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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Oct 9th, 2010, 2:56 pm Thread Starter
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2003 K1200GT a good deal??

Well I have been lurking for a while and have decided to upgrade my rides. I am looking at a 03 GT for 5500.00 and it has 56,000 miles. Tires are Metzlers with 3k on them and fluids have been changed. I don't know all of the service history though. While I can spend a bit more, this seems like a decent deal. Also, I have nearly 29" inseam and though I have sat on a few I am a little concerned about two up. What do you think?
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old Oct 9th, 2010, 9:06 pm
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Well, Kelly Blue Book lists the retail for this bike at $7540 for your area (that is, in your area, a very good '03 GT would go for around $7500 at a dealer). 56K, by itself, isn't worrisome and 3K on the Metzlers isn't bad news. Knowing more of the service history would be nice, of course. But that's part of why you're looking at $2K under the KBB price.

I can't help with the 29" inseam issue other than to point out the seat height can be adjusted and the low position might do the trick. That or boots with thick soles - honest.

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Thanks for the advice. This is my first foray in to the BMW M/C world. I have owned the cars but not the bikes. I have researched the bike and have read the horror stories but it seems it is that way with nearly every bike out there.
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old Oct 10th, 2010, 11:57 am
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30" inseam here, no problem with the seat on the high position, that is until I reupholstered it with an added 1 1/2" of gel and foam. Now I ride with the seat on the low position......the bike looks better like that anyhow!

Takes a little while to set the ergos right on them bikes to what works well for you, so be careful at the beginning,I'd recommend some low speed practices away from the traffic.Stay out of St Louis for a while (or Kansas City...), I was just there last summer, not my first time either but certainly my last.

But if that beast starts to tip over on you....good luck on holding it up, took everything I had once, much more difficult than my fully loaded much higher R100GS.

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56K is the mileage where some major service can be expected... like transmission or main engine seals, clutch or final drive. So 5500 does sound like a good deal, but keep a couple of grand in reserve for repairs ;-)
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Thanks for all of the replies! The mileage normally would not scare me but on this bike it's reputation precedes itself.
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Just as an example, not pushing a sale, you unnerstand...
I've got 155,330 on mine. Regularly maintained, anything that failed has been fixed, & ready for any trip anywhere the roads are reasonably paved. If the one you're looking at is w/o serious issues (oil seeping at the junction between the engine and bell housing or bell housing and transmission, no seeing at the rear drive boot, and the clutch neither slips or self-engages), at $5500 you're looking at a good deal.



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Hey Razel, I assume thats 155,330 MILES so have you had the major tear down of the clutch etc etc yet? Are you running mineral oil in your engine, semi synthetic or fully synthetic? Very interested to know...... Mine has 90000km on the clock, fully maintained regardless of cost, and no sign of any impending leaks...... touch wood

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Ok, I fat-fingered the mileage. 151,330 miles as of today. Dino oil in the engine only. Every once in a while, it smokes on startup.

Synthetic in the tranny and rear drive, changed at the recommended (6k for engine, 12k for gearboxes). Transmission shifts almost as smooth as a japanese transmission now.

Clutch slip fixed twice, once at 44k (due to slave cylinder leaking before 36k warranty expired - engine seal took a while to fail after the little exposure to brake fluid) and again at 108k when the engine seal just failed on its own. Extended warranty covered the costs for both times, but the clutch disc was deemed a wear-item the second time. Meh ... I didn't fuss over that.



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Thanks for all of the replies! The mileage normally would not scare me but on this bike it's reputation precedes itself.
Um, don't confuse reputation for actual results. If these bikes fell apart as often as people seem to talk about, there'd be a lot more new Beemers sitting on showroom floors.

Understand that if one fails, the cost to repair isn't cheap. If that's a problem for you, then sobeit. But I sometimes think the number of Beemer failures reported approaches, if not exceeds, the number of bikes built. Somehow that doesn't quite seem right.

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