It's not quite as simplistic as "head buried in sand".
It's the fact that I can't design, source, and build a motorcycle from scratch (at least not within my time and budget constraints), so I need companies who can do that for me.
But none of them make my perfect bike, so I find one that is as close as I can get, then I do the rest to make it fit my unique needs. Plus I'm an engineer and a gear head, so that part's also fun for me.
Every bike has its flaws, the LT included. You just have to decide what you can live with, and what you can't.
I decided I could no longer live with a bike that weighs damn close to half a ton all by itself, and that has just enough power, but nothing more. Yes, the LT is quite comfortable, although even there I needed a custom seat and aftermarket windscreen to make it really comfortable. And it handles quite well, for a bike of its size and weight. But it still has its limits.
Honestly, I decided to replace my LT after taking it on a track day. Not right away, but that was definitely the start. I was pushing the bike's limits all day long, because I was trying to outride its physical limitations. And when I got back onto the street, I realized that I was still pushing the bike's limits on pretty much every ride, because my skill and comfort levels were simply beyond what the Big Girl could do.
So I found something that suited my needs and my riding style much better. And then made it my own.
I didn't sell the LT right away. It sat in the garage for a few years, and eventually I cleaned her up and went for some rides. And it felt familiar, like an old college girlfriend who'd put on a few pounds, but could still dance. But nostalgia doesn't last, so I sold the LT on to someone who really appreciated it, and they rode the tires off of it.
Good for them, and much better for me to have found something that fits me almost perfectly, after a few small customizations.