"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"