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post #1 of 9 Old Apr 9th, 2009, 4:15 pm Thread Starter
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Well I got to Demo an LT and an RT on Tuesday. I loved the fit and finish of the LT as well as the creature comforts. I wish the LT had the pep of the RT and I understand that the weight difference plays into that. The RT was a fun bike and I really enjoyed the ride but I know when the days get long and the miles start adding up I will have wished for the LT. So to muddy the decision even more I am going back on Saturday to try the GT to see if it is a good compromise between the two. I am not trying to turn this into a which one should I buy debate but alot of the concerns with handling of the LT didnt seem to bother me. I felt comfortable with the weight and did a couple low speed u-turns and rode in stop and go traffic for awhile just to see how things went. My only concern was the power, it seemed very smooth but docile. Now since it was a new bike and had less than 20 miles on it I did not try and get on it to hard. I am just talking about 1st gear take offs and then the highway roll on acceleration.
I was not expecting the LT to be an R1 or GSXR class bike in those respects but the RT definitely had more feedback and feel. Maybe I was expecting a little to much from a touring bike my only bikes have been sportbikes (CBR600, Katana 750, Yamaha R1) and then my two cruisers ( Honda Valkyrie, and Suzuki M109R). So basically I am wondering if I just missed something with the LT? No I do not plan on knee dragging at Deal's Gap but I am wanting a little more feedback while riding. Sorry for the long post but this is a major purchase for me and want to be as informed as possible.

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Your not going to get the front wheel off the ground with an LT, but you will be surprised how well the LT will fly through the twisties. I have an LT and would never go back to a lesser bike. It will spoil you. Nothing better than listening to your favorite music as you slip past an inferior rider on a Ducati.

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Your not going to get the front wheel off the ground with an LT, but you will be surprised how well the LT will fly through the twisties. I have an LT and would never go back to a lesser bike. It will spoil you. Nothing better than listening to your favorite music as you slip past an inferior rider on a Ducati.
That was one of the things that I really liked I was riding down the road with seat heat, heated grips on and the tunes blasting and thought man what have I been missing. Earphones and an Ipod gets old after awhile and makes my ears sore. I will wire up my next helmet no matter what I get.

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You are doing absolutely the right thing by riding all three bikes. People have different tastes and desires. I have owned my LT for 6 years now and I've never owned any other bike that long. It still satisfies my needs and handles so well in the twisties. Ride them all, you decide.

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4 years on a LT and still get that silly ass grin every time I ride. Ride what ever makes you fell good but you will not go wrong with a LT .

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All of the models mentioned earlier are great bikes.The LT was designed for long distance,2 up touring and plenty of cargo space.The RT and GT will do the same and are more city friendly.We ride an LT and mostly rocky mountain's back roads.The wife is just as comfortable as I am,after a few hours.The LT does just fine in bumper to bumper traffic,but sometimes I wish she was a few pounds lighter.

Good luck and enjoy the new bike,whatever your choice would be!

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All of the models mentioned earlier are great bikes.The LT was designed for long distance,2 up touring and plenty of cargo space.The RT and GT will do the same and are more city friendly.We ride an LT and mostly rocky mountain's back roads.The wife is just as comfortable as I am,after a few hours.The LT does just fine in bumper to bumper traffic,but sometimes I wish she was a few pounds lighter.
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You said you did not want to push the new LT to hard. The LT does not come into its own until after 4000 rpm you have to spin this motor for it to work. The LT also has a tall 1st gear so the fast get aways are hard on the clutch. You might want to take a second ride on the LT and see how you like it above 4000. After you ride the GT you may not look back, a great motor and great handling.

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You said you did not want to push the new LT to hard. The LT does not come into its own until after 4000 rpm you have to spin this motor for it to work. The LT also has a tall 1st gear so the fast get aways are hard on the clutch. You might want to take a second ride on the LT and see how you like it above 4000. After you ride the GT you may not look back, a great motor and great handling.
I am aware of the 4000 rpm sweet spot for the LT to shine I was just saying because it had less then 20 miles on the bike I did not want to push to hard. And because it was a new bike for sale the dealer was unable to just give me the bike for the day. The reason I am looking at the LT is because I do not want to buy say the GT and then spend forever getting it the way I want it like I have done with my last 2 bikes i.e. luggage racks, bags, seats, etc trying to get something made for the road. I guess the only thing missing on the GT for me is tunes it has the heated seat and grips just like the LT. I will know more after Saturday.

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