Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Larkpsur, CO, USA
Re: Enough power for the Rocky Mountains?
That's great to hear, guys. Thank you for the info.
The LT seems to qualify as a sleeper. :-) Years ago I was riding a standard through Vermont in October. And freezing. My riding buddy was on an LT, so he was kind enough to give me a turn on the bike long enough for me to warm up. So I got familiar with the bike's comforting qualities. But I never took a spirited ride on the bike.
A couple of weeks ago I went to BMW of Denver to test ride the new 6-cyl GTL, and I asked the dealership if I could compare it to a 4-cyl GT that they had on the lot, and an LT.
It's tough to do on a short test ride, but I try to find a bike's "sweet spot." The place where the bike feels happiest. On a Harley, for instance, that's at 65 mph on a country 2-lane. On a Ducati, well, it depends on the Ducati, LOL. Ditto for BMW. I owned an 04 K1200RS and an 05 K1200S. On both those bikes, the sweet spot is somewhere between 90 mph and 130 mph. The test ride at the dealership confirmed that.
Fun, but that's not where I want to ride. Too many State and County Revenue Enhancing Patrols around. Not to mention deer. And the occasional elk. So when I test-rode the 6-cyl GTL, I came away with an impression similar to what I got from the RS, the S, and the GT models: too damn fast. It may be the best motorcycle ever designed, but it's too fast for my taste.
Finally I took the LT out for a spin. Just sitting on it, adjusting the mirrors, it felt right. My buddy's bike, the one I rode in Vermont, was a bear to manage in the parking lot, but the 06 I tried at the dealer was a breeze. I did some figure 8's through the parking lanes and the bike was steady and easy to maneuver. A pleasant surprise. On the city streets it was easy to maneuver, as well, though it felt kinda slow after the other bikes. But that was OK. Easier to modulate the power in traffic.
On the freeway it behaved as I expected. A little turbulence around the helmet, but not bad. The air was cleaner on the RS, the S, and the 4-cyl GT, but worse on the GTL. For my size and weight, anyway.
Where I really got to explore its engine and handling was on the way back. I'd kinda taken a bit longer than I should have on the test ride, so I quickly took the next off-ramp, pulled a couple of quick lefts, and got back on the freeway going the other way. That's when I discovered not only how well it turned in a hurry, but how pleasantly it turned. And how much the engine woke up at higher RPM's.
That's when the little hearts starting floating in front of my visor.
Anyway, I'm sold. I just need a few months to put the rest of the cash together. I'd been hoping to get an R1150RT, which costs less, but I think the LT will be worth the extra cash. Hoping to find one I like in April or May.
Thank you for all the info. I'm looking into that Curve Cowboy Reunion. :-) Is there a limit to the number of registrations?