I had a chance today to test ride a V1000 LT SE+ 2019.
I don't like the color scheme, the black is almost mat, but looks dirty?!? and it gets HOT in the sun.
It's visibly bigger than the 650, especially the front with the big fairings, the cornering light...
The seat is longer, and the passenger seat seems a lot bigger than the 650.
Interesting instrument cluster, the screen is bright and nice, with a lot of info.
There are 2 places where the N shows up, on the rpm dial on top and on the screen, where the gear is displayed. It had a strange behavior at one point, I was looking for the N, but I couldn't find it, and the gear was not showing anything
Gear change feels great, slipper clutch, quick shift both up and down, clutch-less. I find it a little difficult to find the N. Going down toward 1st, once you are already in 1st, there is an elastic feel on the pedal, so you know you are on 1st. Interesting.
It feels heavier than the 650 to pick it up from the kick stand (doh..)
But once it gets moving, the weight difference felt is minimal.
Good ergonomic position, it feels bigger and higher than the 650.
The seat I had the impression that is harder, but I was surprised for 30 min of riding was comfortable. It is slopped upwards in front and I didn't feel the forward slide.
The buttons felt... cheap.... the click that they make when you push them, the turn signal lever is small and feels flimsy. The horn is a joke (I do have the Denali Airhorn on mine
Mirrors were ok, but they could be bigger, I didn't notice any vibration on highway.
The handle bars grips are small, even with the heating that comes standard.
Clutch action was very smooth and easy, but I would change the levers to short ones pretty fast.
The windshield was in the lowest position and I didn't expect the highway run, so I had to lower my head, the wind was pretty strong. I'm curious how the ride would be with the windshield in a higher position.
That's about it....
oh, and the ride: effortless power, very smooth delivery, from low rpm. I had to hold tight on the handlebar, it accelerates FAST!
of course I was looking for the 7th on the highway..... at 115km/h it was at 4krpm, better than the 650.
I like that even at low rpm <2000, it moves and it doesn't ask for a downshift.
I felt a small vibration on the handlebars, but the engine is soooooo smooth.
I like it... a lot.... for touring. Not sure I would like it more than the 650 in town.
And for sure, not at 18k :O:O
But... who knows... one day....