I'm interested in buying a Long Haul Trucker and riding it across the country, maybe more than once. My LBS owner, who I respect greatly, is leading me to a Waterford Adventure Touring bike (at 3.5 times the price), promising 'You get what you pay for'. I believe the LHT to be a sturdy beast, worthy of consideration for the long haul...
I'd like to hear from those of you who have put some miles on your LHTs. How far have you traveled? How well has your LHT served you? What kind of problems have you had with the frame or fork? Which component has served you best, or least? What could you not travel without? What is the total weight of rider & gear your LHT has carried? ETC.
Thanks for your considered response.