Originally Posted by Mugszy
Hey Dave, ....
I take it this is your first LT so I would suggest you take your time getting used to the heft especialy on slow manouvers.
Have you performed your oil changes for the lay-up?.....
Hi Mauro, and Garry,
I well-appreciate your advice re: slow speed handling: the 10 minutes total I've had on the bike since bringing it home were 1st and 2nd gear on my street, including turning it around several times, which caused me the most anxiety. I discovered it takes the full street's width, and also, that with judicious use of clutch, it wasn't difficult. I like the feel of the clutch too- surprisingly light!
After doing the title transfer, just as the next snow was to arrive, I trailered it to Budd's in Oakville, since it had been sitting for some time since the original owner's passing. I took their winter maintenance and storage package, which included an oil and filter, plus another oil change in spring. They also flushed both hydraulic systems (clutch and brakes) and replaced the front fork seals, which I hadn't noticed were leaking. A few other tweaks so far involving shift linkage etc., and it's now stored in heat and comfort with a tender looking after the (no doubt) weak battery. The storage includes trailering it back to me in spring.
I am interested in doing simple maintenance, and have seen the links for a Clymer cd manual online ($8.95 US), but I haven't bought one yet. Guess it would be good reading over the long winter. The only other 'repair' I know that is needed is a stitch job on a one inch seam that is opening on the seat (inner knee/thigh section). I assume it's the original seat.
I'll need a safety check in spring to plate it, and Budd's will want it done there, I'm sure. At the moment I'm not planning on farkles- it has the cup holder and highway pegs and driving lights and an alarm system, which the previous owner likely added. The 6 cd changer and cb were from BMW/OEM.
I'm most interested in lighting upgrades, and of course I'll need riding gear, the next purchase.
The timing in buying the bike left me no time to really check out all of its features, before I hustled it to Budd's to beat the snow. I'm learning more about it here online!
Thanks for the warm welcome, everyone.