Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Trabuco Canyon, CA, USA
Any LT owners come from an RT?
Owning both an LT and 1150RT, the maintenance costs are pretty much the same. Each has its own issues that an aftermartket work around was well worth it (LT headlight, rear brake rotor, no tunes or GPS on RT) and common issues (seat, shocks) that the aftermarket solves as well.
The take the same oil, same oil filter, same transmission fluid, same brake fluid, same fuel filter, and have the same 6k mile service interval. They have different air filters, brake pads, brake discs, and tires. Most of the items are the same price, so its a wash. Valve adjustments are different on both bikes, but neither is a daunting task after you learn how to do it. Servicing the brake servo is easier on the LT because you don't have to remove the fuel tank.
The RT does better on gas mileage, seeing as its a few hundred pounds lighter than the LT. The LT has better weather protection and has less engine vibration.
Learn how to maintain your bike yourself and you'll keep a lot more of your money in your pocket.
In the end, its a wash cost-wise. It boils down to which bike fits you best along with your riding needs. We rarely do 2 up, and she rides the RT 99.9% of the time. Her custom seat doesn't fit me, and the LT is so smooth, so I really don't like riding the RT. She has ridden the LT a few times, but since I put the Ohlins on it, she can't touch the ground. This has kept the number of LTs in the garage at 1.
2004 GSA Silver
2007 X Challenge