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I found a good deal on a 2009 LT. The guy who bought it put 400 miles on it and decided to trade it in for a Harley. :) It is pretty much a new bike, but I am getting a substantial discount on it.

The bike is being sold by a dealer. Are there any special questions I should ask? Any upgrades? (it has the 660 GPS already)

I'm upgrading from a Honda ST-1300. It was a great bike, but I could never get it to comfortable enough for long trips.
 

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Not like we have a biased opinion about an 09 LT or anything but if you're getting it at a good price and its what you're looking for then I would jump on it she's a damn good bike that you'll ride lot's of miles on.

There is nothing wrong with the 09 as far as question's go I would ask if it had an extended warranty from the previous owner if not really think about getting one you only have to use it once for it to pay for itself later down the road.

Since it comes with a gps already I would think about a new saddle for it ya it cost's but your but will thank you.
 

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Welcome aboard Alex. You won't find a more comfortable bike, but they are a heavy beast. I cannot imagine giving up an LT for an HD, but who knows what the PO was/is thinking. :confused:

My only objection to the 09 is they must have been influenced by Henry Ford as they only come in BLACK. :mad:
 

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Welcome aboard Alex. You won't find a more comfortable bike, but they are a heavy beast. I cannot imagine giving up an LT for an HD, but who knows what the PO was/is thinking. :confused:

My only objection to the 09 is they must have been influenced by Henry Ford as they only come in BLACK. :mad:
IMHO, black is the only proper color for a motorcycle. I had a 2006 ST. With ST's they only make one color per year. 2006 was black, as was 2010. I don't think they are going to make them anymore, though, which makes me sad.

I understand the LT is heavy, but it doesn't seem all that different from an ST. The ST wasn't exactly easy to maneuver in a parking lot, but I am planning to some time practicing with the LT, just to get comfortable.
 

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IMHO, black is the only proper color for a motorcycle. I had a 2006 ST. With ST's they only make one color per year. 2006 was black, as was 2010. I don't think they are going to make them anymore, though, which makes me sad.

I understand the LT is heavy, but it doesn't seem all that different from an ST. The ST wasn't exactly easy to maneuver in a parking lot, but I am planning to some time practicing with the LT, just to get comfortable.
Alex welcome to the LT Family.
You should look up THESE nice folks here in Austin. We are a very active group that meets every Saturday for breakfast & a ride. Just click on the calender to see where the next one will be.
 

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Alex welcome to the LT Family.
You should look up THESE nice folks here in Austin. We are a very active group that meets every Saturday for breakfast & a ride. Just click on the calender to see where the next one will be.
Awesome, thanks! I didn't know this group existed.

I'm looking for a way to drive from Dallas to Austin to bring the bike home, avoiding I-35. Any suggestions? I know any other route will be out of the way, but I am just looking for something scenic and uncrowded.
 

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Awesome, thanks! I didn't know this group existed.

I'm looking for a way to drive from Dallas to Austin to bring the bike home, avoiding I-35. Any suggestions? I know any other route will be out of the way, but I am just looking for something scenic and uncrowded.
I would go by way of hill country thru Fredericksburg and points west. :D
 

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It is a great bike, I am enjoying my new 09. If price is right, go for it.
 

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AlexKilpatrick said:
Awesome, thanks! I didn't know this group existed.

I'm looking for a way to drive from Dallas to Austin to bring the bike home, avoiding I-35. Any suggestions? I know any other route will be out of the way, but I am just looking for something scenic and uncrowded.
HERE YA GO
Stop in Stephensville @ the Hard 8 for some BBQ, Then in Hico @ the Koffee Kup for pie. That should hold you till you get home. :D
 

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HERE YA GO
Stop in Stephensville @ the Hard 8 for some BBQ, Then in Hico @ the Koffee Kup for pie. That should hold you till you get home. :D
Thanks, that's awesome! I will definitely do that.

I bought my first bike in Dallas, and I told the GPS to get me back to Austin, but avoid the interstate. It basically just tried to take me the whole way on access roads. :mad:

This is much better. I heard another suggestion for how to do this kind of thing. In Google maps you can "grab" any part of the route and move it to a different city. Someone told me to just plot the shortest course in Google maps, then randomly drag part of the route somewhere else until you get the length you want. That works surprisingly well.
 

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AlexKilpatrick said:
I found a good deal on a 2009 LT. The guy who bought it put 400 miles on it and decided to trade it in for a Harley. :) It is pretty much a new bike, but I am getting a substantial discount on it.

The bike is being sold by a dealer. Are there any special questions I should ask? Any upgrades? (it has the 660 GPS already)

I'm upgrading from a Honda ST-1300. It was a great bike, but I could never get it to comfortable enough for long trips.
Any chance your buying it from Dream Machines of Texas?
 

