Well, folks, I had my test ride today which included some highway travel, some back country roads, with plenty of twisties, and even some stop and go traffic.
The LT is everything you all said it was. Handling was responsive, braking, wow, and even slow speeds were tolerable.
However, the bike is just a bit to big for me. Not heavy, but height wise. There were a couple of times (mainly due to the bank in the road), that one foot or the other was on the ball of the foot, and for a bike that heavy, I need both feet planted firmly on the ground. I didn't drop it, but, only years of riding experience kept it upright during one of those situations.
So, as great a ride as it was, it's not coming home with me.
The LT is years ahead on the technical side compared to my Ultra, but I just couldn't see spending that kind of money for a bike that "may" work for me given enough time.
I suppose it all boils down to comfort level, and I just didn't feel comfortable (confident) on the LT. Perhaps that would change it time, and perhaps not, but I don't have the $$$ to take that chance.
I think buying a bike like the LT should be one of those, "you know, that you know, this is the bike for me", type thing with no hesitations or doubts. And, as great a bike as it was, I can't say it was a, "you know, that you know" experience for me.
Thanks again, for all your thougths and comments, and if by chance I grow a few inches (but at age 60 that doesn't seem likely), or of the LT's height ever comes down a few inches, I'll be first in line.
Plus, one other important item, that I hadn't really seriously considered till today. 80% of my riding is solo. The kids aren't old enough (second marriage for me, second set of kids) to leave home yet, so that precludes a lot of 2-up riding.
My Ultra has served me well for the past 16,000, and now I can appreciate the difference between a HD and a BMW, and am glad to have had the opportunity to be able to ride both.
I'm thankful for the blessings of owning a Ultra, and will be content where I am.
Thanks again, and please, wave to me if you see my cruising down the road