[QUOTE=airborne]I have had LT's since 2003. Stopped by a Honda dealer yesterday on a lark. They had free hamburgers and hot dogs...also wanted to look at some of their gear. Looked at a 2008 Gold Wing. They let me test drive it and I bought it on the spot.
The power and stability of the bike was what converted me. It handled like a dream and lots of bells and whistles. The parking lot anxiety that always accompanies a stop with the LT was gone. The stock seating was infinitely more comfortable.
Honda also offered me a service policy. I purchased and extended warranty and service policy for $1200. I pay NOTHING for any maintainance for 3 years and all parts and labor are covered on the bike for 6 years should anything other than wear items (breaks and clutch) go bad. It covers all of that anywhere in the nation.
There is a bit more wind noise than on the LT at 75 mph and the windshield thing is going to be missed. The manual center stand of the GW is much easier than the manual of the LT....(although I will miss the automatic one on my 2005).
The wing is very nimble, TONS of power and a lot more dealers. Lots more gadgets should an owner be so inclined. I had toyed with this idea for quite some time. The fact that the LT is now only offered in black made me realize that the LT platform as we know it may well be history. THE GW has been around a long time.
The riders I met (contrary to the recent thread about 10 mile ice cream rides) seem to cover plenty of ground. Actually, that has no bearing on my riding at all since I never liked riding in groups. There is always someone whining about something and trying to stop just after everyone else gassed up.
I talked with 3 long distance GW riders who have 2008 1800's. They all were getting 43-47 miles per gallon loaded with two up. MY LT would get in the 50's with just me and staying under 65 or 70. When I jacked up the LT to 70-75, solo-I got 42-44 mpg. With two up on the LT, at highway speeds, it dropped substantially to 40 and below depending on the terrain and wind.
The 1800 GW is not working as hard at highway speeds.
I guess time will tell. Certainly, there are advantages and disadvantages to both...it is just that the GW felt better to me.
Best wishes to all of you. BTW, I have a gel battery tender for sale if anyone is interested.[/QU
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