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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old May 4th, 2007, 6:33 am Thread Starter
 
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Deposit down on '03 K1200GT

Hi all, new to the forum and BMW bikes. I put a deposit down on an '03 GT yesterday. 1 previous owner, under 7k miles, dark blue.

I am trading in my SV1000 for this as I now average over 500 miles a week with my commute and feel that this bike would be my best choice for a journey that is mixed with country lanes, A' roads and Motorways come rain or shine.

I guess I am looking for advice on

a) what should I be wary of?

b) what mods should I be looking at?
(not including seat as I don't think this will be a problem following the SV)

c) what good things can I look forward to?

Any input greatly received.

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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old May 4th, 2007, 7:24 am
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Congratulations on the new bike! I'm sure you will find out that you bought the fastest color on the GT soon enough. What should you be wary of? Keep an eye on your seals to make sure you don't have any problems. Some owners have had them go out as soon as 10,000 miles. Check to see if the bike had the ECU upgraded. Some models had cold starting problems related to the ECU and had to have them replaced. Others, like me have experienced no problems.

Upgrades can include things like new shocks when the time comes (Ohlins or Wilbers are great), bar risers if you feel the riding position is too forward, and an aftermarket exhaust if that kinda thing floats your boat. The GT is great just as it is, so ride it for a while and get a feel for what you may like to change or add. I bought my '03 last year with only 3900 miles on it and I haven't enjoyed riding this much in a long time.


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Thanks David,

I thought I would add a copy of the pics the dealer (non-BM) had. I will, of course, add better pics once I get hold of her.

Incidently, how are the mirrors or is that one of the first things to change?

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Nice looking. I see it has the RS windscreen instead of the stock GT screen. If you feel the wind is too direct then check into getting the GT screen which has a turned up lip at the top to direct air more vertically over you. As far as the mirrors, I hated them at first because I thought the field of view was crap. I checked into getting the RS mirrors which are rectangular, but have gotten used to the round ones. By the way, check out Pirate's Lair for some good accessories. The first thing I bought from him was the caps to plug the swingarm holes. Cleaned that situation up well.

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If you install the combination of stock GT windscreen and RS(oval) mirrors. The mirrors will just hit a lowered GT windscreen at full-lock. I use that combination on my KRS in winter.

ps. The RS screen is nice in the summer.

Do you have a heated seat on that bike? (This is subjective but,) If not, I believe you might be looking for a replacement seat before long.

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Thanks for the heads-up...... With regards the screen blast, lets just say i'm not one of the most gifted of people in the height department..... but I'll wait to see how the RS screen fairs, or rather how I get on with it.

Thanks also for the comments on the mirrors, once again, going to wait to see how I find them. Having to wait a couple of weeks is driving me nuts, I'm like a dog with 2 dicks and nothing to stick it to.

I'm gonna take a look at the caps and other mods that other site members have done, guess it will pass the time if only just a little.

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I bought the 04 version of that bike (same color) just a few weeks ago with only 6700 miles. I think I got a good deal on mine and would love to know what you paid. PM me if you are willing to share.

My GT does need the ECU upgrade as it coughs when you try to give it too much gas from a standstill unless you give the throttle a couple of quick flicks. Other than that, I'm really happy with mine. I'm just getting used to the riding position as I have ridden nothing but cruisers my entire life. I don't have a dealer in the state so I purchased a Clymer manual to help me along with the service. Look at A&S cycles and Beemer Boneyard for a good selection of online parts/accessories.
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As mentioned, the combination of the oval mirrors AND the comfort screen could cause the mirror stalk(s) to bump the screen, lightly.

Interesting that you have the "K1200GT" decals under the engine openings and on the rear side panels. I've not see that.

The GT seat, if it's the heated version, should be wonderful

I'd look at getting motolites or PIAA fog lights to supplement the headlamp. Also, check into adjusting the headlamp up, as most of them seem to be aimed low. The supplemental lights provide a couple of things, and probably true for all bikes...visibility and backup when the single bulb in the headlamp assembly goes out.

Speaking of headlamp, there have been occasions where the headlamp fails only to find that the wiring connection at the bulb is the issue. If the highbeam indicator comes on without the highbeam being switched on, it means the ground wire has failed in the assembly



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Interesting that you have the "K1200GT" decals under the engine openings and on the rear side panels. I've not see that.
Probably a Euro thing....

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Probably a Euro thing....
Looks aftermarket as the lettering is not similar to styling for the K1200RS sticker.

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