So I've had my 2001 LT for about a year now. I absolutely love it. I have always been comfortable on long-distance rides, and even though many say in town driving is too difficult, I have not ever had that problem. I have used this forum and Kirk's videos to do upgrades to the headlight, the dash lights, and to get recommendations for changing tires etc. THANK YOU! The bike now has 60,000 miles on it and I am getting ready to take it down for the winter. I'm pretty handy with a wrench and I knew I wanted to do several maintenance things, and take the Tupperware off (Brake pads, fuel filter, radiator flush, brake flush, final drive fluid change, etc), but now it seems that I may need to replace my front shock and spring. It looks like the faring is hitting the top of the fender with hard stops and bumps, and there seems to be a leak in the front brake lines and some oil collecting on the center stand (can't tell where that is coming from yet) When I start totaling up the cost of doing all of this, especially replacing the brake lines, shocks and springs, I could almost buy another motorcycle or at least a good down payment on a much newer RT. Cruise control doesn't work and the radio doesn't work but otherwise the bike functions great. So two questions. One- is this bike getting too old and too many miles on it to be spending that kind of money, should I cut and run? Two-are there some budget friendly replacements for brake lines and springs? Just in what I have done so far, the prices for shocks and springs, and the other maintenance that I'm planning to do this winter is going to cost me as much as I paid for the bike in the first place. Any advice is appreciated.
If you still have the stock rubber lines then yes, there is a better replacement than OEM. Spiegler makes an LT set with everything you need and it is less than buying all the individual lines from the dealer. Finding a distributor may get you a better set than direct I have heard. The distributor sets often include new banjo bolts where the direct set doesn't. Either way, they are far above the original line quality.
Shocks are a tough pill to swallow if you are going to buy new. You could go with a set of Hyper Pro springs and keep your old shocks or if you think it is done, you could buy a gently used one pretty cheap on Ebay and still do the springs for less than a new after market shock. Shocks dampen on the up swing so it is possible that the spring has collapsed in length some and is allowing the front to sag some if it is compressing far enough to hit the fender.
Take a good look and find where the oil is leaking from. Drilling the weep hole in the bell housing may not be a bad idea to keep oil from pooling inside. The seals are not all that expensive but there is a good bit of labor in getting to them. Seal driver sets are available to borrow for the cost of return postage.
60K on that bike is nothing. If you like it, go ahead and put the time and parts into it as long as you plan on keeping it. I made that decision already so I am in the middle of purchasing new shocks for close to 2G but then I plan on keeping it for several more years and it is much less than buying a newer bike that my pillion probably won't like as much
Slowly working on renewing things that definitely deteriorate with age like the rubber parts, hoses and fuel lines.
The decision is definitely yours to keep her going or to cut and run but there may be people close to you willing to help with the labor if you have to dig deeper into it to replace seals for the leak. Definitely not too old with only 60K on the dial but is it too old for you? Not the least expensive bike to own but by now, I know what I have and would be comfortable riding it anywhere.