I've been riding for over 14 years. My HD just wasn't cutting it any more and the dang thing was loud, shaky and not comfortable for LONG rides. How far I could ride my HD was a limiting factor, not to mention it had saddlebags, but they wouldn't hold much.
I wanted a touring bike.
I didn't want a V-twin. That left the GW and LT.
All the GW's I looked at (generalizing here), seemed to look the same to me; white trash/trucker style (all the gadgets they could find at the Flying J / JC Whitney catalog mounted on it somewhere) and the LT, well, it was clean and sexy lookin and seemed to have a very good reputation.
early last year, I found a used '05 sorta in my price range at the local dealer, took it for a test drive and was impressed.. I thought about it for a while and well, you snooze, you lose.
Riding season passed here in CO and my mind drifted off to snowboarding and other activities.... although I still thought about the open road and seeing CO and points beyond from a bike.
The weather here stared to turn favorable for riding and my desire for the open road grew. I started shopping around. I figured I'd open my search up to the K1200GT and R1150's. I looked at several, was down to a K1200LT and A R1150(?) negotiating back and forth with their owners, I stumbled into a 00 LT at the local dealers web site while looking for parts that the R1150 needed... I called and confirmed they still had it, left work a bit early, checked it out and took it for a 45 min test drive. I bought it that very day. Every nice riding day since then I've been on the road with her. My daughter and now exgf like the ride, way better than the HD.
This bike handles better than any other bike I've owned. She's not into the sub 40 mph speeds, she likes the open road