Good post BTSOOM,
I have to agree with you on most of what you've posted. Having ridden along side a GW for the past 4 years, and I feel somewhat qualified to respond, at least to the LT/GW comparos. Most of my riding has been with a close friend whom I met the day I bought my LT in 2003. He has a 2001 GW and since we met, him and I have put on many kms together, and with our wives. That included a 2 week ride through B.C., Alberta, Montana and Washington last June.
One other ride the 2 of us did together was Edmonton to Vancouver and return over a 3 day period. At one point we switched bikes between gas fill-ups, about 350 kms.
The LT and the GW are both incredible touring bikes, with a touch of sportiness. In most cases, one bike is slightly better than the other, but that is also determined by personal preferance.
As for warranty, the GW is 3 years/unlimited mileage.
Two-up riding, well you would have to ask our wives. On our trip last summer, at each stop they would both get off and sociaize with each other. Never a complaint from either about any discomfort. They both seemed pretty damned comfortable.
Having ridden both, I'm not sure who I would give the edge to when it comes to stock seats. Our ride to Vancouver was long and our rears were more than a little sore at the end of the rides, along with our legs, backs, etc.
The LT will take the GW in hard cornering and the GW will outrun the LT everywhere else. But really, how many of us push their bike to the limit.
Originally Posted by dmatson
When you say high end torque is that power bove say 5K? If that is where you are looking then you haven't run you LT from 4-8k yet. I can run away from my partners 06' GW in that range. A GW is out of gas at 6k where the LT has just got it's happy face on! Low end, no contest GW.
Now this quote is a bit out to lunch. I've raced my buddy twice and he walked away from me both times. In fact he lifted his front wheel off the ground going from 2nd to 3rd each time, and that was over 100km/hr. I backed off somewhere around 175 or 180 km/hr. The last time he did that I said enough, told him I was worried about my FD.
Yes, a GW will run out of gas at 6k, but most riders would shift to a higher gear when 6k rpm starts getting close. They redline at 6000!
The LT and the GW are great bikes and I believe that BMW and Honda have given us riders what we want: the best touring bikes around.