Originally Posted by George_S
Exactly my feelings too. But it IS the internet. Before the 'net, how the heck would I know what was happening to a K1200LT in California, the U.K., etc.?
I've been on other internet boards, and I don't care if its motorcycles or cameras or stereos, there'll be hundreds of horror stories on why you shouldn't buy this or that.
Been with BMW for 6 years now, 3 bikes (OK, not 100,000 miles yet) but not one problem in those 6 years, just a battery that quit after 4 years, and that's in the "normal" wear and tear category anyways.
The LT is more dependable than any other motorcycle I've had in the past, and that list includes a Honda ST1100 that chewed its tranny at 92K and looked faded and weathered after about 4 years of daily use.
On the other hand my 1999LT looks show room clean after 7+ years of daily use. The paint is fresh and glossy the ABS plastic is still flexible. Everything works and there is no yellowing, or (whitish dusting) on the insturments and controls. No rusting or corrossion either and I live in a wet area of the country and ride year round.
Does BMW use better plastics and metals in their manufacture?
Even the older 1960s and 1970s beemers still look good regardless of use. On the other hand a 1960s , or 1970s Honda will almost always look like it belongs in the boneyard.
The LTs maintenance may be more intensive , but I do not count this in as I do it myself and enjoy doing it almost as mnuch as riding.
I'm really grateful for the information available on this site. This community is a fantastic resource for LT owners. However, it must be put in perspective, or paranoia is the result.
I don't want to offend , but I am glad I had the bike for over 100K before I found the site. Even then, I began to get paranoid about all the ,supposed pending ,failures for which I had not done preventative maintenance.
Thankfully, I got over the (self induced) paranoia after a month , or so and started to enjoy the ride again
Now I just ride it.