Been doing my break in riding and thought I would share my early riding impressions.
I have been a long term LT rider, having purchased my LT in early 2000 and just traded with 93 K miles
Its very clear to me that the GTL bike is not, nor intended to be a replacement to the LT.
My test rides, and now riding my own confirms this reality.
Motor- wow is best way to put it. I can add nothing to all previous post and moto press raves.
Trans- a delight some BMW clunk but compared to my GSA its smooth.
Brakes- Wonderful very confidence inspiring. Grab as much brake as you want and you stop right now , but no drama.
Wonder wheel ... easy to use after you get some experience. I like it.
Clutch - Love the slipper clutch. Bang a down shift , grab some throttle and go, again no drama
Handling - wonderful slow speed manners, very light. Road speeds, point and shoot.
Engine management modes: LOVE dynamic mode. And I still have not hit above 6 K yet.
"Jury still out":
High seat- better than expected but , no real long trips so we will see?? But may need to lower the pegs first.
Wind Screen- for me its ???
Wind and air flow - This is a area were the LT shines in comparison.
Wind buffeting is noticeable in the cock pit area, and really strong for my wife.
Truck wash and cross wind seem to move the bike around more than even my GSA.
New wind screen is likely.
For me the con factors are more than out weight by the plus. The more I ride it the more I love it. It was time to move to a lighter bike, but still have the strong touring features that wanted.
I know I will need a radar detector.
More later , but it's all good so far