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One last question for the road...will a helmet fit in the side cases? I plan on pulling the cd changer if I get it but the bike looks darned nice with the trunk off. I also plan on doing a four corners with my wing man in the spring, I am hoping a lightly packed duffle strapped there would change the cg a bit. Shutting up now!
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I have a medium Built helmet with an SMH10 mounted. It would not close with the intercom out and right side up but flipped, it did close but it was tight. Ignore the scratches, most were there when I bought it.
Doing a four corners on an unknown LT is inviting trouble on a 16 year old. Depending on what service has been done to this point, there is a list of things that would greatly increase the chances of success. The MAJOR things that could stop you in your tracks are the FD, a failure of the O-ring in the clutch housing or main seal contaminating the clutch with oil, Failure of the internal tank rubber fuel lines, OEM brake line failure. Any of those that have been addressed recently are a plus like Spiegler SS braided brake lines or having replaced the internal fuel lines in the last few years.
If the FD has had the crown bearing replaced, it is a plus even if it was just done with the same shims it came with as you could expect similar duration before another failure.
Replacing the OEM brake lines are a must as they deteriorate from the inside and 10, maybe 12 years is their expected life so anything beyond that is potentially pushing your luck. Mine lasted 13 years before bursting. ALso, if it has wuick disconnect fuel connectors, the OEM plastic ones have a very bad habit of cracking and spraying fuel so those need to be replaced with metal ones if not done already.
It is a dry clutch and can generate a lot of heat if engaged at higher RPM like a wet clutch can handle so depending on use and environment, the heat in the bellhousing and clutch housing over time causes the O-ring seal to harden and crack allowing oil into the clutch. No way to evaluate that without taking it apart and just replacing it preferably with a Viton one better suited for the higher heat. ANY oil around the bellhousing is bad. Work on keeping the RPM low and feather out the clutch till fully engaged, then roll on the throttle. 1st gear is high so it takes some effort to get her rolling.
I would not expect you to just do the clutch as I did before it had any issue. It may run many more miles and never have that particular problem. It mostly would depend on how it was used. It is just being aware of the possible things on that big a ride that could put a sizeable dent in your wallet far from home.
Carrying a few things with you like a spare crown bearing and FD seal and a set of replacement fuel lines can provide some comfort and they don't take up too much room if you didn't install them before the ride.
As with any bike, at this age, there are things that can go wrong. There just happen to be some biger ticket items in that list of possibilities. It is a love hate relationship and they do need proper care and feeding.