It kind of looks like this, but that isn't really important:
The back story:
Lisa took 2 professional days to attend seminars at Monticello, Jefferson's home near Charlottesville, VA. Apparently I did enough whining that we agreed to ride the LT down and back.
The plan was for her to attend sessions at Monticello during the day while I occupied myself riding the back roads in the area.
Thursday was a travel day from home to Charlottesville. On Friday I went to the north end of Skyline Drive and rode to its southern end at Charlottesville, then took a tour of Monticello and visited the museum and visitor center, etc.
On Saturday (day 2 of her classroom sessions) I rode over to Morton's BMW to visit one of the larger BMW dealers whose ads I have seen everywhere. When I got there I was greeted by Jeff Massey, the dealer principal, who invited me to attend a free two-hour first responder-type emergency/first aid course. Cool - I was up for a little education. While I was waiting for the class to start, Jeff asked if there was anything I needed. Jokingly, I asked "Sure - do you have any '09 LTs?" Turns out they did. Fast forward several hours, and I had traded in my '05 LT and Unigo trailer for a low-mileage '09 LT. We rode it home today. Very nice.
We have been talking about replacing our LT with a newer model but before Saturday we had not done anything more than look at some '09s here and on other sites. At 120k miles the '05 was showing its age. The only issues with it were strictly cosmetic: front fender paint peeling, both seats in need of recovering, rear speaker covers faded and cracked, a rock chip here and there, and the usual battle scars from that many miles of use. The '09 was dropped by the original owner and there are some scuffs and scrapes from that, but otherwise it's in nice shape. It's black, of course. Something I haven't seen or used before is the BMW Voice 2 intercom, which is on this unit. I'll have to sort that out, along with the factory GPS mount, and I'll have to go shopping again for some of the farkles I left on the '05 LT: highway pegs, auxiliary lights, and the side case reflector conversion kit come to mind. And, we'll have to decide on which way to go with a trailer. Lots of things to do now, to set this bike up!