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post #1 of 10 Old Nov 14th, 2014, 8:28 am Thread Starter
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What do you think this means?

As I mentioned in my very first post on this forum, I'm considering an LT. Everyone's input has helped decide that, "yes, that's what I'm going to get."

I'm looking at a few bikes, including a couple from forum members.

One of the bikes has this in the ad, "Rear view mirrors peg broke".

Does anyone have any idea what this means and how difficult/expensive it is to fix?

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post #2 of 10 Old Nov 14th, 2014, 12:23 pm
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Hi Larry, if you are considering going to a LT be advised it will ruin you from ever wanting to ride anything else. Truly the best touring bike you will ever get on. Only buy 2005 and up as they made several changes including the electric/hydraulic centerstand. If you are interested in talking I have a 2005 & a 2006 for sale. Just be sure you are not a real short guy as you wouldn't like it much.
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"Rear view mirrors peg broke".

Does anyone have any idea what this means and how difficult/expensive it is to fix?
The mirrors are held on by a set of posts that snap into spring clips that are embedded in the body of the mirror assembly. It often happens that the forward located spring clip area breaks up and can no longer capture the post. Depending on the amount of breakage, it usually is not a real difficult repair.

Search 'mirror repair' on this forum and several examples can be found.
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There are other view points about only considering USA 2005 and up LTs.
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No.Not a deal breaker.The spring clip broke on my mirror. I drove a self tap screw through the vent gills on the mirror. Unless you look in them. You can't see the screw. Also make sure you put tethers on both mirrors. So if they do fall off, they don't smash on the pavement. A 1999-2002 LT is fine. Plus the ABS is less complicated than my 2004 unit. Which is integrated and is servo assisted..

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...Only buy 2005 and up as they made several changes including the electric/hydraulic centerstand. If you are interested in talking I have a 2005 & a 2006 for sale.....
Talk about purpose-oriented / biased opinion As someone already stated early LT's have more simple ABS - being even repairable if needed. And there we talk about possible, real issue in worst case.

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My suggestion to buy a 05 & up is strictly my opinion based on information and experience. Can you get by with an older Lt? Certainly. As for me I am spoiled with the extra horsepower, lower center of gravity, and the electric hydraulic center stand. The centerstand is by far the safest and neatest refinement. In the end a person should simply test ride a pre 05 and compare it to an older one. Unless one is hampered by budget constraints the choice will be obvious. However, an earlier model Lt is better than no LT. There is only one problem with the LT's. fter you ride one it ruins you for any other bike. At least out did for me.
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As mentioned, there are advantages to the older bikes as well as the newer bikes. If you look at a 1999-2001 and the brake calipers say BREMBO it has the older style ABSII brakes. 2001's built 01/01/01 and later have the linked system like the newer bikes. The calipers have BMW cast into them. No advantage in having a late 2001-2004 from a brake standpoint.

This all sounds like a good idea until the perfect 2003 shows up and you can't pass it up!

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My suggestion to buy a 05 & up is strictly my opinion based on information and experience. Can you get by with an older Lt? Certainly. As for me I am spoiled with the extra horsepower, lower center of gravity, and the electric hydraulic center stand. The centerstand is by far the safest and neatest refinement. In the end a person should simply test ride a pre 05 and compare it to an older one. Unless one is hampered by budget constraints the choice will be obvious. However, an earlier model Lt is better than no LT. There is only one problem with the LT's. fter you ride one it ruins you for any other bike. At least out did for me.
As I have said before, test ride both and early and a late. I did and I fell in love with my 2000. For me the servo brakes are over powered and I like the feel of the 99-01. I prefer the early dash, the late one seems too busy and hard to read at a glance. I also like the black coloring as apposed to the silver around the dash.
As for riding it, the seat position is slightly different. I do not want the power center stand, extra stuff to break. I am 45, 6 ft tall and 195lbs. I am in good shape and don't need the assist.
One more thing, I have a base model 2000, no chrome, no bike computer, no 6 disk player and I love it that way, everything I want, nothing I don't need.
With all this said, ALL LT's are great bikes, ALL are going to be great to ride, ALL are going to make you think there is no other bike on earth that can compare.
You need to ride several, different years, find out what you want, need and don't want. I spent almost 6 months from deciding to get a new bike till I dropped money on my LT. I rode about 15 bikes and could not find anything I liked better than the LT. My first LT ride was an 03.
So, ride many, and have fun. See you on the road soon
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Re: What do you think this means?

I ride an 02 model and love it. If the electric center stand is a big deal you can easily add that to any model. Shop around for a used electric center stand and it pretty much is a bolt on application. Good luck in your decision.
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