I agree with RonMiller in that the LT is a softer ride on a true touring bike. The GT and GTL are very comfortable sport tourers. I think the difference between a Lincoln Continental and a Farrari may be overstated though. I would NEVER buy a car as uncomfortable as a Farrari, nor as poorly handling as Lincoln Continental.
If you got the GT or GTL, you would probably never look back at the LT with regret unless it comes down to you thinking you wasted money. If that will be the case, get the LT.
If you get the LT, you WILL still have the K1600 bug. But if not getting it for the difference of $8K -$10K makes you feel good, then again you need to get the LT. If that is going to bother you, you need the K1600. Or if get a crappy LT that turns into a money pit.
BTW, after thinking through it all, I got a GTL last week. The rest of my story is below.
Originally Posted by BecketMa
A few people here have turned more than 100K miles on their LTs.
The rumor, or mythology is that 30K miles is just broken in.
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Just turned over 100K on my LT when the clutch started slipping. And it was burning about 1 Qt of oil/1000 miles -- may have been my fault or it may have been because the center stand broke off about 40K miles ago.
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$1.8K, smoke from side stand start, brake rotors wearing thin, I decided to upgrade than repair -- putting me in the same position as you -- another LT or K1600
After narrowing it down to 3 LTs and 3 1600s I looked at price. Based on the assumption my new bike would get 100K miles it was simple math:
An '02 LT w/ 34K miles -- about .10$/ mile, 02 LT w/17k miles, and an 09 w/70K miles .26/mile.
Decision point turned out to be an GTL traded for my LT and $17K = .18/mi assuming another 100k miles.
The GTL is bad ass but there are things I like about the LT better including wind protection, both side and top -- must get new wind screen for GTL, But I did ride 100 miles in a light rain on the GTL and never got wet so it is certainly not bad. Anyway, LT has reverse, the location of my Zumo gps is better.
What I like about the GTL. Power, speed, feels about 1000 lbs lighter due to lower center of gravity. My 5'6" short body can touch the ground with flat feet on the GTL. Has enough storage if there is such a thing but I swear my LT had more. After taking a curve too fast in the rain as I rode away from the dealer, I liked the traction control and rain mode. Also the Tire Pressure Monitors!!!! The gas mileage seems to be about the same so far.
What I hope to like will be the adaptive headlight, electronic damping. Not had time to play with it yet.
What is waste of money and gimmicky on the GTL is the GPS. It is a touch screen you can't reach very readily or safely and the "integration" just makes it harder to operate. For example to zoom it takes 2 clicks, a turn, then another click instead of just pushing the + or - button. Also, instead of just moving your thumb and flipping a tactile switch for hand heaters, the integration requires thought, reading screens as you press, press, press, press, then turning the dial. Add one more press for the seat heater.
All that said, I loved my LT and would have been just as happy having a late model to put another 100k miles on, but I would always be eyeballing the K1600. Even though my bank account is lower, I love my GTL! It's new and shiny! And powerful. And is the best bike made for sport touring, and arguably touring. The LT is probably still the best touring bike that has a little sportiness. The GTL is probably the best sporty bike that can be easily used for touring.