Join Date: May 2007
Location: Medford, NJ, USA
I bought a new 2006 LT last August, and lots of nice his'n her gear, and ride it 42 miles each way to work twice a week, more or less according to the season. I need two solo commutes a week to stay proficient, and a ride of any length two-up once a week to stay on top of that. It took me 4000 miles to really feel comfortable, that is to say not giving constant thought to keeping it upright at stops or tight manuvering. I took the MSF (NJ Rider Safety) Advanced Rider Safety Course on my bike at the 600 mile point, and although I had my doubts on some of the manuvers, that was a big confidence builder. When you are still new to the LT, just don't attempt anything on it that you aren't absolutely sure you can successfully complete.
When two up with a little luggage, we go out near MGVW of 1322 lbs. (tire pressure is important - see my response to the K-bike rear tire thread). Due to height and age considerations, we only get on or off it using the center stand, when going two-up. As far as ever dropping it (hasn't happened YET), I'm thinking of getting a friend to help me lay it down gently, just so I can practice picking it up solo using the butt and legs technique.
I'll have to say, that during the break-in period when the RPMs were restricted, I gave this bike a bum rap for it's low torque. Now that I can occasionally get into the 5500 - 6500 RPM regime, I am beginning to appreciate what high output means, and the horsepower and performance this bike can offer up near the 8000 RPM redline.
BTW, I'm 5' 7" with a 26.5" inseam, and use a sheepskin on the seat in the summer which doesn't help any on the height issue. It looks like, not including long tours, I'll be riding about 7000 miles a year, seasonally adjusted. At 65, I don't know how many years I will enjoy this before I switch to an 800, or something similar. Probably not until I retire, however, I wouldn't want much less that an fully broken-in LT to joust with traffic during the commute on 295 in South Jersey.