I bought my LT mid 2004, was one of the first face lift models. 15 years later it still puts a smile on my face and turns heads wherever I go. Its worth very little in sale or trade value, but I figure I've got back in pleasure many times over what I paid.
My biggest expenses have been suspension (upgraded to Wilbers) and more recently clutch. Each a whole lot cheaper than buying a new bike.
My biggest concern is reliability on a long trip (LOL perhaps I just spend too much time on this site ) but to date she has never left me stranded on the side of the road. How long have you owned and are you still committed?
I bought my 2007 new in June of 2007. So, I will have had it 12 years this coming June and have just shy of 74,000 miles on it. It has yet to leave me stranded other than the time I ran out of gas in Oregon. I am not counting the time it died in my driveway the morning after getting home from a 5,000 mile trip from PA to Newfoundland. The u-hose in the fuel tank sprung a leak as we were riding out to breakfast. I was about 1/4 mile down my driveway and had to haul it back up with my trailer. I got lucky on that one.
I have gotten much pleasure out of my LT, but I also got a lot of pleasure from my 1987 Voyager XII (owned it 17 years) and with much less cost and maintenance. So, I still have mixed feelings about the LT.
As to being committed, I would say I am committed for at least a couple or three more years. I put a lot of effort and money into it coming up on three years ago (how time flies) when I repaired the clutch, replaced brake lines, added Wilbers, did the FIBIB mode and a few other sundry and assorted things. I bought an RDL this winter after a bear stuck its claws into my wife’s seat last fall. And I am in the process of doing a 24K maintenance and replacing the fuel lines, both internal and external, and the radiator hoses and already did the FD pivot bearings.
As to reliability, I have some concerns, but I still plan to head to Alaska this year with the LT and we shall see how that goes. I had far more confidence in my Voyager than in the LT, but that is simply due to the failure history of the LT. The Voyager had only one real failure during the time I owned it, leaking pinion seal, and otherwise it was just change oil, filters and tires and ride it. No valve adjustments and everything was easy to get to other than the fuel pump, but that never gave me trouble. And when I sold it after 17 years it still had the original brake lines and radiator hoses and they were still in great shape. And neither of this items was a failure point as on the XII, at least they never made it to the AVA forum as issues.