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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old Jun 8th, 2015, 11:22 am Thread Starter
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Just got 2008 K1200GT, new to BMW

Just picked up 2008 K1200GT, excellent shape. Anything a newbie to BMW should know.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old Jun 8th, 2015, 12:15 pm
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Call your local dealer and give them the VIN so they can tell you if any "campaigns" are open on it. Unless the previous owner had them addressed, you might have a couple of recall issues to take care of.

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Yep, check into the recalls through a dealer (rear brakes, rear hub, cam chain guide). Its a heavy, fast bike, so get some fresh tires on it if the one's it came with are questionable at all. Do your first oil change yourself, you'll learn a lot about your new toy taking all the plastic off.
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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old Jun 10th, 2015, 8:32 pm
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Start a repair fund....it's such a great bike that you won't be able to live without if if you encounter one of the issues not covered by some warrantee or recall. If you don't use the repair fund, use it for a down payment on its replacement years down the road.

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Start a repair fund....it's such a great bike that you won't be able to live without if if you encounter one of the issues not covered by some warrantee or recall. If you don't use the repair fund, use it for a down payment on its replacement years down the road.
I bought an '07 K12GT a couple weeks ago from a dealer. I'm already using my repair fund.
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Anything a newbie to BMW should know.
Great bike to ride but If you don't have a BMW warranty you will need long arms and very deep pockets to keep on the road.
They are very unreliable and very very expensive to repair !

My K1200GT was my first and last BMW.
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Beemers are not for everyone. That's why they make Japanese bikes Don't let these noobs scare you, proper maintainence is the key, for anything. Suggest you go to I-BMW. Not as many noobs or trolls there. Just helpful folks and tons of experience. I hate to say since I have been here for ages, but this forum is basically DOA.

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Of course there not for everyone, they are marketed at middle aged executives with way too much disposable income, meanwhile in the real World...........
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Of course there not for everyone, they are marketed at middle aged executives with way too much disposable income, meanwhile in the real World...........
Ya know what, I don't have any problem with that I worked hard and long and enjoy the finer things in life. Beemers, Bimmers and a really good Bordeaux with a good cigar. So sue me.

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Of course there not for everyone, they are marketed at middle aged executives with way too much disposable income, meanwhile in the real World...........
What? I can't quite hear you over the silky smooth growl of my Slant/6 GTL . . .

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