Originally Posted by kdog
How would the GT compare to the LT for 1,000+ mile days? What I like about the LT is that I can ride it seemingly forever. The ergos just work so well. Think the GT is up to that?
Yes I do, Much more so than the lt for several reasons
1, the suspension is superior and I am NOT knocking our lt's suspension cause well heck in '02 when I bought mine, it was FAR superior to everything else I had rode. the gt's suspension is superior than my wilbers that I have and they are fantastic, wilbers made a HUGE improvement to my LT and i would not go with another shock.
I have a pretty messed up back and neck. nothing bothered me on the GT at all, not one bump and we rode some pretty rough stuff.
2 the bike is like 300 lbs less YET still rides BETTER than my LT with the wilbers on it over any type of pavement I rode it on, and I mean FAR BETTER!
3 there is no more even thinking about the weight of the bike in any type of riding conditions parking slow speed curves - notta.
4 the way the steering acts at any speed it is predictable and stable basically it handles the same all the time.
all these things add up to longer days in the saddle with less fatigue, yes this bike is truly a Long distance bike, i ride allot and it would be superior to the lt period.
it needs a fuel cell to take it to the 11.5 gl limit a radar detector and a cb
keep in mind the lt ergo's aren't perfect for everyone, myself included. the GT might want a little taller handle bar for some maybe a little shorter for others, I'm not sure where joe had them set at because they are adjustable, I could have used them a tad higher cause of my bad back for the long hauls. the footpegs are just a tad back more than my lt's, But the seating position is so much more narrow I really felt less pain in my bad knees.
let me add to that, I think the distance from the seat to the pegs was further tahn the lt allowing my legs to be less bent even though the pegs are back a tad, and I was still able to flat foot the bike comfortably because the leg area where they reach to the ground is much narrower.
BTW one thing i REALLY liked was how narrow the seating is at the front of the seat, i really could reach the ground much better this way and it did not bother the inside of my legs while riding it like the LT does.
Keep in mind No one makes a perfect for everyone bike ergonomically, the lt wasn't for me either and still isn;t but I put up with it cause at the time when i bought my LT there wasn't a bike that would do what I wanted from it.
the seat on the GT is far better than on the LT ergonomically (for me), honestly I can't see replacing the seat on it until it is just flat wore out. it was really comfortable for me. It seemed firm enough for the long haul yet soft enough for good comfort, now until you me or anyone actually rides it for 1000 miles non stop you just won't know for sure, but that is true for ANY bike and rider, each one of us need a seat for us period, you would probably hate my seat on my LT