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post #1 of 10 Old Jun 9th, 2009, 6:33 am Thread Starter
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Well my LT friends and Bug Guard buyers I am moving on down the road from my '03 LT to a mint 08' FJR1300. Many factors, no longer ride 2 up, have always missed the power coming to the LT, from sport bikes, never dropped it but never got used to the low speed handling and I am sorry to say, the service has dropped off dramatically at Bob's. Plus the unbelievable cost of repairs.

I had a clutch installed 3000 miles ago, it has been in their shop for a week (waiting for other LT's to get worked on) and it may take another week for the install of another clutch (rear seal) leaked all over everything. Yes, it's on their dime but such a PITA. It also needs new shocks, (certainly nobody's fault). Combine the 2nd. clutch, the tire on backwards (previous post), the drive shaft seal coming off (from first clutch job) and just the over-all attitude I am concerned about the quality of work being done there.

Now on the other side, their sales manager Ashton could not be of more help. He is the one ALWAYS going to bat for the customers and he is the one getting me a very good deal on this FJR. Now if he could only work on the bikes...

My six years with the LT were for the most part pretty good. Many miles of comfortable riding. I will have to spend a couple of bucks on a heated seat to get the FJR comfortable for winter riding but it has heated grips, plus I'll have to install a XM radio.

I certainly hope the FJR boards are as friendly and helpful as this one has been! You guys (and gals) have never failed to answer a question or help with a problem. I will still be making the Bug-Guards, although many of the newer models come with their own radiator protection, so we'll see how long I keep going with them but for now they are still out there.

So if you are riding a LT in Maryland and you see a gray haired dude fly by on a FJR, wave, I will!

Gene Sweeney

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Hope you enjoy the new bike. Stop by and say Hi when you can. As you know, many folks on here don't ride an LT any longer.

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The FJR1300 is a good bike.
Super fun to drive, great gas mileage, light.
Enjoy it!
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Thanks for the good wishes. I plan on joining the FJR form when I have a minute to sit down and really get into it. I'm sure it will be hours of fun reading. I just better not find a final drive issue! (LOL)

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Gene,

We love our 05 FJR, My S/O calls it her favorite MC of all the bikes she has ridden and owned. We had a FD leak on a trip back in 07 but just watched it while on tour and when we returned home here in the PNW dropped bike off at dealer and it was fixed in 7 days, all parts and labor for less than $275.00 .. No other problems prior or since...

It is a great bike.. Good Luck




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Thanks for the good wishes. I plan on joining the FJR form when I have a minute to sit down and really get into it. I'm sure it will be hours of fun reading. I just better not find a final drive issue! (LOL)

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Been good havin you around. Don't be a stranger. FJ's a great ride, but my back doesn't think so. Ride safe, often and far!

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Ditto Welcome to the FJR World.
Make sure the ignition recall has been completed.
Also you know keeping the LT as a second M/C works out well, for those 2 up times and rain! I gave mine up and later found a nice lightly used 01 that made me fall for the LT all over again.

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Nope, no final drive issues on the FJR, nor clutch issues, for that matter. But do keep an eye on the rear subframe.

Other than that, enjoy the new bike. It's a lot lighter and more powerful than the LT, so do pay attention out there.

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Went to get all new fluids for the new bike yesterday and was sorry to see somethings never change from dealer to dealer! I spend 5 minutes convincing the Yamaha dealer that their Yamaha golf cart clutch lube is not what I was looking for to change my rear end fluid, sigh.

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