Join Date: May 2010
Location: Austin, TX, USA
Re: Just traded my LT for GTL
My wife missed her grab handles (insert joke here) from the LT; the ones on the GTL are pretty well hidden once the passenger seat is occupied. We looked at a couple of homemade mods to try to help, but before we could come up with anything she got used to the new setup and has announced that it is no longer an issue for her.
She didn't think she cared for the GTL seat at first, but after putting some hours on it, has decided that she likes it just fine. We're going to go with a Russell seat, mainly to give me some more leg room. But we could both live with the stock seat indefinitely just fine if we had to.
There definitely is a little more buffeting on the GTL than on the LT. I think it's a combination of the more sport-oriented fairing and windshield profile, and the higher pillion seat. We have gone to a CalSci shield and that has improved things a lot. The big win is when I have the windshield down so I can look over it, which I like to do in the curves; it is much improved compared to stock. With the shield up a little, it is even better.
We both find that we stay very fresh after hours in the saddle of the GTL. I stay fresher than with the LT; my wife says it is just as good for her as the LT was. I attribute most of the improvement to the incredible drivetrain. The effortless and utterly smooth power delivery just makes for an easy, low-vibration and low-stress trip. I love the information system and its integration with the GPS for things like fuel range. The whole package just simply rocks for transcontinental touring.
Then add in the fun factor and this bike leaves the LT in the dust. Nothing against the LT; it is a great bike and we loved ours. But this is a huge jump ahead.
Give it a little time for acclimatization, and I think you'll agree.