Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Oxnard, CA, USA
The LT is an excellent two-up bike. With a Cee Bailey and Rocky Mayer seat it was the quietest, most comfortable bike I've ever ridden. My wife was so comfortable back there she could read a paperback while doing 80, and she could easily fall asleep in perfect comfort. And I could easily do 1,000 miles or more a day, and keep up with almost anything on the road (up to about 120 mph and through anything except for the absolute tightest twisties).
Now don't get me wrong. I love the GT, and it's definitely the next generation of technology. It's smooth, very fast, and will eat up the miles or chase the squids with equal aplomb. But it's just not as good of a two-up bike. The new '07 seats are much better for the rider, at the expense of passenger room. My wife definitely feels cramped back there.
And I've yet to get a windshield that works anywhere near as well as my LT. I get much more turbulence than I'm comfortable with myself, and my wife is getting beat up much, much worse. The fairing is just that much skinnier, and so we get a lot more wind around the sides. I've been talking with the folks at Aeroflow, and they may have a solution, but it's too early to tell yet.
Now if you've come off a sport bike, ride mostly solo, are used to being in the wind, and are more concerned with aesthetics than function, then most likely none of the above applies. But if you like to ride two up and/or cover long distances, then the GT could definitely use some improvements in those areas.
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