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post #1 of 66 Old Apr 9th, 2014, 9:33 pm Thread Starter
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Please post some Positive Things too...

Man, I know it is irritating to have a problem with your LT, but it is a touring bike guys.
Let's not turn this page only a place where we LT owners come to cry...

Didn't any of you guys ride somewhere recently on your bikes?
Does anybody here have an LT which ran perfectly ok during the last year or so?

Look, last two days I went an 800 mile ride again....
Took the longest route from Monterey, CA area to Reno, NV and back...
Flawless, smooth ride at temperatures between 60 and 83 along the route.
Saw a little snow on the side of the roads around Truckee/Tahoe area but the roads were clear.
Everything worked on the bike and even received a few jealous looks when I stopped in front of the lobby entrance.

C'mon, tell us how great your LT is and what kind of fun you had on it recently?

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Mine has been good since I bought it 2 plus years ago. Except the radio repair. And intermittent reverse. The bike has been good to me.

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This is a picture of Tickets and me somewhere in the middle of mile 55,414. She enjoys her new chartreuse coat that matches my own. Fluid changes and some minor hardware corrections are all that was necessary to get us this far.
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Well, with the warm weather and the longer days, I've been able to ride through the canyon every night this week after work. Perfect way to get rid of the stress that builds up all day at the office.


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Please post some Positive Things too...-imageuploadedbymo-free1397096976.016393.jpg I had a great ride last week up over the grapevine (43 degrees), up through Bakersfield (mid 50's and sunny) across the 178 through the edge of the sequoia national forest, up over walker pass (see tank) with snow flurries and a little rain, then back down into Mojave (60$ and south thru insane wind gusts. A nice 280 one day - play hooky from work- day! She ran like a top!!



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I've had the LT for about two years now. Haven't put near as many miles on it as I would have liked to, but, the ones that I have done have been very pleasurable. Other than a ball stud failure in the shift linkage, all the miles have been maintenance free. I've stated before, that I had purchased the LT as a stepping stone to a GTL, but, I dont think I'll make the "step" .

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I've had the LT for about two years now. Haven't put near as many miles on it as I would have liked to, but, the ones that I have done have been very pleasurable. Other than a ball stud failure in the shift linkage, all the miles have been maintenance free. I've stated before, that I had purchased the LT as a stepping stone to a GTL, but, I dont think I'll make the "step" YET .
Fixed it for ya Doug. :roll eyes:

When I had my LT I put 72K miles of flawless fun on it. Only sold it 'cause I DID want the GTL.

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Bought my 2007 in 2008 with a 1000 miles on it and now have 30K. Never any mechanical issues and had lots of fun riding her two up with my honey. Unfortunately there are so many potholes (I mean pot craters) and gravel still on the road in PA. that you have to be suicidal to ride. I may have to roll the dice though as the weather is in the 60's and I can't wait much longer. I have new blue tooth headsets that I can't wait to try out.
There I hope that was positive enough, except for the pothole stuff.
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Greetings,
In June of 2007 I bought the LT new, read quite a bit on this site about the big girl the "do's and don'ts" and have never questioned whether or not I should have made the purchase, after the work in miles took the big girl out west (from NH) to GNP stopped at the usual major attractions along the way, great trip on a great ride. It's now 2014 seven years later major issues "zero" do I stay up on scheduled service yes I do. I subscribe to the theory if my vehicles break down it will not be from neglect.
Love the element protection the bike provides, the LT is a great bike, love the "brick motor" brakes will stop you!!
Oh yea.. one more thing "she's a beauty"
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Booooooooring! Who is interested in hearing of "O I am so Happy", I drove all night long wihout problems....

From problems of others one can learn. Best ones are good substitutes for detective story. So you can learn, you can try helping in finding a solution, you can feel for the brother you can joy of solution found.... The whole drama...

