Obviously not received by all in the spirit intended.
I actually believe he will get a *lot* more info, a *lot* faster by going straight to the rich archive, than by waiting here for bits and snippets of old memories to be dribbled in by posters -- particularly when the bikes he is asking about were variations that were available some 8 or more years ago!
I don't know about you, but back in the day (early 2000's) I could quote precisely the differences between the LT Standard, Icon, Custom and Elite (which became "Exodus," after Honda raised a trademark bitch about use of "Elite") models -- and a few more variations -- by model year. That was 4 LT's ago -- there's no way I could remember the details with the ever-increasing CRS problems. Far better to refer the OP to *accurate* data than to fumble through today's memory.
As to my level of assistance to others, I've been on this list (and its predecessors -- how many remember E-groups?
) for more than 10 years -- wander a bit through the archives (sorry, couldn't resist that
) and check out a few of the 5000+ posts (used to be more; lost 1K-2K in counter resets over the years) and decide for yourself whether I've been helpful. I sleep ok at night, so I'm not gonna give it much more thought.
My interest is in getting the best, most accurate info to those that ask for it, as efficiently as possible -- either by directly sharing what I can contribute, or by referring folks to source info. Always have, always will. If you would rather folks have to ask a Q and wait for individual, incomplete and potentially inaccurate responses instead of having a polite referral to the excellent search engine on this site (a referral which apparently wasn't sugar-coated enough for your tastes), I don't believe I'm the one that needs to take a ride.
I'll leave to others the inevitable debate as to whether failing to consider searching to be rude, self-centered, lazy, etc. -- I've long ago recognized that you can't discern intention over an Ethernet connections, so I don't judge.