It was a good trip. I picked up the bike from its original owner in the Austin, TX area. Enjoyed the country side and back roads pretty much north westerly through the hill country. I'd like to have a bit of property there, covered with the oak trees. Lots greener than the Utah rural country that I'm used to!
Spent a night in Roswell, no aliens to be found that I could discover. Next day to Lincoln, New Mexico. Did you know that the infamous Lincoln County War, including some nasty deeds by Billy the Kid, was really just an ugly spat over who's town store would prevail? I'm attaching a photo of the surviving party's store, which is a museum today. The other side's store was burnt to the ground during the dispute, and the proprietors shot down as they fled the flames. Talk about killing the competition. Ah, the romance of the old west!
Great riding roads in the area and wonderful weather, last weekend populated by a great host of Harley riders gathered for their annual Aspen Rally in nearby Ruidoso. I always like visiting Harley rallys, if nothing else to see the costumes people wear. But then in my helmet and armored jacket, etc, I probably look like one of the aliens to them.
The Harley folks were invariably pleasent to talk to, and showed a keen interest in the LT.
The bike ran flawlessly all the way home. I am starting to think I may become used to the weight of it. Only a few tense moments manuevering in a gravel parking lot, and another in an off-camber one. Starting off isn't much of an issue anymore, and once under weigh the LT feels delightfully nimble. Stopping and holding the bike's weight up while stopped still has me a bit tense.
The previous owner had lavished emmaculate car and maintenance on it, and blessed it with numerous very attractive farkles. I imagine I may add another or two, however. First on the list is a powered center stand retro fit. Anyone who witnessed my feeble attempts at putting it up on the center stand in Cortez, CO, will understand.
A pair of Mick-O-pegs to allow my old legs to straighten out now and then will be next.
That's it for now. I am going to take some time to gather my newbie LT thoughts and experiences, and will likely post more later, separately.
Thanks to all for the comments, and encouragement.