Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Warren, MI, USA
Calling all you LT to GT converts
On my ďbucket listĒ is a motorcycle trip up the Haul Road in Alaska. The LT probably isnít the right bike to take on such a trip so last year I bought a new GS Adventure. It seemed like the perfect bike for the Haul Road. Since the end of January, Iíve put over 6200 miles on it. Itís a great bike, with plenty of power and torque.
But from the very first ride, it just didnít ďfeel rightĒ. I figured I was just used to the LT and it would merely take some time to get used to the GS. I even put some TKC knobby tires on it and took it 165 miles off road in the Adirondack Mountains a couple of weeks ago. After dropping the bike twice in sand and mud, and fighting the bike every mile, I realized that I donít like riding off road...not to mention that I donít know how to do it. After all, the AL-CAN highway is paved all the way up now, right? So what if itís not the Haul Road.
Now the question that is running through my head is this: If I donít enjoy riding off road, and the bike just doesnít feel right, why donít I try something else? My thoughts are a new LT, RT or a GT. After owning both the LT and GS, I think I like the K engine better than the R, so Iíll probably be keeping clear of the RT.
Iím taking the GS in for its 6K service next week, and I have arranged with the dealer to let me take a GT overnight as a loner bike. Since I know practically nothing about this bike, is there anything particular that I should try or look out for during my extended test ride?
'93 K1100LT (Hers)