Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Lawrenceville, PA, USA
Re: Has been a few months
Good for you! If you are a mechanic these old bikes can be a bargain. If not they can be a money pit! My LT was a wreck that was totaled. I bought her right and have made all the updates. My wife will not ride on anything else!
You make a key point about the LT. It is a great bike for two classes of owners:
1. Those who are wealthy and don't mind dropping $1-3,000 every 2-3 years for a major dealer repair. And $500-1,000 each year for routine maintenance.
2. Those who are reasonably competent wrenches and are willing to spend the time here and in the manuals to learn the nuances and weak points of the design and don't mind investing 8-16 hours each year for routine maintenance and 12-40 hours every 2-3 years for a major repair.
If you are of modest means and prefer to leave the wrenching to others, the LT has a good chance of making you miserable.
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Last edited by Voyager; Jul 6th, 2017 at 4:50 pm.