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Well I was happy as a clam last week, pawned off the little guy on grandpa and grandma, for the day slapped the woman on the back of the LT and just took off with absolutely no plan of where to go (except to end up back at home). Overall the roads we took were a little boring but the weather was great, the bike was greater and some alone time with the woman I love on a bike I love was the best. It was nice to let the clutch out for more than 2 minutes at a time for a change.

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The wifey loves the back seat of the bike, so I get to go ride we did 18000 miles on the bike the first year we had it. heading out to CA to see some old friends tomorrow and will try to squeeze in going someplace we havent been yet. Have only done maintenance and replaced a few things
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Life is good. Last Thursday night a group of us went on a dinner ride, one of the Goldwings in the group had a fuel pump failure. I told him if we could find something I would be glad to pull him in. (I will not repeat what he told me). LOL Then last weekend I along with one of my riding buddies went to NC mountains and enjoyed a 400 mile day trip. The bike was perfect.
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I made it to work today (6 miles).

I think I have all the little things fixed now.


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I live in Alaska but keep my bike in Vegas. Last week we went down for a trip from Vegas to death valley to lone pine to barstow to Vegas. We almost put on 800 miles. It was the longest my wife had been on the back of a bike. Weather was a bit cool but just grand. So far I have put on about 2000 miles on her with no problems in 7 months. The only problem I had was when we landed in Vegas was my wife asked if I had the keys. My heart and breathing stopped. She thought I was joking. I wasn't. I had everything laid out the night before.... except the keys. I have since came up with a system to never let that happen again. We only lost one day of riding as I had the keys overnighted. Can't wait to get back down there.


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Fixed it for ya Doug. :roll eyes:

When I had my LT I put 72K miles of flawless fun on it. Only sold it 'cause I DID want the GTL.
Stevie, I'll admit that the lust factor is there for a GTL on occasion .

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80,000 trouble free (well, at least "never-stranded") miles. Loved every minute. My wife especially loved the LT.

Tested a GTL in late 2011. Wanted one badly, but I decided to listen to that little voice, saying "Let them work out the bugs first!". Waited until January of this year, and got a KILLER deal on A&S's last '13 in stock, so I made the switch to the GTL I'd lusted for.

The ONLY reason I gave up the LT was I'd had it for 8 years, and wanted something new. Will always love that bike... It would have lasted another 8 years easily.

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05 LT has been the best touring bike I have ever owned. Just recently got a GTL and can't talk myself into selling the LT.

Leaving Fort Myers, Florida back to Kansas early next week.Riding the LT and looking forward to it.

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Man, I know it is irritating to have a problem with your LT, but it is a touring bike guys.
Let's not turn this page only a place where we LT owners come to cry...

Didn't any of you guys ride somewhere recently on your bikes?
Does anybody here have an LT which ran perfectly ok during the last year or so?

Look, last two days I went an 800 mile ride again....
Took the longest route from Monterey, CA area to Reno, NV and back...
Flawless, smooth ride at temperatures between 60 and 83 along the route.
Saw a little snow on the side of the roads around Truckee/Tahoe area but the roads were clear.
Everything worked on the bike and even received a few jealous looks when I stopped in front of the lobby entrance.

C'mon, tell us how great your LT is and what kind of fun you had on it recently?
I have only had my LT for 7 years having bought it new in 2007. I have yet to make it thorough a full year without something needing work.

When she is good, she is very good, but when she is bad, she is awful!

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I just got back a few hours ago from a few days in the Smoky Mountains via the LT. She ran flawlessly. No complaints here. I had fun today running with interstate traffic much of the way home -- passing trucks and cars with ease, this darn bike just gets out on the road and does whatever has to be done. Listening to music in the helmet, talking with a friend on his bike via CB radio. All is well.

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The first 3 days I got the bike I rode from Boca Raton to Los Angeles, then attended several CCRs with my favorite pillion, and all was well until my first failure at 73k miles; the clutch got wet because of a bad transmission bearing caused a fluid leak. I repaired it and the bike now has over 80 k miles and is a pleasure to ride long distance.

