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post #1 of 8 Old Oct 11th, 2006, 7:36 pm Thread Starter
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Slow speed handling-"05 vs. older

Is it worth paying the extra bucks for the changes in the '05 and newer LT's? Power is not an issue for me. Do the newer model changes effect a significant difference in low speed handling? Also, is the seat on newer bike and closer to the ground?

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post #2 of 8 Old Oct 11th, 2006, 7:43 pm
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It really depends on what is important to you.. The seat on the '05 is closer to the ground, but albiet less comfortable as well. Since I drive an '03, I have become use to the low speed handling so it is not a big issue.

You can get a very low mileage '03 or '04 for at least 3K less then an '05. Many people opt for a custom seat anyway which makes the seat issue inconsequential. I purchased a bmw lower seat which is even lower to the ground then the '05's stock seat.

I have seen low mileage 03 models for around 11K. I purchased mine for significantly less with less then 1K on it.

You may want to test drive both yourself and decide.
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So would you say the difference in rake does not make a big difference?
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I have an 03 and test drove an 05 and did some slow parking lot stuff, and did not notice much difference. I was even trying to see if there was a difference. It "felt" a little easier, but not much. Perhaps I'm used to the heavy feeling on the 03, even have the seat in the high position. I would not consider it to be an issue if I had to choose between the two.

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I would try them both to be sure. Once you do your research and price shopping, you make the choice.. It is your bike. I don't see it myself.

I don't need the fancy center stand.. I am quite satisfied with my '03..
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When I bought my 05', I didn't think much about the Electrohydrolic center stand but now after a year and a half, I love it and use it all the time. It may be right up there with the electric shield!
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I rode a new '06 at Americade this past summer, and it was great! When I got back home, the dealer called me (they knew I was looking) and told me that they had a '99 that they had just taken in on consignment. So I went and rode that one...and couldn't find any difference in handling. Needless to say, I opted for the bike with more mileage but less than a third the cost.

Since then, I've had to replace the Oxygen sensor as well as the slave cylinder and clutch, but I still feel that I got a heck of a deal. I figure I'll keep this one til the wheels fall off anyway (you NEVER forget your first love, right?) and then check out the new and improved LT in '08....or '09....or whenever they get it to us!

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Billy,, The slow speed Steering to me is just about the same,,I guess I'm just not sensitive enough to feel it...

The motor power is noticeable but not dramatic...
The electric center stand sold me the 05 LT...........Pete
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