Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Re: New GT vs LT Survey/Poll
I purchased a 2008 GT late August and sold my 2005 LT today, October 04, 2008. Fortunately my LT has been purchased by an acquaintance who is very excited about his "new" LT. I shall miss the LT as it is, in my opinion, the prettiest motorcycle, bar none, and as a highway cruiser it can not be faulted.
Why did I abandon the LT in favour of the GT. I found the LT just too much motorcycle for me. I found it difficult to handle at slow speeds and in tight quarters. Simply put, the LT controlled me, as opposed to me controlling it. I am, on the other hand, not intimidated by the GT.
Both the LT and GT certainly qualify as touring bikes but that is where similarities end. It is a bit like comparing a Bentley and a Ferrari as touring cars. Both can be driven all day but the driving experience is quite different. The LT, with all it's creature comforts, leaves one very relaxed at the end of a long highway trip. The GT, on the other hand, provides a day-long adrenalin rush and sometimes leaves one a little on edge as the sun sets. The GT is much better suited for those hairpin mountain roads as it literally seems to instinctively know when it is time to lean into the corners. The LT on the other hand needs to be sometimes pushed through the curves.
I do miss the LT entertainment system and it's superb fairing design, that keeps one drier and more comfortable in inclement weather. Also, I really miss the hydraulic centre stand. My wife especially misses the riding comfort afforded to the rear passenger.
I guess if I could have afforded to keep both bikes, I would have done so.
Last edited by Steve_R; Oct 5th, 2008 at 8:42 am.