Re: Looking to buy..also. Model year comparison?
Here's another "POSITIVE" post for you. I WAS a 35 year Harley rider before i decided to switch to BMW., and as i tell everyone, i've never looked back. Have always been a cruiser/touring rider. Switched 2 years ago to an 1150RT,(2002) and immediately fell in love with the German engineering. I did miss the comfort of the touring bike, so after much research, decided on the LT. Have had it for exactly 1 year now, and have put on over 17500 miles on her. (Yep, i'm a rider, not a Poser).
Anyway, as far as i'm concerned, i would go for a newer Lt. From everything i've read, it seems most of the issues had been solved with the newer LT's. In all the miles i've had mine, I've absolutely had NO problems with it at all. Sure, I had some very minor things such as the Cruise control malfunctioning (a simple switch cleaning fixed it), but i was fortunate that the previous owner had done all the upgrades such as fuel lines, etc. The Headlights are big plus on the newer bikes, as is the nicer display center. I've had no problems with low speed maneuvering, (but i'm a big guy at 6'2" 225 and used to heavy bikes).
It seems that every negative issues i read on this forum pertains to 2005 and before, so that gave me a clue to try and find a newer one. The prices all the way up to 2009 are very very reasonable. Keep looking, and i'm sure you'll find a good one.. Just talk to the seller, to find out anything you can about the bike, and you'll be fine. And Please try and do as much maintenance as you can by yourself. You'll learn the bike, and appreciate it much more so.
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Palm Coast, FL.
2006 K1200LT (Love it)
2002 R1150RT (Sold)
2007 Harley FLHTCU (sold at 137k Miles)
1999 Harley Night train (blew the eng at 150k miles)
1986 harley Davidson FLTC (Sold When assigned to Europe
1982 Harley Wide Glide (sold)
1981 Kawasaki k1000LTD (sold)
1980 Triumph Bonneville (sold)