I almost traded my 05 LT for a new Goldwing. As my LT is paid for and coming up on 70K miles, I got to thinking about a new ride for no logical reason. Of course riding a motorcycle in So Cal is not logical to begin with. Riding is as much an emotional experience as it is anything else. If it wasn’t for two up long distance touring aspect a GT or RT would have been my choice but instead I almost went to the dark side and started seriously looking at a 2010 Goldwing. I was favorably impressed with the wing and was even pleasantly surprised on well it handled canyon roads. There are a lot of things I like about the wing. As stupid as this will sound, the two primary reasons for not buying the wing, I just didn’t like the way it looked parked next to my beloved LT in the dealers parking lot. It just looked bulkier, even though actual dimensions are not that different, and I worried about splitting lanes in the SOI Cal freeway traffic jams. The manually operated windscreen was also a turn off. I kept thinking about how much I use this feature – raise it in the rain, lower when I ride twisty roads, and etc. I told the dealer I would think about and rode my LT home. The ride home was one of those perfect rides were I felt as if the bike was part of me – everything just seemed better then the wing. I stopped for coffee at a Starbucks. As I sat there looking at my LT, I couldn’t help but admire her and think about how she has served me and the pure enjoyment I get when riding even when I commute to work. I conclusion, I’ve decided to spend a few $, put Ohlins on, a new custom seat, pain a few scratches and who knows what else. I’m looking forward to getting my 100K medallion from BMW and riding her another 70K miles. Unless they roll out a new LT and I start thinking emotionally and not logically again.