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BMW K1200LT 1999

The new luxury touring motorcycle from BMW, the K 1200 LT, has arrived.

Redefining luxury motorcycle touring, the K 1200 LT offers a level of rider and passenger comfort previously unavailable and combines such comfort with traditional levels of BMW motorcycle performance, handling and safety.

The K 1200 LT enters the top of the motorcycle touring market replete with a fully integrated body design incorporating voluminous luggage capacity comprising a top box with 50 litres of capacity capable of swallowing two helmets and side cases of 35 litres capacity each. The K 1200 LT also features a rider cockpit which provides finger-tip control for the many functions and two very comfortable heated seats with a full backrest on the pillion seat.

The drive train and suspension of the new BMW K1200 LT should be familiar to fans of the German marque The engine is a modification of that used in the most powerful BMW, the 130 bhp K1200 RS sports tourer. In the K 1200 LT the engine produces 98 bhp and 115 Nm of torque at just 4750 rpm. This allows the 378kg (wet) 5 speed K 1200 LT to sprint from 0 to 100km/h in 5.7 seconds and achieve a top speed of 197 km/h, all whilst achieving fuel consumption of just 5 litres per 100 km on a combined cycle.

The frame, suspension and brakes for the new luxury tourer are also drawn from the highly successful K 1200 RS, obviously with appropriate modifications given the larger dimensions and greater weight of the K 1200 LT.

BMW Telelever rear and Paralever front suspension also unique to BMW are both carried forward to the new luxury touring bike and the brakes have been enhanced with the use of a four piston calliper and a larger brake disc on the rear. In addition the frame concept, which has the engine resting in its own aluminium frame, ensures ultra low vibration transfer to the rider.

Standard features for the fully equipped K 1200 LT include ABS brakes, heated grips, heated seats, a reversing aid, On Board Computer, electrically adjusted windshield, cruise control and a radio cassette Hi-fi system complete with CD stacker mounted inside the right side case.

The BMW K 1200 LT enters a sector of the motorcycle market which has been short on choice and is certain to draw additional buyers to the segment. Unfortunately BMW Australia is supply constrained with a limited number of K 1200 LT motorcycles available this year.

BMW Australia's National Motorcycle Manager, Olaf Breukers believes that the new luxury tourer will attract new customers to BMW and provide a product progression for a number of existing BMW owners. "The arrival of the K 1200LT offers a BMW product which sets new standards in the luxury touring market and also provides a new top of the range product for our customers who have sought a direct replacement for their K 1100 LT motorcycles.

With the arrival of the K 1200 LT, BMW is able to offer both a K Series and R Series luxury touring motorcycle to our customers. With the R 1100 RT already having won accolades for its combination of comfort and performance, we are confident that the K 1200 LT takes the luxury part of the equation to new highs."

Supplies of BMW's new luxury touring motorcycle begin to arrive at BMW motorcycle dealers from early April. Forward orders and interest, resulting from the showing of the motorcycle at the Melbourne and Brisbane International Motorshow, have already ensured the successful introduction of the K 1200 LT to the Australian market.

BMW K 1200 LT

Standard Features

Price: AUD$32,200

Weight: 378kg (wet)

Power: 72kW/98 bhp

Torque: 115Nm at 4750rpm

  • ABS
  • Four piston calliper on rear brake
  • Heated grips
  • Heated front and rear seat
  • Electrically adjustable windscreen
  • On Board Computer
  • Twin external power outlets
  • Adjustable seat height
  • Adjustable hand control levers
  • Integrated top box and side cases
  • Internal light in top box
  • Vanity mirror
  • Hi-fi sound system
  • Radio cassette
  • 6 stack CD player
  • Map storage compartment on fuel tank
  • Bumper impact system
  • Catalytic converter
  • Reversing aid
  • Intercom ready (accessory option communications package)
  • Passenger Hi-fi controls
  • Cruise control
  • Full Specifications

  • BMW Australia Press Release March 16, 1999 

    K1200LT 1999