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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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post #2 of 16 Old Jul 30th, 2006, 5:11 pm
 
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I simply asked a question...that's all.
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I 50% agree with you.

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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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Hi Bob,

I 50% agree with you. Both are great bikes. But touring is better in a car? Neither my wife nor I would agree with that. Cooler in hot weather, definitely. But if the weather isn't too hot (over 85) or too cold (under 35) then we would pick the motorcycle almost all the time.

What do I ride? Based on the website I know what people would think. But I currently ride a 2000 SE GoldWing but my next bike will be a BMW LT. Why the change? Why not? I've had three GoldWings and change is fun. They are both very good motorcycles as far as motorcycles go. They definitely have more maintenance than a car which I still am VERY unhappy with. And the extremely lame excuse of it being a motorcycle is not a good excuse. It's just a lame excuse. I'd love to see BWM or Honda car people be put in charge of lowering the maintenance for each.
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OK so I check-in and see Joe has started some shit about Gold Wings and LTs.
Yup! That's what Joe does!!! Bless him for that!!!

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Hi Bob,

I 50% agree with you. Both are great bikes. But touring is better in a car? Neither my wife nor I would agree with that. Cooler in hot weather, definitely. But if the weather isn't too hot (over 85) or too cold (under 35) then we would pick the motorcycle almost all the time.

What do I ride? Based on the website I know what people would think. But I currently ride a 2000 SE GoldWing but my next bike will be a BMW LT. Why the change? Why not? I've had three GoldWings and change is fun. They are both very good motorcycles as far as motorcycles go. They definitely have more maintenance than a car which I still am VERY unhappy with. And the extremely lame excuse of it being a motorcycle is not a good excuse. It's just a lame excuse. I'd love to see BWM or Honda car people be put in charge of lowering the maintenance for each.
Ditto on this one as I would much rather tour on my bike then in a cage. My wife loves to ride and I like the fact that I can "experience" the surroundings rather then just look at it though a car window. I fully agree that the Goldwing and LT are both great bikes. I would like to see some of the goldwing features on the LT (like the headlights and push button reverse) and I know there are wing riders that like some of the LT features. I also have been blessed to purchase the LT. By the way have you seen the Gieco motorcycle commercial where they slowly pan over the LT....Very cool
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It was More comfortable - not better

Hey guys,

Give the man a break. He said touring in a car is more comfortable - NOT better! If any of us thought it was better, we wouldn't be reading this list.

The Navigator and I LOVE touring on the bike. And would do it on another one if the LT wasn't available. We hate touring by car. But is the bike more comfortable?? Not a chance.

So: who cares? It isn't about comfort, sports fans!

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I confess - I don't own a BMW. Corider wants a 330i. I want an RT or so I think.

We rode the LT in 2000 and had a very heated debate in the BMW showroom.

The Corider says GoldWing so we bought a 2000 SE. I readily admit that it does not handle like the LT, but we both have enjoyed it for over 6 years. The key word here is "Both". Remember, Corider is also the lady I have lived with for over 34 years and she is also the household finance minister.

So what is a guy to do. I also have an 1985 GoldWing LTD purchased new by my Dad. Yeah, it is a GoldWing, but a Wing not like many others out there.

Well last year I went and bought a poor mans BMW Sport Tourer - A Kawasaki Concours - Used. It was my mid life crisis and I pleaded with my wife that I had to have a faster and lighter motorcycle or chase younger women. She allowed the motorcycle.

Ride safe folks - no matter what the marque!
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Give the man a break. He said touring in a car is more comfortable - NOT better!
But...I disagree with this point as well. I can drive a cage about 700-750 miles a day maximum, and then I am DONE! Finished! I've ridden the LT 1,100 miles one day across Montana, and the next day I continued on and was in Seattle at 5:00pm. That trip wouldn't have happened in a cage. No way Jose! So the bike, IMHO, wins both in the "better" and "more comfortable" categories.

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I've ridden the LT 1,100 miles one day across Montana...
Joe, I have absolutely no doubt you did the 1100 miles in one day however...across Montana? I know it's a large state but I can only come up with 6, maybe 650 across it on I90.

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But...I disagree with this point as well. I can drive a cage about 700-750 miles a day maximum, and then I am DONE! Finished! I've ridden the LT 1,100 miles one day across Montana, and the next day I continued on and was in Seattle at 5:00pm. That trip wouldn't have happened in a cage. No way Jose! So the bike, IMHO, wins both in the "better" and "more comfortable" categories.

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Joe, what color is the sky in your world?

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Joe, I have absolutely no doubt you did the 1100 miles in one day however...across Montana? I know it's a large state but I can only come up with 6, maybe 650 across it on I90.
Yikes! Are we getting picky, or what? The day started far EAST of Montana, somewhere in MN, then through parts of SD, then ND, then ended about 100 miles west of Billings.


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It used to be 'Pacific Blue' . . . but now it's definitely 'Deep Blue Metallic'!
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It used to be 'Pacific Blue' . . . but now it's definitely 'Deep Blue Metallic'!
Good answer!
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It used to be 'Pacific Blue' . . . but now it's definitely 'Deep Blue Metallic'!
What, no Marvelous Mauve or Fabulous Fuschia???

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Amen Don, amen
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