Originally Posted by eaglefrq
I went by the local dealer in Fredericksburg and they have a 07 K1200GT that I can get for $12750 out the door. Does this seem like a good price?
The bike has approx. 11K miles, extended risers, top case and ESA, heated grips/seats, and over-sized electric controlled windshield.
Is there anything specific I need to look for? Ask the dealer about? What maintenance can I expect in the near future? How difficult is it to do the basic maintenance?
I have an 08 Yamaha FZ1 that I am trading on the K12. I enjoy cruising and some fun in the twisties. I will mainly ride solo, but the wife will accompany me some of the time.
I appreciate any info you can give me.
Here are a few comments, based on my own experience. I bought a new 2007 KGT in June 2007. It is a "late 2007" model (see below). I bought it with all the options except the alarm system.
* EARLY vs. LATE MODEL 2007 K1200GTs
You can divide the 2007 K1200GTs into "early" and "late" models. The early models were available in Fall 2006 and early 2007. The late models started showing up on the dealer floors in Spring 2007.
The biggest difference is the seat. The early 2007 K1200GTs have the "2006 seat". The late 2007 K1200GTs have the same seat as the 2008s and the K1300GTs. They come as a matched pair of rider and passenger seats - you can't mate a 2006 rider seat with a 2008 passenger seat. The late 2007 (2008+ type) seats are widely regarded as a significant improvement over the early 2007 seats. 2006 seat owners complained often and loudly. A lucky few in the US were able to get their seats exchanged for the later model. Overseas, exchanges were more common. Many riders (of both seat types) bought aftermarket seats. I enjoy long distance riding, and have a Bill "Rocky" Mayer seat.
* EARLY VS LATE MODEL OPTIONS
Several factory options became available only on the late model 2007 K1200GTs. They include:
* Xenon (HID) low beam headlight. Many owners without HID add it later as an inexpensive after-market item.
* Tire Pressure Monitor - Rare
* Automatic Stability Control - Very rare in a 2007 K1200GT
* ESA vs NO ESA
I saw a few K1200GTs without ESA, but they were uncommon. My guess is 4 out of 5 K1200GTs have ESA.
* Recalls and Service Bulletins
You talked about buying from the dealer, so I assume all recalls have been done.
Service bulletins were done only if the rider complained about a specific issue. The most important service bulletin was the the air box replacement. Many riders complained about major surging and throttle control issues (search the forums for "BBS" - "bucking bronco syndrome"). Make sure this has been done or that the dealer is willing to do it for you at no cost if it hasn't been done.
* Comments about maintenance:
Anything done by your dealer is very expensive.
If a major component fails out of warranty, it will be quite expensive to replace.
Any genuine BMW maintenance parts (oil, filter, brake pads, air filter) are expensive compared with what I paid for parts on my old Honda Magna. Many riders buy other brands of maintenance products to save money. I have aftermarket brake pads on my K1200GT, but continue to use genuine BMW oil and filters.
Changing the oil, final drive oil, and brake pads is easy.
Changing the air filter takes more time and effort, because you must remove the side panel.
Checking the valve clearances (every 18 K miles) is a big job that involves removing the radiator, and you need a special vacuum tool to re-fill the radiator (Mine requires an air compressor to use.)
Good news - People here have posted lots of self-help threads on these forums to walk you through routine maintenance process. Another great resource is Semper_Fi's well done maintenance descriptions with photos on the BMWMOA website.
Recommendation - The BMW maintenance and repair DVD ($120) is well worth having.