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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Jul 25th, 2008, 2:47 pm Thread Starter
 
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Is 40,000 miles "high mileage"

Hello guys. I'm thinking about buying a 2003 K1200GT that's in pretty good shape, and I was wondering if just under 40,000 miles would be considered "high"?

I've heard rumors that BMW bikes last for a very long time indeed (well made, well treated and "mature" owners). On a K1200GT with that many miles, is it likely to be a massive money pit as far as repairs go, or is it still considered to be a very rideable, relatively maintenance-free bike?

What should I be looking out for?

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old Jul 25th, 2008, 3:45 pm
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40k miles?

i have an '04kgt i bought new 3yrs ago. i have 45k miles on it, and it had better be low mileage because i plan on riding it for over 100k miles. these are virtually small automobile engines and there is no reason to think they wont go and go and go. most people think engines run on gas. for me, engine runs on oil and water. keep oil changed, and dont overheat. bike should be fine. i purchased an unlimited mileage extended warranty for 7yrs from pinnacle for $1300. u may want to consider doing that if u cant turn a wrench. gave me lots of piece of mind. there is much motivation for keepin a new beemer a long time. they dont hold their value like harleys, and are so high tech that new features arent that strong a pull. if i traded today for say a 2008 kgt, i might get a bit more power, a bit more comfort, a bit more fancy adjustments. but only a bit. good riding.
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Thanks for the info. It's much appreciated.
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old Jul 25th, 2008, 4:25 pm
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Mileage?

Like BILLBEEMER I have an '03 which I purchased used 2 seasons ago with only 1,065 miles on the clock. In the past 2 and a half seasons I have had only one 'major' issue with the bike. The clutch slave cylinder failed at about 20k. Cost including SPEC II service was under $1,800. Besides that there have been few problems. I also plan on hitting the 100k mark on this bike in the next couple of years....

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400,000 k would not raise an eyebrow in the BMWMCCV.
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post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old Jul 25th, 2008, 8:51 pm
 
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I just sold a K1200LT with 128k miles. Aside from the final drive that failed at 75k, I have had no problems. The final drive apparently was a known issue for this model.
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so long as the bike is 'nice' the mileage doesn't matter.

with proper maintenance Kbike engines last......forever.

eventually you will need a clutch and a final drive rebuild, maybe at 50k or maybe at 200k, hard to predict.

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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old Jul 26th, 2008, 10:04 am
 
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Not really

I've got 55K on my 2001 K12RS. The bike seems to get get better with age. The only caveat, some things like shocks will need to be replaced. A bike with proper maintenance should run much longer.
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40K, High Mileage?

40K miles on a beemer is nothing man. Just make sure you lube the splines at 40K miles and you should be good to go.

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Originally Posted by keithb
40K miles on a beemer is nothing man. Just make sure you lube the splines at 40K miles and you should be good to go.


According to the techs. here, lubing spline related to the older models. The advice we have is leave it alone, you will do more harm than good.
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