I haven't had one come off either but in the referenced magnet link, he was talking about them coming off while on the dirt. Probably a little rougher than most folks would like to be taking an LT :grin:Also the clips actually work better if greased lightly. This allows the bails to slide over the ball studs farther creating more "grip". I have had mine tethered for 11 years and I have never had one come loose yet, maybe one two clips popped but never all three.
I think we are missing the spirit of the question. I don’t think lsnutter is looking for mirror information or a comparison with other bikes. I think lsnutter is looking for a summarized list of common issues. I too have searched the forum for this information with no luck. I myself have had to replace the clutch and split line in the fuel pump. I also thought I read thru this forum and thought I found all the common issues, but sure enough my LT sits with a broken shift linkage. I did not see anything until I looked for it specifically, then I found all sorts of fixes. Now the broken linkage is one of the newest posts, so I guess they do cycle. Another example: a friend told me about the trunk latch and said “fix it before it breaks” (I think this is something else lost in tribal knowledge that a newcomer would not know to search). If you ( lsnutter ) are looking for something else, and my agenda got in the way I apologize.Seriously thinking of buying a1200 lt. Just read about the breakaway mirrors thing. That is OK as long as I know about it. What else do I need to know? Is there a particular thread here that has that info?
Guess we should put a sticky that points to "Tools", Technical", "Hall of Wisdom". That is where you will find all the answers and it is even indexed.tl;dr we need a list of common LT issues or thinks to know. If there is a good one it should be sticky in my opinion.
"halls of wisdom"... oh yeah forgot that was the name and convinced myself I was thinking of the index on the vstrom forum. well there goes the next "free" 3-4 hours of my life.Guess we should put a sticky that points to "Tools", Technical", "Hall of Wisdom". That is where you will find all the answers and it is even indexed.
I concur with all said except waiting to find one with the final drive and clutch replaced. There is way to know the skill level of the person who made those repairs. I say, if you find a nice bike, buy it, since you can't predict for sure that you will ever have a failure in these parts...Eight years and 25,000 added miles on a used bike I've done routine maintenance. one tune up, the usual fluids, two sets of tires, brake pads. Changed brake lines, HID kit and repair ground wire, one battery and a few light bulbs.
Every year the smile gets bigger and the desire to ride more increases. Will never get rid of this bike but I will add another ride.
Best bang for your buck.
Find one that's had the clutch and final drive changed.
Age 60 and not a mechanic but can get it done with this forums help.
I always tell people that my LT is the poor mans Goldwing!! The reality being it is a much more sophisticated machine than the GW, having owned a GL1800, I love the ride and features of the LT way better!!They're sure getting cheap, too.