Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Maryville, TN, US
Re: Impressed? Yes I am.
If you really want to get impressed by your bike, you should have been with us today. The ride plan was to go from Durango, CO through Monument Valley, down to Grand Canyon and finish the day in Williams, AZ. We left Durango dodging thunderstorms, and did pretty good at that. A little rain, but not enough to put wet suits on for. Then, as we cleared the rain, the wind started blowing. It peaked, we were told, at 60 mph. I could believe it too. We came across US 160 with the pegs nearly dragging the ground just to maintain a straight line. I had to slow to keep the thing in the road, and ran two stop signs (after looking both ways numerous times) because I honestly didn't think I'd be able to hold the bike up. My wife, riding pillion, was a nervous wreck. I had ridden in wind like this before on my RT, and while it wasn't the most pleasant experience, it was still doable. After not many miles on the road, we holed up in Bluff, UT at a quaint little hotel, the Recapture Lodge. The owners were nice enough to let us park the LT on a small concrete walkway in front of our door and out of the wind and sandstorm. My paint owes the owners of the lodge a big thank you.
While resting in the room out of the wind, we heard some men outside our window. "WOW!", said one, "a BMW." We listened as they looked it over and talked about how nice it looked and how the best part of it was that it wasn't a Harley. (No intent to put our fellow cyclist down, just reporting the events!) Later that afternoon, I took the rear seat off to replace a fuse that had blown the day prior when using my heated suit crossing Monarch Pass. While working, our neighbor came over to talk bikes with me. Turns out that he has a Wing and wanted to compare notes.
He asked what kind of fuel mileage it gets, I told him, truthfully, that I can plan 48-50 while on a trip and the bike loaded. I told him the best I ever got was 56.7, but that was riding with my brother on his Voyager and he rides like a little old lady. That high figure was a rare exception for me. He told me he only gets 35 on his Wing. He asked me about doing maintenance on it. I showed him the Tupperware panels and how to take them off. He seemed to think the Wing would be easier to work on than the LT. I don't know, I've never wrenched on a wing. But, when I told him how easy it was to take the rear wheel off, he about dropped his beer. I can have the rear wheel completely off the bike in well less than 20 minutes, even with only the tools in my bike's tool kit. He told me it was an all afternoon job to remove the wheel on his GL1500.
We parted company, and I felt pretty good about our visit. I later overheard him telling some of his buddies about talking to me and about how nice the LT looked.
It's one thing to feel good about your bike, and with the LT that's easy to do. It's yet another thing when other bikers compliment you on your bike. I have MBS, so in my garage sits this LT, and an 1150 RT. I simply LOVE them both. The RT goes with me on my solo rides and the LT goes with me when the wife wants to come along. With almost 70,000 miles on my two bikes in the last three years, I feel qualified to say that these two are the best bikes I have ever owned during the last 35 years I have been riding.
I hope you are able to buy that LT, and I hope you enjoy your new ride as much as I have mine.