Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: mount airy (mayberry), NC,
Tarheel Rider found my 03 in his local paper. It was listed at a shade over $10K, but final price ended up at $9745 for an 03 with 6289 miles. Also came with bag liners, two helmets, intercom and headsets. Your budget is in line with a really nice 03. I was in the same boat as you basically. no new gen Goldwings were available for that price that I could find. Plus seems like most are loaded up with too much chrome crap.
Like Joel said, be patient. If you find one a bit far off, members here will often offer to take a look for you. This is a great group and we welcome most everyone.
May want to stay with 03 or newer, due to the theory that 02 and older have higher failure rates on the final drive. That's probably the biggest issue. Also, be prepared for increased maintenance costs, if you are going to use a dealership. More in line with a big Harley than your Shadow. There are a few other minor issues you can investigate while you;re shopping around. All in all, a great bike for it's intended purpose of touring. Very sporty for it's size also.
The LT is heavy at slow speeds. Requires a bit of attention until you get used to it.
Good luck shopping.