Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Dandridge (Near Knoxville), TN, USA
Re: How long will it last?
There are a couple things we are well aware of here that can fail with some regularity, mostly to do with seals, such as the clutch slave cylinder, which can take out the clutch when it fails. You can drill a small drain hole in the transmission boss where it mounts to avoid the clutch failure if the cylinder fails, well documented on this site.
The other somewhat common failure is the final drive bearing, also well documented here over the years.
Other than that though, the LT can easily go 200,000 plus miles with normal maintenance. One had over 300,000 miles with the only major problem being a transmission bearing failure, but it was totaled in an accident, so we don't know how long the engine is really capable of lasting.
In short, the bike can go a long time, but there are a few fairly low percentage things that can cause grief, so just ride and enjoy it.
I don't want to achieve immortality through my work...I want to achieve it through not dying.
EX: '01 Black LT, BAT BYKE (Totaled at 110,000 miles)
IBA SS, BB, BBG, 10/10ths.
No bike now, but maybe in the future.