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Question K1200RS--What year from 2000 - 2004 ?

What should one be leary of looking for a used RS ?
Were there any inherent problems in those years ?
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And when you ride it, no mater what year, make sure there is not "wobble" in the front end.

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a pervasive problem on that model yr is oil seals, both tranny/engine and tranny/clutch. try to find a bike that already has the problem fixed. any misting on case joints between tranny and clutch or clutch engine means seals are bad. BIG job!!!! mine were replaced under warranty, total jobs would have cost $2000. that's really the only flaw in the model.
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If you're looking at 04's....I would hunt for a GT only.
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'02 and later have a more relaxed riding position, and a better looking front end IMO.

I had an '02 KRS, and now have an '04 KGT. In terms of riding experience, they are very similar. The major difference is wind protection on the GT. It is better, but not significantly so.

My '02 had some electrical issues, and tended to pop out of gear a lot (I was the 4th owner at 24k miles).

My '04 is perfect. Motor is glass smooth, trans shifts like butter, rides great.

I think some of the older bike had cooling fan issues, as my '02 did. Plus, as mentioned above, watch for oil seeps.

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The 03'-04' GT's have 130hp too! Also...cruise control, power windscreen, wider rear tire, and some other stuff.
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The '03 GT's were RS's with different paint schemes along with $2000.00 worth of options for an additional $1000 in price. In 04, you could find RS's with cruise installed from the factory and GT's without factory cruise control. 04' was the last year for the RS's with the GT's run ending the following year. Parts from the factory were added or not added regardless of what model it was, with the exception being the colored side cases and electric/comfort windscreen. There were some RS's in the last run with heated seats as well.

The extra's for the GT's initial debut were add-ons BMW came up with in response to a request by a Swedish law enforcement group wanting some enhancements for the RS as a police version. The GT may have been a marketing ploy to get the parts out of the wharehouse, as the new engine layout was on the horizon, and they were gonna need some more room.

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Are you telling me that I'm riding a police motor? That explains why people pull over when they see me comin'!
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Thanks for the feedback

I will keep lookin--
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Well......I recently returned from a little trip to Denver and Panguitch Utah and that put a little over 3400 miles in 8 days on my 2000 K1200RS-----and the total wear and tear---I lost one of the hex head screws that hold the bracket from the luggage rack to the grab rail---oil consumption: about half a cup!---I checked the rear drive and tranny and could hardly add anything! I rode her in horrible rain, gusty crosswinds and up and down God knows how many mountains and all she did was PUUUUURRRRRR!----ROCK SOLID BIKE!!! and must say you can hear a lot of comments about possible problems but I think you might want to hear from some guys that have 50-60K on their bike---that's a lot of riding in my book! You don't get that from a pain in the ass bike! As much as I am lusting for a K1200R sport I will never give up my girl! She always has the "hots" for me! Jim PS If you are worried about the "year" thing look at those years like the RS that "ran" from 98-thur '01----tons out there and as you will see, they use the same parts--BMW had it sorted out I think
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