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“RADIO”

Written on: 29/07/2014 by jloc (1 review written)

LOVE THE BIKE 2005 K1200LT BUT HAD TO REPLACE THE RADIO A KNOWN PROBLEM THAT BMW KNOWS ABOUT BUT HAD TO PAY FOR IT MYSELF. THIS BIKE SHOULD HAVE COME WITH PASSENGER ARMRESTS AND BACKRESTS… Read Full Review

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“Just Lovely”

Written on: 21/03/2014 by Ernesto147 (1 review written)

I have wanted one of these since I sold my K100rs 14 years ago. I finally got my K1200LT 3 days ago. Yes very expensive to get repaired. Yes very heavy. After owning a Goldwing 1500se, ST1100 ,Valkyrie interstate and even the VTX1800 . I find it very nimble and well balanced with what ever you throw at it , but I stand 6 foot 3inch and weigh 120 kg. This could be why It feels lighter than the others I mentioned. Most of the maintenance it will need , I will do myself , as I have done on my… Read Full Review

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“heavy - accidant prone - ”

Written on: 10/10/2013

I am selling 09 LT, because of top heavy character and bulky rear trunk and the fact that side cases can not be separated like RT. It is a car on 2-weels, hard to work on it, and dangerous because of its bulk and weight. Rob Massina… Read Full Review

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“A stunning tourer”

Written on: 02/03/2013

I have ridden tourers for many years now including a 2007 Honda GL1800. Prior to that I had a 2002 K1200lt. That model was frankly scary at low speed and I dropped that more than once!! Thank goodness for the video on how to get it upright again. What I did to stop this happening as often was have the hydrolic fitted to the bike and was worth the expense, notwithstanding BMW said it could not be done. I'm currently riding an immaculate K1200LTE which was imported into New Zealand from Canada… Read Full Review

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“Best motorcycle I have yet to own”

Written on: 03/06/2011

I recently purchased the K1200 two months ago and overall; I am very pleased with it. I have ridden the bike on one trip since I have owned it in the last two months. The ride was approximately 450 miles round trip and was very pleased with not only the comfort of the ride but also not having to stop to take a rest from the ride as I have had to do with some of my previous motorcycles. The bike is amazing on the interstates and highways but as some of the other reviewers have stated, it does… Read Full Review

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Written on: 25/01/2011


Saw this K1200LT at dealer in 2006, took test ride fell in love immediately. loved the feel and looks ,great gas mileage-handles like a dream. Took ride to Idaho from east coast and back,2600 miles,2 weeks in the saddle loved every second. That was the first year-new bike I expected some problems and I did have some issues.
Radiator cap would not hold pressure,coolant blew out overflow bottle all over rear tire...Display screen had burnt out pixel line..These items were fixed under… Read Full Review

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“When I was living in New Zealand, I had originally the...”

Written on: 26/11/2010 by sappercommando25 (1 review written)

When I was living in New Zealand, I had originally the R1200GS. Almost at the same time as buying the GS, I spotted the K1200LT being sold at a former BMW dealership on behalf of a private owner. The first thing that I spotted was the amount of kilometers that it had (71000) and then decided not to go for it. After a while of riding with my fiance on the GS, I noticed that the GS was very uncomfortable and not suited to the task. It was then that we decided to go for the LT after having seen… Read Full Review

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“For long distance touring, nothing better out there....”

Written on: 02/09/2010 by Bob2703 (1 review written)

For long distance touring, nothing better out there. Just completed our third European tour and the bike has never missed a heart beat.

Plenty of luggage space even with pillion insisting that everything must be in a pannier or it's not going!!

A bit top heavy and a bit unstable at low speeds but if treated with respect and low speed manoeuvring is planned in advance then everything should be fine.

Running costs are not cheap but the sheer luxury is worth it… Read Full Review

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“This was a bike I aspired to. Now a proud owner....”

Written on: 29/08/2010 by gabs1916 (1 review written)

This was a bike I aspired to. Now a proud owner. Confidence to overcome weight of the bike took time, differing riding style from previous bikes. Once mastered a dream bike, In august 2010 completed my first tour of France and Spain, what an adventure. Had bike serviced before I left on this adventure, the cost I believe to be reasonable. The ride was VG. coped so well in the mountains, even on single tracks and very comfortable. I rode and camped every day for a period of 6 weeks, many miles… Read Full Review

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“Bought the bike with about 20k on it. 45k now....”

Written on: 25/08/2010

Bought the bike with about 20k on it. 45k now. Problems with the left speakers and the clutch slave cylinder that contaminated the clutch and the BMW dealer charges around $2k to repair. Same thing happened to my friends 03.
It's a great bike and I love driving it but it's heavy and the dealer network is sparse and very expensive. I personally think another brand of bike would be better for cross country riding only because of the lack of BMW dealers in the states. I'll keep this one until the… Read Full Review

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“I bought my K1200 LT three months ago and from that...”

