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post #1 of 14 Old Sep 18th, 2008, 10:48 am Thread Starter
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Thumbs up Happy Day, I get my LT this evening!

Oh boy! Long anticipated day has arrived. Been thinking about, looking at, and planning an LT purchase for just over a year. Reached decision to act on it about a month ago, and two weeks ago made an agreement to buy a silver '03 model.

Today I fly to pick it up, learn a bit more about it, and start a 1300 mile ride home. Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, & Utah by-ways are planned route. Life is good!

When I get back, I'll have to change my "wannabe" signature line!

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Re: Happy Day, I get my LT this evening!

Very Cool Bob!
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Re: Happy Day, I get my LT this evening!

Congratulations, I have an 03. Where in Texas are you going? I just came back from New Mexico and Colorado. Nice weather up there for sure........Have fun on your ride. Lots of good roads in Texas, too........

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Re: Happy Day, I get my LT this evening!

In addition to the bike, I hope you've already got an extravagant "farkle budget" set aside. They will come... Trust me!

Congrats on the purchase!

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Re: Happy Day, I get my LT this evening!

Bob... good to see your name pop up here and also good to hear about the LT.

I was the guy who met you in your office when we talked about fixing the ergonomics on the K1200GT/RS's that we had.

I sold the RS and bought an RT, and could not be happier.

Looking forward to hearing about the LT.

Way to go Bob!

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Re: Happy Day, I get my LT this evening!

Hey Bob, I hope everything works out just perfect for you, and you have a fantastic ride home. You'll love the LT, I just know it. Post a picture when you can with the new rear rack installed. Don Wehr.
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Re: Happy Day, I get my LT this evening!

Where you picking up the bike?

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Enjoy your ride and stay safe!

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." (Some really OLD friggin' White dude who couldn't have possibly known what he was talking about!) WARNING: Official HATE speech!
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Three days & 1526 miles later....

It was a good trip. I picked up the bike from its original owner in the Austin, TX area. Enjoyed the country side and back roads pretty much north westerly through the hill country. I'd like to have a bit of property there, covered with the oak trees. Lots greener than the Utah rural country that I'm used to!

Spent a night in Roswell, no aliens to be found that I could discover. Next day to Lincoln, New Mexico. Did you know that the infamous Lincoln County War, including some nasty deeds by Billy the Kid, was really just an ugly spat over who's town store would prevail? I'm attaching a photo of the surviving party's store, which is a museum today. The other side's store was burnt to the ground during the dispute, and the proprietors shot down as they fled the flames. Talk about killing the competition. Ah, the romance of the old west!

Great riding roads in the area and wonderful weather, last weekend populated by a great host of Harley riders gathered for their annual Aspen Rally in nearby Ruidoso. I always like visiting Harley rallys, if nothing else to see the costumes people wear. But then in my helmet and armored jacket, etc, I probably look like one of the aliens to them. The Harley folks were invariably pleasent to talk to, and showed a keen interest in the LT.

The bike ran flawlessly all the way home. I am starting to think I may become used to the weight of it. Only a few tense moments manuevering in a gravel parking lot, and another in an off-camber one. Starting off isn't much of an issue anymore, and once under weigh the LT feels delightfully nimble. Stopping and holding the bike's weight up while stopped still has me a bit tense.

The previous owner had lavished emmaculate car and maintenance on it, and blessed it with numerous very attractive farkles. I imagine I may add another or two, however. First on the list is a powered center stand retro fit. Anyone who witnessed my feeble attempts at putting it up on the center stand in Cortez, CO, will understand.

A pair of Mick-O-pegs to allow my old legs to straighten out now and then will be next.


That's it for now. I am going to take some time to gather my newbie LT thoughts and experiences, and will likely post more later, separately.

Thanks to all for the comments, and encouragement.
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Re: Happy Day, I get my LT this evening!

Looks good Bob. I see you did get the fastest color! Awesome.

It will take some time to get used to the weight unless you have ridden large bikes in the past. My LT was the biggest bike so far and am now comfortable (as possible) with the weight. I'm 5'8" with a 32" inseam approximately.

You are no longer a wannabee.

Enjoy the LT. It is a great bike.

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Re: Happy Day, I get my LT this evening!

Congrats, same story for me. Took me a year of reading and looking then settled on an 03. Great bike and a good year.

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Looks like it's in great shape, congratulations.
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Re: Happy Day, I get my LT this evening!

Bob.. picked up my '03 LTE in July... totally appreciate your anxiety about the center stand... was a joke me trying to get her up..until.. .I realized my leverage/angle of attack was wrong. Mine has the factory lower saddle... and I can't get a good grip on the lift bar with the saddle down. So.. two things.. open the saddle so you get a good grip on the lift bar.. and two...get her upright.. side stand down..and sense when both feet of the centerstand are on the ground... then.... put the weight of your body into the pad.... at an angle FORWARD.. not straight DOWN. and while doing that.. pull her back. unless you are on a decline.. she will come up fairly easy... better yet.. have her on a slight incline... and she will come back even more easily... BUT.. will take a little more effort to get her off.

And CONGRATULATIONS! She's a gorgeous Looker... no doubt about it.

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post #14 of 14 Old Sep 25th, 2008, 4:35 pm Thread Starter
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Re: Happy Day, I get my LT this evening!

Thanks for the suggestions. I'm trying to visualize what you mean by "putting body weight down angled forward". Do you mean leaning head and shoulders toward the rear of the bike with direction of thrust slightly forward?

Its the "angle" part that I'm confused about.

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