Hawg, I'm having a serious geezer-girl moment here, looking at that. It's definitely geezer, but they did a great job maintaining the lines, color scheme, etc. - and it's still a v-rod underneath all that.
Super Trapps......in a few years we might see a factory edition. The way I understand it you buy the mounting set up from an outfit in Cal., then buy the bags and farring(plus do the paint) , and put on the foot rests and finally the exhaust change.
I don't like the looks of that middle piece on the rear-end between the bags, but I think the bare tire with the dogs a$$ between the hard bags would look even worse. This piece might not be so noticeable if it were black and grey, like the bags, instead of all grey.
Overall, it does look perfect for touring. I mean - wow - saddlebags that might actually hold something other than my cell phone??? And how about those floorboards!!
But, IMHO, it's a sad thing to do to the beautiful design of the current v-rods, no matter how functional it is. Personally, I'd rather have Kaz's money, so I can keep my current v-rod as is and then buy the touring version when it comes out in a few years, hopefully with a 6th gear.
I wonder if the faring funnels bugs and wind to your head, like the supersport windshield? It looks kind of low here.
I've spent about 500 miles on each, the LT and the New Wing. They are both serious long distance touring bikes. For me, the LT wins by a slight margin, mostly on riding dynamics. It feels like a lighter bike and can out handle the new wing IMHO. I never really wanted for power on the LT, even at 8000 ft in the Arizona mountains. The only down side with the LT was it's seat height. With a 30" inseam I can't completely flat foot the LT. The Wing is 1" lower.
The Wing does get the power nod with it's flat 6 1800cc motor and the new chassis really brings the bike to the next level in handling (close to LT capabilities) but raw numbers don't tell the whole story. The overall experience on the BMW is more refined.
Here's the kicker, a very good condition 2001 LT can be had for $12K. A brand new LTC (everything but the kitchen sink) can be had for $18K, fully $2500 less that a similarly equipped Wing.