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only got in 900 miles this weekend, all trouble free. Thank the good Lord for heated seats (and back rest for the wifey, she was freezing) and grips. must have averaged at least 80 mph the whole way home from California.
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50,000 trouble free miles over 8 years and loved the bike. I made many modifications to her and when I felt it was time for a new LT, the GTL was announced. I looked at what I had added to the LT and what I liked and didn't like about her and that seemed to be the GTL.

The rest was history..... GTL has 17K miles and just a few hick-ups.... Going to keep her for a while longer...

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This will be my third year of LT ownership (2002), pulled him out of the garage a month or so ago, unplugged the float charger, tapped the start button, and he lit up instantly. like he's been waiting all winter for me to push that button.

However, the ABS warning issue I saw at the end of last season a couple times was still there. Took him into the dealership for an oil change and a diagnostic on the ABS light, quite concerned that I was going to get the "Your ABS system is shot, that will be $2000 to fix" message. Nope... before he even looked at it, the tech assured me it was probably just low fluid in the rear brake circuit (oh, that's embarassing to have failed to check!), and sure enough, a brake system flush and fill fixed it right up, ABS is perfect again.

I'm not racking up the miles many people do on it, but at this point, I really could not be happier with my investment. The bike is great, my dealer takes good care of me, my local BMW motorcycle gang...er...club is a bunch of great people, support on this list is great... win all around.

ok, I realize this is shallow in the way I hate, but I'll admit parking the thing and having people I've never met walk up to me and say, "That's the coolest looking bike I've seen in a long time" is a blast, too.
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Thank you all guys...

Like I mentioned sometime ago in one of my posts, if anybody reads this board before they purchase an LT 90% chance they will change their mind and purchase something else...

We can't be all crying up here. I understand that we need to communicate our problems and learn from each other's experiences BUT.....

Let's not come here and post ONLY when we have a problem with our bikes...
That's what I meant!

And you guys were great!!! Thank you all again for that...

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I like your way of thinking since I went through buyers remorse three years after getting my Lt. when I started reading this forum. Never gave a thought about any of the problems r/t the Lt, I just rode it and did the maintenance. Well I'm over the negative and I'm like a kid with a new stingray when I get on the Lt and I'm sure it will always be that way.
I propose that once a month that you start a good times thread and call it what you want. It's a great idea and I hope you keep it going. Thank you.

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I have owned my 03 lt for about six weeks, bought it from a wholesaler without any history. This site has helped me service the bike, understand the issues and challenges and understand the joy a great tourer can bring. Saturday we are heading to the east coast ( of Tasmania) for a shake down ride and early next month we are heading to the big island (Australia) for a 10 day tour. During the 80's and 90's we toured most of this wide brown land on bikes so now while we can... we are going again... adventure before dementia

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Thank you all guys...

Like I mentioned sometime ago in one of my posts, if anybody reads this board before they purchase an LT 90% chance they will change their mind and purchase something else...

We can't be all crying up here. I understand that we need to communicate our problems and learn from each other's experiences BUT.....

Let's not come here and post ONLY when we have a problem with our bikes...
That's what I meant!

And you guys were great!!! Thank you all again for that...
Understand your thinking. Still I would like to state these type of forums nature being concentrated in problems and "peer support". That goes for all similar forums. When one dives into forums to search info of specific brand/car model/bike model - you know you will see a cavalcade of problems. That's the nature of Interweb...

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When I got my LT it had been sitting for two years due to a fuel leak. LIttle interweb searching and I came upon this site, which of course has several threads on this issue and links to the higher quality parts to repair. all I thought was "ok, seems like this is a known issue with this bike, and wow what a ton of knowledge here on these boards". Never even thought negative about buying this bike.
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I cant say mine ran perfectly for the last year. I went on a 1500 mile 7 state trip last year with my wife and had the speedo wire rub thru. I just ran off the GPS speed and didnt use cruise. Quick fix in hotel lot. We saw temps of 112 and according to my GPS we climbed over 56000 ft of elevation from interstates to tight and twisty. Ran awesome the whole way. That was the only problem I had last year other than doing normal service. But I only put 12000 miles on her.
I have to say, that is the only problem I have had since I have had her and have averaged around 700 miles per month since purchase even with winter down time in Indiana.

