2006 BMW K1200LT
I love this bike. I had a Yamaha Road Star for a short while after I started riding again and it was great fun on the back roads but not on the highway. I wanted something with a few more creature comforts and that handled better at highway speeds. The K1200LT has been perfect. I can ride with the windscreen up when its wet or I want some quiet or I can have it down for the feel that is closer to the road. The bike is heavy (850lb wet) but I am 6'2" so we get along fine. I set it on its side (in slow motion) once in the driveway and I just hopped off, put down the kickstand and picked it back up.
I am not into the whole Harley thing. I don't like the loud pipes and I don't wear much leather. I don't want to be isolated from the road but I don't want to be ground down by it. This bike really suits me.
I bought this bike on ebay this spring (2009). It was completely stock with about 30K miles on it. The previous owner was about 5'9" and it was a little too tall for him to handle comfortably at intersections and in stop and go traffic... especially with a passenger.
AutocomI bought an Autocom Super Pro AVI intercom system for $300 from TopGear and the cables to outfit a passenger helmet that my kids use. I was not about to spend $1k+ on a BMW or Bayer unit and this has been good so far. I am still tweaking the settings but my son and I can talk now which makes them want to ride with me more. I enjoy listening to my Sansa MP3 player and that also works well. The stock windscreen causes a certain amount of buffeting and wind noise so the VOX kicks in and the MP3 volume drops. For the back roads on the way to work this is not a problem.
Cee BaileyI ordered a Cee Bailey #2 (-1") Windscreen with wings and I am very pleased. The #2 (-1") does appear to be about an 1" taller than stock windscreen but I can still see over it. I preferred the lowered height of the stock to this new one but beyond that, everything else about the Cee Bailey is 10x better than the stock windscreen.
In the full up position I can see perfectly though the windscreen. The turbulence is near zero even at 75mph. This was worth every penny.
Suburban lowered pegsMy knees feel much better now. Shifting is fine. Getting to the brake is a little un-natural but so far worth the tradeoff.
Ram Mount for Garmin GPS
I picked up a brake reservoir mount, an arm, and a Garmin bracket. This works really well! The Garmin Nuvi 260w was around $250 at Costco and gets used in the car half the time. I did not want to spend $1K on a dedicated motorcycle GPS and this seemed like the ideal answer. I can cover it if I need it in the rain but most of the time it’s for getting lost in Mass and NH countryside and getting home again.