Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Dandridge (Near Knoxville), TN, USA
Re: Forum and LT General Info
The "Trim Code" that is on the sticker under the seat, top of rear fender, is not the paint color code. It is the code for the complete trim of the bike, including color. The dealer can look up that code and get the color code from it. At least that is true on bikes up to 2001 when there was more than one choice in chrome trim setups.
There is one thing you cannot get, and that is "Long Tread Life" AND "Safety (from skids)".
Tread grip (especially on wet) requires a softer tread compound, where long tread life requires harder. That is why many motorcycle tires have a dual compound, harder in the middle for longer life, softer on the sides for better grip when leaned.
My experience was the the Metzeler 880 gave better tread life, but were really slip prone on wet surfaces. The BT020 gave much shorter life on front, about the same on the rear, but were much grippier when wet. My choice was for better grip at expense of tire life. Felt my life was worth the extra cost in tire life. If I were to get a used LT now, and it had ME 880's on it, the FIRST change I would make to the bike is to rip the 880's off, no matter how new, and put on gripper tires.
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.