Okay... this is another "oh how I love thee let me count the ways...." thread about my (our) LT(s).
I've been absent from this site for a while... nice to be back... and the sage advice and blogs never cease to nail it..with sound tech feedback, and as always, reminders why we LOVE the beast.
[Editors note: no final drive dramas were considered in the composition of this thread].
So here's my list:
1. Over the Long weekend (Fri-Mon) we saw probably a hundred or so random Harley's or wannabees on the roads along mid-coast Maine.... I saw ONE Blue LT in Brunswick Maine and a dozen or so boxers.
2. You can gracefully roll through the twisties 2-up with enough nimbleness that your butt doesn't pucker or pillion poke your side (and the governor reminds you of your 2-up limits -- governor = lower cowling and center stand pavement kisses) .
3. The ergonomics works great at creating a 'comfortable' riding bubble... light rain or crisp air... pass around and not through you...heated seats(and back rest), grips, cruise control and a pretty awesome audio system make for miles and miles and smiles and smiles....
4. Oh yeah.... there are but a few bikes on the road that you can cruise around at about 4500-5000 RPMs in 5th.... in the road equivalent of a lazy-boy recliner...whilst the remainder are buzzing around in near fetal positions straddling their transformer like beasts..... actually the LT is more like a transformer than the mere bike toys that look like a cartoon transformer--the LT actually Transforms!
5. As much as it's cool to feel the earth vibrate (and your body, too) when 'other' tone deaf bikes are within a mile radius... it's a pleasure being able to have a conversation with your pillion at road speeds, and then, follow a herd of short pipe thumpers into town--in relative stealth--to the pleasure of most onlookers who appreciate the relative calm.... Recalling that famous line from the movie Billy Jack... the LT, "speaks soft and carries a big stick."
6. Art...on two wheels. I was getting my gear off....just outside an art gallery in Wiscasset, Maine on Memorial Day... the proprieter couldnt help but to comment on how beautiful the LT looked.... German engineering at its finest he said (he's not in the FD club--nor am I for that matter). SSShhhhhhh. Ok, I admit, I always look back. The LT is just damned gorgeous. BTW... If you are passing through Wiscasset check out Red's Eats
7. Diversity.... yesterday in another thread I was reminded the LT loves to rev in the 4-6K range.... so after a weekend of lumbering around with the pillion.... I hardly found myself leaving 2nd or 3rd as I sported my way home from work...love that power band.... and she behaves so well....
All in all, I can't imagine there is another 2-wheeled machine that can deliver satisfaction in so many ways in one package. Okay so this time I only counted seven ways I love my (our) LT(s).... I'll work on it.