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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Aug 28th, 2008, 12:12 pm Thread Starter
 
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Any differences/changes between 06-08 K1200GT?

New user here. Am looking at used K1200GTs and wondering if there have been any changes over the 3 iterations. e.g. I read somewhere that electrically linked brakes were discontinued after 06.
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The servo assist brakes were discontinued after '06. The '07s have the option of TPM and ASC, not available on the '06s. They also changed the rider seat sometime in '07. The stock '06 seat is a royal pain (literally) in the butt.

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The servo assist brakes were discontinued after '06. The '07s have the option of TPM and ASC, not available on the '06s. They also changed the rider seat sometime in '07. The stock '06 seat is a royal pain (literally) in the butt.
Thanks Doug. I just searched for TPM and ASC on the forum but came up empty - can you tell me what they are?
Also, is the servo braking a big mistake to get involved with (if I bought an 06)?
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TPM = Tire Pressure Monitor
ASC = Automatic Stability Control (I think). Think of it as traction control. That's really what it is I think

The servo assist will probably take some getting used to. It all depends on what you're coming off of. Coming off a 20yr design, I found them REAL touchy, but have since gotten used to them and don't even think about how hard I squeeze the lever.

If you find one you want, get the VIN and have your dealer run it through the computer system to see what service bulletin work has been done to it and what needs to be done to it. You'll have a pretty good idea of where you stand that way.

Opt for one still in warranty, too, unless you can purchase an extended warranty. For the first time in my life, I'm going to get one just to be on the safe side.

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Some things I heard along the way is that some 06s did not have ESA (electronic suspension adjustment).
No 06s had Xenon headlight, in 07s it was around but not common and the 08s I think all are Xenon in the US (as part of the SE package, which you can't opt out of in the US it seems?
Some color differences, the Crystal Grey i belive was replaced by Adventurin Silver (light teal silver) in 08 I believe, but all 3 years have the dark blue and graphite gray.

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Thanks again Doug.
I dove in and bought an '06. I'm not sure if this is the ideal year for me but I came across a deal that seemed too good to pass up: 5800 pampered miles, owned by a collector who never really rode it. Has a year left on warranty.
I've been riding a restored '73 Norton Commando and a bored-out '83 1200 Sportster so the linked braking, and the handling in general, are very new feeling - but its so different for me anyway, having not ridden sportbikes before, that I think the adjustment may be easier.
I wonder if I'll miss not having the ASC - how do you feel about it?

and Gilly: you're right - no Xenon in '06, though it does have ESA....

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Unless you are planning on riding very hard in the wet or are going to be riding slippery (think snow,ice etc) the ASC will not be missed.
If you like drifting the rear wheel into/out of a corner with power on youll be glad you dont have it!

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It's hard to miss what you never had. I love my GT just the way it is. As far as Xenon, yeah not an option on the '06, BUT you can always add HID if you need more light.

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I enjoy my 06 and I really like the sevo assisted brakes as I had them on my 02 RS( front and rear are linked). My bike, early production, has the ESA and I use it a lot changing from super slab to country lanes. I don't need Xenon as I don't do much riding at night unless it is fairly local and our streets have lights in most places.

I changed the seat as it was more than a brik ( a block of steel!)

Just make sure that the airbox is changed before the warranty is up.

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I have to disagree with the last post. Xenons are not just for night riding as they have saved my life on 2 occasions during daytime riding since I bought this bike.

This bike lulls you into riding faster and as a result you have to be more clued in. On 2 occasions, cars at junctions would certainly have pulled out in front of me had I not been riding with these "lifesavers".

Remember the next time you come off may be your last. Please don't skimp on this feature.

I have a '06 GT which has Xenon light and ESA. The main difference is that the servo asisted brakes were discontinued with after '07
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