Written on: 08/07/2010

I bought my K1200 LT three months ago and from that moment on I fell in love with it. I checked out as much as I could before the purchase and decided to go for it and having traded in my Honda Deuville 650 I knew it would be a education. The bike is heavy, dam heavy but after a while got the feel and started to feel real comfortable riding it. The weight, width, length and handling is something that is constant in your mind but this does not stop you enjoying the bike. The gadgets, i.e. cruise… Read Full Review

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“BMW K1200LT: I have been saving up for a BMW K1200lt...”

Written on: 30/06/2010

BMW K1200LT: I have been saving up for a BMW K1200lt for sometime, and just happened to find a great deal on used bike.

The negatives: First, it is very top heavy and therefore, when stopped or moving at parking lot speeds, its easy to dump or to come close to dumping (COME ON...MUSCLE...IT...BACK...UP!). When I bought it, the dealer told me to EXPECT to dump it several times, mostly when stopped, and can see why. Turn the handlebar a tiny bit too far, add a touch of tilt on the bike… Read Full Review

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“i have had 5 of of the bikes from 1st ones to 2006 ”

Written on: 15/04/2010

i have had 5 of of the bikes from 1st ones to 2006
all have been so good, i been luckly in owning them
i'm now 49 50 in june and had 67 motorbikes all sizes from 50cc to 1600cc
and yes to much money i losted but with the k12's god i been so happy even had harleys fully dress and gold wings but always went back to bmw
but ex wife got me and now a sodding 125 mondial yes its a bike in turkey were i'm now living god i miss the bmw like crazy, ok back to the story
the bike yes they are heavy but it… Read Full Review

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“I've recently purchased a BMW K1200 LT Lux 2007 (CD...”

Written on: 10/08/2009

I've recently purchased a BMW K1200 LT Lux 2007 (CD Changer, heated Seats and bars etc)

I think the best place to start a review on this bike from a bikers perspective is with a few warnings! some I got on the forecourt from another rider who owns one, and some I learnt myself in the next month of riding!

This machine is amazing, and I've rated it highly but first the warnings.

WEIGHT

This bike is BIG, and it's HEAVY.
I've ridden the SV650s (189KG) for 8 years and the Triumph Trident 750… Read Full Review

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Denis Cheape's Comment

Written on: 18/02/2010

I found this review very helpful because..as have owned three lT's since 1999. I have toured eastern Europe and taking my present bike ;same as the review writer) to Morocco this year. I don't think they make LT's any more! do they? The bike handles very well at speed and you can throw it over on bends when necessary and to me its almost semi sport and its also quite forgiving if you have to take emergency action. I have travelled 25000 miles in all conditions.YES its a fantastic bike.but where have they all gone!? You don't see them in the bike magazines any more.!.

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“Just bought a BMW K1200LT 1999 lux model with 15,000...”

Written on: 02/07/2009 by pugly (1 review written)

Just bought a BMW K1200LT 1999 lux model with 15,000 miles. On the first day I travelled from Gloucester to Nice 963 miles, I was averaging 70 mph until it got dark and foggy in the mountains. I was going around corners at 15 mph! It took 19 hours because of the last part but it really was a pleasure. I cant believe that I did this distance in one day… Read Full Review

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“I have a 2002 BMW K1200LTE with 28K miles. ”

Written on: 16/06/2009

I have a 2002 BMW K1200LTE with 28K miles.
Excellent touring machine. Maximum comfort, wind protection, and handling. The braking system is superb but be careful when the engine is not running because the power brakes are not available. The factory seat is comfortable and the pillion has no complaints on long trips. The power is more than enough to cruise at 80 plus MPH for hours and still get 50 MPG. I have no problem passing vehicles quickly with a downshift to 4th. Every tourer need an… Read Full Review

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“The BMW K1200LT is an awesome bike, all over the...”

Written on: 24/05/2009

The BMW K1200LT is an awesome bike, all over the engineering is good, fantastic brakes but Wobbles at low speeds… Read Full Review

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“1st bike in 22 years. Weight and height was initially...”

Written on: 13/11/2008 by fieldsg (1 review written)

1st bike in 22 years. Weight and height was initially intimidating, but have never dropped it. You can u-turn on a 2 lane road with your feet up. Feel like I could ride at any speed. Thought of trading for a K1200RT or similar, but this bike offers enough power and handling to keep you happy and stealthy enough to keep "five- oh" off your tail. Great mpg at any speed. No fatigue on long rides. European styling bests the other chunky touring bikes. Smooth, quiet, and fun if your into that kind… Read Full Review

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“I have ridden Bikes most of my life and I have a love...”

Written on: 03/10/2008 by johnmcwy (1 review written)

I have ridden Bikes most of my life and I have a love hate relationship with this BMW K1200 99 LT. I had no qualms buying this vintage bike with 21k miles on it because it was the first year ergo well thought out and loaded with goodies. In most respects I can echo the sentiments of the other owners. It is a beast in the unsupported position and very much has a mind of its own when slightly off balance. Once having mastered the centering concept using the central stand it was reassuring to be… Read Full Review

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“Why spend all that money - ride with all that weight...”

Written on: 17/07/2008

Why spend all that money - ride with all that weight and have a less pleasant jouney than you get on a BMW R1200RT.
Had both and my subjective view is that the K1200Lt is superb but not as good as RT… Read Full Review

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