I really don't know why a couple of you guys are getting so worked up about the FACTS of my experience?? Look, I'm not saying that there's something wrong with YOU, I'm saying that the LT is an expensive bike to own. I have NEVER had a worse experience with a vehicle, car, motorcycle or otherwise, than I have had with my LT.
So far, just the breakdowns are:
Radio - Replaced under warranty (RUW)
Fuel QD's - RUW
Rear brake rotor - RUW
Rear main seal - RUW
Input shaft seal - RUW
Shift Linkage - RUW
Ground cable / Power cable - RUW
Main ABS control module (in shop now) - RUW
And I'm not going off on a tangent about the fact that I could have been burned alive from the fuel leak (atomized fuel is the BEST accelerant...), or the fun night I had on the side of the road in the dark trying to get the bike shifted into 3rd so I could limp home (BTW thanks to the tips from this site, I knew what to do
I'm not going to go into the leaking oil down onto my rear tire and all the fun that could have caused...
I've had the clutch slip under hard acceleration, which hopefully doesn't mean I'm about to have to replace that dang thing too. But it is a sad testamony to a poor design.
Don't forget that the stock seat is a POS.
Don't forget that the stock lighting sucks, although I do tend to think there are some BMW riders who go a leeetle overboard with the whole accessory lighting deal....but it does need to be addressed right from the word go.
OH and I almost forgot, don't forget to budget for aftermarket shocks around 20k miles ($1400). And subsequently ever 25k miles thereafter.
I'm not going to get into the 6k mile front tires, or the $1500 services at the 24k mark, or the $600 "annual" service etc. etc. Those are ridiculous and we all know it. I mean, come on, all the plastic AND the gas tank off just to change the air filter...... Pashaw.
I'm also not going to go on and on about the twelve freaking thousand dollars the bike has depreciated in 3 years.
Please keep in mind I have 17k miles on my bike. If you think my experience is acceptable, then please, give me your credit card number as I have a really nice bridge to sell you..... seriously.
The guy asked for my opinion and I'm not sugar coating it is all.