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post #1 of 21 Old Feb 11th, 2008, 7:33 pm Thread Starter
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New to me LT... now what

Finally found the right deal for me LT after what seemed to be an eternity. It is an 06 with 7K miles from the 2nd owner who only put 2K miles on it when he decided that three bikes (2 HD's and the beemer) were too much.

I have contacted the dealer (Max BMW)who sold it last to get a service history but have received no reply yet.

The owner was informed by the dealer that it did not need anything done when he picked it up but could not confirm that the 6K service was done. It is not riding weather here so I do not pick it up for another two months or so.

Anything I should do as far as maintenance issues?

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If it has good rubber, and the fluid levels are correct, you are Good to Go.

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I just picked up my 06 LT last weekend (also sold by MAX BMW). I picked up mine from original owner that put 11K on it. It sure does suck that it sits in the garage waiting out this weather.

Mine will need 12K service and new tires fairly soon.

Should be able to ride in a few weeks though. It isn't the temperature that keeps me from riding as much as all the snow, and another 4 - 8 inches tomorrow night!!!!!

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Riding season in Florida

We are into our riding weather here... No love bugs, snow birds haven't arrived on the west coast yet and man this weather is super. So nice to not break into a sweat or get hit by a downpour. Let you northern bikes vacation in Florida for the winter. We'll keep them happy!

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We are into our riding weather here... No love bugs, snow birds haven't arrived on the west coast yet and man this weather is super. So nice to not break into a sweat or get hit by a downpour. Let you northern bikes vacation in Florida for the winter. We'll keep them happy!
Ok, Ok, so I envy you not having to need a battery tender. I was in Orlando in January and it was a tad freezing, as I recal...

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I just picked up my 06 LT last weekend (also sold by MAX BMW). I picked up mine from original owner that put 11K on it. It sure does suck that it sits in the garage waiting out this weather.

Mine will need 12K service and new tires fairly soon.

Should be able to ride in a few weeks though. It isn't the temperature that keeps me from riding as much as all the snow, and another 4 - 8 inches tomorrow night!!!!!

Tony
I here good things about Max but do not have direct experience. Were you able to ride yours home? Great scenery in NH.

I am wondering if I should do all the oils and brake fluid for peace of mind...

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I would check your levels and ride OR check your levels and look at it while it sits in the garage because the weather sucks...

One major thing to remember is to keep the front wheel straight when you are coming to a stop. DO NOT turn slightly left or right as you come to a final stop. The bike is top heavy so it will take the opportunity to fall over...

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I would check your levels and ride OR check your levels and look at it while it sits in the garage because the weather sucks...

One major thing to remember is to keep the front wheel straight when you are coming to a stop. DO NOT turn slightly left or right as you come to a final stop. The bike is top heavy so it will take the opportunity to fall over...
Thnx for the tip tvguy, I thought that looking straight and a gentle push on the right (or is it the left?) grip when you come to the stop will instintcly allow your left foot to go down. Is it true that 05 and up LT's have a shorter rake making it easier to manouver at slow speeds?

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Finally found the right deal for me LT after what seemed to be an eternity. It is an 06 with 7K miles from the 2nd owner who only put 2K miles on it when he decided that three bikes (2 HD's and the beemer) were too much.

I have contacted the dealer (Max BMW)who sold it last to get a service history but have received no reply yet.

The owner was informed by the dealer that it did not need anything done when he picked it up but could not confirm that the 6K service was done. It is not riding weather here so I do not pick it up for another two months or so.

Anything I should do as far as maintenance issues?

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If the oil looks clean the 6k was probably done. If you're worried about it, change the oil, trans and FD oil and you should be good. I know that the last two aren't part of the Inspection I (6k) but they are part of the Annual and should be done on a two year old bike anyway...

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If the oil looks clean the 6k was probably done. If you're worried about it, change the oil, trans and FD oil and you should be good. I know that the last two aren't part of the Inspection I (6k) but they are part of the Annual and should be done on a two year old bike anyway...
The previous owner did change the engine oil when he layed it up for the winter but said he did not do the tran or FD so that would be good to do to be on the safe side. I am also wondering about the brake fluid wich I do not think should be attempted without dealer assistance. Also hoping MAX BMW comes through to advise me on the service history.

Appreciate your advice!

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The previous owner did change the engine oil when he layed it up for the winter but said he did not do the tran or FD so that would be good to do to be on the safe side. I am also wondering about the brake fluid wich I do not think should be attempted without dealer assistance. Also hoping MAX BMW comes through to advise me on the service history.

Appreciate your advice!

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The bike is about two years old so it's probably do for a brake and clutch fluid flush.

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Thnx for the tip tvguy, I thought that looking straight and a gentle push on the right (or is it the left?) grip when you come to the stop will instintcly allow your left foot to go down. Is it true that 05 and up LT's have a shorter rake making it easier to manouver at slow speeds?

