Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: New York, NY, USA
I have a 2008 KGT. Bought it with 1,700 miles a few years ago. At 10,000 miles the ABS died (the electronic part of the ABS unit), just out of 3 year warranty. BMW split the repair cost with me, but I laid out $1K for that. I do all my own service so those costs are OK. Put a new battery in after 5 years for peace of mind.
This can be an expensive bike to own. Either buy an extended warranty, or set aside you own "repair insurance fund" as I have, for the inevitable $$$$$ cost of repairs. I like to set up my own fund, rather than bet against myself by paying for an insurance policy when I have the money, but many on this site have benefited from a warranty.
The bike, if it is running nicely is a joy to ride. If it has the fast idle issue it is a horror. Make sure you get to test ride it on a really hot day to make sure the throttle is not hanging up.
Check rear end play to avoid a FD $$$$ repair.
Make damn sure the cam chain anti jump guard has been installed to avoid a $$$$ life threatening explosion.
If all this sounds OK to you, buy the bike for a really discounted price and ride.
2008 K1200GT, Custom Paint, Vivid Black, Aeroflow WS & Aeroguards, Givi E52 Maxia Topcase w/AdMore Lighting, Zumo 660, Suburban Footpeg Lowering, Sargent Seat
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