Originally Posted by scout70
How are the ABS brakes on the VTX?
You'll be back.
The brakes are actually pretty good on the bike - I would say they are 80% or so of the LT. While not ABS, they are linked. The acceleration is far better, but the stability is perhaps not as good as the LT at high speeds (80+ mph).
As for the question of me buying another LT I am not sure if I would. I really look at the overall value of the bike I bought and not necessarily all of the little items that each bike has to offer. I equate the LT to a Porsche - I love driving them but I don't want to own them. Too big of a headache for the incremental increase in performance.
BMW seems to shoot themselves in the foot regularly with their motorcycles. They make wonderful machines, but the maintenance is far away more than required on other bikes. The margin of error on this maintenance is also smaller. Worst of all, the cost of having the maintenance done can be prohibitive for some people. This really puts people in a quandary – go broke paying the dealer to do it (to the tune of $1200/year or so) or risk dying or running up a bigger repair bill by attempting it yourself.
The dealer network is also an issue for me. I bought my LT from a dealer that attempted to extract as much money as possible as often as possible. When I challenged them they just shut down and gave my no answers. While here in Denver we have another choice (which I explored) it was more expensive and I had issues with their work as well (they scratched my wheel on a tire change and stripped out the screws on the brake reservoir when I had them change the hydraulic fluid). In any event I had my choice of expensive bike damage or expensive forced removal of my wallet - not a good choice either way. I know most dealerships are like this, but the bottom line is I can get abused by Honda or abused by BMW - it is just cheaper and easier to fix the abuse by Honda since I do not ever have to set foot again in a Honda dealership after I buy the bike.
I can also find solace in the 8k spent for the VTX vs. the 24k spent on the LT. Even when I build out the Honda to 90% of the LT amenities (heated grips, heated seats, radio, fairing, hard bags, trunk, etc.) I will still only have spent maybe 12k. So for 50% of the money I get 90% of the bike - pretty good deal to me.
I am sorry if this looks like an LT bash – it is not. I do want to emphasize I think the LT is a wonderful machine and it is perhaps the best long distance high speed touring bike out there. I just did not find the costs worth the product.