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Yes, that's the place. Any opinion on them?
I just bought an 09 LT 3 weeks ago from them with a little under 4000 miles . Great bike, was looking at their site the other day and saw the bike your looking at. Mine is just like that one minus the GPS and I paid 16,9. Maybe you can get them to come off the 18,9. Love mine, coming out of Dallas I just stayed with the flow of traffic and was surprised to notice that nobody tailgated me all the way through. Closer to home on a deserted stretch of road I ran it on up to 110 and was surprised how smooth it was. Buy it before someone else does. Good Luck
 

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I just bought an 09 LT 3 weeks ago from them with a little under 4000 miles . Great bike, was looking at their site the other day and saw the bike your looking at. Mine is just like that one minus the GPS and I paid 16,9. Maybe you can get them to come off the 18,9. Love mine, coming out of Dallas I just stayed with the flow of traffic and was surprised to notice that nobody tailgated me all the way through. Closer to home on a deserted stretch of road I ran it on up to 110 and was surprised how smooth it was. Buy it before someone else does. Good Luck
They came down to 17,500 for me, so I am happy with the deal. I don't know much about them, but they have good reviews on the web. They actually took 54 separate pictures of the bike, so it was practically like seeing it in person. Everyone I have dealt with has been really professional.

One thing that aggravates me is that I have to pay a couple grand in taxes and licensing fees. But the guy who bought it, presumably a couple of months ago, paid the same thing. Such a waste!
 

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They came down to 17,500 for me, so I am happy with the deal. I don't know much about them, but they have good reviews on the web. They actually took 54 separate pictures of the bike, so it was practically like seeing it in person. Everyone I have dealt with has been really professional.

One thing that aggravates me is that I have to pay a couple grand in taxes and licensing fees. But the guy who bought it, presumably a couple of months ago, paid the same thing. Such a waste!
True, that part sucks. But its hard to find an LT with 400 miles on it.
 

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I suggest you take the long way home and enjoy the ride, I picked up my 09 in Aug. Came off an 2001.

As for it being heavy, its no worse than anything else if you get it to far over.

enjoy!!
 

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I'm a little paranoid because of all the discussions I have seen about the LT being top-heavy and difficult to handle at slow speed. As I said, I am transitioning from an ST-1300, which is probably as close as you can get to an LT without transitioning from a GW. :)

I am planning to spend some time practicing in the parking lot before I leave the dealer. Can anyone offer some suggestions as to technique, and what I should be practicing?

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I'm a little paranoid because of all the discussions I have seen about the LT being top-heavy and difficult to handle at slow speed. As I said, I am transitioning from an ST-1300, which is probably as close as you can get to an LT without transitioning from a GW. :)

I am planning to spend some time practicing in the parking lot before I leave the dealer. Can anyone offer some suggestions as to technique, and what I should be practicing?

TIA
Most important thing is DO NOT use the front brake when going very slow with the tiller turned. Try to have the front wheel straight before applying the brake. Otherwise, you are on the right track, practice, practice, practice.

Enjoy your new ride and ride it like you stole it :cool:
 

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AlexKilpatrick said:
I'm a little paranoid because of all the discussions I have seen about the LT being top-heavy and difficult to handle at slow speed. As I said, I am transitioning from an ST-1300, which is probably as close as you can get to an LT without transitioning from a GW. :)

I am planning to spend some time practicing in the parking lot before I leave the dealer. Can anyone offer some suggestions as to technique, and what I should be practicing?

TIA
Alex, just keep your head up & handle bars straight when you stop & DO NOT make ANY sharp turns at low speed & you will be fine. The ST is a heavy bike but still lighter that the LT. When I bought mine I never test rode it. Just bought it from Lone Star & jumped on it at 3:00 in the afternoon on a Saturday & road down N. Lamar the North on 183 to get home. After the first 2 or 3 stoplights I was good to go & you should be fine too. As for Dream Machine I have picked up a few bikes from them for customers & they are GRET folks to work with. When are you getting the bike? If this week come join us in WACO FOR WINGS
 

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I purchased my 09 in November. Like the previous post I didn't take a test ride. Rode my 98 Harley Superglide to the dealer and did the deed. It is a different bike than anything I have ridden before and I have been on a number of bikes including a wing. When my Harley buddies ask me how I like it I tell them that above 10 miles an hour it handles like a sport bike and rides like my easy chair. I did practice with it in an empty parking lot. I have found that you are able to do full handle bar lock turns at slow speed with feet up. It just takes practice and patience.
I have lurked on this forum for some time. Would like to give a shout out to all the posters on here for their vast knowledge and the information I have found. Special shout to the poster for the tupperware removal instructions and another shout to the gentleman that posted the template for all the fasteners.
Would just like to add one thing. Seems to be considerable Harley bashing on the forum. My 98 with 98,000 miles never left me on the side of the road. It did spring a leak on occasion, transmission seal. Other than that it was very dependable. When I traded, I wouldn't have been afraid to jump on the thing and head to California.
With that being said my Wife is extremely pleased with the LT. We rode the Toy Run the Sunday after Thanksgiving. She kept asking why it took me so long to get this bike. She has already planned a trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway this summer.
Enjoy your new purchase, they are a great machine. If you should ever have any issue with it I am certain that someone on here can give you the information you need to take care of whatever it might be.
 
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