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post #1 of 11 Old Mar 15th, 2012, 11:13 pm Thread Starter
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new owner and a couple of questions

I did buy the 03 LT. Yay me! I am very pleased with the deal made. They gave me much more than I thought they would on my 2 year old Versys in trade. 5400 and I only paid 6k for it new! The LT has not had any service in 4 years at 24k, it now has 31k. It goes in for service tomorrow. 30k service plus the annual. I am pleased with the quote of $770. After what I have read here, I expected more $. I can wrench on it myself but for its initial service I don't mind, plus they will go thru the bike and let me know more about it's condition. I love the ride, have only done some highway miles on it since I got it and some awkward slow speed maneuvers in a parking lot where a riders course is given. That is gonna take a bit more practice. I plan on a long ride Saturday but again mostly highway because it is too early to take it into the twisties in the mountains as there will be too much gravel on the road for a new guy and may be some icy spots yet.

The bike did not come with a com system. A bit surprized at that as I thought the "C" designation was a bit more loaded? I have searched online and have not found one for sale. If anyone could point me in the right direction, that would be much appreciated. I will ask at the dealership tomorrow. Dunno if they will be able to get one for a bike this old though. it appears the com 1 system is for 99 - 03 and the com 2 is for the later models? Or would the com 2 system work with my bike?

Would you folks recommend a table lift or a standard lift? I mean, would the table lift give me sufficient access to the bottom bits and pieces for my own maintenance? Or would i benefit greatly from the added access a lift such as the Harbor Freight high position motorcycle lift would provide?

I am looking forward to spring and summer in a BIG way. I am thinking a trip to south Texas in August. (I live in Colorado)

Mark

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1975 Harley SS-250 - Italians can't make a dependable harley either
1986 Harley Sportster - learned to wrench on, cuz, ya know, is a harley
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post #2 of 11 Old Mar 16th, 2012, 12:25 am
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Re: new owner and a couple of questions

Mark, there's a ton of information in the sub-forums on intercoms. It's going to be like picking the right bike though - no one can tell you what to get. I currently have aftermarket AutoCom on my 01 and like it for the most part. I am, however, going to switch to a bluetooth system, mostly because I want to talk to my daughter when she's on her bike.
I also use the Harbor Freight lift table for servicing all my bikes. It's probably at its limit with the LT, but it does a more than adequate job for everything I've needed. Even did a full clutch job on it with absolutely no problems.
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Re: new owner and a couple of questions

And I would not suggest Texas in August, it is the hottest time of the year......that is the time we all leave Texas to go to the mountains of Colorado, New Mexico anywhere but here.
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Re: new owner and a couple of questions

Hi Mark and welcome aboard. For the intercom, I would look at the wireless versions, I have the plug in type with the cable and it can get in the way sometimes.

As for the lift table, I was concerned with the weight of the LT and although there are a lot of folks here with the Harbor Freight lift, I just didn't feel it was sturdy enough. I went for the DIRECT LIFT, for a bit more money but it gives me piece of mind. I made side extensions for it and it works well. I use it to service all my bikes and also the lawn tractor, it sure is easier on the knees and back. Makes a nice adjustable height work bench as well.

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Re: new owner and a couple of questions

Good luck with the 03. I loved mine. The best upgrade I did to the bike was the new throttle cables. They have been greatly improved. And August is hotter 'n hell in Texas but we all seem to live through it. Enjoy your new ride.............

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Re: new owner and a couple of questions

I recently purchased a lift table from Harbor Freight -- paid $299 and will tell you that it is more than stable enough for the LT. The key with any lift table is using tie-downs on the bike. Just be smart about it and you will be fine.

The reason why I bought the table was due to a clutch replacement that needed to be done on the bike -- lots of shout-outs go to some local LT owners of Mike, Rob and Bob -- three guys that gave a lot of support to the process. BTW, the table did great -- even when we torqued down some of the nuts at some super high levels.

If you can turn a wrench, you can work on most things w/ the LT. One thing I have learned is to to use blue painters tape and/or sandwich baggies and tape the screws to the panel they belong to. I used the sandwich bags and wrote on the blue painters tape where and what they went to -- made the reassembly process a lot easier.

Hope this helps...and may you have lots of fun and trouble free miles on your LT.

Ride safe.

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Re: new owner and a couple of questions

Hmph, must be something in the water. You're the 5th Colorado N00b to sign in here. (I bought mine in December)

Where are you getting the bike serviced? Does it have BMW in the name?

There's a Saturday AM BMW meetup in Morrison each week, but I'll be damned if my schedule hasn't allowed for it yet. ( http://www.coloradobeemers.org/ )

There is NOTHING the can happen to your bike that someone here hasn't already encountered. This is an awesome forum.

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Re: new owner and a couple of questions

Just a quick heads up: Make sure you get a Table style lift. The small under frame lifts like you would use on a cruiser will not work on the LT, as there is no frame under the bike..

Some think a lift is necessary, I for one do not. I did just about everything one can do the the LT, including complete engine removal to replace the sprag clutch. Replaced two clutches, slave cylinders, etc.. Never saw the need for a lift. I would much rather spend that money on something else.

Yes, a lift makes a big job a little more comfortable, but spend all that money to be a little more comfortable for a couple days a year? Not me. The rest of the year it is just in the way.

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Re: new owner and a couple of questions

There was a NIB intercom for sale on Ebay Tuesday. I do not know if it is still there. I need to spend my money on the radio repair or replacement choice before I would add the intercom. But them sometimes I just like the peace and quiet except for the snoring coming from the back seat.

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Re: new owner and a couple of questions

I would recommend the Scala system for an intercom.

Although I have never ridden two up, my buddy who I ride with has a scala and we love it.

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Re: new owner and a couple of questions

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Yes, a lift makes a big job a little more comfortable, but spend all that money to be a little more comfortable for a couple days a year? Not me. The rest of the year it is just in the way.
David,

Your knees must be in much better shape than mine are. I don't mind lying down on the floor to do the work but I can't hardly get up anymore once I'm down and the tool I need is ALWAYS on the other side of the bike. I love sitting on a stool with wheels and just scooting around to the other side.

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