Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Chesterfield, VA, USA
I love the ride of my GT more than just about any bike I've ridden and that includes the K1600 GTL that I test drove. Quick and nimble for around town and commuting but comfortable on the long haul. However, it has been the most unreliable bike I've owned. I've experienced a flange failure 500 miles from home. Got it fixed and within a couple of weeks had a final drive failure and master cylinder failure. Couple of weeks after that the ABS pump went out. Now that it has most major parts replaced, I'm going to keep it and continue to ride it.
From what I'm told by the dealer and on here, I am the rare exception and the odds were very low for these failures. That doesn't help much when pulling out that checkbook.
If you enjoy the bike, buy it but be sure to get the extended warranty. I have never purchased an extended warranty on any large purchase because they are mostly profit centers for the vendor. However with this bike I feel it is required. Wish I had one, it would have saved me thousands of dollars.
Good luck. The GT is a very fun ride and it sits in the perfect place between a sports bike and a touring bike.