I've done it again!!!
Well I've owned 2 LT's in the past, and loved them...other than the common issues, such as clutch failures and gear box issues. I sold my 02' after such a clutch failure. Then I sold my 07', although I really never had any serious issues with it. I suppose I lost confidence in the model. So here I am now, having just purchased an 06' LT. WHY??? I've been asking myself this, as if I somehow had a left-brain / right-brain argument with myself. Here's the answer, I think, ...Nothing compares!!! Goldwings feel like mopeds to me (skinny cross-section while seated on them). The new 1600 looks interesting, however I believe it just does not compare with the overal LT design. To me it looks on-par with a Kawasaki Concours 14. What a step backwards, from what set the LT apart from others. The ergonomics, looks, size, and the heavy weight, which I like. It's the heavier weight that makes the bike 'feel' the way it does while travelling down the road....Solid! Oh sure the weight can make it interesting in slow speed situations, but usually it's when your not paying enough attention, and are taken off guard. However the same heavy weight is a factor on how well it feels at speed on the innerstate. The same effect is felt with cars. A light weight eccono-box is typically a rough ride and responds poorly to bumps and dips in the road. A large SUV usually takes the same road with comfort and ease.
Think I've settled-in with this one...the LT (including it's flaws), is just simply the best bike out there.
Gov't run healthcare, and we still call ourselves 'free'??? Keep your programs, I'd rather have Liberty.