Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Dandridge (Near Knoxville), TN, USA
Re: 2009 LT purchase
Final drive problems were on around 4% of LTs prior to 2003 models, and less later, and LTs after 2005 have had far fewer problems with final drives.
You owe it to yourself to take a nice long test ride on the '09 if possible, once you get used to the different, and far better handling in the twisties, the much greater power when you run it between 3500 and 7500 RPM (important), you may just decide the small chance of a final drive failure is a small price to pay.
The fat lady loves to sing, so do NOT shift it like your Harley, or you will have a badly mistaken impression of her performance range. The LT is pretty doggy below 3500 RPM, but has great power and acceleration above that. It will leave an Ultra way back with ease when you get into the twisty roads.
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.