Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: ST Charles, Il, USA
I'm gonna chime in here....bought my 07 GT with 12,000 miles on it last winter, in a fit of emotion. Bought from my local dealer, where it had all its' services performed. Turns out original owner only lives a couple of miles from me and we converse regularly. Plus, my Parts Manager gave me its' warranty repairs history, which was only the key thingie. Didn't read these forums until after I bought the bike. Not a newbie, this is about my 10th BMW in 20+ years. Every different model, from Airheads to Singles to K Bikes ...you name it. Usually at least 2 around here at any given time. And never a new one. In over 200,000 + miles, I have never had a major repair on any of them. But after getting the GT and reading this and other K bike forums, I really wanted to get rid of the bike, at almost any cost. I wanted to take it to Colorado this past summer, but at the last minute I took my faithful GS for fear of the GT breaking down and costing me $ 1,000's in repairs. Keep in mind, the bike has never done anything to lead me to beleive me that it might break. But reading everything here sure had me worried. But here we are, at the end of another riding season, the GT just got it first replacement battery today( 5 years on the stock battery). It has fresh tires put on by me, an anti freeze flush done by yours truly, and fresh oil and filter. I've put 6,000 miles on it since I bought it without so much as a hiccup. Bike runs like a top. I think switching over to Rotella Syn 5w40 really made a big difference in how it starts ( quietly ) and just how much smoother everything seems to be. Never thought I would say that about an oil. I have finally learned how to shift the bike without it sounding like something is going to fall off, or out of, it. And I have given up the thought of having to trade it, along with my beloved GS, just to get rid of it. It always puts a smile on my face whenever I ride it. I have had several fast R bikes ( 1150 RS and 1200R) but the power of this bike is intoxicating. And you don't have to wack it open to feel it. During the 18,000 mile service, I will have the jump guard put in as well as having my timing chain measured. If it has stretched to out of spec, and I doubt it has, I'll have them replace it. But so far, the bike has been everything I was looking for, and has continued to maintain the BMW quality I have been fortunate to get out of all my BMW's. Perfect ? None are. But no complaints either.
Last edited by mikesbikes; Nov 20th, 2012 at 10:48 pm.