The bike was on Craigslist early one Sunday morning for half an hour, and I was the third caller. I was the first one in standing in the seller's driveway, though... had to wade through two Mercedes-Benz 600s and an Expedition to get to the garage, too; I was afraid I'd set off a car alarm if I slid past one... the seller had a bad back and couldn't trust himself to even get it off the centerstand anymore; he just didn't want to look at it anymore, he said- it hurt too much- to look at it, not his back
This 2000 K1200RS has got 16k miles on it. The bike's silver with blue stripes, I guess that's what you'd call it; it's the stock paint.. not a scratch anywhere. The guy had taken care of it- new Dunlop Roadsmart tires, BMW wireless alarm, hard/hot wired for V1, PIAA driving lights w/ 3-position fairing mounted switch, controllable at switch and at turn-signal cancel switch, clear front turn signal lenses, oscillators for headlight and taillight, aftermarket adjustable peg lowering kit, billet frame plugs, stainless steel allen screws/nuts everywhere, carbon fiber tank protector, rear master cylinder shield, BMW hard cases, taller windscreen plus stock windscreen, ABS, heated grips, all on-time and full dealer maintenance and all records, a small waterproof Pelican case under the seat, leather Corbin seat with backrest, billet shifter extension brake pedal extender, billet shifter peg extender and bar risers... for $5k.
The bike's hella fast, and I'm learning as I go... I've got a LOT of road miles on my own hand-built Harleys, all with clip-ons, Konis, set up for cornering with 150 HP S&S motors, a few Ducatis, and now this beauty. Never goin' back! The place where I live, on the coast of NorCal, just north of SF on the ocean, has Highway One as its Main Street, me and 807 other souls here, half of whom ride!
I can't wait to wear this first set of skins out and slap a set of Michelin PRII's... When I get to the 18k maintenance, the Ohlins are going in, along with the adjustable damper from Pirates' Lair...
This is the part of life, at 49, 6'2" and 201 lbs., where riding this thing every day is just about more fun than I can take... the ergonomics are surprisingly good, and maybe a Rhine West chip, an aftermarket exhaust and a K&N are in this bike's near future as well... one thing I wasn't expecting is that it's pretty 'flickable' in the corners, and grips REALLY well... it feels kinda like some mad combination of an RD400, a Ducati 888 and a Harley Big Twin... except this Beemer's WAY more stable at 120 mph!
I keep making excuses to go up the road... to Mendocino County!
Have you all got any advice to a new owner of one of these Time Machines? I'm all ears!