Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Keokuk, Iowa, USA
Re: 07 RT to 08 LT
I haven't ridden the LT, only sat on them, but the passenger accomidation looked more comfortable and overall it's a larger machine, great for long distances, but less sporty and involving it seems.
Suprisingly, the RT has a larger total rider and luggage weight capacity and a larger fuel tank. The LT are known to get slightly better mileage and pull a little smoother off the bottom end (long stroke vs. short stroke motors).
Both are unique machines. One is a Luxury Tourer, the other just a R touring bike.
Ultimately, my wife thought the LT wasn't eouhg of a motorcycle, as stepped a little to close to being a 2 wheel car. Now sportbike guys including myself at one time would say the same thing about the RT.
Another way to put it... the LT is compared most closely to the Goldwing. The RT to the ST1300.
Another comparison... the LT needs a reverse gear. The RT doesn't. Although when loaded to the max with camping gear pushing almost 1100lbs is hardly lightweight, but better than 1300lbs.
Some days I would like an LT, it probably matches my riding habits better, but I still like the R1200 motor.
Current Ride - Blue 2007 R1200RT (with all the electronic goodies)
Past rides - '06 Kawasaki KLX250S dual sport, '04 BMW R1150R, '01 Kawasaki ZX9R, '01 Honda CBR600F4i
Cages - '07 Nissan Versa S Hatchback (6 speed), '06 Nissan Altima 2.5 (auto, wife's car)