Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Bedford, TX, USA
I must concur with my fellow brethren that is is an individual decision that you you must make after carefully weighing the differences in the bikes. I had an ST 1100, that I thought was the most perfect bike for me UNTIL, I rode the LT with my wife on back.
I had a serious dilemma in deciding between the GT and LT, and the ST 1300 took a distant third, once the BMW were tested. For me, the bottom line of the decision took two factors:
1) My wife and I have NEVER been more comfortable on any bike, than we were on the LT. I have owned Gold Wings, ST's, Concours', and many others, but the LT is head and shoulders above all of them in comfort - TO ME!!!!!
2) My consideration of the LT also included the support that I had seen within these very pages of this site. I know that you have experienced it as well - Just look back at the promptness of replies form other LT owners to your initial query. I have been involved with no fewer than six other "ownership sites", and I have never experienced the sincere and timely responses that I have seen on this site. If you will simply peruse the archives of knowledge, expertly assembled here, you cannot help but be impressed with acumen at your disposal. In the rare instance that you cannot find the subject in the existing archival data, you also have a veritable plethora of extremely competent individuals standing by, anxiously awaiting the opportunity to be of service to one of their fellow LT owners.
These two were the selling points for me, and I hope that they help in making whatever the right decision is for you. The LT was the right way for me.
Good luck and best wishes,
2003 K1200LT- The Brown Buffalo
2000 VLX - The wife's
1999 Concours - Plum Crazy
1998 KX 250 + 4 others
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