For most bikers, who simply want a luxury tourer the BMW K1200LT will seem more than adequate, in fact it is arguably on the sporty side for a motorcycle that weighs nearly as much as a light van. But two-up and loaded with luggage the BMW K1200LT needs care and respect in the twisty stuff, and the ultimately the suspension is set on the soft side, which coupled with the motorcycle's relative lack of ground clearance, limits any cornering action.
The revised 2004 onwards BMW K1200LT have the extra poke needed at speed, but more importantly the motorcycle's engine is smooth and gives the rider a real `express train' feeling on motorways. It's also a reasonably economical motorcycle compared to its six cylinder rival motorcycle, the Honda GL1800 Gold Wing.
There's no doubt that BMW are proud of their award-winning touring motorcycle and the overall build quality, the feel of the BMW K1200LT, is excellent. Occasionally, things can go wrong - and there's a great deal of gadgetry on the BMW K1200LT to go wrong. But on balance, the BMW K1200LT seems no more, or less reliable, than its grand touring competitor motorcycles.
The fully equipped BMW K1200LT Lux, which costs another £1500 over the base motorcycle is one to have, as it will probably retain its resale value better in the long run. BMW owners like `full spec' bikes, so you'll always find a buyer for this motorcycle. High miles are not a problem for the BMW K1200LT either, so long as there is BMW dealer history with the motorcycle. As a long term, long distance, motorcycle purchase, the BMW K1200LT could actually depreciate less than the average sportsbike over five years and 35,000 miles. Find a BMW K1200LT for sale.
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The BMW K1200LT's fairing is superb in terms of weather protection, the EVO brakes are impressive and the motorcycle's hard luggage is well made too. The BMW K1200LT also has reverse gear and ( from 2004 onwards ) its fancy electro-hydraulic centrestand. But extras like Sat Nav, heated grips, CD changer and many other touring accessories are just that - extras. Compare and buy parts for the BMW K1200LT in the MCN Shop.