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post #1 of 32 Old Jan 9th, 2008, 12:27 am Thread Starter
 
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LT to Harley

Traded my LT for a 2008 HD Ultra today.
The Lt is/has been an incredible ride and I would suggest it to any-one looking for the ultimate touring bike.
I thought it was time for a change and I was impressed with the recent improvements on the HD - ABS Brakes, cable-less throttle, built-in intercom with factory PTT,etc. - a long way from the Duo-Glide I rode in the 60's.
I hope that BMW can strengthen it's dealer network, as this was one of my main concerns with the brand and a deciding factor in making a trade.
Thank-you to the members of this group who have provided superb advise, direction and friendship for the last 6 years. I hope to see you "on the road" and you can rest assured that I will be giving you a hearty wave.
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If you see one of these on the road with a rider dressed in all Bmw gear it's very likely me. .
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post #3 of 32 Old Jan 9th, 2008, 6:58 am
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Congrats on your new bike. I know you'll enjoy it. I liked your flamed out Beemer. Looked great. I checked out your club photos. I noticed several Suzuki LC1500's and Boulevards. Those are great bikes also. I owned an '02 LC1500 and loved the bike. Hope to make it up your way some day. Ride safe.........

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That's the only Harley I have ever been tempted by. Problem for me is the chrome - all the time shining it is wasted riding time!
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Hate to see one of our own go to the dark side. but like they say.....
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I am sure you will enjoy your new ride. I also have a Ultra. I have owned Harleys for over 40 years and the one thing I will miss when I sell my Ultra this Spring is....the low end rumble. You can't get that with a BMW!
There was something fun and adventerous about the old Harleys. I had to have the Magneto in just the right position and 2 twists of the throttle and ...Kick! If she didn't start...go have another beer. Then try again! Those days are gone and with it the adventure.
After trying a friends LT this last year...I went directly out and purchased one.

Hope you enjoy your new ride!

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Congrats on the new bike! Did you buy it at the bike show last weekend? Hope you got a good trade in on the LT. Are you still going to be involved in the Motorcycle ride for Dad this year?


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Congrats on the new ride and have many safe miles with her. I see you went for the new anniversary colors. NICE!!!

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Hey Roy, what a surprise! Oh well, we all have our dark moments...

No no, just kidding! Nice bike but your LT's flame job beats this HD color hands down.
Good luck with your new ride and I am bold enough to invite myself to visit you again sometime in 2011 or 2012..Let's see what we will be riding then.

Greetings to sis as well!

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post #12 of 32 Old Jan 9th, 2008, 7:02 pm
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Very nice looking bike. I really like the new copper color.

I should trade you my H-D leather jacket for your BMW jacket, eh?
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post #14 of 32 Old Jan 9th, 2008, 8:54 pm
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Thinking about trading my LT too. I have enjoyed my LT but it reminds me of the stories i have heard about the old Harleys leaking oil. Oil leak around cam cover, oil leak from rear main , and oil leaking from final drive, plus shocks at 27,000 miles all out of warranty. I bought my LT with BMW's reputation for quality in mind. To say the least I am sadly disappointed. Thinking I might see a rice burner in my future.
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Enjoy the Ultra, I love mine. Loved the LT also, but lease was up and time for a change. I always had harleys, but in 2002 they got crazy with their pricing. After the LT lease was up I didn't want the same bike, knowing in a year or so the new improved LT might be out. I missed my Electra Glide anyway. The LT was fantastic, but lacks soul and a REAL dealer network. If the new LT is nice, I'll get another, ussually have 2 bikes anyway...Doesn't everyone?

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LT to HD

Good looking HD. Hope it provides many miles of safe service for you. When I sold my LT and got the GT I went for more power and less weight. Guess you went for more noise and vibration?

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Thinking about trading my LT too. I have enjoyed my LT but it reminds me of the stories i have heard about the old Harleys leaking oil. Oil leak around cam cover, oil leak from rear main , and oil leaking from final drive, plus shocks at 27,000 miles all out of warranty. I bought my LT with BMW's reputation for quality in mind. To say the least I am sadly disappointed. Thinking I might see a rice burner in my future.
Pan & Shovelheads leaked, EVO's a little at the rockers (solved with better gaskets), but Twin Cam 88 & 96's rarely leak. I have said this before and will say it again...you can't truly compare the 2 (LT & EG) both tourers, but different. Enjoy each for what they are. The Harley has Soul, not found in any Metrics and a Dealer network second to none. Have a problem with a dealer, another is not far away. Oh, and the T-Shirts are better.

