Greg, First of all welcome! Please fill in your profile a little. Assuming you have riding experience, it's a good decision to ride an LT.
IMO, low milage with suspect care warrants a penalty, not a premium, in the final price. In this case, it depends on when the owner took delivery of the bike (from fall of '03 to summer of '05?). Also, where is it located? Moisture and subsequent corrosion may not be an issue if it was kept in a dry environment and it's only 18 months old. All things considered from you described, it's probably wise to do the 24K/two-year service before riding it any more.
What about the tire condition if it's been a garage queen for three years?
The throaty growl might be normal, but you need someone with LT experience to ride the bike.
My advice, pay a dealer to do a prepurchase inspection and raise your concerns with them. Ask how much to put the bke in condition for a 6K ride.
Check out the Kelly wholesale, maybe adding some money for low milage, but remember that you may be laying some cash to fix the first owner's mistakes: http://www.kbb.com/kbb/OtherVehicles...nufacturerId=5
Originally Posted by stashvillepete
Greetings all! There is a strong possibility I will soon be the rider of a 2004 K12LT with 1650 miles (not a typo). I would be grateful if some experienced owners would share their opinions on a couple items.
1)The only maintenace done on this bike was break in service at 500 miles. That means no annual brake fluid changes or any thing else. Something to worry about? The bike has been garaged and is spotless.
2) Two things bothered me when test riding (while 40 things thrilled me ) A throaty growl/rattle from engine trans area ( sorta like phlegm inth throat ), mainly when accelerating. May have been originating in catalytic converter area. The second is harder to describe. While cruising at various speeds there seemed to be a radom mechanical thump that was mostly felt in the seat. This was not a sound but something felt. Other times it was smooth as glass. Were it a wheel or tire I think it would have been continuous. It almost felt like the center stand was bouncing around, but the road was smooth. A little disconcerting.
3) The owner did not know the bike very well and said it would run on any grade of fuel. If he has been running 87 octane for those 1650 miles could there be some damage?
4) He also had trouble with the immobilizer when showing me the bike. Many times there was only a relay click when the starter was engaged even though the headlight burned brightly (seemingly indicating a charged battery).
Finally this bike has a Pinnacle protection plan (transferrable as I would be the second owner) until 2009. I am concerned that if there were a claim I would be hassled because annual service wasn't done. The owner is having the dealer service the bike and change the battery. The dealer said they would "update" the service log. Any thoughts on Pinnacle?
Sorry to be so lengthy but $14,000 is a chunk of change. Thanks All!