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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Written on: 14/06/2008 by Marcuslynock (1 review written)
A most enjoyable way to travel the country while still gaining the bike rush? not like an arm chair on wheels liked people think, its pure comfort while enjoying the ride… Read Full Review
Written on: 03/06/2008 by Kavas Arjani (1 review written)
Excellent overall but expensive to own and keep… Read Full Review
Written on: 15/05/2008
Great bike, I love my BMW K1200 just got it 2008 has 25000mi on it from 22000 when purchase. Would recomend this bike to anyone that like to travel on a motorcycle… Read Full Review
Written on: 19/04/2008 by cookda2 (1 review written)
I just picked up my 2002 BMW K1200LT in Kansas City on April 15, 2008 and drove it to Edmonton 2700 km/1675 miles in 2.5 days. My 2nd day I rode 1205 km in 15.5 hours. This includes an hour at the border and stops for fuel and food. The bike is simply amazing. Lots of power for passing, handles beautifully even in high side winds.
Only documents needed at the border were the Title and Bill of Sale, 72 hrs prior to crossing. You need to have the originals with you too. Crossed at Portal, ND… Read Full Review
Written on: 10/04/2008 by arthurcal (2 reviews written)
I am on my second K1200LT and I have covered 40,000 in the last year. I have a daily 200 mile round trip into the centre of London so I get a fair variety of traffic and road conditions. I soon learned to always treat this bike with respect at low speed and although I am an average build and no weakling, I can't pick this bike up without help if it falls (I unfortunately dropped it in a car park when I thought I had put the side stand down and got off. Oops!). Superb cruising comfort and over… Read Full Review
Written on: 04/04/2008 by J Abbey (1 review written)
Overall the BMW K1200LT are good long distance tourers and bikes you can throw about for their size, with plenty of luggage space & economical at 50+ mpg no matter how hard it is ridden. Yes, I would buy another… Read Full Review
Written on: 26/03/2008 by showlove (1 review written)
Very comfortable, good torque, wonderful audio system, simple ergonomics. love the power visor. Nice bike to have if you are rich… Read Full Review
Written on: 26/03/2008
Slave cylinder failures on the BMW K1220 seem common on many BMW models including this one. Final drive failures run about 3 to 4 % and are costly to repair.
But the bike turns heads here in the US. I like that. Its a bit top heavy and not a good choice for a beginner or a re-entry rider.
Mileage is great. Consistently 40 to 45 mpg.
BMW dealer network in the US are not the best. Air and gas filters are buried and not easily changed. The bike could use a little more power. My 03 is about 105… Read Full Review
Written on: 31/12/2007 by Greg D (1 review written)
This is the best touring bike I have ever ridden. in my opinion, it is certainly superior to the Honda Goldwing and the Yamaha Royal Star Venture. The milage is unbelievable as I am able to cruise 250 to 300 miles per tank. The only bad point is that i feel the seat should be more of a saddle as offered by some of the after market suppliers also the bike could have a lower centre of gravity. Other than that, Great fuel economy, a pleasure to ride, good performance, and all the bells and… Read Full Review
Written on: 07/07/2007 by Brian Mosley (1 review written)
I owned my BMW K1200 Tourer for 11 months. Bought it at the Manchester BMW dealer. It was on 12 months old and their ex-demo bike. Bought it April of 2005 and in January 2006 I moved to Spain. Rode the bike from St Malo, France to San Sebastian in Northern Spain in one day, 10 hours riding. This was the first of a 3 day ride to our new home in Spain. The bike was superb. It was cold but having the heated grips and seat the only part that got cold was my toes but a warm bath at the end of the… Read Full Review
Written on: 13/01/2007 by nora boyd (1 review written)
I bought the BMW K1200LT last September 2006, I had a Harley Davidson Heritage Classic before that and quite frankly the difference between the two is amazing. The Harley is a great machine, but the BMW's overall a far better touring machine. Great fuel economy, comfort, power assisted brakes, the best I've ever tried. The smooth delivery of power is reassuring and cruise control is an advantage on motorways. You can hear the radio or CD at 80mph, great company if your alone. The intercom is… Read Full Review
Written on: 02/09/2006 by jeep58 (1 review written)
Having owned numerous bikes over the years from Z1300's of the 80's to the new generation Triumph Trophy 1200 of the 90's and all types of bikes in between, this BMW K1200LT is my 2nd BMW and boy, what a capable machine! I have had a number of friends who own ST1300's who state they cannot believe a bike of this size and weight should handle as well as this does when they follow in my wake.
Having toured Europe recently on it in the most foulest of weathers I can honestly say there isn't many… Read Full Review
Written on: 04/03/2006 by peddler (1 review written)
I have been riding bikes for a good 30 years and have ridden most of the classic British bikes and over the last 10 years been riding a few Japanese bikes but the last 8 years they have been BMW.
The LT is not exactly the best looking bike on the planet but the reason I bought it was for long trips and for comfort. In the first month I almost sold it as it seemed just too big for me but after a nice 1600 mile trip I certainly changed my mind. I could travel for hours in all weathers and get… Read Full Review
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