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Hi all! Just bought a 2004 K1200GT with 41,000 kilometers on the clock. My first K bike and my first BMW! I was lurking around on ADV rider and found out about K-bikes.com.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Jan 14th, 2019, 11:17 pm
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Hi Scott,

Nice bike. Same color as my 2003 K1200GT. She has 26000 miles and new to me. Great power and handling. No problems to report.

First task for me was was to practice riding. Try not to fall off. Practice start and stopping. ABS stopping on wet leaves, etc. I'm very impressed with BMW's front and back brakes being linked together.

Next was to check fluid levels. I didn't find the oil glass sight for days. Prior owner didn't remember last oil change. Ugh.

Changing the oil worked out ok for me. Oil was low. I did need to get a digital torque wrench using Nm not pounds. A learning experience in removing the panels.

I called around to local BMW dealers to locate many of the repair orders. I got those from 2018 thru 2009 by three Chicago BMW dealers. Two dealers from 2003 thru 2009 went out of business. No records unless the BMW home office has details. The recent service documents show a last refresh was 18 months ago which was good news. I felt comfortable so far she had a good leisurely life.

Brake fluid needs to be replaced every 24 months. So off to the dealers on those tasks. Brake, clutch bleeding tasks were beyond my set of skills. BMW price too high but local Yamaha dealer charge $1500 for clutch, brake, coolant, new tires changed. Tires always make a difference. Maybe next time I will do those myself.

I did the transmission and Final Drive oils. Easy task.

Next worry was the battery. Last changed 18 months ago. ChromeBattery had one for $42. I won't know for several months if it was a good choice. So far ok and better price than the BMW Exide for $120.

Good to establish a base line for bike maintenance. Ride safe.
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Good decision

Good choice. Bought mine new, have 154000 miles and counting. At about 100000 miles (~160000 km if you prefer) the drive shaft will likely fail-be prepared (dealer cost was about $1500 several years ago). This happened on both K bikes I've owned. I put in an Odyssey battery about 6 years ago-far better than stock or other batteries I've had. Do reasonable maintenance and you have a fun ride for years to come.

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Hi all! Just bought a 2004 K1200GT with 41,000 kilometers on the clock. My first K bike and my first BMW! I was lurking around on ADV rider and found out about K-bikes.com.

sorry about sideways pic



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You can get a special funnel from Pirates Lair to change your brake fluid and there are you tube videos that take you through the process step by step. I did mine in about 1.5 hours. Save alot on shop fees. Did my forks and steering damper in about an hour. My 04 K1200GT has 65000 miles on it and I had the rear shaft seal done along with the clutch at 40k. I suggest using non synth oil. I've been told that synthetic oil will cause the rear seal to leak quicker, is I use a good quality 10-40 mineral oil that does the trick. Rebuilt the head and timing system along with the chain rails and seals after totaling the bike. The insurance company totaled it and I bought it back and did the work while my surgically repaired ankle healed. Runs better now than before the accident, thus the bright red color used to be Grey/Green(always wanted a red bike). Rode it about 6,000 miles from the east coast to idaho, colorado, utah and wyoming for a hot springs tour. Ran like a dream. Get a Clymer guide and learn to do it yourself and you will pay for your Motorcycling habit! It is not as hard as it seams.
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Hi Scott,

Nice bike. Same color as my 2003 K1200GT. She has 26000 miles and new to me. Great power and handling. No problems to report.

First task for me was was to practice riding. Try not to fall off. Practice start and stopping. ABS stopping on wet leaves, etc. I'm very impressed with BMW's front and back brakes being linked together.

Next was to check fluid levels. I didn't find the oil glass sight for days. Prior owner didn't remember last oil change. Ugh.

Changing the oil worked out ok for me. Oil was low. I did need to get a digital torque wrench using Nm not pounds. A learning experience in removing the panels.

I called around to local BMW dealers to locate many of the repair orders. I got those from 2018 thru 2009 by three Chicago BMW dealers. Two dealers from 2003 thru 2009 went out of business. No records unless the BMW home office has details. The recent service documents show a last refresh was 18 months ago which was good news. I felt comfortable so far she had a good leisurely life.

Brake fluid needs to be replaced every 24 months. So off to the dealers on those tasks. Brake, clutch bleeding tasks were beyond my set of skills. BMW price too high but local Yamaha dealer charge $1500 for clutch, brake, coolant, new tires changed. Tires always make a difference. Maybe next time I will do those myself.

I did the transmission and Final Drive oils. Easy task.

Next worry was the battery. Last changed 18 months ago. ChromeBattery had one for $42. I won't know for several months if it was a good choice. So far ok and better price than the BMW Exide for $120.

Good to establish a base line for bike maintenance. Ride safe.
I have the twin to your bike and it has been a pleasure to ride. I just went over 30,000 miles on a recent ride and have had no problems. Love the heated items and the cruise control. The power is awesome....the pure definition of "pulls hard in all gears." I also ride a R1100RT and a Honda XR650L here at the ranch, so each bike has to share the ride miles. Not a problem. I use several battery tenders with great success. I do have a rear seal problem on the GT which will eventually eat the clutch, but such is the beast. Fortunately my ace mechanic is just 120 miles South down in Austin and he is the greatest. My only complaint...and I may be too critical...is that after the HID headlight install and the Stebel horn install there is a little bit of rattling going on when I cross cattle guards around here at the ranch. Would be interested in knowing if anyone else has any similar issues. All in all, this is a fantastic bike and it is the bike of my future. I've been riding for 45 years and this one is my favorite.

RIDING---A sure-fire cure for cattle ranch burnout!
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