Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia
I just went through a similar process. I already had a 1200RT and I was unhappy with the ergonomics. I'm 6'4"" and 275 pounds... I'm also not too interested in going super fast or cornering with a knee scraping. The RT engine was great on the open road with what I considered to be good performance. Around the city the high first gear was a bit of pain, especially on hill starts.
I took a GT for a test ride and too be honest it scared me, fantastic acceleration and excellent cornering ability. I found the throttle a bit touchy and though that this would be a real pain in city traffic (I occasionally ride to work in the centre of Sydney) The seat was also uncomfortable after about 30 minutes and the windscreen ineffective for my height.
I decided the LT was the way to go. The radio can be heard at cruising speed, the comfort seat is fantastic and the performance, whilst not that of the GT, is still exciting. Cornering ability is great and matches my riding style perfectly, although I am scraping the undercarriage from time to time. Mine came standard with the tall screen, with the screen raised to the highest setting I am looking right through it, also sitting in a bubble of still air. Despite the weight of the bike I find it better in stop start traffic than the RT. Also, the electro/hydraulic stand is fantastic!! As well as the puddle lights and the central locking. It's just a pity that the LT doesn't have the newer technologies yet that the RT and GT have. I never got the chance to test ride the LT before I bought, however, I knew from sitting on it that it was going to right for me.