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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old May 10th, 2007, 2:44 pm Thread Starter
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A few general q's about the GT

First, a little background: About 2 yrs ago, I got the urge to buy another bile and was seriously looking at the GT and RS. In looking around, I found that I could buy a used LT for the same price of a GT or RS, and since I had long ago test ridden an LT, and the fact that it had a built in stereo system, opted to go that route. After 2 yrs of LT ownership I found the riding position did not suit me and I really didn't like the weight of the beast. They announced the new Concours 14 was to be released and I found a good excuse to dump the LT. Well, as the release of the Concours keeps getting dragged out, I'm thinking maybe I should have bought a GT 2 yrs ago. So, all that for these questions:

1) any rear drive issues similiar to what the LT guys have experienced?
2) any other maintenance issues to be aware of?
3) where the heck can I test ride one of these to see if it fits. I know that after 17 yrs on my '86 Connie, that is the riding position I am the most comfortable with.

Thanks, guys.

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I test rode a 1200 mile '04 GT last weekend at a dealer, and it is now in my shop. I didn't want to ride the KRS home after the test ride!

Be careful, you might have to have it. Just find a used one at a dealer to ride.

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I've been looking, but they're about as rare as hen's teeth right now - or at least it seems like it.

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I've been looking, but they're about as rare as hen's teeth right now - or at least it seems like it.

Doug
Have you looked over on "The Big List" www.ibmwr.org/market/? There is usually a bunch of them for sale (they have 105 "K" bikes of all models right now).

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I think there's some kinda karma going on......I was passed by a BEAUTIFUL dark blue GT yesterday on the way home.

No, I haven't checked there yet. But, I'm heading there now!

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1) any rear drive issues similiar to what the LT guys have experienced?
2) any other maintenance issues to be aware of?
3) where the heck can I test ride one of these to see if it fits. I know that after 17 yrs on my '86 Connie, that is the riding position I am the most comfortable with.

Thanks, guys.

Rear drive problems are rare for the GT.

Other things to watch for are:
* fuel quick-disconnect failure (there was a recall on this item to check the o-ring, however the real answer is to replace the plastic QD's with metal versions),
* headlamp ground wire (will cause failure of both Hi and Low-beam),
* clutch slippage due to seal failure at rear engine main, tranny input shaft, and / or clutch slave cylinder,
* rough throttle response due to ECU ('03's and '04's were eligible for an ECU replacement if you knew about the problem),
* early RS's had fan failures (not common on GT's),
* over-heating / coolant leak due to weak / incorrect radiator cap, and
* low / dead battery leading to ABS faults or welded starter solenoids.

Don't let this list alarm you, not all bikes suffer these maladies. These are just things to check for.

Most BMW dealers will let you test ride their bikes.

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Thanks for the list. I'm not too worried about it - just want to know what to look out for and expect. One of the things I like about the GT Classic is that I can still do some maintenance on it myself. I did all the routine stuff on my LT myself. I'm not too sure the new Gen GT is going to be that friendly.

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