Sorry I didn't respond to you sooner, I was on vacation and just got back a couple days ago. The dealer I'm working with right now is Cliff's BMW in Danbury, CT. Sometimes I don't get the warm fuzzies from them as they seem to drop the ball on minor things frequently, and I'm not really a fan of Bob Rosen either, but on the other hand the service tech is (was) an LT rider and knows to do things like put the mirror tethers on, etc. and can get the tupperware on and off in about 7 minutes flat...he seems like a great guy. (don't know his name)
I feel as though this is a very high price as well, but as I've not done much work on the LT yet, I'm not confident in taking it apart and digging into it. I'm also not experienced in estimating the costs associated with services so I didn't kick and scream at the $1500 clam estimate as I have no baseline for what it should cost. Although I did have a shot of Rum and a beer immediately after getting off the phone with Cliff's when I got the estimate.
The service I'm getting done is:
1) ABS fault keeps triggering. Lights alternately blink left side/right side and seems to be related to the charge of the battery although I'm not sure. I think I may be using the wrong trickle charger for the battery I have (Lead-acid / Battery Tender) or it's some kind of a surface charge issue. The reason I say this is that if I ride the bike for a while and stop and restart the problem goes away. I rode it yesterday and had left if off the trickle charger since Saturday when I got back from vacation and took a quick spin. The problem never appeared yesterday and I would have thought the battery being down a little would have made it worse not better.
2) New front tire. I have 8400 miles on the bike and although the tread looks marginal I would like a new one. (replace with OEM Metzler)
3) Rear brake rotor is rattling and making me crazy. I feel sloppiness in the rear end when I put it on the center stand and move the tire side to side. I can't tell if it's the rotor rattle or if the rear bearing is loose.
4) overall safety check to prep for the riding season. I'm planning some long rides this summer so I want to be proactive instead of reactive. Change the brake fluid, coolant, engine oil, rear drive oil.
5) mount the PIAA 1100X's under the front cowl. Wiring to the low beam so they are on all the time. (bulbs are not an issue for me).
I appreciate the feedback. If there are any local guys (CT area) who would like to help me put the lights on (sorry Meese you're out of luck on the airfare
I'll call and cancel the light install (it was picked up today going in for the service middle next week) and we can pick a time to get together. There's a free meal and a six pack in it for ya!