Originally Posted by dandiver
Have any surveys been made to collect the driver/passenger weight normally associated with bikes that have had the failure and did they normally tow a trailer. It could been that the more weight + towing a trailer would lead to more failures. Just wondering if there is a correlation?
I.E., I weigh about 160 wet and hardly ever have a passenger. Never tow a trailer. So far, 36,000 miles without a failure. Just curious.....
I was thinking along these lines myself. All the threads dealing with FD failures seem pretty comprehensive in how much information has been gathered. And I have seen it said several times that weight, towing, driving hard, etc. does not seem to come into play.
I was wondering how much data has been collected from as many people as possible who ride the LT. Has there been an ongoing poll taken asking questions such the one dandiver posted, to try to get a better feel for any common item that may be causing the failure.
Expamples of questions posed could be:
Have you had a failure? What type?
What is the average miles driven (monthly?, Annually?)
Do you store your bike for extended periods? (winter, etc,)
What is the weight range you carry.
What type of FD oil do you use.
How often do you change it.
And I am sure that there many questions that could be included that over time, the data could show some sort of pattern. But with the level of knowledge you there, I am sure that this has been done. But the power of this forum and the number of users
I love my LT but I do think about the possibililty of having a failure and it is always on my mind. Well maybe not when I'm blasting down the highway or in the twisties or on a beautiful So. Florida day.... Hey like today, 80 degrees, sunny, light wind.. ah... sorry, I'm going out for a ride. Later.