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post #1 of 11 Old Sep 28th, 2008, 9:53 am Thread Starter
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Time to introduce myself. I've been riding bikes since I was eleven on my Honda trail 50 and have had a dozen or so bikes in the 31 years since, dirt and street. My current ride is a Bandit 1200 I bought new in 2000 and have been lovin ever since, powerfull, comfortable and seemingly bulletproof. I expect to keep this bike for many more years to come.
That being said the wife and I would like a bike with more wind protection, storage and comfort for her. We rode a 1800 GoldWing recently and came away less than impressed. We both prefer the look of the LT or RT and expect to get one this winter, just not such which one yet.
So here I am soaking up all the info I can and finding plenty of it on this great site.
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post #2 of 11 Old Sep 28th, 2008, 10:20 am
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Welcome aboard!!!
The LT vs. RT subject has been brought up quite often and a search will return many threads... a lot to read!
I hope you find the anwers you are loking for.

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Welcome to the nuthouse Brian! Like Giles said, there have been many posts comparing the RT & LT, so a simple search should turn up plenty of reading material. Of course the real test is to test them both as well as letting your SO try out the pillion seats. One word of warning on the latter though: you may not be able to get her off of the LT seat once she has tried it!

Nice looking Bandit!

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She will love the LT. Heated seat and back rest, comfort, and a mirror in the trunk for that "helmet hair". Have had two LTs only bike to have. Smooth, fast and looks good.


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post #5 of 11 Old Sep 28th, 2008, 6:27 pm
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I have a RT and it's only me. I love it! I think a passenger on the back of the RT would be a little uncomfortable even with the trunk in place. The foot pegs sit high and there's really no place for the better half to just sit back and relax.

My input would be to go the LT route unless you are riding solo, remember the last thing you want is for her to be uncomfortable......
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My gal preferred the GT over the LT. She liked the suspension and the seating better. She also liked being closer to me on the GT.

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and a mirror in the trunk for that "helmet hair".

If nothing else that one item alone will have her sold.

Thanks for the welcome.

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I'll promise you this: If you let her ride an LT, she won't be happy with anything else. I own a GT and everytime we ride, my wife says, "I miss my LT"!

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The only problem my wife has with the LT is she keeps falling asleep and bangs into my helmet with hers. I guess that is comfortable.

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The only problem my wife has with the LT is she keeps falling asleep and bangs into my helmet with hers. I guess that is comfortable.
+1 LOL

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It's like this..... I drove through a construction area tonight on the way home and a worker gave me a resounding thumbs up.. over and over... "nice bike" he said.

Mine is an '03. At least once every couple days, someone comes up to ask me and comments on the bike. It happens so much, I've resorted to a simple, "Thank You". The LT is a looker. Period--and that's JUST appearances.

She becomes the bike I want her to be...when I want it to be. It all depends on my mood and how you ride her (in the moment). Great 2 UP.. for hours on end.. and 1 UP.. with power and finesse to satisfy most your cravings for a sport bike adrenaline rush. Rain or shine.. she delivers.

I just don't see an RT offering up the same dynamic. The LT is in a class by itself.

Disclaimer.. I'm spoiled and prejudice by my ride.

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