Yep, it's me. They guy that gave up the ghost, and decided to stay with his Ultra Classic.
What happened? Glad you asked.
Last night I went for an after dinner ride on my Ultra. I had an old Butt Buffer seat, and decided to throw it on. Went for a ride, and all I could think about was the LT, and how it handled, broke, etc. After riding the LT, my Ultra did seem a bit on the clunky side, but even then, I was resigned to keeping the Ultra.
Then, I came to a stop sign, and noticed my feet were not flat on the ground. The reason, of course, was the Butt Buffer pad. But, I didn't panic, just accepted the fact and rode on. But, that got me to thinking, "Why, wasn't I nervous when my feet were not planted on the ground?" The reason was simple, I knew my bike, knew how it handled, and what it would or would not do in certain situations. Feet not firmly planted, no big deal.
Then, I got to thinking about my ride on the LT. My first test ride on a totally different bike. The only similarities were both bikes had two wheels and used gasoline, and that's were the similarities ended.
Everything on the LT was foreign to me. The sound, the engine, the handlebars, the seat, the foot pegs, shifter, brakess, you name it. I was basically in an alien world, so it isn't surprising that I wasn't 100% sure.
I decided to take another test ride today, and what a world of difference. At least today, I knew where everything was. It wasn't a natural reach, but it was familiar territory. And, today, the bike didn't seem nearly as big. My feet, 95% of the time were planted firmly on the ground, and I was way more confident upon the bike.
One thing I did do was to try several slow riding drills, and they went well. I was going about 2MPH, and had the bike in a rock steady, straight line. It felt good.
Stopping the bike is not something you'd want to take a picture of yet, and starting from a stop is a little jerky (higher rpm needed on the LT), but I don't look like a total novice either. I know both those things will improve with time of the bike.
There's still a lot of driving technique to change, and adapt to, but that will come with miles.
So, here I am, a happy member of the LT family
, and new owner of a 2006, Charcoal Grey (I thought it was black) K1200 LT!