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K1200GT Buy Recommendations

I just moved back to the states after living overseas for a few years. Before I left the states I owned a 2004 K1200GT. I liked the bike a lot except for a few things (mostly being top heavy). I want to buy another K1200GT as it seems to fit my requirements and riding style the best. Any recommendations on what years ~(2005-2009) are the most reliable/best engineered? My budget is $12,000. Thanks...
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this is a loaded question for sure...

i've spent most my money on bike's boat's and broad's the rest i've wasted..
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The slant 4 K1200/1300GT's have no where near the reliability of the flying brick K bikes. Pick a different model or Brand. The 2006-2011 BMW GT is a chapter in BMW's history that they would like to forget. You can buy a new Triumph Sprint GT for less than $10K or a nice FJR1300 or Concours. Sorry, but things have changed since you have been away.

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Nonsense, don't let these clowns talk you out of owning a great machine. As is usual with these internet forums, all you hear about is the bad. Many have ridden many miles with lots of fun. It is a fast, complicated, expensive bike to operate. Know that going in.

Ride one of those soul-less Japanese clones? I'd rather eat worms.

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The 1998-2004 K1200RS/GT was based on the flat-4 Flying Brick motor, also used in the K1200LT. This motor had all four cylinders located front-to-back and horizontal to the ground, with a single-plate dry clutch and separate transmission.

In 2006, BMW moved to an all-new design, using a Slant/4 engine. This motor is more like modern Japanese sport bikes, with the four cylinders stretched across the frame and slanted forward, with a multi-plate wet clutch and integral transmission.

There are many other changes as well, so doing a bit of research is definitely in your best interest.

In 2009-2010, The Slant/4 K1200GT was replaced by a Slant/4 K1300GT which solved many of the issues found on earlier bikes.

So your first question is whether you want to stick with the familiar Flying Brick model, or go with a newer Slant/4 model.

All of these bikes had good and bad points, and some reliability issues, including the K1200RS/GT models. Like any used vehicle purchase, the trick is to inform yourself with the good and the bad, and then find a bike that's in good shape at a price you're comfortable with.

There are still some nice Flying Brick bikes out there that can be had for a decent price, although you have to watch total mileage and overall care.

And lots of K12/13GTs were traded in on the latest Slant/6 K1600GT/GTL bikes, so you can often find the Slant/4 bikes at a decent price. Again, with mileage and condition being a big factor.

So I'd say do a bit of poking around, look at various BMW sport-toruing websites (especially their Classifieds sections), maybe visit a local dealer and see what used bikes they have on hand. And maybe even arrange for a test ride or two.

Then you'll know more, and will be able to make a decent decision.

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well said Ken ..thats what i did and have been vewry happy...

i've spent most my money on bike's boat's and broad's the rest i've wasted..
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Nonsense, don't let these clowns talk you out of owning a great machine. As is usual with these internet forums, all you hear about is the bad. Many have ridden many miles with lots of fun. It is a fast, complicated, expensive bike to operate. Know that going in.

Ride one of those soul-less Japanese clones? I'd rather eat worms.

....what he said.....

Check the forums for complainers about the Fj, Hondas, or any other machine for that matter. Same thing...

Do some homework, find a clean 07-2011 k bike with updates, and ride.....regular maintenance, ride safe...you wont look back...." It is a fast, complicated, expensive bike to operate"...very true...but ya know what....so are planes, boats , cars, or whatever else you want to enjoy some time with.
Lots of choices out there, and if you have have ridden BMW before, you likley will understand what I am talking about..Good Luck with the hunt

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Originally Posted by lhendrick
Nonsense, don't let these clowns talk you out of owning a great machine. As is usual with these internet forums, all you hear about is the bad. Many have ridden many miles with lots of fun. It is a fast, complicated, expensive bike to operate. Know that going in.

Ride one of those soul-less Japanese clones? I'd rather eat worms.
yup!!! could'nt agree more ,you cant pleaae everyone but as you see the majority seem's pretty happy...

i've spent most my money on bike's boat's and broad's the rest i've wasted..
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