I am close to purchasing a 02 LT however I am concerned with the rear end issues on these bikes. I am also not a avid tourer but like comfort when I do ride. I am wondering if the LT would suit me. I dont like any other bikes by BMW other than the LT. Now if a GW is a 1500 and the LT is a 1200 what makes the LT better? As stated in my other post, I think the LT is just a darn nice looking machine.