I´m a newbie here and with my 09 LT. I´m currently in Madrid Spain visiting my father going on 2 weeks, my ol man is a Gold Wing DIE HARD and he´s been trying very hard for me to own one back in the states, with that said, he rounded up 6 Gold Wing riders and 2 HD Ultras to go on a amazing trip. My dad has only one bike so since he´s dying so much for me to buy a Wing he went ahead and rented a 2008 RT fully dressed up just because I told him to rent the nicest BMW motorcycle he could get so he can see for himself what I fussed so much about.
Our trip consisted to ride from Madrid to Toulouse France back to Barcelona Spain from Barcelona to Valencia from there to an amazing little city called Cuencas and back to Madrid.
My father had a real hard time riding the beemer, he´s 63 and has always cruised with the European Pimp Bike of all times "Gold Wing" because of the incredible comfort, height, and all the goodies they have.
After spending 9 days on the road riding the GW with all the goodies and all the options through the most dangerous mountains I have ever seen in my life I can say that I will NOT trade my LT for a Gold Wing, ULTRA or BMW RT. I came to this conclusion after riding the RT and the Wing through some serious roads.
The Wing is a really nice motorcycle if you´re a short guy, I´M 6"5 and wasn´t thrilled about the ride height it offers as I´m a big guy all the way around. The wing handled very nice on the mountains and on the highway you really feel how powerful and smooth they are as long as you keep it under 100 mph but its no LT, you must be extremely careful leaning that thing cause it scrapes a lot sooner than the LT does. I did get several opportunities to twist that throttle all the way and see how smooth she was and boy I tell you, that bike does NOT like to be pushed hard, that thing is not happy over 100 mph but I kept that throttle twisted all the way to see where she was going to say enough and she did at 119 mph that is all I could get out of her, with that said if you guys are on the road and a wing is trying to prove something do not hesitate for one second you will smoke him away
6 days into the trip I asked the ol man to trade with me his rented RT for a bit to see what that bike is all about, the only thing I "loved" was the handling and the ride height, I guess you have to be a boxer type engine fan to really appreciate that bike, the weight was nice I guess if weight is an issue, would I buy one? the answer is very simple NO, I would buy a wing over that bike in a heartbeat, after 3 hours on the RT I thanked my dad very much for letting me ride it but I needed him to hand over the wing back
The guys riding the Ultra´s did OK but they were always last as those things are just loud and clumsy if you ask me, they seem to not handle very well in the mountains where you must be turning every 2 seconds, we literally had to stop almost every 30 minutes for them to catch up to us, I was not impressed at all with them period.
This has been the most incredible time I´ve had with my father, funny thing was that as I was trying to get the Wing to impress me I was wishing my LT was here with me
Bottom line is that after this amazing journey I am more than sold on my LT and I can´t wait to return back to the US next week and take her for a nice cruise....
Just thought I´d share this with you guys.