Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: North Texas, TX, USA
Got both in my garage!
To reply to your original post, I do have both in the garage. The LT is mine, the FJR is the wife's. As a consequence I get to ride the FJR as much as I want (when she's not on it).
I'm not sure I can add much more than what others have already stated, but I can add my personal impressions.
Let me start by saying the LT is definitely my choice for LD riding. It is more comfortable, and just consumes the miles. While these bikes serve a similar purpose, they really are two different tools for the job.
The FJR is way, way fun to ride! Maybe too fun. It's not only rider friendly, it's rider seductive. It loves triple digit speeds and seem to creep up there if I don't keep an eye on the speedo. Speaking of the speedo, the FJR has one of the most accurate ones i've ever seen on any vehicle. It is spot on with the GPS (unlike my LT which is about 8% off).
I've decided that riding the FJR is bad for my health. Every time I get on it, all that power, handling, and braking capability just goes to my head. What's the saying... "power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." This phrase describes my relationship with my wife's FJR. Five minute after I get on it, the power, handling and braking ability gets me to thinking I can do ANYTHING! Before I know it, I catch myself doing JUST STUPID STUFF! ... and I can't seem to stop myself. As a result, I have banned myself from the FJR (except when I'm feeling spunky!) Fortunately my wife is much more mature, and exhibits greater self control.
As for LD riding, as I said, the LT is the king! I've ridden about 100 miles non-stop on the FJR, and that's about all I want. Anything longer than that and I will want to be on the LT. Conversely, my wife rides tankful-to-tankful without a problem. Of course we have set the bike up for her with barbacks, a Russell Day Long seat, hiway pegs, etc. The ergo's are set for her, not for me, so I'm sure she finds it more comfortable than I do.
Speaking of tankful, both bikes have about the same range which is really nice for riding together. We both need gas about the same time. The FJR has a slightly larger tank (6.6 FJR to 6.3 LT), but the LT gets slightly better mileage.
The only real downer of the FJR is heat management that I understand is fixed on the 06 models. This is only a burden during the summer months, and it becomes a highly desired feature in the winter months (we do ride year round). My wife has also complained about not having a true cruise control. I did install ThrottleMeister bar ends, but this just locks the throttle in one position, and still requires frequent adjustment.
In summary, the FJR is fun to ride, but the LT is my number one bike. I may ad bikes to the collection, but I can't think of anything that would replace my LT... except maybe another LT!
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