Re: New Review of an Old LT
Nice article. I also went from a Japanese cruiser (Valkyrie-still love) to an LT. It has been a wonderful experience for me thus far. Decent power once she is in motion and above 4K. I think the brakes and handling are phenomenal, even though I wish the brakes didn't squeak so much. The amenities (cruise control, adjustable windshield) are really changing how I view long distance riding. I did a 9 hour ride on my Valk last weekend, and while it was a blast, I actively missed my windshield and CC. I also believe the LT is, by far, the best looking tourer or sport-tourer out there. That's not an owner-biased opinion, because I felt that way before I bought it. In fact, looks (and lack of over-saturation) are the reason I chose an LT over a Gold Wing when shopping for a second bike. It was an added bonus that they are so relatively cheap.
I agree that the excessive weight of the LT can be felt, but 7 months into ownership it doesn't really effect me.
If I wrote that article, I would have to mention how insanely difficult it is to hook up an auxiliary component (phone, mp3 player) to the existing stereos on models before 06. I HATE that. I understand that back in 05, it may not have been commonplace like now, but I still hate it. The only other complaints I have are the somewhat uncomfortable factory seat, the cumbersome locking gas cap, and the bad factory headlight. Other than those items, the LT is an amazing bike.
I would give the 05 LT a 8.8/10.
I live and ride in Illinois, which has some of the straightest roads in the country.
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1984 Bluish Honda CB 650 (retired)
1986 Red Honda Nighthawk 450 (abandoned)
Didn't own a bike from 1999 to 2012
1997 Black Honda Valkyrie (still own)
2005 Ocean Blue BMW K1200LT "Apocalypse" (bought in March '16)
IBA Saddlesore 1000
Bucket List destinations:
Pacific Coast highway