There is a difference between traveling and touring to me. Traveling is when you want to get from point A to B the fastest way possible. Traveling involves interstates, miles of boring tiring interstates, 75% of roads we use to travel long distances go through congested cities, have expensive gas, hotels, food, scary truck traffic, construction slow-ups and shitty scenery. To me touring is enjoying the experience when you get there. Touring is twisty scenic roads, out of the way local cafes and shops, sites that take your breath away, no rush, no mileage goals, no stress. I do not understand how you long haul riders do it, how you can ride a motorcycle 600 to 700 miles in a day, that would be torture for me. But, I can do that in my pick-up. So for me I choose to TRAVEL with the pick-up and trailer through the nightmare of interstates, congested traffic and misc. shit you'll encounter, its safer, more comfortable and gives me the option to use the cage if the weather gets bad or I want to off road to some mountain lake for a day. Also when I get to my destination I'm anxious to ride because I haven't been beat to death by the traffic, wind, sun and rain getting there.
Bless all you guys who can do the iron butt type rides (maybe I'm a little jealous) but my candy ass is going to be in the pick-up until I reach my riding destination.
To each his own.
Your last statement is the essence of it. Do what works for you.
I'm in the CharlieVT camp. My LT has only been on a trailer once and that was for a 1/4 trip back up my driveway when the fuel hose sprung a leak.
Two years ago, five related couples rented a house in Gatlinburg, TN for a week of touring on the TOTD and other roads in that area. They ride three Ventures, a Kawasaki and a Honda VTX as I recall. They were trailering the bikes down driving the 12 or so hours in one long day. One couple had to bow out at the last minute and my wife and I were invited to "join the family" for a week since we knew a few of the couples. They told me when they planned to load the trailers. I politely declined and asked them when they planned to arrive and we'd meet them there. We left a day early and had a great ride down through WV, stayed at a neat hotel in a WV park and had only a few boring hours on I-81 in VA.
I don't find even 600 mile days all that tiring on the LT. On a cruiser though, that would be different. I enjoy riding, even when making time on the interstates, but generally try to find adequate time to take a few alternate routes each day to get a break from the interstates. I just find that I see more while on the bike, even traversing Kansas, Missouri or Nebraska, than in a car and that makes it orthwhile for me.
Also, trailering a bike like the LT is fraught with peril and I'd rather take my chances on the road.