Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Auckland, Aotearoa, New Zealand
You are right, as average LT bike age of this model (99-08?) increases, second hand parts are becoming more important. I just bought my first 2nd hand part...a complete exhaust system for $200, this being $1500 new. I was advised that I would get $6k for it parted out if most things sold....
I do love my LT...its been dealer maintained (pretty religous about the 6k service), ridden hard and put away wet many a time. The main things to have gone wrong are:
1. Rear Drive - once at 38k and once at 110k.....both times out in the sticks, but with miraculous solutions!
2. Rear seal - this didn't cause any problems, but I had it changed before it buggered the clutch...this was the most expensive at about $1500 from memory (maybe that was with a 6k or 12k service thrown in). I wish we knew about drilling the drain hole back in those days.
So of the 3 big ones on the LT, I have had 2 (the other being the ABS - which 2nd hand costs about $450). Other than that, the cracked exhaust is the first major wear item item I've had, and I do consider it a wear item.
Would I do it again....in a heartbeat. I can understand a rider who does an occasional weekend ride plus an annual week trip getting miffed at problems. But for me, putting on an average of 15k a year, with a few of those at 20k per year (and I am 1K on several airlines so I don't have a lot of free time after the family), I consider this bike a work of genius by the designers, ideal for the American rider. For Australian or Kiwi riders, the story may be different because there is just not the variety and quantity of roads....but for what must objectively be seen as motorcycle heaven, the USA, this is a brilliant bike for a luxury tourer.
Located: Auckland, New Zealand...
but I left my biking heart along the Scenic Byways of America.....
"Come fill the cup that clears
Today of past regrets and future fears." ....Omar Khayyam