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post #1 of 9 Old Nov 23rd, 2009, 4:46 pm Thread Starter
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will have 4 to 5 long trips per year rest of year short trips which should i buy rt or lt
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post #2 of 9 Old Nov 23rd, 2009, 7:27 pm
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Re: rt vs lt

We can't tell you what to buy.
Try them both, its your call.
Do you want single or 2-up
heavy bike, light bike
2 air cooled or 4 liquid cooled.
Both are capable touring bikes.

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will have 4 to 5 long trips per year rest of year short trips which should i buy rt or lt
go test ride them both and make up your own mind


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I'd say LT, since I own one, but don't come complaining to me when you really wanted an RT. Try each yourself.
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Every single time I ride my LT I cannot imagine how I could have bought any other bike but then RT riders think alike. I test rode a 2008 RT last year and found the bike lighter and easier to operate at low speed and in town but it as soon as I hit the highway I missed the protection and comfort that my LT provides. All of that to say that you have to test ride both and decide which one suits your riding style.

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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.

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Test ride both,For me the RT wins.I ride one up all the time and like the lighter package.Of course the GSA does it for me also .

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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.
Agee with all of the above, especially the wife thingy....
If going mostly 2-up, the LT has no equal. If mostly solo, the RT has the edge due to the lighter weight and more agile low-speed handling. No subsitute for test rides though!

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For Florida riding you may want to have LT.
RT is air cooled and gets hotter than LT.

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