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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Aug 29th, 2009, 10:07 am Thread Starter
 
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2004 Bmw K1200gt Help

Hi all,

Well I have recently taken a new job which unfortuanatly has me commuting on the M25 !!!!!!! ( A really busy highway if you not reading this in the UK)
The car just won't cut it and I took my Yamaha Bulldog to work yesterday but it is no motorway mile eater. So I have decided to change it for a 2004 BMW K1200GT and I have a couple of questions for some current owners or knowledgable type people.

It is a large bike and just wondered if it is realy too big to get through the regular gaps in the traffic or will i just get used to the size.

Also is they anything special I should look out for when going to view it.

I have wanted a beemer for years so I am quite excited about it.

All comments gratefuly recieved
Thanks
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Aug 29th, 2009, 11:32 pm
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G'day Matt.
I wouldn't be splitting between cars on this bike. Others would, I wouldn't! (I don't do it anyway!)
As per a major issue I recently had, along with many owners, check to see if the bike has had the fuel line quick disconnects on the right hand side of the bike changed. You need the steel fittings, not plastic, as they WILL fail and spray pressurised fuel over your bike, and maybe engine. Not a good thing, and a well known design fault.
Check with the seller - dealer that all recalls have been acted on, and if possible, ask for proof.
Others will have a more exhaustive list of things to check, but mine has been well sorted.
They are a great bike, and I've owned both a 2004 GT and a 2004 RS. (Literally just got home from a 1000km ride on the RS an hour ago).
Ride safe and enjoy your GT.

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It is a heavy bike at first and it takes some time to get the personality out...but after a while you can throw it around like anything else at speed...little heavy for low speed turns but when you get the balance of the bike down you'll be ok....I have 80,000 + on mine...Ride it every day 100 miles + in all weather..(the best all weather "sport" bike)... haven't really seen where it was to big for anything that came my way....never had any problems with it except back at around 18,000 miles I think....had an electrical glitch and stalled out...something stupid.... dealer took care of it other than that just oil and filters....and I did the plugs and wires back around 60,000...Are you getting the heated seat and grips?...cruz?..if you are you wont put it away till ice comes just a warning..get a good supplier for tires cause youll ride the bike every day

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old Aug 30th, 2009, 9:46 pm
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It is the only bike I have since 2002 I have put over 80,000 miles on them, (them I had 2002 now 2004) I just toss it around like a rag doll. I am 200 lbs and 63 yrs old. I love to split lanes even with the bags on. In California the cars drivers have come accustom to it.
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M25 is evil. Plain and simple ...

I've had no issues filtering through traffic here in the states (well, just in California). In traffic it can be an exercise going below 5-10 MPH, but other than that, it's fine (for me, anyway). Even with the panniers on, but stay away from the jumbo lids that are available. Also, just for reference, the lanes here are generally 12 feet wide. At some areas where the lane sizes are reduced, I quit when it gets down to a 10-foot width.



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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old Aug 31st, 2009, 8:06 pm
 
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I ride the San Francisco Bay Area highways. I'm female, younger and weigh less than Bazra (and, that's as much as I'll say ;-p) I would never dream of sitting in traffic. My GT glides through traffic problem free. For the most part, if my mirrors fit through the cars, then my bags will too. Although, I use caution when the lines get tight. Happy riding.
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