Originally Posted by JBGHEAT
The GS is a great bike for Colorado.....
....I love it for short rides and around town.
I'm ready to pull the trigger and get an LT but I have one primary concern. Is the thing going to sit in the garage until I'm ready to take a trip? I want a daily ride much like I'm riding the GS.
If you live in a State where "lane splitting" is not an option AND your only options are the two bikes, GS or LT, then you'll be spending most of your time on the LT. Wind protection, creature comforts, traffic assuming your a cop and being deferential, etc. all give the LT the nod.
If, on the other hand, you can "lane split" where you live and traffic is thick enough to warrant it, I would find a narrower bike than either the GS, or LT. In my opinion they are, essentially, the same in width.
While I commute on the LT on occasion, the K-R is so much more nimble and narrow that on average I save 20% in terms of time. I never run out of room on the K-R between cars, but with the LT it takes a lot more concentration and even then the BIG GUY runs out of room at times.
Oh, one more thing. Regardless of splitting lanes, get mirror tethers. Make 'em yourself or buy for $10 at the dealer. One time knocking the mirrors loose (on a cars mirror as you go by, or with your butt as move around the bike in the garage) you'll be glad you did.