Originally Posted by johnk12lt
My LT is one of the last Owners Choice leases from BMW. In April '07 it goes back, it ain't worth keeping. My dilemma, the '07 (new revamped) LT is looking like an '08 or "09. What to do? I really don't want another RT ( I had an '02 RT-P) so the GT was looking good, but I don't like the ARM position (reach) on the GT. Although not a lean over bike, like other sport touring mcy's it is not as comfortable as, say, the LT, Goldwing or big Harleys. I have my fingers crossed the new LT comes a little early. Oh, and I hope I like it.
I was basically in the same position, and went with another LT. I expect the next LT will be an '09 model, early released in '08 after the next Intermot (no, I don't have any "inside acess" -- I'm guessing, too
) Add in 1/2-1 year waiting to let the usual first year "beta" problems get fixed, and letting the initial demand cool, and I figure I'm looking at 3 years before I even consider switching again -- far enough away that I didn't let the "what's coming" question interfere with this selection process.
Oh, and almost forgot -- Don's GT/LT pics could have been me (after I drop about 50 pounds!
) The comment on the arm stretch is spot-on -- although the trunk/leg positions are nearly the same, that's only with the arms locked, and the shoulders straining forward; if the arms were bent and shoulders rest naturally, the trunk lean must be more pronounced. I concluded that even with the new Helibar bar-backs, I would still be leaned forward far enough to have more pressure on my wrists, and have my neck holding my head up/back, more than I wanted. Now, the GT may work for Don, as his arms are longer than mine. But, having just barely been able to not give in to the temptation to try to "make" a GT fit, rather than going with the "old" design, I wanted to pitch my $0.02 on the table for consideration.