Doing the unthinkable!
Iíve been riding my í03 LT for two years now. Itís the best bike Iíve ever owned. Iím probably spoiled. I wouldnít want to be without ABS, heated grips and seats, CD player, radio with weather channel, total protection from the wind, electric windshield, comfortable riding position, ample storage, good performance and the adjustable rear shock. In other words, to me this bike is perfect.
Hereís the rub. I have an old sports injury that is now beginning to bother me. My doctor told me it would and that making some ďadjustmentsĒ should be expected. Iíve done some of that. I donít take racquetball so seriously anymore. I play people my own age and realize itís good for exercise and OK to loose. That, by the way, is how I hurt me knee.
Iím a weekend rider, so I donít put many miles on a bike, but less and less miles on the LT is beginning to bother my knee. Itís not the riding position; itís riding in traffic and handling the weight of the LT that hurts. If I ride for half a day Iím sore for a couple of days. After I had the bike for a year I installed the lower seat. That made a big difference, but now Iím back to where I was. My knee seems to be getting worse.
This is the heaviest bike Iíve ever owned. Iím thinking I may need to go back to a much lighter bike. Looks like the BMW R1200RT and Honda ST1300 fit that description. I looked at an RT today and pleasantly discovered I can get all the things I want on it. It is much lighter and doesnít seem to stress my knee. It does have a high seat, and that is one of the things I had to change on the LT. By the way, Iím 6 ft tall, so itís not reaching the ground; itís having a wider stance that I need. Iíve not seriously looked at the ST1300 yet, but Iíve ridden with some and they seem to be nice bikes. They may not have all the amenities I want.
Iím not ready for a three-wheeler yet, but Iím open for other suggestions.