Originally Posted by mowoc
I just got back from a 1,400 mile ride to the black hills. It was absolutely wonderful, but of course I noticed new and exciting things to ask about the LT while I was there.
1. It seemed to me that the clutch was noisy from 3,000 to about 3,200 RPM's. What is the cruising RPM's everyone rides with here? Is this a possible clutch problem? The noise sounds like the throw out bearing in a car when it runs a too low of an RPM (hence the question).
Not likely clutch, as there is nothing to make noise if the clutch is engaged. The "throw out" bearing is a very small bearing in the end of the slave cylinder piston, less than half inch diameter. You are probably hearing exhaust system vibrations.
2. What mileage did people see from their Stock tires? I have about 5,000 in 2.5 months right now, and they are starting to look a bit worn.
This is highly variable, depending on how one rides, which tires, road surfaces, bike loading, etc. I think the AVERAGE is about 10,000 miles. I got about 8-9,000 front/12-14,000 rear on BT020 radials. Metzelers get better front mileage, but did not suit me for other reasons.
3. I noticed a distinct lack of luggage space on the bike. I know I can remove the trunk, but my wife would be awful angry if the heated seats went away.
Are there any suggestions as to a good tank bag? Should I just get the BMW bag?
I liked the Chicane bag made especially for the LT far better than any other available option. Marsee also makes a nice one, but do not make one specially fitted to mount to the oddments box lid, you have to improvise a little. I did not like the RKA one I had before getting the Chicane, and the BMW one is too small for me.
Thanks as always. Your help is appreciated.