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post #1 of 18 Old Jan 21st, 2011, 12:24 pm Thread Starter
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hi milage ?

First, let me say how happy I am about the level of friendly cooperation I've seen in my short time in this forum! I belong to other forums for my other "hobbies" and they ALL include sniping and sarcasm, not here! A member is selling what looks like a very well maintained 06 LT . the only concern is the 70,000 miles on it. should I be careful? What's an average life expectancy ? thanks, Al
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One "can" get over 200K miles on the 'brick' motor (K1200LT). But I bet if you look just a bit and be patient, you'll find one with less than half those miles. Frankly, I wouldn't buy an LT with 70K on the clock. But that's just me. How handy are ya?

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I wouldn't be the least bit concerned with 70K on the bike. The clutch may be in need of replacement (if it has not previously been replaced) with this number of miles.
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Very well maintained and the price $$ you pay is he key, always factor in repairs and mnt. that will be needed at that milage.
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Re: hi milage ?

"Frankly, I wouldn't buy an LT with 70K on the clock. But that's just me."

I haven't been around here all that long, but in the time that I have, I find this kind of statement interesting. We all seem to boast the fact that our BMWs can go phenomenal distances, yet quite a few wouldn't buy high mileage machines.

It seems pretty evident that there are some predictable problems to be encountered, and I think I've hit them all: shift linkage, clutch, seals, final drive. I'm close to 80,000 on mine now, and honestly looking forward to many more happy miles on it.

You don't know me, so I don't expect you or anyone else to believe me, but assume that I'm honest, and would tell you the truth. I would not hesitate to sell my 80,000 mile machine with complete confidence that the buyer would have years of enjoyment out of it. No, it's not for sale, but I'm just saying. I do oil analysis on it, and can see that the engine is wearing beautifully. I don't hesitate to load her up and head out. In fact I'm planning another 3+ thousand mile trip for a week this spring. Only thing I'll do before I leave is put new tires on and change the oil.

Anything used is a gamble, but I believe these bikes to be amazing machines and capable of high mileage dependable riding.

But like M13V2 says, "that's just me"
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I had a 2002 LT and put over 160,000 miles on it with very little trouble. Final Drive had to be replace one time. I would still be riding but it met an untimely death due to four wheels left of center.
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Re: hi milage ?

Hi Al and welcome to the forum. You can find as many opinions as there are members here. I personally would not be concerned with that mileage. As the other guys have said, these are known to be high mileage machines. If the price is right and you can do a lot of your own wrenching, it would be worth a close look. There will be some maint. issues that will have to be dealt with, but nothing earth shaking.

Good luck with your decision and let us hear from you.

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My 2 cents. I have 89K on my 05 LT and the only issue was to replace shocks. Right now I'm debating whether or not to buy the new 1600GTL. I love my current bike but have the urge to get a new one. I know if I keep my current bike at some point Iím going to need to spend a few dollars to keep her going. BTW Ė I could replace clutch, transmission, rear drive, have valve job, and still be a lot better financially then I would if I buy a new GT/L. As said earlier, mileage, price, condition and how well it has been maintained are all factors. Most mechanics believe bikes that are ridden often have far less problems then ones that are taken out for an occasional ride.

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Just beware of the maint that was done. But I have 197k on mine and if I would stop wearing out parts I have had only very minor issues. At 70k she just got broke in. I have done all the required maint so i know what she has been thru.

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I would buy a 70K LT if the condition, maintenance and price were right.

The flying brick motors are very durable -- in fact, the comment I've often heard is that the engine will still be running as it is dragged off to the wreckers yard because all of the rest of the bike has finally disintegrated around it.

And yes, I put my money were my mouth is -- three months ago I picked up a K100RT to ride over the winter until my K16GTL gets here -- with 162K on it. Started it yesterday to ride into work, and she started/ran like a K100 with 10K on the clock would.

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70K is not so many miles on the LT... If and IF is a big word here..
It's never had a final drive ? Then it's probably never going to need one..
If it's never had a clutch ? Then you might be surprised on how much further you can go..
If you look at the statistics on final drive failure. Very few fail after abuot 60K...So I would consider that the end of break-in...

These things were designed to last a long time.. At least 250K.....With good German maintenance and fixing things as they need fixing, An Lt is no different from a properly maintained aircraft.. If kept up to date, They will last indefinately....

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An Lt is no different from a properly maintained aircraft.. If kept up to date, They will last indefinately....
And ... IF money is no object. I mean really John ... "indefinitely" is a fairly ridiculous word to use. I haven't heard of any LTs with 500K miles on them ... maybe not even 300K. Let alone "indefinitely".

Just sayin...

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And ... IF money is no object. I mean really John ... "indefinitely" is a fairly ridiculous word to use. I haven't heard of any LTs with 500K miles on them ... maybe not even 300K. Let alone "indefinitely".

Just sayin...

try this one
http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/showthread.php?p=451369
Just sayin...

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He didn't reach 1.5 million miles on just ONE BMW. That's the mileage award given for riding miles on several BMWs. More info here And for the record, not one single mention of a K1200LT.

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He didn't reach 1.5 million miles on just ONE BMW. That's the mileage award given for riding miles on several BMWs. More info here And for the record, not one single mention of a K1200LT.
K1200LT? It was K1100LT, you just said "LT" (yes he cheated and used 2 K11LTs)

Here are some more hi miles on bmw, don't know which bikes.
http://www.mortonsbmw.com/highmilers.html

I wonder if they use multiple bikes they just get tired of one bike are they break?

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Maybe he's just saying why buy one with 70k when you can find one with 10k for close to the same money. If the price is right 70k would not scare me at all on such a good bike as the LT.
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(yes he cheated and used 2 K11LTs)
You must've missed the part that he used to ride a GS as well. And who knows how many other BMWs it took to make it to 1.5 million miles. The award is definitely amazing. But I attribute his success to the rider, and not the bike(s).

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Maybe he's just saying why buy one with 70k when you can find one with 10k for close to the same money.
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The award is definitely amazing. But I attribute his success to the rider, and not the bike(s).

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absolutely (well almost absolutely)

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