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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old Sep 11th, 2010, 9:40 pm Thread Starter
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Good news...

I haven't been a member of this board for very long. I'm on my second motorcycle in almost 25 years. To be honest, I don't know a lot about motorcycles. I believe that my job is to check the tire pressure, put gas in it when it's in need, give it a bath and ride it.

I bought my 2007 K1200GT because I loved it's appearance, it was fast and the blue color spoke to me. I also had heard about the BMW reputation for making quality machines that lasted a long time. I knew that when I bought mine, I would be keeping it for a long time. I considered the K1200S, but I thought I would get too many tickets.

I've had it for three years and I just surpassed the 60,000 mark. Yes, I love to ride. On average, I get it serviced three times a year and I change tires about twice a year. It is costing me more than I thought it would, but the reward is certainly worth it.

Most of the posts on this board are about problems that people are having or have had with their bikes. I just wanted to say that I've encountered no major issues with my bike. It hasn't broken down, nothing has fallen off and it's just as stock as the day I took delivery. I've been to three different shops for service (Marin BMW, BMW of San Francisco and CalMoto in Mountain View). All have been great.

I use my bike almost every day (the luxury of living in the San Francisco Bay Area). I don't ride in the rain unless I get caught in it. I've down daily commuting in heavy traffic. I've taken my bike on a nine day ride from San Francisco to Phoenix and back and had a great time. I can honestly say that around Flagstaff, I was getting 51 mpg with the cruise control set to 80. I am a member of the AIDS/Lifecycle motorcycle safety team where I add another 1000+ miles on the odometer every June.

I guess what I'm saying is that ever since I've owned this machine, I've had nothing but the best experiences. I might be lucky or I might be tempting fate, but to BMW, I say, Thank You! I certainly plan to crack 100,000 miles and hopefully many more on this bike.

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old Sep 11th, 2010, 9:52 pm
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Glad you're having good luck and enjoying your machine. I wish you the best of luck with it. Kind of gives me hope that now that mine is "fixed"...again.....that I'll be able to put some serious mileage on it with out issue.

But I'll bet you a beer that you don't get to 100k miles without something major happening.

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You might be right. But I'm going keep the faith that she'll run and run and run. But rest assured, if I do have something major happen, I'll certainly be letting you all know what it was and how it was handled.

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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old Sep 13th, 2010, 12:37 pm
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KJG, great news and hope you enjoy that cold Guiness from Robert.


I only have 18K miles on my 2007 GT, commuting everyday save for rain and snow. Haven't had a single issue that hasn't been corrected when serviced.

Wonder how large the silent problem free community is?

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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old Sep 13th, 2010, 7:11 pm
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Keep the faith it will keep on running! I salute you on your positive notes about the K1200GT you own. I myself is on 16K and no major problem at all. Just regular maintenance.

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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old Sep 13th, 2010, 8:02 pm
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I only have 18K miles on my 2007 GT, commuting everyday save for rain and snow. Haven't had a single issue that hasn't been corrected when serviced.
That's awesome. Wanna trade?

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I hesitate to weigh in here, but after years on this forum, I feel like I must add my two cents as the forum has been invaluable in many respects:

I had a lemon '07 and BMWNA did step up to the plate. I now have an '08 that has had it's share of problems...but again, those were addressed under warranty. I know and have shared the frustration that some of us have had to endure. I know it helps to have a place to vent and get some understanding and support.

I also have noticed that since Grif has gone, and since Robert_W's very heavily viewed post about his problems, that there does seem to be a growing gloominess on the forum. This has nothing to do w/ Robert's post per se. I think it is a positive development that we should all join in and support, for all of us to try and post more positive reports and ride stories. Those who have problems should not stop reporting them and getting support here, but to balance that out and not let this forum become overly negative, we should all make the effort to post some positive stories, tech tips, etc.

I just did a four day circle around Colorado w/ a buddy, bagging more passes than I can remember. I had a wonderful ride and it was made even more wonderful because I did it on my GT. I have not ridden another bike that could allow me to do 400 miles a day, comfortably!, and still attack the twisties with utter confidence. I had no issues of any sort with the bike and it made my life better for having been able to get the hell out of my daily life and go riding.

A few years ago I was riding the same areas and had my tranny give up 5th gear. I figured out a way to finish the trip by going from 4th to 6th and back for a few days.
PITA...yes!!!! But as my ex-father in law used to say: "Don't let her ruin your day".

So I guess, IMHO, we all should try to accent the positive, and support those who are having a rough go with their bikes or dealing w/ BMWNA, but we should also try and remember that riding is an opportunity to enrich our lives and that to a large degree we exert control over how we let obstacles effect the quality of that.

And I will be the first to bitch when this bike starts having more problems....

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I'll bitch too when the problems start and then fix 'em.


Anothe one here singing the praises of this bike.
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I think it is a positive development that we should all join in and support, for all of us to try and post more positive reports and ride stories. .

I'm happy, but I don't want to jinx myself by gloating.

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