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Nice ride. If I pass you on the Highway One, I'll wave back.

What did you do with the LT?

Keep your booger picker off the bang switch, until you want a loud noise. DVC
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Hd....

Congrats...

I did same thing almost 4 years ago and have now gone back to my old LT.

Did it, enjoyed it, got it out of my system and returned wondering why I left

Whatever your reasons, enjoy the ride...

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Life is too short to be absolutist.

Enjoy the hell out of your new ride!!



See ya on the road - I hope. Brews are on me at the stop. :up:

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It does look a lot more like a fire truck than your LT. (jus' kidding)

It's also the exact Harley that I was oogling over when I made the final decision to buy my LT. Enjoy the ride, it's a beautiful bike!

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Thanks to all.

Ken - No, I didn't make it to the bike show this year (I was in New York). Life has been a little hectic so I haven't been able to be on the Ride For Dad committee but hopefully things will slow down soon.

DanBrown - "Peer Pressure" - not likely in this lifetime. Besides - all my peers ride Honda's, Suzuki's, Kawasaki's and BMW's (check my website).
I do remember that as a 10 year old I met an "old guy" in town with a HD dresser (with fish-tail pipes) and I promised myself that I would own one "some day"--today is "some day".

Ari - Thanks. You don't need to be bold - you are welcome in my home any-time. Mary moved to upstate New York, so now you have that option open to you also. You left a lasting impression with a lot of people on your last trip to North America. On your next trip you are likely to find that your biggest problem will be touching base with all the people you met last time. (the ones you miss will be "upset" with you)

2Alpha - traded it. Didn't need the hassle of trying to sell it myself and the owner of the dealership likes BMWs.

I have a bunch of goodies that I'm not "giving away" with the bike. Once I get a list together I will post it here. (then when I buy my next LT I can repurchase it all )
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Thumbs up Going back to HD

Yes I too am going back to HD. My 2000 Ultra had 80K trouble free miles. Hit 23 states and Canada twice. Never a worry. The LT is a great bike just not for me. So is a Goldwing but have no desire to own one. The repair costs and lack of dealers is my main concern on the BMW. When I did my 24K service on the 05LT I asked the dealer for a price to do just the ABS brake service. Flush fluid and plug the computer to it. Quoted me $400, I said in 120K Harley miles I never had a $400 repair let alone $400 annual service. Dealer said "maybe you should be on a Harley". I guess he was right. I will likely own more Beemers. I just have to get an old enough one that I Do not need the dealer. I have a soft spot for GS bikes. At 47 years of age I have owned 52 Motorcycles and at least one of every major brand so more Beemers are likely as well as many other brands.I have a Buell for my Hooligan tendencies and short of dirt bikes probably the most fun bike I have ever ridden.. The truth of the matter is you cannot buy a bad motorcycle anymore-there all good. Just have to decide for yourself what puts the biggest smile on your face. -----------Rethy
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Good looking bike

Roy - I almost went your same decision last year, but it felt small and such. Anyway, are you still going to pull the trailer?
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I have had two HD's and still think that the Ultra is the best looking bike made. Good luck and enjoy your new ride.

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I was in a dealership the other day looking at one. Beautiful bike.
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Just the opposite for me. Just bought a 2008 LT after selling the 2007 HD Ultra. Noise and reliability were the issues for me.

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Just the opposite for me. Just bought a 2008 LT after selling the 2007 HD Ultra. Noise and reliability were the issues for me.

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Curious, how long did you own your 2007 HD and what issues did you have with it? Noise? Was it stock? Reliability> Just curious.

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Roy, congratulations on the new bike. Yeah, that's the Harley-Davidson I'd like to try for a week or two...

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LT to HD Ultra

Hi Roy,
Congrats on the new ride. I did almost the same thing except I bought the Anniversary Road Glide. Tried the Road King & the Ultra but for some reason my bod didn't fit on them. Felt like I was sat on the tank & could see the gauges clearly. The Road Glide however fit me perfect.
Don't you just love the colour. These bikes must be the best looking bikes on the road. I will sure keep a look out for you on my journeys south from Edmonton.
BTW are you considering going to the anniversary party in Milwaukee? I'm thinking about - just don't know if I can get enough time to ride there and back & have time to party.
Again congrats on the ride - it sure is a beautiful bike

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You will get tired of riding in the right lane all of the time. The Port of Seattle recently bought 20 Ultra's----they are using them for anchors.

Just teasing. Good luck with it!! A beautiful machine.
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Be careful.. the "headshake" can be very interesting.. that's why HD bought mine back... be careful!

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