Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Savannah, GA Area, GA, USA
Mike: Sorry to hear about your dilemma with your wife's comfort with the LT. My wife will ride long distances with me and enjoy it. Having said that ... see further comments below.
But to be fair and balanced in my reporting back to you, my wife does not like the fact that she sits up higher and gets more wind blast. I bought a four inch taller windscreen from Cee Bailey to address this issue and it helps a lot.
In the end, as others have commented, your wife needs to be comfortable riding on the bike too.
Today, I visited a Honda dealer to look at Wings ... something I haven't done in more than 10 years. The Wing offers some advantages to the LT in my view ... better and more comfortable two up riding comfort ... and I'm thinking seriously about getting one and leaving the LT to a single rider bike setup or just selling it. My wife sat on the Wing and did not sit up higher or over my head. She liked that. She also felt more comfortable with the "cockpit" room ... advantages that were clear to me too. To be sure, there's features with the LT that the Wing cannot match ... but I have to address those that are critical to our riding needs.
There are advantages and disadvantages to both bikes. If she won't ride on it with you and that is a primary factor for you (it is with me and my wife) then you might consider trading it for an R1200RT or a different brand altogether.
Good luck, tom
IBA # 30573
2000 K1200 LTC Canyon Red with Unigo
2005 R1200 RT Red
2002 CCR - Santa Fe, NM (Radisson Santa Fe)
2003 CCR - Gatlinburg, TN (Park Vista Resort)
2004 CCR - Breckenridge, CO (Beaver Run Resort)
2005 CCR - Jackson Hole, WY (Grand Teton National Park)
2006 CCR - Braselton, GA (Chateau Elan and Winery)
2009 CCR - Rapid City, SD (Ramkota Hotel)