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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old Jan 30th, 2013, 9:59 am Thread Starter
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New GT owner in Robin Hood Country.

Hello from Nottingham - Long time GS owner here, still love that old tractor.. but fancied something with a bit more oomph and so just bought an 04 K1200GT in Grey/Green and rather nice it is too. Completely standard aside from auxiliary LED spot lamps to the front and a Topcase to the rear. No Cruise control.. but that doesn't bother me. Panniers removed and in storage until required.
Bike has just had its 24K service. New PR3 tyres and battery so should be good for the rest of the year. Im really impressed with its performance so far and Im sure I'll have a lot of fun with it. Keeping the GS as its worth more to me than it could ever sell for.

The new bike.



And its older sibling. a 1999 R1100GS (ABS)

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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old Jan 30th, 2013, 10:20 am
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Hello from Nottingham - so just bought an 04 K1200GT in Grey/Green and rather nice it is too.
Welcome to the site Tony, and congrats on the new bike. In my eyes, the RS/GT is the swoopiest, sexiest bike BMW ever made. I had an '03 RS that I turned into a GT, and I thought it was a fantastic bike. I traded it in for a new GT in '07, but I still have a lot of good memories of that '03!
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post #4 of 18 (permalink) Old Jan 31st, 2013, 12:18 am
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Nice...I have a 2003 same color. The bike is well represented here and most of the answers are here if you are willing to search a bit.
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post #5 of 18 (permalink) Old Jan 31st, 2013, 8:43 am
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Got an 04 in the same"money" color. I get a lot of compliments on the look and the color. The ladies like something other than black. Add'ed PIAA auxiliary lights, an autocom system, garmin Zumo, pillion backrest and lowered pegs for her and audio amplifier to mine. I love this bike and will always keep it, if for no other reason than a loaner bike for visiting friends.

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post #6 of 18 (permalink) Old Jan 31st, 2013, 10:58 am
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I have the same year, color and model -

A very nice and powerful machine. That Brick engine is bulletproof. I like your GS as well - but different bikes for different rides!

"What follows is based on actual occurrences. Although much has been changed for rhetorical purposes, it must be regarded in its essence as fact. However, it should in no way be associated with that great body of factual information relating to orthodox Zen Buddhist practice. It's not very factual on motorcycles, either."

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I have a ZUMO fitted to the GS and am just waiting for a new cradle to arrive from Amazon - so it can be transferred between bikes. It has LED spot lamps fitted - which help considerably 'fill out' the dip and main beam. Aside from that its completely standard - has had very little use. average of 3,000 miles per year. Previous owner bought it on a whim but lost confidence when he almost dropped it - he was very short. 5'4.

I was looking for an RS - but availability wasn't exactly huge. And then this turned up for the same kind of price of a much older bike - so was, in my opinion a bargain. I'm 6'5 tall and found it immediately comfortable - the ride home was 160 miles. I got home with just a very slight back ache.. so will be investigating ways to cure that. - I find myself sliding forwards in the seat. a common issue I see. I might have the seat rebuilt to cure that in due course.

fwiw - this is my first ever '4'. my first ever 'sports' type bike with tupperware and i am really pleased with it. It has by far the best gearbox I have ever encountered - click click. rather than the more usual bang clunk on the Boxer. the power delivery is staggering by comparison.
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Yeah -

The trans on your GS is built like piece of Polish farm equipment - rugged but clunky. The GT is like buttah. Power is your friend - watch for speed cameras!!!

"What follows is based on actual occurrences. Although much has been changed for rhetorical purposes, it must be regarded in its essence as fact. However, it should in no way be associated with that great body of factual information relating to orthodox Zen Buddhist practice. It's not very factual on motorcycles, either."

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The trans on your GS is built like piece of Polish farm equipment - rugged but clunky. The GT is like buttah. Power is your friend - watch for speed cameras!!!

I had to go inside the transmission on my RS....all the bearings are "Made in Poland".

BTW, the GSs and GT/RSs share a lot of the same transmission parts.

Benelli 50cc at 14
Yamaha RD 200 at 16
Yamaha RD 350 at 17
Honda CB 750 F at 18
Honda V45 Sabre at 24
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