I live in NW MO and shortly after buying my used '03 LT about 5 years ago, I've wanted to ride it to FL. It's been on my bucket list quite awhile.
I'm 71 years young and thought I could do it OK as I like to ride and around here in MO a lot. I ride all year on days that the road sufaces are OK for a cycle.
Anyway, my friend Laton, gave me a 3 day perfect weather window on 11/1. I was pretty sure I could ride the 1500 miles in 3 days even by taking 2 lane roads part of the time. Going down, I accomplished that riding on RT 19 south through MO and avoided Memphis crossing the river on I-155. Wondered my way cattywompus south through Alabama with super riding in the tall pines and winding roads. YeeHaa. Arriving on I-10 in the FL panhandle, then I-75 on down to Avon Park, FL.
Never met one beemer LT.
Rode about 900 miles in central FL through orange groves, around Okachobee lake, up and down rt 441, a day on the coast on rt A1A, visited my sister, and then headed back north on the 14th.
Again my buddy Laton gave me a weather 3 day window, but with a 40% chance of rain for last tuesday the 15th of november and boy was he right. The first night heading north I spent near Birmingham. Tuesday morning was looking good, but since I chose to ride the interstates coming home, I rounded Memphis around noon and as soon as I was out of the city, the cats and dogs came falling out of the sky. 6 inch rain, they told me later! Lots of trucks were stirring up such a mess that after getting to the exit for Iceola, Arkansas, I gave up and got a Motel, took a nap, and got ready for the last stretch home on wednesday. 9 hours later (I starterd at daylight) I rolled into my driveway around 4 PM near King City, MO.
What a great 4000 mile trip. LT gave me no hassles at all. What a great bike.
Just thought I'd let what most of you already know and that is that this LT is a wonderfull touring bike.
I hope I didn't bore anyone....if I did, I'm sorry!