Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: phoenix, AZ, usa
When I traded my 2006KS in for a new 2011 in Nov 2010 (only had planned on having some service done on the 06 when I went to the dealer), I was looking at a really nice 09 with a GPS mounted there on the showroom floor, had a real nice can and my fav color (granite)....the color I liked best.
but when I took the price of the 09 into account, plus having several problems with my 06 over the time I owned it, I decided to go with the only new 2011 they had on the floor which was the tri-color blue. Ok, its grown on me but.....
BMW had good rates on new and they offered me a decent price on a trade-in, so I rode the new bike out.
Its a tuff call. Knowing the problems I had on the 06 (2 transmissions, final drive, brake issues, drivability issues, clutch at 40k miles, cam chain-bent valves etc at 69k miles, bike was in the shop nearly a year out of the 4 yrs I owned it since new), I would not buy an older bike (the 09 was the earliest I would consider used), at least the near-first year models.
fast foward to my 2011....out of 3 brand new BMW bikes starting Oct 2002 (one K1200LT, K1200S, K1300S), this 2011 KS is the ONLY bike besides my 2001 Yamaha FZ1, that has required NO warrenty service......amazing!!
I put 27k miles on the 1300S in less than 6 months, it has about 28-29k on it now (in MI so I don't ride as much now). And it runs better than new, everything works, this is more like it!!
So tuff call. I use my bikes for cars (just bought my first cage in 6 yrs) so i view 'new' a bit differently. If I had time to do my own work and not using the bike as daily transpo, I'd consider used. Or if it was more of a hobby, I'd go used.
Beemers are funny. they seem to break in the first 30-40k miles. My LT didn't run good until it hit 40k miles and just got better all the way to 135k miles when I trashed it (of course it returned the favor and trashed me as well LOL)..