K12 GT Stow Away
I am new to this site and would like to express how much I appreciate it and all that I have learned from your experiences posted here. Usually, I am the guy delivering all kinds of information to others, but now I know what it is like to be on the receiving end! You folks have all saved me a lot of time in getting to know my new bike (and also what to expect down the line). I am now an excited new owner of a 03’ K1200GT which I just happen to stumble upon in an interesting way.
After 30 years, I took a break from riding (sold the toys for a business venture). I was recently talking with a co-worker about all the bikes I have had and how much I miss riding and tinkering. He said “well… if you’re interested in a project, I know where you can find one”. He said that his neighbor had lost her husband about 4 years ago to a sudden fatal heart attack. His motorcycle (that he recently purchased) still sits in the corner of the garage. The woman recently expressed thoughts that maybe it is time to let it go. When I asked what it was, he said “not sure of the model, but it’s a BMW”. That said… we were on our way.
I was soon looking at a very dusty 2003 K1200GT that ironically had 2003 miles on it! Outside of the dust, this thing was “as new” perfect. When I asked what she wanted for it, she came back with “well… the dealer offered me half of what it is worth, but I would rather see it go to someone who would care for it and enjoy it”. You guessed it…. SOLD!
I took care of some stale gas, dead battery and cylinders filled with oil from sitting on the side stand for 4 years and it fired right up (smoked like a train for a while). I would have thought that the bike had issues if it weren’t for this site. The “box of rocks” engine noise, 4000rpm grip tingles and mild right hand steering pull were cause for concern at first, but it appears that it’s “nature of the beast”. I had a BMW dealer give it a full 40 point inspection and was told that it was exceptional in every way.
So far, I have put 800 miles on it locally and everything is fine. I am going to keep a close eye on seals, tires and all the other items that sometimes suffer from non-use for a while (never mind the issues commonly discussed in this forum). If all goes well, I hope to get some fall foliage riding on it before it goes back into hibernation (only for the winter this time… I certainly hope).
The funny part about all this is that the K12 GT was one of my favorite bikes of all time. I entertained the thought of buying a new one back in 03’, but decided I just couldn’t afford it (procrastination can pay off I guess). Looking forward to getting back on 2 wheels and just wanted to share my adventure!