Finally took a test ride - results...
It was a nice day in the Mid Atlantic, I had my appointment at Bob's BMW for a ride on the LT. It was a 2008, black with 53 miles on it.
If you recall, I am 6'5 and around 325 (and dropping from 355).
Here is what I anticipated - As I ride a Road King Classic now and have 30 years of saddle time, I assumed the size and weight of the bike would be no concern at all. However, from the reviews of this bike and posts I have read I assumed the bike would fall over if I just walked by it and the final drive unit would spontaneously-combust at the end of the drive way (sorry guys picking on you over a serious issue I know but if you read a competitor forum that is what it sounds like).
I anticipated a smooth motor with a little more power higher up than my Hog. I also expected a somewhat top heavy bike that would demand precision at low speeds and half expected low speed stops to eject me from the seat again resulting in a horrible fire-related death.
Here is the reality - This bike is fine at parking lot speeds, yes, it requires a bit more throttle at launch than my Road King, but really not much more and that is rider related not bike. It can turn in a radius as well as my road king, I was just respectful of its size.
On the road it accelerates very smooth with a beautiful tome from the pipe. The trans is clunk free and easily engaged. I could clearly hear the stereo through my full face bucket. The electric windshield is HUGELY useful!!! I can raise it to the max and literally eliminate the wind - WOW!
The bike has loads of power in the high RPM range, this thing really scoots!. It was windy, so I did feel the sail effect but it was never disconcerting or felt like I was not 100% in control.
I MAY opt for lower pegs, and can see where the MOP's are needed, but I liked the stock seat so far and thought the overall comfort was exceptional!
This was a FANTASTIC experience!
Tomorrow I will try another dealer to see if they will ell off the sticker a little bit (I hate to pay full pop for this).
THANKS AGAIN for everyone's advice!