Goalie, BTW I actually live in Moncton, where the only BMW motorcycle dealership in the Maritimes is located. So, I guess I'm covered in that respect.
Copperstatetour, I'm not a mechanic by any stretch of the imagination but I have been doing the regular maintenance on my current ride, a 2003 Vulcan 1600 Classic. Just the regular stuff like oil and oil filter changes, air filter change, coolant change, brake fluid change, changing brake pads, also did the cam chain tensioner extender job myself, final drive gear oil change, changed out OEM rear shocks with Progressive shocks and also replaced front springs with Progressives, electrical jobs, etc...
I do know some Harley owner's but have never had a discussion with them concerning their maintenance experiences, so it's on the pricey side, is it? It seems to me that the Harleys should be easier to work on and therefor cheaper to maintain.
"Keep in mind, that on most forums, we come on here to figure out issues and get help, so the LT at first glance doesn't seem reliable. But there's a lot of bikes out there, running just fine and you'll never see them post on here
I hear you, every brand of bike with an online forum has a stream of complaints about that particular bike, so it doesn't truly reflect how reliable a bike is since they all seem to have tons of complaints and problems, even the Goldwing has problems according to some of those forums.
To get a used Goldwing comparable to this 2006 K1200LT, it would probably be twice the asking price. The Goldwings are really pricey and seem to hold their value better.
BTW, does this 2006 K1200LT have the "wizzy" servo-assisted brakes that are said to be good performers but much more nit-picky to maintain?
BTW, here's a link to the ad for that bike that I'm talking about