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Old 12-14-2010, 03:59 PM   #31
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Also with the 640e no windshield = no wind buffeting.
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Old 12-14-2010, 04:19 PM   #32
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Sounds good to me, it's important to remember that, even at 11 years old that bike is still superior in terms of suspension, power & weight to most of the machines in it's class being sold today. Have a look through the LC4 index for more info:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=86958

On the pre 03 LC4's many people replace the LH gearbox mainshaft bearing with an upgraded one as there have been some low miles failures there, otherwise expect 25 000 miles of fun before you need to do any serious maintenance.

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Hey, fellas - I'm a newbie who has fallen in love with the prospect of adventure motorcycling, and have found what looks like the perfect bike for the journey. Just wanted to check in with the pro's out there and see if I'm barking up the right tree without having my pants stolen from me in the process...
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Old 12-14-2010, 06:29 PM   #33
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Laugh Thanks!

Thanks, CNZ! I'll post pics as soon as the tuneup/carb clean is done!
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Old 12-14-2010, 10:55 PM   #34
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I was looking for a while and at $2400 that would be a very good deal with everything on it.
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Old 12-15-2010, 09:04 AM   #35
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Everyone should own a LC4 once.
I won't own another when this one goes away.
once is enough for me.
Suspension is great,
Frame has the feel like its carved from solid steel block,
Engine is okay if it starts,
Electrical System, not so much looks like KTM bought speaker wire on sale and decided this is big enough.

caveat emptor

Good Luck with your bike.
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Old 12-15-2010, 05:33 PM   #36
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Got it!!

Hooray for me!
I finalized the purchase today - got the previous owner to pay for a carb cleaning at ESP Suspension in La Crescenta CA, having the oil changed and Air filter, etc. etc. serviced and she'll be coming home next week!
The guys at ESP seem to really have their s**t together and didn't look down their noses at a newbie such as yours truly. Happy to find a decent shop close to home. Cannot wait to hie the trails and desert out here!
Thanks to all who advised - it was helpful in making a difficult decision.
I'll try to add some crappy pics - the light was pretty bad, so forgive me - I'll put up better ones later!

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Old 12-15-2010, 07:49 PM   #37
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Nice looking LC4E
Good Luck with it.
Kick starting it isn't that bad once its warmed up.
A little more so when its cold.
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Old 12-15-2010, 08:52 PM   #38
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You made a good score on that one.
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Old 12-15-2010, 09:58 PM   #39
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Hup: Sweet... You scored. C'mon by and let's let the girls talk thump.

I have a few things to show ya. ...and we can ride em around.

Pictured: "Katrina" hittin' up on Torrance beach:

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Old 12-15-2010, 11:09 PM   #40
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Great purchase. There are very few bikes that compare in capabilities. I'm getting on towards 27,000 miles and mine is running strong. Ok, a few vibes to get used to but great suspension, plenty o' power, good range with the 18 L tank, and they just keep going and going if you don't ring their neck or neglect them.

If somebody offered me a direct trade for a new 690 I don't think I would take them up on the offer. Some things were improved and some things made worse with the newer LC4.

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Old 12-16-2010, 07:48 AM   #41
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Aww Jeez

Thanks, Mo-T! Will do! She's outta the shop netw Wed and I'll be set to jet. Let's keep in touch - I'd love to pick your brainss!
Sparrowhawk - what's that carry-all-post-apocalypse-wraparound bag you have on the back of your bike in the pic? A custom Super Camping Trail Sausage?
A Devil's Donut? Scone of Destruction? I MUST KNOW!

Also - you guys have any tips on a headlight upgrade? Can these things run a big Baja Designs 8" light? Or a Trail Tech x2 HID thing? Me want WHITENESS!

Thanks, ADV gang. I'm stoked to be part of the Thump Club.
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Old 12-16-2010, 06:44 PM   #42
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Sparrowhawk - what's that carry-all-post-apocalypse-wraparound bag you have on the back of your bike in the pic? A custom Super Camping Trail Sausage?
A Devil's Donut? Scone of Destruction? I MUST KNOW!

Also - you guys have any tips on a headlight upgrade? Can these things run a big Baja Designs 8" light? Or a Trail Tech x2 HID thing? Me want WHITENESS!

Thanks, ADV gang. I'm stoked to be part of the Thump Club.
The trail sausage is a GiantLoop Coyote. One of the best investments I've ever made. In your neighborhood http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=638565 or here's Dave Wachs in the vendors section http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=380264 Nice guy and great product.

I simply put in a HID conversion from another Adv vendor, Futurevisions, for more light http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=309439 It works great.

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Old 12-16-2010, 06:51 PM   #43
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Remember the LC4 only has a 200 watt stator.
It actually discharges slightly at idle with stock headlight (assuming halogen is OEM).
So remember that before before you go hog wild in the lighting thing.
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Old 12-16-2010, 06:55 PM   #44
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Hup: Enable your PM capability.

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Old 12-16-2010, 08:16 PM   #45
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Thanks, Mo-T! Will do! She's outta the shop netw Wed and I'll be set to jet. Let's keep in touch - I'd love to pick your brainss!
Sparrowhawk - what's that carry-all-post-apocalypse-wraparound bag you have on the back of your bike in the pic? A custom Super Camping Trail Sausage?
A Devil's Donut? Scone of Destruction? I MUST KNOW!

Also - you guys have any tips on a headlight upgrade? Can these things run a big Baja Designs 8" light? Or a Trail Tech x2 HID thing? Me want WHITENESS!

Thanks, ADV gang. I'm stoked to be part of the Thump Club.

i'm running a 8" trailtech with the boatman conversion---work great!!
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