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Steve, if you're able, you should strongly consider doing it yourself, unless it's under warranty. I truly believe that "service" is way over rated. I bought my '01 used, and it had always been "serviced". Can't tell you how many stripped bolts I had to repair - valve cover, seat bracket into the frame, fairing screws stripped and missing and final drive rebuilt incorrectly.
It really isn't that tough to do, and there's plenty of help to be had here to get you through it. You might even look into your local area threads and find a tech day to join.
 

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So true, last weekend we removed the tupperware to have a looksee - new to me bike - total of 9 screws missing, one crossthreded nut.
 

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I am not very mechanical, but I have learned a great deal on this web site--enough to be able to do my own basic service. Plus early on I purchased one of the service video's from Paul Sayegh. I don't know if those video's are still available or not, but they go through all of the basic things, including taking off the tupperware, oil and filter changes, rear drive, transmission, fuel filter, air filter, taking off the front and rear wheels, brake pads, flushing brakes, changing the antifreeze, and more. Of course that particular video was for the 99-01 bikes, but except for the brake flush, and the brake pads, most of that information carries over to the newer models too. Obviously the 05 and new bikes have the electric center stand to work around when changing the oil, but it was invaluable to me and has saved me hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. Again, if you have a question about the LT, and service, I am certain there is information on this web site to help you out. Best web site I have ever seen as far as information, and finding knowledgeable people who are willing to help you out with any problem.
 

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Thanks for the advice. I fully intend to do most of the future service myself, however I purchased the bike used and was thinking maybe at least one fully qualified service just to give it a once over would be a good thing. In the past I know not all people or place actually know what they are doing which is why I like referrals.
 
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