Join Date: May 2005
Location: Littleton, CO, USA
First of all, I would never pick an LT to ride in Alaska unless I was being very particular as to where I was going to be riding. There are many, many hazardous roads out there that the LT was NOT designed to use.
Second of all, I would never buy a bike unseen.. I personally would require a copy of all the service records, and personally interview the dealership (if there is one) responsible for maintaining the bike. If there is no dealership on a long distance purchase, I wouldn't buy the bike (period.....)..
Also, big warning, If the bike has been sitting without use for an extended period of time or shows very low mileage for an aged model year (for example '01 with 5K miles or '03 with 4K miles) I would steer clear all together !!!!!
If the bike has any warranty at all, I would immediately begin to investigate an extended warranty for that bike since there are too many unknowns with buying that particular bike. If you can't find one, don't buy it.
If any of the above didn't jive, forget it !!!! Winter is almost here and there will be plenty of bikes available for purchase at very agressive pricing....
My first choice would be to buy a bike from someone in the know that rides alot.
Be patient and find a great deal...