Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Oakland, Hollywood, CA, USA
The RT is a different aesthetic than the LT. Just like Harley, G-Wing, Dual Sport, SportBike, Scooter are NOT like anything else. The nuances of the styles are to be embraced and enjoyed. Hopefully, a small inventory of your preferences is within you means.
I rode from The Bay Area to NY in 2000 and picked up the Female-Love of my Life at JFK Airport on a '96 1100RT. We travelled across Canada in Temperatures that ranged from 115F-23F.... DO NOT FORGET THE HEATED SEATS when travelling w/ a female. By the end of the trip, the RT, which I tought was a massive scooter had shrunk to an annoying pipsqueak of transportation. Because we were in the habit of long trips, the LT was the PERFECT replacement for the RT. However, I do miss the RT. As you mentioned, the Torque is FAB, the handling is like none other, and the RT was just the most FUN bike I have ever owned...... may I say that twice?
If you are travelling solo, the RT is my favorite. If 2UP, LT hands down winner. If you are commuting in town, a scooter or DualSport. If you're picking up loose females, Harley. The spirit of 2 wheels is all the same... No blame or shame on Brand or Aesthetics..... Ride On
Oakland, Hollywood CA
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