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post #1 of 10 Old Jan 9th, 2017, 11:07 am Thread Starter
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Getting my old LT back

Well, last year around May, I decided I only wanted to have one bike. At the time I had my 2000 LT and a KLR 650. I liked them both but thought is was a bad idea to have 2 bikes. I also thought I was going to get into Adventure type riding more and so I sold my KLR to a friend and traded the LT into the Honda dealer for a new CB500X. I then dumped half again what I paid for the bike into a Rally Raid conversion to lift it and totally upgrade the suspension and most of the rest of the bike to get it Adventure worthy.
However, my job requires me to be gone 5 days a week traveling around the world and I just don't get to ride the kind of stuff I really want. My wife also does not like the CB500X now, its too tall and there is no back rest for her. My LT had arm rests and even a back rest for me. I want to be able to ride with my wife and still keep my CB, so I started looking for a new bike.
I went to the Honda dealer and they have a 1994 Goldwing for a good price, but I just can't seem to warm up to it as much as my old LT.
I went home and was looking at the dealers web site and the site has my old LT listed, for a smoking good price. It is listed as "May have Mechanical Issues". I think they just don't know LTs and every time they go to move it, it smokes so they think it is needing engine work.
So, they have had that bike for about 9 months and can not sell it. I also think that it is the area, not a big BMW area, lower income working class folks. Also, as the dealer said when I traded it in, BMW people want a perfect bike with lots of service records. I service the heck out of that bike, but its all in my head. So, they are stuck with a bike they can't unload. I was insulted at what they offered me in trade when I gave it to them, now I think I can get it back for even less than they bought it from me for.
I loved that bike and wish I had never traded it off. I now have the chance to get it back. Oh, and they put a new tire on the front, my old one was at about 50%. So new tire in the deal too
Wish me luck.

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post #2 of 10 Old Jan 9th, 2017, 11:15 am
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Well, last year around May, I decided I only wanted to have one bike. At the time I had my 2000 LT and a KLR 650. I liked them both but thought is was a bad idea to have 2 bikes. I also thought I was going to get into Adventure type riding more and so I sold my KLR to a friend and traded the LT into the Honda dealer for a new CB500X. I then dumped half again what I paid for the bike into a Rally Raid conversion to lift it and totally upgrade the suspension and most of the rest of the bike to get it Adventure worthy.
However, my job requires me to be gone 5 days a week traveling around the world and I just don't get to ride the kind of stuff I really want. My wife also does not like the CB500X now, its too tall and there is no back rest for her. My LT had arm rests and even a back rest for me. I want to be able to ride with my wife and still keep my CB, so I started looking for a new bike.
I went to the Honda dealer and they have a 1994 Goldwing for a good price, but I just can't seem to warm up to it as much as my old LT.
I went home and was looking at the dealers web site and the site has my old LT listed, for a smoking good price. It is listed as "May have Mechanical Issues". I think they just don't know LTs and every time they go to move it, it smokes so they think it is needing engine work.
So, they have had that bike for about 9 months and can not sell it. I also think that it is the area, not a big BMW area, lower income working class folks. Also, as the dealer said when I traded it in, BMW people want a perfect bike with lots of service records. I service the heck out of that bike, but its all in my head. So, they are stuck with a bike they can't unload. I was insulted at what they offered me in trade when I gave it to them, now I think I can get it back for even less than they bought it from me for.
I loved that bike and wish I had never traded it off. I now have the chance to get it back. Oh, and they put a new tire on the front, my old one was at about 50%. So new tire in the deal too
Wish me luck.
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post #3 of 10 Old Jan 9th, 2017, 12:04 pm
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I hope you get it back. And cheap.

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I got my old 2000 LT back some years ago, while still living/working in Dallas. I felt same way and could not resist. I had traded it for a HD Ultra Classic, they sold it to my local dealer who immediately sold it and then a couple years later, it ended up back at the dealer as a co-signment sale. So I traded back the HD and got it back.. I ended up doing a co-signment on it some couple yrs later, as wife had to stop riding.. Never did find out where it went, never saw it again.

Now after retirement, one more 02 LT out of GA, and 2 yrs later, have moved to an RT.. Left knee getting to bad to hold the LT..!

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post #5 of 10 Old Jan 9th, 2017, 1:29 pm
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I would not think twice. You know that bike, you liked it, you miss it and you can get it for less than you sold it for. It is a no brainer IMO

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post #6 of 10 Old Jan 12th, 2017, 12:19 am
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9 months later - you may even deal with a salesperson that doesn't know you...lol. Looks like a great opportunity to get a lower price to offset the dealer fees that inevitably get tacked on as you know. I would ask some question if someone had it for a weekend and brought it back or if it has been there the whole time.

Good luck and let us know how it goes!

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Well I called the dealer and talked to the salesman, and he talked to the service guy, it is a small dealer. I did not let them know it was my old bike, I acted like a new customer. He told me that they took it in on trade and everything seemed OK, but then they ran the VIN and found a recall for "Driveline Issues", I'm thinking final drive. They said that there is issues with the drive line and that the BMW dealer will not fix it till it breaks.
I personally think that when they rode it, they heard the famous "K-Whine" and think it has an issue. I do know it had a good whine at about 55 mph.
I had that bike for a few years and put about 16-18K miles on it. I put a new clutch in it and did all the other updates and service that was needed during my time owning it.
While because it is a small dealer, and I go back sometimes with my buddy, they will know me. I am not sure how they will handle me going back in to buy the bike back. I plan to make them a very low offer. They have had it for 9 months, never sold it and it is stored out back and not where people will see it. Its like they don't know what to do with it, and its a liability. I hope if I go back in an low-ball them, they will take it just to be rid of what they think is a pile of junk.
Only problem is, they think I am the guy that stuck them with that pile of junk and they may not be happy to sell it back to me at the price I offer.

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Make them an offer. Remember this, It's only worth more to YOU. They don't have to know that. You are doing them a favor to even offer to take it off their hands. That's the attitude you have to have.
They made money off you when you traded it in. I bet they don't have any real money in the bike.
So, make them an offer.

I hope you get it.
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I got my LT from a Ducati dealer that took it in on a trade. They didn't want it anywhere near their pretty bikes - understandable. The owner of the dealership (and former Ducati sponsored racer) didn't have it out for anyone to see. So, I got a great deal on a bike I really like.

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Unless you are a loyal customer and have developed a relationship with them from their honest dealings with you, I would really low ball them, especially if they think it has issues. Business is business, most of the time the buyer gets screwed now its your turn to return the favor.

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