Hello, All. I have just joined this site and have spent way too much time reading and learning!!
I am seriously considering an LT as my next ride but must confess to some mixed feelings based on my research here.
Some background. I returned to riding 2 years ago after many years away and have racked 10K on my '03 Suzuki Volusia. Vol has been/is a great bike but the whine from the pillion is getting worse. So, off I go to find a suitable replacement that we can both enjoy. What a kick! Looking for a new bike is almost as much fun as riding and here in the frozen North (S. Ont, Canada) about all you can do between freeze and thaw.
In any case, yesterday I visited Open Road BMW in Aurora, North of Toronto and found a demo '05 gold with 1700 KM (about 1000 mi) already discounted $2k from list to $28K CAD (prices are higher here, it seems). I don't have the final numbers yet but I am being promised some aggressive prices.
So, the questions are:
1. How serious is this wobble thing that seems to infect the '05's?
2. Is it mandatory to plan on dropping it?
3. For the Canadians out there - opinion on the price and if you can, the dealer. Incentives here include 2.95% on '05's until 3/31.
4. If you have moved from a mid-size V-twin, what is the learning curve like and what special concerns or be carefuls do I need to know?
The bike looks great, feels great in the showroom - no riding for me at 25F and I have long been an admirer of the marque but you guys have made me a tad nervous - please help.
BTW, one of the best M/C sites I have seen!
Thanks for all your opinions.