If they would fix the areas where the 1600 is deficient compared to the LT ....
Things such as poor wind and rain protection for rider hands and feet and passenger head and shoulders, excessive driveline lash, etc.
I put 93,000 miles on the LT. 33,000 on my GTL so far.
Loved the LT - but if simply does not compare to the GTL, as far as performance, ease of maintenance - and dependability.
Wind protection? Easily fixed with Aeroflow wings (way south
of "$1,000"). I have ridden the GTL across this country four times, through torrential rains. No more wetness than the LT, when tweaked slightly with Areoflow. An addition, the GTL needed many fewer add-on farkles than my LT required, so the $ balances out.
Pillion comfort? Easily fixed with custom seat. My wife wanted to be lower, and it was dealt with. BTW, I had a custom seat on my LT (and every BMW I've owned). She gladly does 400-500 mile days.
Drive line lash? Nope, not worse. Same as the LT in that regard. These are shaft driven bikes. I have had 5 shaft driven bikes, so I do know them.... Yes, the bike is different, because there is no flywheel. Takes a little getting used to, but I have no issues making smooth shifts.
The LT DOES have a few things the GTL doesn't:
- Final Drive Failures (I have four local riding friends that experienced this, though I didn't).
- Rear Main Seal Failure? Bingo - me too!
- Clutch Slave Failure? Yep, I got mine.
- Stock rubber brake lines; spring a leak at 30k miles, and then replace with Spieglers.
I do most all my own maintenance. The 6 & 12 K maintenance on the GTL takes less than an hour
. So easy, I haven't used my lift in 2 years...