Looks like a great forum. I am continuously amazed by the knowledge explosion caused by the internet in less than the last 20 years.
Anyhow, as an introduction I'd like to say I am mostly a greenhorn when it comes to motorcycles. Wanted one as a kid but was poor, lost interest as an adult and never got one. Then at about 47 I went out and bought an old 500 dollar KZ, knowledged up on a forum, and got it running. I was hooked. Also I desperately wanted my wife to ride too as I just could not fathom her not experiencing the pure joy I found riding a motor bike. She was only barely interested and had a mental block on shifting. They mercy passed her in the Motorcycle safety class as it was readily obvious that she had been dragged kicking and screaming. Not one to give up I went out and bought a 2007 Burgman Executive. Figured she could ride it as you didn't have to shift it. That never really panned out either but I do have a very nice motorcycle with funny looking tires that I have been riding. Put 30k on it and anyone that says you cant tour on a scooter just don't know. (In her defense I will say she loves riding the B position)
Well, three years later and after much persecution over my big gay scooter from friends and co-workers I went out and test drove Victory Vision 8 Ball, a new Goldwing, a big Suzuki Boulevard, a 07 BMW R1200RT, and an 05 BMW K1200LT. Coulda drove a K1600GTL but I am way to tight to eat that kind of depreciation and passed. Oh yah, got nothing against Harley's but I refuse to be a herd animal.
Now, I have looked at scores of LT's on the internet in the last month. Have discovered there is another deal coming down the pike every five minutes with no need to panic and buy one in a hurry. Kind have decided I'll get anything I want for up to about 15 grand for the right amount of deal and comfort with the selling party. Also though, I do not have any serious qualms about an older model back to 1999 or so if it is super low mileage and the right amount of deal. Spotted a 2000 K1200LTC for 6299 tonight with 11k on it but then there are also 2006 range low mile jobs for around 12K.
One question I have: is an LTC to low for a guy that is almost 6'2" and are there alot of significant difference's in these bikes from 1999 to date. Looks like the ABS system has somewhat of a failure rate and is an expensive fix. Also, I really don't give two hoots about a 7 CD changer or even a sound system at all. But I reckon you get one whether you want it or not. Seems that other than a Garmin about all of the other nicety's are standard.
Oh yah, I wish someone besides Kawasaki would paint their motorcycles Ninja green
Comments would be a appreciated and I look forward to sticking around here.