Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Lawrenceville, PA, USA
Has anyone been to one of the IMS' to see the 2017 models? As an LT owner who is continually looking for a successor ride, I am interested in the 2017 models after reading that reverse has been added and the fairing modified for better weather protection, particularly hand protection. Weather protection is one of the main shortcomings I experienced on my two GTL rentals. If BMW addressed that, I would be much closer to considering leaving the LT for a GTL. The reverse is nice, but was never a showstopper for me. Same for the EHCS. I like it a lot, but that isn't a must have.
The two must haves are better weather protection, hands and feet in particular, and a smoother drivetrain without the horrendous back lash. Being able to direct radiator heat to the feet, a la Gold Wing, would be ideal, but at least blocking wind and rain as well as the LT is the minimum requirement. The 2015 I rented this past summer had much less drive train slop as compared to the 2013 I rented, but still much more than my LT and far more than an FJR1300, my current benchmark for engine and drivetrain smoothness.
I am awaiting some test ride reports, but even a visual assessment of the fairing changes would be interesting. It is easy to look at an LT and a GTL from the front and immediately know that the GTL is woefully deficient in protection of the hands and, to a lesser degree, the feet.
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