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OK, how's this? 117K mile LT. Stripped much of the bodywork to fix some minor crash damage, replace the bent centerstand, freshen up the front suspension, and add some convenient-for-me power pigtails. Put her all back together, replaced missing and chewed-up hardware as required and.......voila! Everything works flawlessly. See? It CAN be done.

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I've logged 43,000 miles since buying my 05 used in November 2012. Lots of tires and fuel but other than that just overhauled the centerstand. Getting ready to install some Ohlins and ride Arkansas next month at the Ozark Mountain Gathering with some friends from a Suzuki site...........

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Over 95K miles of touring fun. 8 CCRs. Never got stranded. Did have a clutch job at 60K. Just traded my 2003 LT for a 2014 GTL. Now to start my states visited list all over again.

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Presume by 56,000 ft you mean the GPS total altitude + / -
over the 1500 miles of your trip.
We absolutely love riding the LT.
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Just did some local exploration with SWMBO, nothing special or adventurous but it was a fine afternoon and there were some parts we had not yet explored.

Normally I run the engine at a sensible speed but today I was revving it up high and enjoying the rasping roar of the high revving engine as I overtook the sad middle aged men in their open topped sports cars.

I am 57 years old. Should know better.
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Over 8 years mine taught me a lot, like how to lift a 900 pound bike after it tips over, how to replace fuel connects, how to ignore brake squeal, how to replace batteries, how to spend three hours disassembling a motorcycle just to change an air filter, how to drain a gas tank to change the fuel filter, how to repair fiberglass when a jpeg punctures it on tipover, how to spill oil on the garage floor changing the transmission oil....

Mostly kidding, it was a great two-up tourer, very comfortable, stable at triple digit speeds, and fairly nimble for a gigantic beast. And I always enjoyed the "I didn't know BMW made motorcycles" comments

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Over 8 years mine taught me a lot, like how to lift a 900 pound bike after it tips over, how to replace fuel connects, how to ignore brake squeal, how to replace batteries, how to spend three hours disassembling a motorcycle just to change an air filter, how to drain a gas tank to change the fuel filter, how to repair fiberglass when a jpeg punctures it on tipover, how to spill oil on the garage floor changing the transmission oil....

Mostly kidding, it was a great two-up tourer, very comfortable, stable at triple digit speeds, and fairly nimble for a gigantic beast. And I always enjoyed the "I didn't know BMW made motorcycles" comments
Sounds like past tense. What are you riding now?

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Sounds like past tense. What are you riding now?
Bought a 2013 Concours a week ago.

and managed to lose the "FOB" already, lol.

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Three weeks ago we rode the Magic Carpet from the Atlanta, GA area over to Augusta, GA and then took small state highways to Beaufort, SC for a few days. From there we headed down to the Daytona Beach area to visit my Dad. To get home we rode up to Ormond Beach and then across FL40 going through Ocala National Forest to Silver Springs and then onto home. The only problems we encountered were some high crosswinds and headwinds.

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Greetings,
In June of 2007 I bought the LT new, read quite a bit on this site about the big girl the "do's and don'ts" and have never questioned whether or not I should have made the purchase, after the work in miles took the big girl out west (from NH) to GNP stopped at the usual major attractions along the way, great trip on a great ride. It's now 2014 seven years later major issues "zero" do I stay up on scheduled service yes I do. I subscribe to the theory if my vehicles break down it will not be from neglect.
Love the element protection the bike provides, the LT is a great bike, love the "brick motor" brakes will stop you!!
Oh yea.. one more thing "she's a beauty"
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I purchased my 2000LT in April of 2000. I two problems, the bike has only 55000+ miles on it and health problems (me - the bike). getting old is. Bad for your HEALTH.

