Originally Posted by rglassma
Hello and welcome to the forum.
... You haven't told us what the dealer is asking for it. There is nothing saying you couldn't get a later model for close to the same price depending on what it is.
I would not buy an LT that has been sitting for an extended period of time. Check the service records thoroughly. If the bike, a '99, has low mileage (say less then 35-40K), there is a good chance that is the case. If the bike has been sitting for an extended period of time, the possibility increases that you may have issues with engine/transmission/drive seals. These repairs are very expensive. ...
Ok... went and checked out the bike yesterday. It is a '99 Custom with 56K miles. All required service intervals have been "stamped" and dated at that dealer - so they know just about everything about the bike. It has had 3 owners so far. It seems to have a ll the bells that a custom has - communications system, 6 CD changer, cassette player, heated seats and grips, on-board computer. It was sitting on the center stand.
The bike looks like it was not cleaned much. In fact, it was filthy at the dealer. (I don't know when it was traded in - but my ST was also dirty when I purchased it from the same dealer and it cleaned up well). There were a lot of scuffs and scratches - some green paint scuffs from some other vehicle(?)that most may come out when cleaned/polished. Other locations the black plastic shows through the paint chips. Overall - not bad, but it did cloud my head and made me frown a little.
The windscreen is yellow, has been cleaned with something that took off the plastic film in places. There are also small half-inch cracks going up from the windshield mount that the owner drilled the ends to stop the crack. Dealer says it needs a new screen and it may cost about $200 if I did it myself.
The last owner was a older fellow who dropped the bike on it's left side (believe at 0 MPH) and it had broken some aluminum loop-like thing (didn't see it) inside the left rubber bumper thing. That rubber bumper thing was replaced and the aluminum loop thing TIG welded. The long chrome facia over the bumper was cracked and did not fit well.
It has some "custom" pin striping and some blue and purple painting added. I'm not so hot about it but it does not look that bad. I could live with it.
It has new tires and the brake pads are "thick" (according to the salesman). It has had some bearings in the final drive replaced. Something about the bearing cages that broke up and were fixed at the dealer. I think the fluid was replaced there too. I asked how much new tires cost and he said about $400 installed.
Upon start up, it smoked like crazy!!! It fogged the place outside! The salesman says it was the fuel stabilizer. It did not smell like antifreeze or oil. I guess it was the stabilizer. It took a mile or two before it was gone.
I rode it for about 10 to 15 miles. True to what others have said, the weight seems to go away once you are under way. It seemed almost "flickable". It had about half a tank of fuel. (Does it require premium fuel???)
I noticed the seating position was limited - up close and personal with the tank area (I am not a large guy). The shifts required a little more pressure that my ST and the 2 to 3rd shift seemed to not want to go unless I applied firm pressure. Other than tat, the shifts seem clean and noise-free and tight.
Engine seemed very smooth and nothing seemed to buz and I was delighted in that. As smooth as my ST (which I think is very smooth).
All the mechanical stuff I could play (or figure out) with seemed to work fine. The cruise seemed to work; I heard tunes out of the radio; felt heat out of the grips and seat; windshield went up and down. Having the signal cancel on the right side was different! I once hit the horn when I wanted to turn on the left signal to get around a truck early in the ride (and when it was still smoking - what I dufus I must have looked!).
When I got back, the salesman was no where is sign (fine...) and so I explored the bike some more. Put it easily on the center stand. I found two tiny manuals - a maintenance (?) manual and a operating (?) manual. This showed me how to cycle through the (tiny) computer display and that you press the keylock in to activate the latches of the boxes. Nice that you do not need to use a key if you don't want to lock them (like the ST).
From the center stand position, I started it back up and there was no smoke.
I told the salesman I liked it. He never asked me if I wanted it. Other people came in (I think he knew them as regulars) and that was about it. I was prepared to put a sizeable chuck of money (almost half) down to hold it but it never got that far. I am thinking of coming up this next week with the SO to see it for herself. The decision, though, is up to me. I'd be surprised if I could get an extended warrentee but I did not ask - again, it never got that far.
What would you folks do? Should I run or not? What is a fair price? (They are asking below book retail.)