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post #1 of 6 Old May 4th, 2007, 3:54 pm Thread Starter
 
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I'm thinking of buyig a 2004 1200lt can someone please give me the pro's con's of this bike.
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post #2 of 6 Old May 4th, 2007, 4:12 pm
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Do you have a specific bike in mind, or are you just looking at any 04???
Mileage is pretty much irrelevant, especially since the warranty will be most likely expired on an 04. An extended warranty would be a plus
Check the usual (leaks, etc... ). The amount of farkles will also influence the asking price. An already installed communication system, GPS, XM radio... will add value. If the previous owner installed Ohlin or Wilbers shocks you are in luck!
Check our classified to get an idea of what is out there and what it will cost you.

The bike itself is top heavy and commands respect, but you will love the way it handles at any speed past 5 MPH. Passengers also love the bike for the comfort. The maintenance is expensive, but this can be mitigated by doing a lot of it yourself. There are many local tech sessions where members of the forum meet and learn to work on the LT, which can be intimidated at first. But pretty soon you will get a hang of it and save $$$.
This is a great bike and you will love it!!!

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Ditto to everything that Gilles said. I cannot speak specifically to a 2004 LT (mine is a '99), but in general my .02:

Pros: best bike in the world for 2-up touring - good power if you keep the rpms up, smooth, very little vibration, surprisingly nimble for a bike of its size, good size gas tank, very comfortable for the pillion, and has all the perks - heated seats, heated handlebars, sound system, cruise, etc. Also the best bike in the world for 1-up touring IMHO. All of the regular maintenance can be done by the owner if he/she wants. Has a growing list of vendors that make aftermarket parts - floorboards, leg extender footpegs, auxilliary light set-ups, seats, windshields, higher performance mufflers and chips, etc. Looks like a piece of sculpture, and attracts comments. Relatively quiet. Excellent road handling ability. Excellent weather protection. ABS brakes. On the '04 models, partial integral brakes (using the front brake will also partially activate the rear brake). Decent gas mileage. And a ton of fun to ride.

Cons: known weaknesses that BMW has not fixed - slave cylinder failure, rear drive failure (although the newer bikes seem to have a better record with the rear drive). Lack of dealerships in some areas. Feels difficult to handle at slow speeds for many people, although experience and proper technique will mitigate that feeling. Some parts are very expensive, others are just expensive. Routine maintenance at the dealer is expensive. Tires are expensive relative to other bikes, and there are only 3 or 4 choices.

Kicker: This forum, the best site on the web for information, help, ride advice, and knowledge of all things LT.

Suggestion: Take a long test ride. Then calculate your smiles per mile. You will know if it is the bike for you, and I'm betting that the answer is yes. Good luck.

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Okay, after a few thousand miles on mine, I am finding that if I sit forward a little more and become "one" with the bike that it is even more fun and handles quite sporty. That's a weird thing to say when you;re just in the looking stage, but it seems like you also want to just sit and watch miles go by, which it does very well.

If you can afford the maintenance costs and don't mind a few shortcomings, it's a great bike. Once you become accustomed to the weight at slow speeds and respect it, it's really not too bad.

You;ll be facing a headlight upgrade for sure. Other things are only necessary to make it more comfortable or safer for you. The seat is fine for my big old butt. highway pegs are nice, too.

If you are patient, you can find some really sweet deals too.

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Simply Put. . .

PRO: If you buy an LT, you'll love it.

CON: If you don't buy one, you probably won't get to ride one very often.


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Originally Posted by punchinator
I'm thinking of buyig a 2004 1200lt can someone please give me the pro's con's of this bike.
Go for it. There is more info/data available for pre05 design. Therefore, in the Reliability point of view, 04 LT should be more reliable.

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