So, you're another Maritimer, eh! Nice to see a neighbour on here. you sure did alright buying a three year old LT for $12,000.00 (Canadian), you're right too about the bikes costing more up here.
I'm really shocked that Motoplex offered you $10,500.00, I thought that you'd get raped over there. With that being said, I do like Troy, their BMW salesman, he seems like a good guy. If I was in your position, I probably would have done that trade since you'd hardly lose a dime and avoiding the hassle of selling it yourself.
I'm six feet tall with a 32" inseam, so the height of the LT isn't really a concern but the one little test-ride I took it on last summer with my wife on the back kind of challenged me. It's a whole different animal then my Vulcan 1600 Classic. It handled very well but I would need to get in some decent saddle-time for sure before I could really enjoy this bike.
I can appreciate your point about giving up some comfort for agility, sometimes these big heavy bikes are a lot more work to get around on. What I'd like to know is just how much comfort do you forsake by going with something like a K1300GT or a R1200RT? They must be soooo much easier to ride but do you lose a significant amount of comfort in the bargain?
BTW, I will ask Troy the next time I'm in at his store how much this LT would be worth on a trade-in, if we decided to go with something a little bit easier to handle. It doesn't hurt to ask.
My wife is appx. 5' 7" tall, so she's not really short. At first I recommended the F800ST to her and she thought that that was a good choice but I've just been looking at the MSRP and for roughly $2000.00 more you can get an R1200RT, I think that that might be an even better choice now that I've given it some more thought. Seems like a lot more bike for just another $2000.00 but then.....if you just fork over another $2000.00 you can get a K1300R!!!
Yeah, my wife fell in love with the K1200LT when she rode pillion, she couldn't believe how nice a ride it was, especially compared to our Vulcan 1600 Classic. You sure can't argue that the LT is a Godsend for anybody sitting on the back.
In any case, there will be at least one (maybe two BMWs) sitting in our yard this summer, K1200LT, F800ST, K1300GT, K1300R, R1200RT......any of those will suffice.
I might even get rid of my Vulcan 1600 Classic but my wife likes it as lot and it is a good looking bike, plus a big V-twin is another fun flavor of motorcycle.
Hey and you're right about having to have something else to do during the snowy months, guitars are what I focus on too during the winter, helps in dealing with motorcycle withdrawal. Gibson ES and Custom Tele, very nice!!!
I have a set of Gibson '57 Classic/'57 Classic+ in my Epiphone Dot Deluxe Flame (with Bigsby) and they're a great pickup, my Gibson SG Standard and Les Paul Standard both have the 490R and 498T, I like 'em a lot, then there's my Strat...............oh yeah, it doesn't have humbuckers.