Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Dandridge (Near Knoxville), TN, USA
Re: Lt or Goldwing?
Cost of this hobby takes a distant back seat to enjoyment in my opinion. I had probably as many problems with my LT as anyone here, but since I was able to do all my own work, it gave me much satisfaction every time I made a repair, even the very difficult ones. Sure, I would have liked to never have had to do those jobs, but because pf the way the LT just plain FIT me, both mentally and physically, I would buy another in a heartbeat. I rode a GW once, that was enough. It just plain did not have any "soul like" connection to me like the LT did, plus I felt scrunched up on it compared to the LT.
The LT gave me more satisfaction and fun over the 130,000 miles I rode them than any other vehicle I have ever owned, even with the many hours I spent working on them.
That is something I can not put a price tag on, so the difference between that and a Goldwing I may NEVER have to work on would still not sway me to the GW.
To me, the connection I had with my LTs was priceless.
When I totaled my last one, and went to the wrecking yard to look at it one last time after I got out of the hospital only to find out it was gone was one of the saddest days of my life. I was pretty broken up that I did not get to have a decent goodbye visit with it. I don't think any other motorcycle could have done that. That was nearly 6 years ago now, and I often still think of the many thousands of miles of enjoyment the LT gave me. I would gladly spend many hours working on one again just for the joy of riding it.
I don't want to achieve immortality through my work...I want to achieve it through not dying.
EX: '01 Black LT, BAT BYKE (Totaled at 110,000 miles)
IBA SS, BB, BBG, 10/10ths.
No bike now, but maybe in the future.