Originally Posted by RTHunt
I had my heart set on a K1200 GT, and then I visited http://www.powersportsnetwork.com/en....asp?veh=38241
. About 25% of the reviewers complained of serious dependability problems. Is that sour grapes sounding off, or should I really be concerned? I'm looking at a 2007 model with about 30K miles on it.
These forums often bring out people with issues that are looking for answers, as you just did.
If you are a member of this forum and you have had a trouble free GT, those with lots of problems probably sound like whiners.
I have had my GT since November last year and it is an early 07 model (11/06 build).
I have had at least 6 warranty jobs completed on my bike since owning it and it has only done 12000klms or roughly 8000mls.
BMW have been responsive to every problem so far and my biggest bitch has come from 2 of these failures, the first being a failed ABS modulator and another being a failed final drive that collectively put the bike off the road for a total of 3 months. This was due to parts being required from Germany and the parts people at the 2 dealerships involved ordering the wrong parts both times requiring new orders from Germany.
The failed final drive put an end to a touring holiday and required a 5 hour tow and a flight home after 3 hours waiting for the tow truck. (country town)
When I read the threads on this site ive assessed that ive had about every known problem that seems to happen to these bikes and some of the members have quite high mileage for young bikes.
So what does all this mean? if anyone was going to be pissed off with this bike it should be me and while i waited 2 months for it to return with a new final drive i certainly was.
This emotion lasted a bout 3 minutes after i got back on it and rode it. I LOVE THIS BIKE!
Every time I get on it I find something else to like about it.
Every time I need the brakes and they stop me like ive hit a wall, every time i underestimate the tightness of a corner and get that OGHHH [email protected]
%&K feeling, i just push those beautiful adjustable handle bars just a little harder and around she goes without fuss.
The engines performance is breathtaking and every time I go to the beer fridge in the garage I have to stop and look at her, often walking away with half a woody. (joking)
These are spectacularly good bikes for wind/weather protection and come with some great features, Xenon, ESA, Cruise, the list goes on.
Are they dependable?, it would seem that until the problems well documented on this sight have been fixed (under warranty) they are not.
Is it worth the hassle? Absolutely!!!!!!!
P.S. Your BMW dealer will be able to tell you which if any of these jobs have been corrected simply by providing them with the VIN number.