Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Vancouver, WA, USA
I finally found the guts to do it!
First let me say thanks to all those experienced LT riders who have posted helpful hints for us new LT owners.
A couple weeks ago I bought an '01 LTC with 7800 miles and sporting a Hannigan Astro sidecar. Before I made the purchase I spent a lot of hours on this forum reading post after post about the goods and the bads of the LT. I wanted one in the worst ways as it has to be one of the coolest looking tourers ever made. But all of the negative posts about final drive failures, maintenance costs, repair costs for failed ABS units, etc had just about discouraged me from taking the plunge. But to buy a GWing after falling in love with the idea of owning an LT? Seemed kind of like a pretty severe compromise to me. One of the members responded to my hand wringing post with the reminder that although highly publicised on this forum the failures are actually reasonably rare. A 1 in 25 chance of experiencing final drive failure is acceptable to me. Thanks for the sanity check.
So, I put 925 miles on it in the first weekend I owned it riding 2 up with the sidecar on. Much easier to pilot on the Interstate than around town with the sidecar attached.
Today I finally found enough intestinal fortitude to take off the sidecar (it really does only take 10 minutes to do this) and try a ride without the training wheel! My goodness gracious! What a ride! I have owned a lot of bikes in my lifetime (never a sport bike) but this thing corners like it's on rails! Access to the freeway begins with a 25 mph constant radius 180 deg right turn. This was my first curve so I started at 25 mph and gently rolled the throttle on as I went through the curve. When I looked at the speedo as I was rolling out of the curve I was at freeway speed of 60 mph. It was as easy and as comfortable as if I was going 25 - 30 mph. The rest of the ride was the same way. This bike is so solid that it instills a certain confidence that makes riding a pleasure.
Around town? I'm 5' 8" with a 28" inseam. With the seat in the low position I am close enough to flat footed at rest that I'm reasonably comfortable with the fit. What really made the difference for me around town was the advice of the forum members regarding proper technique for keeping the caged beast upright when at rest. Without this advice I am sure she'd have wallowed her way to the ground shattering my confidence in my ability to handle her about town.
I work night shift and this is a night off for me so maybe I'll sign off and go for a ride!
Thanks to all once again for the advice and instruction.
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