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I have just posted an ABS call for help then saw this thread.
For anyone thinking of buying an LT, this is a great forum to base your decision. I have had a few issues with my LT over the past 9 years, but that goes for any bike I have owned. The good part is that this forum is a gold mine of information and advise for any owner from the newbie to the seniors. I have found solutions to my problems and also met many members on my travels. I have had 3 bike swaps in the USA from the UK and made many friends.
I'll take this moment to thank all the members and admins for the great service you all give freely, and if anyone is in the UK or fancies a bike swap in the future, then get in touch and I can repay the debt I owe.

PS:- I still have an ABS problem. LOL

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A few of us here are used to LTs running for thousands of miles and thousands and thousands without suffering from the defective components, design flaws, and incorrect assembly.

If some checks into our community the will find, so far, every problem with LTs and repairs have been well vetted.

I have an O2 sensor, new slave cylinder, aftermarket pressure plate, aftermarket O-ring for my tear down to fix the clutch slipping in 5th gear.

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Almost 2 years ago I had a leaking front brake line. Did I jump up and down screaming that BMW are faulty motorcycles and made with inferior parts? No. I chalked it up to a brake line that at the time had been up front on a motorcycle being flexed left, right, up and down for over 10 years in all kinds of weather. I just figured it wore out and I replaced it and went riding.

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Almost 2 years ago I had a leaking front brake line. Did I jump up and down screaming that BMW are faulty motorcycles and made with inferior parts? No. I chalked it up to a brake line that at the time had been up front on a motorcycle being flexed left, right, up and down for over 10 years in all kinds of weather. I just figured it wore out and I replaced it and went riding.
As have most others here. The complaints I have seen have almost all been legitimate and not for normal wear items. FD failures, ABS failures, clutches ruined due to leaks, not wear, etc. I don't think items like this should fail in less than 10 years or 100K miles. I have multiple cars and trucks with standard shift and hydraulic clutches that have run well past 100K miles and 10 years without a leaking slave cylinder, main seal, etc. A premium brand like BMW should outperform Chevy and Hyundai!

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I have only had my LT for 7 years having bought it new in 2007. I have yet to make it thorough a full year without something needing work.

When she is good, she is very good, but when she is bad, she is awful!
Well said! Probably because we are so "anal" and want everything to be RIGHT!!

Have had my LT since it was new (2000 and 57,000+), yes I have put some $$$$ into it, mostly because it sits while I ride the GS (rear main seal failure).

Yes, we test rode a GTL - wife said NO!! Not as comfortable as the LT.

But like John says above when she is good she is VERY good!! The sport bike guys here in the mountains can't figure how that "fat lady" keeps up with them!

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I've had my '99 LT for a year and I'm loving it. Thanks to this board, I've identified the standard issues and addressed them....slave cylinder weep hole, HID upgrade, skid plate. Installing a set of Spieglers next. I shudder to think of the frustration of learning about the issues on my own...too late. How did we survive before the internet?!

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Besides really enjoying my nearly troublefree LT (2005), there's this forum and its expert responders.
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Hi everybody

I have my 07 LT since Feb 2013, ride a little bit more 12000 kms (7500 miles). I made the 80000 kms (50000miles) maintenance myself with all liquids flushes. As many people the radio is out and I replaced it by a sony model with RM-X11 wired remote.
My wife (she don't like bike!!) tell she's very well seated and protected. Last week 600 kms (370 miles) in a day with only three hours for lunch and speech to see family and no pain.

In one word : only pleasure except the weight at low speed when we are in duo. I'm 6' 3" and 198 pound and my wife 5' 10" and 176 pounds. so the bike is OK for our size but limit for the weight. I think that when we are two on it the bike is unbalasted and not so easy to ride than I'm alone. All the movements at low speed are always limit. We have not only highways here!!

But the bike is awesome and it will be difficult to find another horse when the years will be too much!!

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