Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Liberty Hill, Texas, USA
Two years ago, I bought a 2003 LTC w/ 1800 miles on it. Riding across country, the LT was wonderful. Itís amazing how well that machine handled the curves coming down Hwy 7 in Arkansas, two-up and loaded. Smooth, powerful, comfortable, no fear of passing trucks on the Interstate....it was all good, until I had to slow down to park. Then my anxiety level rose higher than the national debt.
Loved the bike, and didn't mind that it was heavy, but HATED the feeling that it was so top heavy. At very low speed, there's not much room for error. DO NOT touch that servo assisted front brake on a slight incline with the front wheel turned even a little bit! The bike will roll forward off the side stand in neutral on a slight downward incline. Woe unto you, should your foot slide beneath you on pea gravel as you gently maneuver the battleship for exit out of the harbor. After I dropped (eased her down gently) three times in the year I had her, the last time straining my back pretty badly, I decided I would swallow my pride, admit I hadn't the skill yet to handle this machine, and down size.
The logical choice would be the RT. Several would debate that, I'm sure, but I was looking for the LT's little brother and the pre-2005 RT seemed to be the closest thing I could find. So I regretfully sold my LT and bought a 2000 R1100RT. It had bar backs and a Corbin seat. Felt like a featherweight after being on the LT. I could do things at low speed with the RT that I would not even attempt with the LT. I could more easily handle the weight of this bike. The 1100 surged noticably and tended to pull right so I sold it and bought a 2004 R1150RT. Very good bike.
I say all this to say I still miss the LT. Even though I can handle the RT much better than the LT and itís clearly more suited to my riding ability and confidence level, I have never been as comfortable on it as I was with the LT. I miss the cruise control, the riding position, the smooth power. The RT sets a little more forward than I like. I have added bar backs, tried several seats and seat mods, looking at trying to move the pegs forward someÖ.all just to emulate the comfortable riding posture of the LT.
So thatís where I am. Not entirely satisfied with the RT, but I dread the thought of struggling with the weight of the LT again. Wish I could figure out how to trim about 100-125 lbs off the LT, especially from the top half. It would be perfect for me.
Last edited by captron4601; May 27th, 2007 at 12:27 am.