Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Aurora, CO, USA
new owner (almost)
I have been reading this forum for only 2 days now after a visit to a BMW dealership where they have an 03 LT with an asking price of 7500. I currently ride a 09 Kawasaki Versys. 650cc sporty strange looking bike. Actually, I don't really ride it because I have no idea why I bought the damn thing. It is very much the wrong bike for me. I have only put 600 miles on it in the 2 years that I have owned it and yes, I bought it new. My previous rides were (in reverse order) a Honda Rune (sexy straight line cruiser) BMW 1100RT, GL1800, Honda Valkyrie, and a HD. The Versys was an impulse thing. I wanted a bike, had none at the time, and was feeling particularly stupid that day. Nice enuf bike for the right rider, (my 20's are long behind me) but I like to ride far, and long and realized as I was riding away from the dealership that this bike would not suit me at all.
The bike I am getting has 31000 miles on it, I could not find a scratch on it. Took it for a ride and damn...very comfortable. Top heavy, yes, but so was the Goldwing and I put a lot of miles on that one. It did not have as much power as I thought it would, but again, I am not in my 20's anymore so that does not matter much.
I have read about the problems ppl here have had and I am not worried. I have read about lots of problems with other bikes I have owned on their respective forums and those problems did not go along with my experience. Well except for the Harley. You wanna talk about problems...damn, that bike had loads of em. But, to be fair, I did all my own wrenching on it. Stage 1, Stage 2, and Stage 3 upgrades. The problems could well have been because of the guy doing all the work. All that work to get more power, then when done, there comes a point where you realize that you still have one of the slowest bikes on the road. The "herd" mentality was not enuf to make me keep it or to ever want another. Anyway, I have the tools, and like to think I know how to use them reasonably well. (The harley was some time ago and I like to think that I can and do improve on stuff) If and when a problem arises I am not scared to give it a go if the dealer's price seems unreasonable.
I did not do much in evaluating the LT, but before I complete the purchase I will check it out further. I am taking a friend with me who used to own an LT and does work on his bikes. So, hopefully by this time tomorrow, I will have a smile on my face and a long distance tourer in the garage.