow. Then if the GT is not your cup of tea the RT might fit the bill.
Most important! RIDE all of them first before making a decision!

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I'm 6'4" 230 pounds been riding for 40 years and enjoy touring. Which bike would be best for me in your opinion.
I'm 6'2" (34" inseam) and 240lbs. On the GT I liked the stock seats in the low position, standard footpeg position, bars all the way down. I actually find it more comfortable to be a little more "squatty" on the GT.

I can't comment on the LT, never having sat on one, but I've spent some time on the RT and I found that more upright than the GT, I left the seat in the high position on that bike. I prefer being more leaned over. (I came from a Kawasaki GPZ1100, which puts you in an even more leaned over position than the GT, about halfway to the S position.)

At 41 yrs old I seem to be one of the younger GT riders. I get some back pain, but then I'm a desk jockey by day so it's not surprising or debilitating. I can ride the GT all day (9AM to 6PM) for a couple of days in a row without trouble (well, my cheeks get a little sore from smiling like a fool all day long.)

I'm kind of surprised your wife's GT is too small. Maybe she got it lowered or got the short seat? You might want to buy/borrow a normal seat for the GT from someone who's upgraded and see if that makes a difference. The GT with the normal seat in the tall position is pretty high.
 

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Good Info Thanx Guys

Thanxs for the info. I bought the GT as a second bike but only got to ride it home from the dealer. The next day my wifes bike was in for service so I made a mistake and let her ride the GT and have never got to ride it since. I guess my impression of the GT could be because it is so different from the Harley. My wife's GT is in the shop because of a high idle problem and we are waiting for a new airbox.

I will be test riding a LT and Goldwing tomorrow, maybe I should demo a GT also.

Thanks for your opinions.
 

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I'm looking for a new bike. Just sold my Harley Ultra Glide and I'm looking for a replacement. My wife traded her Harley for a 2008 K1200GT and loves the bike but it seems to small for me. I'm 6'4" 230 pounds been riding for 40 years and enjoy touring. Which bike would be best for me in your opinion.

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I am 6'3" 230 pounds, 36' inseam. 06 GT works for me!
 

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Holy cow, youse guys are huge! I'm 5' 11" 175 32" inseam, but ride 2up most of the time so our combined total weight is like 300 give or take 10 lbs :) GT rocks for me also.

I run stock windshield, stock handlebars (high setting) lowered pegs.
 

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The GT may be the bike you want since you got it in the first place....
BUT if you looking for "more" then take a good long ride on the LT.... Have the wife drive the GT with you so you have a reference point... If you don't buy another GT I think you will really like the LT.............Pete
 

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Bought a LT

Thanks for the help guys. I rode my wife's GT, a Demo LT and a Goldwing today and bought a 2009 LT. For me the LT had the best riding position, brakes and corner 2nd to the GT. I really liked the LT wind screen and North County BMW had a great deal and they are nice people.

The Honda had great torque and its low speed handling was better than the LT but I didn't like the seat or bar position and dealing with a lame twenty year old salesman really turned me off.

Well now we have a GT and LT and to ride so I will report back on my impressions after I have a few thousand miles on each bike.

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Does anyone know the difference between the 2008 and 2009 LT. I read the specs and noticed the trans changed from a 6 gears to 5 gears. I currently own a 2004 RS which was the same trans and motor.
We demoed a 2006 over the weekend along with a RT and Ultra Glide :dunno: . I am defiantly impressed with the LT and ready to make a deal. How much did you pay for your? did they come down on the price.

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The '09 LTs only come in black, and they dropped the factory intercom. Otherwise, it's the same as an '08. If you must buy new, I'd suggest finding a leftover '08 and saving a few bucks. Or pick up a gently used '05-'07 and save even more.

For the pre-eminent source of K1200LT information check out our sister site BMWLT.com. The K1200LT forum is a good place to start, and you might even find a great deal on a cherry LT in the Classifieds:Motorcycles section. :)
 

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Hi gang... brand new to this forum.
Currently a Triumph Tiger rider and have done 1000 & 1100 mile days on the beast
but the wind wears you down.

I am looking for a nice sport touring bike and the '03-'05 era GT has caught my eye.
I tend to like it's classic looks. ( 130 hp is good enough for me )

Like a few others ... I am 6'5" and 240 lbs. Currently looking for GT to ride and test the fit.. especially knees. 37" inseam, size 15 boot!

I think what I need to know is how much 'adjustment' is available at pegs & seat.

Thanks for the input.

Jerry
 

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