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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old May 16th, 2011, 9:59 am Thread Starter
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I just purchased a used 2009 K1300GT and feel like the previous owner has to be my alter self. He added the exact options I would have, saving me the time, trouble and expense. I do have a couple of questions however. First, he added a second power port which looks to be a Powerlet and I need to figure out if it's hooked directly to the battery so I can bypass the canbus to charge or run heated clothing and such. Second question is the bike came with the BWM Navigation III and there is a second wire zip-tied to the power cord to the nav unit. The second wire has a phone jack type connector and I have no idea what this might be for. Any help would be appreciated!

The bike is wonderful. Only 2600 miles on it, remaining factory warranty (wondering if I need to get an extended warranty) and it came with the nav unit, a top case, a Ztechnik windshield, extra power port, pretty much the way I'd set the thing up if I were buying it new.

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OK, found the answer to the first question, the power socket IS hooked directly to the battery with a 15amp fuse, so all good there. Any thoughts on what that phone jack cord is for?
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old May 16th, 2011, 1:39 pm
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He may have had a Valentine One Radar detector...they use phone lines for power and audio
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He may have had a Valentine One Radar detector...they use phone lines for power and audio
As does Escort radar detectors.



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Buy the extended warranty

I don't want to freak you out, but the extended warranty is a GOOD IDEA on the GT's. There are some failures that are very expensive to repair. I'm not suggesting that these failures are common or uncommon, but they are a part of the GT experience and need to be addressed. The extended warranty is a good first step.
Also, search the forums for the cam chain jump guard issue. It's a cheap and easy mod, and has the potential of preventing a catastrophic valve train failure.
I typically don't buy the extended warranty on vehicles, but did this time. They are wonderful bikes, and I think you'll have many miles of enjoyment on yours.
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I don't want to freak you out, but the extended warranty is a GOOD IDEA on the GT's. There are some failures that are very expensive to repair. I'm not suggesting that these failures are common or uncommon, but they are a part of the GT experience and need to be addressed. The extended warranty is a good first step.
Also, search the forums for the cam chain jump guard issue. It's a cheap and easy mod, and has the potential of preventing a catastrophic valve train failure.
I typically don't buy the extended warranty on vehicles, but did this time. They are wonderful bikes, and I think you'll have many miles of enjoyment on yours.
Thanks for the insights, big help! Any recommendations as to which extended warranty is actually worth buying?
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I experienced good results with Contego Direct, no affiliation. Purchased my service contract online for my 07 GT, paid for my final drive failure three months after my factory warranty expired.

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If you don't get a extended warranty you are gambling with some potentially large expenses, that seems to be the general consensus. I hate to gamble but I did not get one and will not. I have purchased them in the past on cars and bikes and used it extensively on a Toyota (of all things) but never on anything else so I find them a waste of money. I put the costs of a warranty in the bank instead and when the bike needs work I will take the money out to pay it and if it goes over I lost the gamble. Warranty companies are in the business to make money, if they could not make money they would not offer the warranty.

Some of us drive 40,000 miles a year and some of us 500 miles a year, think what kind of riding you will be doing first, if 500 forget the warranty, 40,000 get it.
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