I think I have finally found the right bike for the riding I like to do. I started touring in 2004 on a friends Dyno HD. Since it was my first time on the long ride I didn't mind the vibrations, wind, gas stops and the general fatigue, I was riding and that was all that mattered. I then bought the HD Fatboy and again, since it was my first owned bike I didn't mind all those uncomfortable things that took place, I was riding and that was all that mattered. Next I decided that I wanted something a little more dependable, faster and had more storage. I got a great deal on a new FJR1300 Yamaha. Nice bike. Smooth, fast and a lot of storage with the top box. Plus could take the storage off and had a nice sport bike. Not a bad bike but I noticed that it had me leaning forward even with the handle bar risers, and put a lot of pressure on my wrists. Plus all the comforts were extras. After the two week rides, I couldn't wait to get off the bike. Finally, I read all the articles and it came down to the Goldwing and the BMWLT and the LT won out. I just purchased a used 09 LT and though I have only rode it home from buying it, that hundred miles was really nice. With a few new options I think this could be the bike I stay with for a long time. Plus I will owe on it for a while as well. It is good to hear how these bikes are well liked within the touring community and that they last for as long as they do. Thanks for all the great information as well. Look forward to communicating future endeavors.