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My Wife Went to Virginia and All I Got Was This Lousy T-shirt

It kind of looks like this, but that isn't really important:


The back story:
Lisa took 2 professional days to attend seminars at Monticello, Jefferson's home near Charlottesville, VA. Apparently I did enough whining that we agreed to ride the LT down and back. The plan was for her to attend sessions at Monticello during the day while I occupied myself riding the back roads in the area.

Thursday was a travel day from home to Charlottesville. On Friday I went to the north end of Skyline Drive and rode to its southern end at Charlottesville, then took a tour of Monticello and visited the museum and visitor center, etc.

On Saturday (day 2 of her classroom sessions) I rode over to Morton's BMW to visit one of the larger BMW dealers whose ads I have seen everywhere. When I got there I was greeted by Jeff Massey, the dealer principal, who invited me to attend a free two-hour first responder-type emergency/first aid course. Cool - I was up for a little education. While I was waiting for the class to start, Jeff asked if there was anything I needed. Jokingly, I asked "Sure - do you have any '09 LTs?" Turns out they did. Fast forward several hours, and I had traded in my '05 LT and Unigo trailer for a low-mileage '09 LT. We rode it home today. Very nice.

We have been talking about replacing our LT with a newer model but before Saturday we had not done anything more than look at some '09s here and on other sites. At 120k miles the '05 was showing its age. The only issues with it were strictly cosmetic: front fender paint peeling, both seats in need of recovering, rear speaker covers faded and cracked, a rock chip here and there, and the usual battle scars from that many miles of use. The '09 was dropped by the original owner and there are some scuffs and scrapes from that, but otherwise it's in nice shape. It's black, of course. Something I haven't seen or used before is the BMW Voice 2 intercom, which is on this unit. I'll have to sort that out, along with the factory GPS mount, and I'll have to go shopping again for some of the farkles I left on the '05 LT: highway pegs, auxiliary lights, and the side case reflector conversion kit come to mind. And, we'll have to decide on which way to go with a trailer. Lots of things to do now, to set this bike up!

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Re: My Wife Went to Virginia and All I Got Was This Lousy T-shirt

I thought your wife might have gotten a shirt that said, "I got this shirt for my husband. Good trade, huh?"

Congrats on the new-to-you '09. See you at SMFR next month!

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Wow. That was one heck of a nice sight seeing trip. Please post a picture of the sight!!!

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Looking forward to seeing you at IH.

So does this mean no more PIAA's hanging off of your mirrors?

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Re: My Wife Went to Virginia and All I Got Was This Lousy T-shirt

WOW Howard, you have just confirmed my 1st rule of riding: AVOID STOPPING IN AT A BMW DEALER AT ALL COST! Last time I broke that rule it cost me $20K.

Anyway, congratulations on the new bike!

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What a deal. I would have forgotten about the 2 hour class to make a deal right then.

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Kool Howard my favorite color to.

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I thought your wife might have gotten a shirt that said, "I got this shirt for my husband. Good trade, huh?"

Congrats on the new-to-you '09. See you at SMFR next month!
I readily admit that I THOUGHT ABOUT showing up Saturday night at our hotel with a new bike with no advance notice. Yeh, I thought about it for about 5 minutes, then I called her. But I already had sign-off from the CFO for exactly this bike, so it was mostly a courtesy call.

Thanks, Lee. And oh yes, I will most definitely be riding this black beauty (hey, that sounds like a good name!) to SMFR in a few weeks. The stupid grin coming from having that gorgeous black LT in my garage is still stuck on my face. I rode to work today, as I usually do, and I kept thinking about peg lowering kits, aux. lights, how to figure out the factory GPS mount, resetting new radio presets, a new tank bag, etc., etc.

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Wow. That was one heck of a nice sight seeing trip. Please post a picture of the sight!!!
You bet it was. Kinda glad I went along!!

A photo is in the works.

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Looking forward to seeing you at IH.

So does this mean no more PIAA's hanging off of your mirrors?
(A) They were Hellas, not PIAAs, and (B) YES!

You know, I really like those lights for what they do but they cut my gas mileage by a full 10% and I was never totally enamored of the installation. It is about the only place they can be installed, however. So, a real case of function over form. Now I have to find a replacement set of lonely-country-road-show-me-the-deer-in-the-ditches driving lights.

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WOW Howard, you have just confirmed my 1st rule of riding: AVOID STOPPING IN AT A BMW DEALER AT ALL COST! Last time I broke that rule it cost me $20K.

Anyway, congratulations on the new bike!
Thanks Lynn. Yep, I've been avoiding a second test ride on a K1600 for pretty much that reason.

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Congrats on the new ride. 120K on the 05 is not shabby, you were due a new one.

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What a deal. I would have forgotten about the 2 hour class to make a deal right then.
I never did get to attend the class. We talked "deal" the whole time. Since my trailer was being sold I had to figure a way to get all the STUFF in the trailer home. The UPS Store next door took care of that. We went home in ultralight mode because I had all of her gear + helmet with me at the time, since the original plan was to pick her up and hit the road for the trip home. I had no room for anything except a shaving kit and a few things I transferred from the old bike.

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Kool Howard my favorite color to.
I thought about your black LT when I was riding home, Dave.

That kind of bothers me. Anyway, it is a great color isn't it?

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Way to go Howard, good for you!

Did you let the passenger floor boards go or did those get added to the new bike?

Talk to ya soon.

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Way to go Howard, good for you!

Did you let the passenger floor boards go or did those get added to the new bike?

Talk to ya soon.

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Thanks Glen.

The footboards were non-negotiable; of all the things on the '05 LT that's the one thing strictly for the passenger's comfort, so we kept them. I also transferred the windscreen, cup holder, and tank bag to the new LT. I left the Hella aux. lights, Motolights, the Flash2Pass module, and my just-rebuilt Ohlins shocks. Crap. Didn't think of those until after the deal was made. They will remove and send me the Baehr intercom, so I will have that for sale.

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I snapped a quick photo after today's commute home. In doing so I spotted two major scrapes on the right side where the previous owner dropped it. This was not news, as the salesman told me the PO dropped it while at a standstill. Still, the scrapes are on the lower fairing, which tells me he must have dropped it against something - a curb, or something similarly above ground level.

Anyhoo, a new set of Suburban Machinery footpeg lowering blocks arrived today and I installed them. I'll know after riding to work tomorrow, but I'll probably have to install the Ilium Works shift lever extender and foot brake lever replacement. I had the same problem when I put the peg lowering kit on the '05 six years ago.
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Nice trade! You may miss the trailer, tho. :-) Love the Voice II on my 07.

Keep ridin safe!

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