Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: West Milford, NJ, USA
I'm very much in agreement with all previous posters: you have to try yourself and think it through.
For what's worth: I own an LT and I ride several thousands km a year on rental RT's. This is my assessment:
From passenger's point of view, LT is a winner: stability, comfort, security. My wife rides pillion on the LT without (too many) complaints, but only tolerates the RT.
From gadgetry point of view: you can put many more useful and useless gizmos on the Light Truck.
From weather point of view: LT offers much better rain and cold protection. (Yes, I know you are in FL, but you do venture outside, don't you?).
Long distance comfort: both about the same.
Short distance (local/city) agility: RT wins, as it does on tight twisty roads.
"Wrestling the pig": well, the RT is - or at least feels - lighter.
Here is my personal verdict: I would actually buy the RT if not for the fact that my wife will not get onto anything else but the LT. Still, it's a very close call.
Go and check them out.
Robert in Northern NJ
'09 R12GS, '08 R12RT, '03 R1150RT, '01 F650GS - time to thin the herd?
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