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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old Mar 14th, 2011, 11:57 pm Thread Starter
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A friend of mine suggested I look into the BMW line of sport touring to find my next bike to do long hauls as well as to and from work. Another friend has a immaculate condition 03 K1200GT with only 35000 miles on it he is getting ready to list and is willing to sell it to me for 6500 if I am interested. I could use some input before I decide. Cowgirlnleather
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old Mar 15th, 2011, 12:17 am
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I have an 06kgt and love it. I bought it last fall and put 4,000 miles on it. I have read some startling (to say the least) info on engine failures due to cams and bolts loosening. I would have the bike throughly gone over by a BMW dealer that has a lot of positive reviews. It could be some money well spent and piece of mind when you take your first long ride.
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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old Mar 15th, 2011, 1:24 am
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You both realize that a 03 K1200Gt is a 4 cylinder brick versus the next generation K1200GT wgicg is a slant 4 cylinder?

Different bikes.
The Next gen is what this forum caters to.

You may want to check out K1100 Owners Group

K1100 Owners group

which caters to BMW K Brick engine bikes.

The brick is a solid and very reliable bike. I owned a '93 (same engine) for 10 years with 88k miles.
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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old Mar 15th, 2011, 1:27 am
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Welcome, Angela.

BMWs make some of the best sport-touring motorcycles out there. So your friend has given you good advice.

However, I must point out that the '03 K1200GT is a classic "Flying Brick" model, and this particular forum is dedicated to the newer Slant/4 model GTs. The nicknames come from the basic engine layout, but there are numerous other differences as well.

May I suggest you post your question in the K1200RS/GT (Classic) forum, where folks will have much more specific knowledge of the '03 GT that you refer to. They can probably also give you a better idea if the bike you're looking at is priced fairly, and what sort of things to specifically look out for in that model.

But do let us know how it all works out for you.

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Thank you for the right place to post as well as your explaination of the difference of that year model. I appreciate your patience with a noob.
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post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old Mar 16th, 2011, 1:59 am
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No problem, we were all noobies once.

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

Some people see the gas tank as half empty. Some see it as half full. All I care is that I know where the next tankful is coming from...
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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old Mar 16th, 2011, 8:04 pm
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2003 K1200 GT brick

An excellent bike to tour on. Very stable at highway speeds & plenty of power. It helps if you're tall because of the high seat height. Be prepared to replace the rear main seal & trans input & output seals every so often. Done by dealer, cost is around $1200; more if rear main seal or leaking clutch slave cylinder has ruined the clutch. Unless it has many extras, negotiate for a lower price. Be sure it has had all recommended service done throughout its life.
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post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old Mar 16th, 2011, 8:20 pm
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Yeah if you're in no particular hurry to get someplace, go ahead and buy the 03, it'll get you there, eventually.

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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old Mar 16th, 2011, 11:28 pm Thread Starter
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After talking with a few people I went and test rode the 2010 K1300 GT wow what a difference between the two models. I must say I still believe I should buy a used to get a feel for what I like but this definitely opened a different door.
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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old Mar 17th, 2011, 7:06 am
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Yeah...why don't you have them explain to you why BMW's most expensive model in 2003($18K+msrp) only sells for $6500.
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