Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Seattle WA, USA
Since I have owned all three models several times over I have to interject something here.
The HD wil pull more $$ resale - *but it has to have very very low mileage on it!
I think the Goldwing suffers the least when it comes to mileage on it for selling purposes. My Best Friend riding buddy could not find a buyer for his 2 year old Harley Ultra dresser in mint condition with 2 years of factory warranty remaining because it had 78,000 miles on it! Not even for $10,000!
He paid $31,000 for it and after giving up private advertizing he took it around to all the dealers in Northern California. After one year of trying to sell it, His own dealer which he has bought many bikes from & did all the servicing on this bike, and he purchased a CVO 04 Screaming Eagle 103 in Limited edition for $$39,000 to replace this particular bike wrote him a check for $9,000.00 to buy it.
That's shameful. Even the service mnager told me to stay away from high mileage HD's as a money pit. End of story.
I plan on keeping my 05 LT a long time, that is why I purchased the newest model I could find, used with the lowest mileage for a much less than brand new dealer price. It's long term engine longevity and high technology is what attracted me and while no motorcycle is perfect, I did not want to deal with the problems of the GL that I have owned and know quite well about. Not that the LT is perfect, but it is about managing your risk and I think the LT has the best potential long term for the least amount problems of the 3.
I have come full circle back to BMW since my 1973 R/75 !!
47+ Yrs Daily Motorcycle Street riding for Therapy
2012 Victory Cross Country Tour
2007 Black Suzuki DL1000 V-Strom - Sold
2007 Red Moto Guzzi Norge 1200 - Sold
2005 LT Dark Graphite - (Sold)
2005 PearlBlue FJR1300 (Sold)
3 BMW's, 8 HD baggers, 3 Goldwings & 860K + miles later
*Ridin steady since 1973