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OK, how many major problems do LTs have?

(First (serious) post), ABS, $2800.WOW. FD, slave cylinder, shift linkage. What else? The great thing is that the used price of LTs has gone down where the average Joe can afford one, the bad news, the average Joe cannot afford to fix one. I got this great 03 with 36k, but I am retired, on fixed income. I know, if you can't afford to fix one then you should not buy one. I see that now since I have been on this forum. Love the bike, I will just ride it and hope for the best.
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Re: OK, how many major problems do LTs have?

Doesn't mean everything is necessarily going to happen to you. Shift linkage is not a bad deal. If you can learn to do the basics yourself it won't be so bad. Attend a tech session or two or some CCRs that will help. I know someone who hosted a tech session just so he could learn the how to from others. Good idea.

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On my 2000 LT, the tires wore out.....the headlight burned out.....the...the....did I mention the tires wore out? Seems like the choices are: Ride it and deal with it, or get rid of it and buy a brand new bike that has a bullet proof warrenty and stop worrying!

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Shotgun,

You are reading way too much (on this forum and maybe others) about the LT's possible failures. People tend to post when they have had a bad experience. Chances are good that the things you are reading about will never happen to you. However , when you do have a problem with your LT you can find the answer here.
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My LT keeps burning fuel... It may be related to the miles I put on it!

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You are hearing all of our collective bitching. Fact is, most of us ride incredibly long distances without issues. Use what you read as a guide for the maintenance you should plan on doing. If you drill the weep hole for the slave cylinder, clean and lube the shift linkage (as a couple of examples) before the potential 'problems' surface life will most likely be good. Relax, and enjoy the ride. If you're not mechanically inclined check out 'Tech Parties' held in you're area. Many of us enjoy wrenching on these wonderful machines and would be glad to help you fine tune your bike.
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80,000 miles of worry free miles on my LT before it was totaled. Had to fix the Shift linkage once but that was it.

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Once I drilled the weep holes and replaced the clutch plate my biggest problem is that I'm always wanting to ride!


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117,000 miles on my 2001 LT (purchased new in AUG 2000).
Burned through about 20 sets of tires, Ohlin shocks rebuilt twice.
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Regular maintenance.
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Otherwise, keep the tire pressure and fluid levels up and just ride it.
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My LT has one major flaw. The older I get, the heavier it gets.

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This is not an across the board problem, but mine is rode by a real knucklehead

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I had to change my brake pads once, oh and the tires twice now. The one reoccurring major problem though is that I keep driving it, and I have yet to find a way to wipe the grin off my face afterwards.

The supreme irony of life is that hardly anyone gets out of it alive.

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Just relax and stay up to date on preventative maintenance. Change the fluids, including hydraulic and do what has been suggested above.

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On my first LT I had no major problems in more than 40K miles. It was down one time for for about three days and one hour due to mechanical failure, and that was three days waiting for parts to arrive from Bob's BMW and one hour to replace one broken element in the shift linkage. If the same thing ever happens to me again on my newer LT, I believe I can cut that one hour in half.
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While comming across west Texas, at 80mph, I had to stop every three hours for gas.

Around 8 years ago I looked at how often I drove my car and decided it was cheaper to rent a car, whenever I needed one, than it was to own one.

For me the major problem with the LT is the tires are very expensive.

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Good Show. I have a 2000 LT with 123,000 miles on it. Had the FD overhauled at dealers (had not failed but generating chips and noisy) and they botched it. Had the same problem at 115,000 miles, found someone that understood how to do the job properly. Only have 8,000 miles on this one but all seems well. The highest maintenance item for the beast is tires, they seem to need to be replaced every 20,000 miles or so. Otherwise, no significant maintenance.
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I had 60,000 trouble free miles in 4 years on my 03LTE until I totalled it. That 8 miles I drove after the clutch slipped and that 40 miles from Gateway to Grand Junction when the FD went out really throwed a kink in things............

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I like the rest had no serious issues with my LT during the time I owned it...
I think I had to replace the rear master cylinder brake line... $20.00 at the hydraulic shop for a custom stainless steel replacement...

I did the slave cylinder weep hole drill pro-actively ( before my clutch went out ) And never had an issue... Final drive was fine as well.. According to the statistics.. If your drive hasn't failed by 60K miles.. It likely won't.

My issue was with the sheer weight of the beastie... I just got tired of having to be perfect all the time at slow speeds... I wanted to relax a little.. So I sold my LT and got a CLC...

Then I got an RT...

Then I got a GS..

Then I got an R65.....

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Throw out bearing and trany rebuild. $5000. Will continue to ride and hope for the best.

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(First (serious) post), ABS, $2800.WOW. FD, slave cylinder, shift linkage. What else? The great thing is that the used price of LTs has gone down where the average Joe can afford one, the bad news, the average Joe cannot afford to fix one. I got this great 03 with 36k, but I am retired, on fixed income. I know, if you can't afford to fix one then you should not buy one. I see that now since I have been on this forum. Love the bike, I will just ride it and hope for the best.
Shotgun, I believe the more relevant question is "how many serious problems does YOUR LT have?" I agree that reading all the posts here can make LTs look like problems, and make maintaining an LT seem overwhelming.

What's reassuring to me is that IF (or when) my LT breaks, I have a definitive resource with the most complete and experienced LT experts available to help. For example, I recently snapped a throttle cable and with the help of this site, I was able to do the repair with very little pain or agony, and at a fraction of what a dealer would charge.

