I've owned them both LT and GW
OK so I check-in and see Joe has started some shit about Gold Wings and LTs. Iíve owned both and can tell you both are great bikes; each have some special qualities and shortcomings. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and I like the way an LT looks. I like the way it handles and the way I feel when I ride it. Life has been good to me and Iíve been lucky enough to own several great bikes. None of them has been the perfect machine. I think itís something like cars or houses or anything else that is a source of self expression. I just like what the LT says about me just like Harley riders like whatever their bike says about them.
From a practical point of view, I can only say there is nothing very practical about a motor cycle in the first place. Very few of us use a bike as our main source of transportation (and to those who do, I apologize). Riding a bike is an emotional and somewhat risky experience. We do it for fun and excitement. Even touring is a lot more comfortable in a car then the best touring bike. In the end, itís about style and excitement and the sense of freedom a bike offers. For me, I like the LT. It has a certain exotic quality not found in Gold Wings. Based on the difference in sales, more people like Gold Wings, and that's just fine with me. I like being different.
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