If you think it is bad now, wait until this new one comes out. You may not be able to give a LT away
I pretty much decided I will die with my K1200LT/07.
I bought it new, which I would never do again on any bike, and it was 22,000 something out the door. It was a cash/trade deal so it is mine out right.
I know I do not want a bike payment. I do not want to loose that much money on a trade, I got offered mid 8-low 9 at a Honda dealer.
I just love the bike so I been out to collect parts. FD was first. I am working for the seals next, then clutch parts. I figure by the time something goes wrong as long as I have the part no big deal. I still will not take as big of a financial bath as if I traded and had payments or pulled from savings, which is a very spooky thought in this economy.
I know it is sad to say it, but the only way I can be comfortable owning this bike is to have the major components on hand so I can get it done and back on the road. OCD on my part. So yes cost of bike, plus parts stocking, less depreciation/trade in value, the LT was not the best financial choice of bikes.
However it does all I want it to in a bike.
It has not suffered any known LT issues, but she is a young 24,000 miler.
I ride it year round her in PA.
It calls to me still, as it really is a sharp looking bike.
I do not mind doing the maintenance on it myself. And I just have come to the point where I will fix it if I have to, and ride it until I, or it, cant go anymore.