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Leaning forward and tipping the horse's nose to one side or the other will have them begin on the correct lead; pressing on the grip when coming to a stop is not a technique I've heard while teaching the BRC. You may be confusing the right/left grip pressing with countersteering that is used for pressing to initiate lean, as for cornering; press right, turn right; press left, go left. If you haven't taken the Basic Rider's Course for quite some time, it would be a cheap investment to help you get "back in the saddle."

When coming to a stop, look straight ahead, use both brakes, and make sure the handle bars are squared when stopping. Subconscientiously, we probably lean to the left or nod our head to the left to make the bike lean left; with your other foot on the rear break, the left leg either goes down or the bike falls.

I do understand the '05 have a different rake for the reason you mentioned.

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Leaning forward and tipping the horse's nose to one side or the other will have them begin on the correct lead; pressing on the grip when coming to a stop is not a technique I've heard while teaching the BRC. You may be confusing the right/left grip pressing with countersteering that is used for pressing to initiate lean, as for cornering; press right, turn right; press left, go left. If you haven't taken the Basic Rider's Course for quite some time, it would be a cheap investment to help you get "back in the saddle."

When coming to a stop, look straight ahead, use both brakes, and make sure the handle bars are squared when stopping. Subconscientiously, we probably lean to the left or nod our head to the left to make the bike lean left; with your other foot on the rear break, the left leg either goes down or the bike falls.

I do understand the '05 have a different rake for the reason you mentioned.

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Thnx wacolt, I did take lessons from a fellow LTer that trained police students for a living. He advised me of the manouver that I tried to explain. I used to ride an 01 LT that I found distressing to manouver. After two hours of going through the paces with his training, my control and confidence levels were increased.

You explain it better in that it is as if you are trying to contersteer without applying that much pressure (a slight push) just before you reach full stop. The action causes your left foot to go down while your right foot is still on the peg to operate the rear brake if necessary. I believe the brakes are linked so applying brake pressure at the pedal would also work the front. This manouver would only work with the handlebars positioned and you looking straight ahead.

Perhaps it was mind over matter but it did work for me. Does this make sense to you now?

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But probably in the high 60's by noon!

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Ok, Ok, so I envy you not having to need a battery tender. I was in Orlando in January and it was a tad freezing, as I recal...

Enjoy...
Cool mornings are normal in the winter, requiring a little heat from the seat and hand grips, but in an hour or two, it's time to turn them off and enjoy the sun..... which gets me back to having the seat selector switch on the wrong side of the seat! What a PITA..... (my pet peeve)

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I here good things about Max but do not have direct experience. Were you able to ride yours home? Great scenery in NH.

I am wondering if I should do all the oils and brake fluid for peace of mind...

Mauro

The only direct experience I have with MAX BMW is when I went to look at new bikes.

And unfortunately I was not able to ride it home. Both the seller and I live on ice and snow covered back roads. I had to trailer it home.

I did however make a sign for the back of the trailer. I had read about it on this forum. It said "I am taking my BMW for a ride ........ Harley style.


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Bought mine in late September. Kept it parked until I could get a safety course (30 years since I last rode). Passed the course in mid November in the cold and rain. I have clocked just short of 1,000 miles in December and January and so far in February(Western Washington state). As long as there is no ice and it is at least 36 degrees my wife and I ride.

I am almost afraid to ride when it gets warm and the streets are dry.
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The bike is about two years old so it's probably do for a brake and clutch fluid flush.

BMW has updated the maintenance on brakes to be every 4 years and no longer 2 according to BMW of Denver... Check with your dealer.

If the oil looks good, and the fd fluid looks good, just ride it. The maintenance interval for both according to BMW is 12K not that most of us wait the long, put from what you are saying, sounds like you are good.
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which gets me back to having the seat selector switch on the wrong side of the seat! What a PITA..... (my pet peeve)

Yeah, they had to invent cruise control so that you can take your hand off the right grip in order to work the switch.

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The only direct experience I have with MAX BMW is when I went to look at new bikes.

And unfortunately I was not able to ride it home. Both the seller and I live on ice and snow covered back roads. I had to trailer it home.

I did however make a sign for the back of the trailer. I had read about it on this forum. It said "I am taking my BMW for a ride ........ Harley style.


Tony
I am thinking of getting a cube van to bring the baby home sooner but I have no experience in securing the beast and manouvering it up, and after down, the ramp. I know she is a hanful...

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BMW has updated the maintenance on brakes to be every 4 years and no longer 2 according to BMW of Denver... Check with your dealer.
Ditto on check with dealer as this only applies to those models that now have stainless steel lines vs. rubber. If you have rubber flex lines it is still two years.

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