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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old Feb 12th, 2009, 11:59 am Thread Starter
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New K1200 GT

Hi Forum,
Ity's time to replace my 2007 K1200 GT it has 40.000 Km. The dealer has a nice deal with a "new" K1200GT (3300 $ off the list price) . It is the last one in the showroom before the K1300GT's .
Care to comment why I should wait for the 1300 ? I do not need the extra 8 hp, and I do not like the standard turn switch neither the looks of the new fairing.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old Feb 12th, 2009, 12:56 pm
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Well perhaps these 14 pages or these 85 pages from BMW might convince you to go for a K13.

And here is a professional review of the K13GT, and here is an amateur review from a fellow rider, both of whom have actually ridden an '09.

Also, read through and this thread, this thread, this thread, and this thread for more info and opinions.

The short answer is that the new K13's address many of the niggling issues that we've all had with the K12 bikes. It's being described an an evolutionary upgrade, where the whole bike just works better. But it's really up to you and your bank account whether those changes are worth the extra cash.

Your best bet is to arrange for a test ride on the new K13, then see if those upgrades are worth it to you.

But remember that at 40,000 Km, your '07 is just barely broken in. My '07 has 77,000 miles (124,000 Km) and it's still running strong.

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'09 Magnesium Beige Metallic K13GT, 60K miles miles and counting...
'02 Mauve Metallic K12LTC, 106K miles and sold
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huh?

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Hi Forum,
Ity's time to replace my 2007 K1200 GT it has 40.000 Km.
Hello? 40K on the clock? It might be time to switch to synthetic oil, as the engine SHOULD be broken in by now (not positive). I wouldn't even think about changing before about 100,000 MILES. But that's just me.
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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old Feb 12th, 2009, 2:45 pm Thread Starter
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tax deductions makes the difference

I was on a vacation with the owners of a BMW motorrad dealership in november 2008, they advised to change the GT before it had too many miles, not because it would break but because it would be cheaper. It's not from them that I would buy the new bike.
Taking the tax deductions into the-swap-to-the-new-bike equation, the depreciation on the purchase of 2007gt amounts to 2.000 $ that's 5 cents a km ! Honestly I hate to trade in my crystal grey 07 GT, we had so much fun together
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I think the motorrad dealers are just used to spewing this out, and just did it out of habit. No way you need to dump this bike now. I'd read those reviews, but without reading them, I have the same opinion as you (152 frickin horsepower is PLENTY, ugly fairing, and the reservoirs on the 09 are ugly and I like the previous BMW switches) . If you really want to update, I'd update to an 08 before considering an 09.
The math on depreciation is all screwy to me. Consider my 87 K75S cost $7000 with taxes, I rode it for 92,000 miles, and sold it for $3000, not THAT is a cheap ride if there ever was one.
If you want good fiscal sense, keep the 07 and ride it til the wheels fall off in about 20 years, there NOW you did good.

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One last comment, if you dump this bike now, only 2 people are going to really profit: The dealer, and whoever gets your 07 .
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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old Feb 17th, 2009, 3:13 pm Thread Starter
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Changed my mind, it will be a 1300

Guys,
Who cared to comment, thanks for your insight, I really do appreciate it but only fools never change opinions. Tomorrow I will go to bmw and order a K1300GT.
The decision was made on the clutch and the gearbox. I'm sure my 2007 GT will easily run another 100 k miles but I do not want to know about the price tag to maintain the 2007GT in prime condition during this mileage. Maybe I'll keep this 2009gt forever.
Tomorrow I'll know when they will deliver the bike.
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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old Feb 17th, 2009, 4:50 pm
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You have to do what works best for you.

Be sure and write up your impressions once you put a few miles on the K13. By all reports, it really is what the K12 should have been in the first place.

An don't forget to change your avatar to match the new bike.

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'09 Magnesium Beige Metallic K13GT, 60K miles miles and counting...
'02 Mauve Metallic K12LTC, 106K miles and sold
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All lower 48 states plus Alaska on the K13GT in two weeks . . .

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