Originally Posted by bmwhd
I damn near had that tattooed on my chest when I owned my LT and look at me know
FWIW, my FJR has a ton
That term, "soul", is about as undefineable as anything can get. Yes, we know what it means, to each of us, but to tell anyone that THEIR bike has no soul is about as meaningless a statement as one can find. "Soul" is the connection we have with bikes that we really like, so just about anything else will have little to none.
I felt that way about the Goldwing when I tested one, yes, it was a very capable bike, plenty of power, but the ergonomics just were not for me, and I never got where I could like the looks. I loved the looks of the LT, and the ergonomics were, for me, PERFECT! The performance was great for me to, so I have often said the Goldwing had no soul, meaningless as that term is.
I never rode an FJR, but the looks of it when it came out were just a little "over the top" for me, thought they were a little too "hawkish". Probably a GREAT bike, but I likely would not buy one. Has absolutely nothing to do with power or performance, mostly just aesthetics for my taste. Loved riding the GT when I tested it, but I still am not crazy about the side views of it. Like Joe said though, that makes little difference when you are riding it!
Unless you are worried that someone will see you on it and think you like the looks.
I still have a big soft spot in my heart for the LT, it served me so well on so many long trips. Not as much raw "fun" as the GT, but one would serve me well again. I would probably have trouble staying away from being in front of flashing red/blue lights on the GT anyway.