Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Madisonville, KY, USA
Please excuse my manners. I've seen lately that some forum members have actually introduced themselves on their first post and I didn't do that - mea culpa.
I've been a member of this site for almost 7 years but have only been hanging out here regularly for a few months. When I tried log on with my original username, I couldn't remember my password and did not get a response to my try for help so I just started all over again with this ID.
So, my nickname is Tips and I have been riding LT's since 2005. My '00 model was the first motorcycle that I had owned in more than 20 years. I got the motorcycle itch coincidental to the empty nest syndrome. Doing the Harley thing again felt like it would be taking a step backwards. I wasn't sure what I wanted but was leaning toward an RS, when I saw online that my nearest BMW dealer had both an RS and an LT, each previously enjoyed. I took my wife with me to shop and to make a long story short, she jumped up on the passenger seat of the LT, first thing and said, "This is it." I wanted motorcycling to be something that we would would do together and that sealed the deal.
I enjoyed the "new" LT so much that I rode it more than 12K miles in the first 4 months, mostly on my 180 mile commute. I thought then that I was using up my new toy too fast so I paced myself after that.
Six years and 45K miles later I sold the '00 and bought an '05 LT. When the new ride was not as perfect as it appeared to be I began searching this site for solutions, which of course I found. I hung out here on an almost daily basis until last month, just reading what everyone else was saying and searching files and previous postings. I learned a lot even though I had felt I was pretty savvy already from 6+ years of seat of the pants experience.
A couple of weeks ago, someone posted a question and nobody else answered very quickly so I did, feeling confident that my two cents was better than nothing. And I have jumped in several times since.
I've been pretty amazed at the expertise that I have seen offered to others here by guys that I have never seen but for whom I have gained much respect. Thanks guys for sharing your knowledge. That and the camaraderie is what makes this site great.
As far as LT's go, I am more of a rider than a wrencher, but that is mostly because the first LT was so virtually bullet proof that it never needed much more than routine service. I have however done my share of wrenching, but that was on Harley's in my previous motorcycle life and doesn't transfer directly.
I don't have any questions or concerns today but I am going to uncover the '05 this weekend and begin getting it ready for the riding season here in Kentucky. My to do list has grown from reading up on this site so I may be back here seeking wise counsel sooner than expected.