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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 31st, 2012, 1:39 pm Thread Starter
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Saying hello!

I was looking for a "welcome" section, but didn't seem to stumble on it. I wanted to say hello to everyone and mention that I just bought a '06 K1200GT with 24k miles. I've been riding ever since I was 16 but have always rode Jap bikes - this is my first ever Beemer!

With that said, I did a bit of research before buying but I'm still paranoid as all get out. Any little noise, especially engine-related (noting chain rattle at start-up and at idle), gets me bent out of shape. I've ordered the updated chain tensioner and jump gaurd but I ride 150+ miles a day. Hopefully at 25k (as of this morning) nothing bad will happen

But even with that said, all I can say and think is "wow"!!!!! This bike is pure awesomesauce and I completely understand the hype behind them! Now if I can get over all the horror stories I see on the boards about reliability and start enjoying it, I'll be set!
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 31st, 2012, 1:56 pm
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If true Beemer riders didn't have something to bitch, complain or worry about they wouldn't be Beemer riders....sure we luuuv the looks and nods we get out on the roads but that's why we wear full face hide our scared face that something may happen to send us to a dealer for service Oh...and we love to analyze "possible" crap until the cows come home. After your first BMW you will get over the stress and just ride the darn thing

Oh, and welcome aboard!
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 31st, 2012, 8:31 pm
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Add the cam chain jump guard and the updated tensioner (or the APE manual tensioner), then just ride it and enjoy it.

Most of these bikes don't have any major issues. And if something does crop up, then just pop in here and someone's likely to have seen it before and know how to deal with it.

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This should be the poster child of all wedge owners:

"No problem is so big or so complicated that it can't be run away from"

Dark Graphite: Making bikes faster for over 40 years.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old Aug 1st, 2012, 7:39 am
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welcome to the site ,these bike's did'nt get where they are because there p.o.s's.the majority of us ride the crap out of these and you dont see too many other mfgr's bike's touring the country with 80-k plus mile's on the clock ,so sit back and sqeeze that throttle and get busy...

i've spent most my money on bike's boat's and broad's the rest i've wasted..
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old Aug 1st, 2012, 9:03 am Thread Starter
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Thanks for the welcome, guys (and gals?). I know the majority of stuff you see on forums is negative (this is where people come to bitch about stuff, typically bad, that has happened to them. I visit enough car boards to know!

I did get an out-of-nowhere stall yesterday while heading home on the slab. Throttle became non-responsive, I pulled in the clutch to downshift and it was dead. I restarted with no problems and was on my way. When I got home, I put a can of Seafoam in the tank to see if it may be a dirty injector issue. I'll keep an eye on it and report via new thread if it becomes a reoccurring issue.
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