Just bought my '06 GT around 90 days ago with 3,300+ miles on it, and have put on almost another 3k. I too asked questions on this and another forum, and even found and communicated with the previous owner via this method. I am very appreciative of every response I received, and took the plunge.
I'm a 20 year owner of a 1985 K100RT- its direct ancestor, and it’s the only other bike I've ever owned (of course I've kept it.). So I have appreciated the quality of the product and knew what to expect from dealer relationships surrounding BMW ownership before I began with the forums. Therefore, there was no consideration of another brand, and the GT was what I wanted, as it is now the only K-bike BMW offers like the K100RT- the LT is too "over-equipped" for me.
I'm very impressed with the GT. The “new generation” GT is an animal, plain and simple. Okay, I haven’t had or been on a new bike in 20 years, but WOW! It IS a FREAKING screamer. The raw qualities aren’t its only appeal- it definitely has the ride, feel and quality I’ve expected and been used to over the years, and I feel the style has updated lines that aren’t an overly freakish departure and will be awesome, classic BMW style 20 years from now, just like my RT. Parked side-by-side in the garage, it is a cool pair to own, and it is enjoyable to compare the two that are separated a by career-span of engineering, and most certainly, many technological revolutions. The GT so far, has been a great new experience that I am really happy to have.
If there have been issues, I have experienced the "touchy throttle" issue but seem to have quelled it with the "TPS Reset" procedure I only learned of from the forums, and I do also think from learning to ride it- it is from the start, a much more aggressive bike than the K100RT. I have been "concerned" about the various software revisions available and potential issues, so I don't think I'm compelled to change anything about my particular GT in the foreseeable future, and my dealer concurs- no further updates will be applied to my bike until other GT owner's experiences stabilize, or something creeps into mine. A big change I need to get used to is the sparse storage overall. The upfront storage- one little pocket on the right that barely anything fits into is not only small, but the door on it needs reversed- one can’t see into it because it opens TOWARDS the rider. It is a very illogical design to be sure, barely useful if at all for a touring bike. The side bags appear to be smaller than the integral bags of the K100RT, but I don’t have the actual specs. Please note that my bad experiences are therefore, not too bad at all.
A huge part of my total BMW bike-owning experience has been to be able to learn about the technology of the bike from the knowledgeable people who sell it- it adds a lot to the appreciation of the machine and the brand as a whole. This is important because one may easily own and ride one of these machines for 20 years and beyond. I think riders of other manufacturers products just can't say that as a routine. From my recent experience though, I think the dealers are being kept in the dark about information regarding GT issues. I have purposely asked several dealers A LOT of identical questions about the bike both before and after I bought it, and the honest, straight answers vary greatly. Through their frank comments, the information pipeline from BMW to the dealer seems to be short, and "they get what they get" for maintenance information and diagnosis updates. It also appears that the information is still changing- not a great situation, but has some parallels with the K100RT when it arrived.
My point here is that oddly enough, the dealers don't have the information I'd like to discuss a full year after the bike was introduced, but at least they (mine) are honest enough to admit it. Dealers who would rather like to give short, “vanilla” answers, or especially just don’t seem to care to take time to answer questions about what work they will perform in utterly complete detail regarding my $20,000.00 luxury investment, aren’t my dealers for service, period, and at $80 an hour, need to get a grip on reality and come up with a serious plan to get my business ever again. I've paid half as much for aircraft maintenance shop rates- maintenance that is highly regulated and where their liability, not to mention my reliance, is astronomical. Actual career maintenance professionals where numerous lives depend on them. Recently, one BMW dealer actually told me to call back with my questions immediately after my scheduling the upcoming 6k service for my GT, because they were “busy”. Yeah, they were busy- they were busy talking to me. They obviously did not get my business.
The bike is awesome, the technology is awesome, the information is getting there, and this forum helps out a great deal. However, a great piece of advice my dealer gave me to was to learn about the bike any way possible, but don’t get so caught up in potential negatives so as not to enjoy it. It still is a new machine. It isn't a toaster, it is a high performance machine. The dealers seem to be generally doing the best they can with the information they don't have. Some just more than others. Overall, it is artwork- go get one.
Last edited by Brahma; Jul 1st, 2007 at 1:53 am.