Originally Posted by Lynn_Keen
I've posted this before but thought I'd pass it along one more time. Being more or less cheep and lazy my solution to the broken latch handle, my '99 was replaced under warranty, is simply to remove the latch pin in the top half of the trunk on the left side. This relieves all pressure from the side that typically breaks and believe it or not, in 94,000 miles my '99 trunk never failed to close and never popped open. The single latching point on the right works fine. I know it's not very elegant but, like the title, KISS, works for me.
Hey there Kemosabe. I bought your bike from Fred down at 441 Cycle in Ft. Lauderdale.
I absolutely love her and ride her every day; she is, in fact, my daily driver. I've added my Garmin 2610 to the BMR shelf using Garmin's motorcycle mount and BMR's add-on hardware, and put new ME-880s on both feet. I also removed the skippity-doo-dah CD changer in favor of a tank-mount MP3 player, and added an XM Roady XT. In addition, I've replaced the yellowing wind deflectors all around, and changed out all the lights in the dash. Lastly--just like you used to do--I always keep her shiny and clean, and always in my garage or under my covered parking spot at the office when she's not on the road.
Guess what: I put the pin back on the left side, and the latch handle broke within a week.
Bummer. Also, all the rivets that held the topcase to the bottom failed. I drilled them all out and replaced the rivets with more positive nuts, bolts, and thread-lock, and removed the pin once again from the left side. Everything works just swimmingly once more, and all is right with the world.
Otherwise, the bike has been perfect
. I'm sure that, like me, you're used to the oohs and aahs you get whenever anybody sees your LT sitting majestically in the parking lot. She's a real head-turner. Folks I show her off to can't believe that she's got almost a hundred grand on the ticker.
She's already been on two road trips with me, including the 2005 Toys in the Sun Run
and this one to Key West
. What a trip that was--and the bike performed like it was showroom-new.
How do you like your new '05?