Originally Posted by dnifong
I am a 10 year Goldwing Rider. I have a 2001, 1800 with 20 k miles. I usually ride 2 up. I'm board with my bike. Today I rode a 2002 Lt, with 39k for 1 hour. I'm intrigued. It smoked at first and had some valve train noise.
I'm asking for unbiased information. If I purchase this bike, how much can I expect to pay? Should I hold out for an 05? It seems like the wife will really be exposed based on the seat height. Is that the case? Are there standard problems for this model?. What type of upgrades are expected?
Thanks for your time.
Asking for unbiased opinions on the LT site...hmmm.
Kidding aside, if the LT is parked on the sidestand for a while a little oil gets onto the valves and burns off on startup. Not a big deal, just annoying. My 99 and 02 had some valvetrain noise but nothing to worry about. My 05 is much quieter. There aren't any standard problems, but the ones talked about the most are rear drive failures (significantly less after 03 model year but still occur from time to time) and slave cylinder repairs. Fairly low percentage of both, but as with the Goldwing cracked frame once the word gets out EVERYBODY talks about it. AS you can tell, I've owned 3 LTs across the year range for the model and only upgraded because the older ones met with untimely demises in accidents. I probably would have traded the 99 by now, but I'm fairly sure I would still be riding the 02 if I hadn't lost a fight with a mountainside on a rainy day. Every one of them are/were great bikes and I don't regret a minute on any of them (well, except for the last one on each of the first two)
As for upgrades, there are plenty.
I have done a bunch of stuff to my 05 LT. Click the link below to see a list and some pics of the install of most of the stuff.
And yes, it's for sale, and no, this is not a sales pitch (unless of course you're interested
). Really, just sharing the ideas and some options.