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Most was said before but some Guy's have it all and I didn't have anything.
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After all, the K1200LT is the Egg McMuffin of motorcycles....
I'm having brainlock on your metaphor...Does it have sausage in the middle? Is it made by sleepy 16 year olds? Is it tasteless filler to get you through the morning? Merely something you eat while you relish the Potatocake thingy and the stuff that's not quite coffee?

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After all, the K1200LT is the Egg McMuffin of motorcycles....

Eggsactly

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I had the same train of thought when I got my LT , then somebody told me to stop worrying, ride , and let the rest happen. They`re right.

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I had the two most dreaded failures you can have on an LT and I bought another one. You can't beat the LT. There's nothing else on the road like it. Plain and simple......it's the best.........

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If you think this forum is bad. I just bought a 2004 330Ci convertable and a bit of time on the Bimmerforums will make you think BMW does not make the "Ultimate Driving Machine" but rather the ultimate POS. You only hear about the bad stuff just like the nightly news. She is worth every penny when rolling through the twisties or traveling 6,000 miles across the country.

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(First (serious) post), ..... OK, how many major problems do LTs have?.....

My first (serious) reply to this thread. So far, no one has answered your queston.

How many major problems do LTs have? The answer is: six
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I'm having brainlock on your metaphor...Does it have sausage in the middle? Is it made by sleepy 16 year olds? Is it tasteless filler to get you through the morning? Merely something you eat while you relish the Potatocake thingy and the stuff that's not quite coffee?
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While comming across west Texas, at 80mph, I had to stop every three hours for gas.

Around 8 years ago I looked at how often I drove my car and decided it was cheaper to rent a car, whenever I needed one, than it was to own one.

For me the major problem with the LT is the tires are very expensive.

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Bob and others, would this site help?

http://www.smalltires.com/categories...ycle-tires.cfm

Its a site I found through my searches for winter(snow) tires for my Ural.

It looks to have the BMW tires required;
frnt size 120/70/ZR17 ---92 choices ---$57.71--$191.27(race tire) ave- $111aprox
rear size160/70-ZR17-- 2 choices -----$124.59- $133.61

For me for example....

METZELER - ROADTEC Z6 SPORT TOURING RADIAL - 160/70ZR17 $133.61 $133.61 Remove this item
METZELER - SPORTEC M-3 HIGH PERFORMANCE SPORT RADIAL - 120/70ZR17 $91.76 $91.76 Remove this item
Total $225.37

Shipping estimates for me is $19.94 for this order..

Hmmm;
pretty cheap prices and if ya go through the steps you should be able to find out the shipping for you, before the click to buy. I book marked it, as it's the cheapest I have ever found for tires so far. (send me a PM for feedback- cheapest /not cheapest- I'm curious)

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Jdsova.......don't waste your money on those tires.........get tires made for the LT or you will be putting new tires on every 4,000 miles at best. The sport tires don't have the stiffer sidewalls needed for the LT's weight. Ask me how I know.....

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Good Show. I have a 2000 LT with 123,000 miles on it. Had the FD overhauled at dealers (had not failed but generating chips and noisy) and they botched it. Had the same problem at 115,000 miles, found someone that understood how to do the job properly. Only have 8,000 miles on this one but all seems well. The highest maintenance item for the beast is tires, they seem to need to be replaced every 20,000 miles or so. Otherwise, no significant maintenance.
you don't get 20,000 miles on tires? what make!!??
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My LT keeps burning fuel... It may be related to the miles I put on it!

Tires too... Seems the more miles I ride and the more fun I have, the faster I go through tires. Go figure!

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Bob and others, would this site help?

http://www.smalltires.com/categories...ycle-tires.cfm

Its a site I found through my searches for winter(snow) tires for my Ural.

It looks to have the BMW tires required;
frnt size 120/70/ZR17 ---92 choices ---$57.71--$191.27(race tire) ave- $111aprox
rear size160/70-ZR17-- 2 choices -----$124.59- $133.61

For me for example....

METZELER - ROADTEC Z6 SPORT TOURING RADIAL - 160/70ZR17 $133.61 $133.61 Remove this item
METZELER - SPORTEC M-3 HIGH PERFORMANCE SPORT RADIAL - 120/70ZR17 $91.76 $91.76 Remove this item
Total $225.37

Shipping estimates for me is $19.94 for this order..

Hmmm;
pretty cheap prices and if ya go through the steps you should be able to find out the shipping for you, before the click to buy. I book marked it, as it's the cheapest I have ever found for tires so far. (send me a PM for feedback- cheapest /not cheapest- I'm curious)

Been fun riding to work with my 2wd Ural side car. +6 degrees coldest so far. I too am considering selling my 4x4 truck cause its becoming obsolete...Can't wait for the salt and sand to disappear to get my baby Blue out.

For those out there that think i'm crazy for riding in the snow and cold weather. My standard stock answer Is, "I use to be, but I'm Ok now"

PS- I do have cold protection(no heated seat though), one of the pcs of equipment is called a "Insulated Lap Robe" an old fashioned Idea that I never heard of before, untill last year...if it gets to below zero I might have to think about wearing more then just jeans...
Delivered cost of these tires is no bargain compared to SWMotoTires or even DennisKirk (competitive match/beat). Do you own stock in SmallTires.com?

Antony (Tripod)
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Re: OK, how many major problems do LTs have?

OK, how many major problems do LTs have? Exactly 2. or, maybe 3 I forget!

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