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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old May 7th, 2009, 5:24 am Thread Starter
 
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K1200GT - 2005 vs 2007 model

I am planning to trade my K1200GT 2005 model for a 2007 model. I do like the current bike but believe the 2007 model should perform bettter (according to the specs). I believe there are a number of you that upgraded from the old to the new model (forget the newer 1300 model for now). Would you recommend that I continue with this deal? Is there really such a huge difference between the 2005 and 2007 models (performance and riding comfort for both the rider and the pillion)?
Thanks for your replies. Johan
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I went from an LT to a GT, so you know I've felt a difference. The new, slant 4 motor is a huge leap over the brick.

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"Is there really such a huge difference between the 2005 and 2007 models..."

Aren't you able to test ride the bike? Should be a fairly obvious answer if you already own an '05.

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Yes, there are major differences, all for the good IMHO. I would highly recommnd taking one out for a test ride so you can experience these firsthand. And take your checkbook along because you will most likely leave with one.

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Just don't start drooling all over yourself when you talk to the sales guy about it. It will affect how much you can hedge on price - if at all. Slobbering on oneself always affects the price against you, be it a vehicle salesman or a woman.

I'd tell him you saw on the Internet "That some poll showed the 2007 was a banner year for problems with the model....and you don't care for the color at all either."

Then you can negotiate on price.



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[QUOTE=joha]Is there really such a huge difference between the 2005 and 2007 models (performance and riding comfort for both the rider and the pillion)?
Thanks for your replies. Johan[/QUOTE]


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The new GT is vastly better.

The only thing I miss from the flying brick is the perfectly linear power. I have great difficulty riding the new GT smoothly.
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Unfortunately I cannot take the bike for a test ride. I am living in Johannesburg and the bike was advertised in Cape Town (1000 miles apart). If I buy, the bike will be despatched to me from Cape Town (and my bike will go on the return trip tp CT). Thanks for the advise. It looks as if the buy is a good one. As said, the write-ups on the 2007 model were very positive. I however thought that your opinions were necessary for the final decision.
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Johan, once you have had a day on the 07 you may need some Botox treatment to get the smile off of your face!

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