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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Sep 17th, 2012, 9:39 pm Thread Starter
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Hello all. I'm in the market for a new motorcycle (just sold my '10 KTM 990 Adventure R), miss my old BMW R1200GS, and am damn near sold on a K1200S/K1300S. With that said, I have NO familiarity with the platform, and could greatly use the guidance of some more practiced/experienced members.

At the dealer down the street, they have a '12 K1300S with the Dynamic Package. They've quoted me $17.5k, before $800 in fees and $1500 in sales tax (ballpark numbers, of course). The salesman is giving me some line about how the number is not negotiable, because that's BMW policy, but that they don't charge prep fees, so that serves as my savings. I know that negotiable pricing varies from manufacturer to manufacturer, and dealer to dealer, but is this common? Should I be able to get the price down, apart from value-added packages (like extended warranty, apparel, parts, etc)?

Additionally, I know that the '13 K1300S has been announced, with no delivery dates yet. I am in no rush, so if the price is non-negotiable on the '12 at this time, I will likely just put a deposit down on the new model, since I prefer black and the price will be the same. Worth it?

Finally, there are some screaming deals on low-model K1200Ss in Los Angeles right now, and I, in general, don't have much problem buying used. Are the differences between the 1300 and the 1200 so small that I should more seriously consider a used bike? If so, are there specific areas of concern that I should address when looking at a candidate? I know boxer engines are damn near bulletproof, so I had no problem buying a high-mile GS. Is that a bigger problem with the K-series?

Sorry for the litany of questions, but I really appreciate any and all input.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old Sep 18th, 2012, 2:04 pm
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if your in the market for K bike then get the 2013 Black bike that you want,
the 1300 has many of the bugs worked out that the 1200 has.
That said if you want a black bike the 2013 is the only choice
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old Sep 18th, 2012, 3:22 pm
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I've never ridden a 1300 but from what I've read, it is a significant and noticeable improvement in ride, power, driveability, smoothness. Basically a more finished feeling product.

That said, there are many of us one k1200s/r/gt bikes that do just fine. And the savings seem to be big. I see k1300s go consistently for $11-12K and up. k1200s for $6-8000.

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