Originally Posted by cyrjordan
Thank you. He said he had a "Static drop" around 80,000 miles. He replaced the panels with 2009 panels, to allow better ventilation to the air box. The air box was replaced by the dealer.
I've seen the bike in person and taken it for a quick test drive. He lives in my city.
He has been doing his own maintenance for the most part, but has many receipts from work done. The valves were last checked at 80,000. It is a 2007 model, as the title VIN matches the bike. It was never recorded as in an accident.
As far as the seats, the VIN number on the bike is: WB10597077ZN46681
Does that mean it will have 2006 seats, or later?
I thought the wilburs shock would be an asset, am I wrong?
Is $4500 to much to pay for this bike? What scares me, is what is it really worth, if I needed to sell it next year (chance I am moving)
Should I just spend more and buy maybe a newer model/less miles?
Thanks for your comments. Appreciate the help/advice.
Valves are normally checked every 18,000 miles. The bike has 8,000 miles to go before the next check. The exact mileage is not critical, and it is rare for the valves to need adjustment (using shims, and even more work to do).
The VIN says that it was made on 8 December 2006. That puts it (barely) into the later seat category (2007-2011 seat type). Since you have access to the K1200GT, you can check. Unlock the seat (key in the back, just above the license plate). If the joint between the passenger and rider seats is one tongue in the middle, it is an early 2006-2007 seat. If the joint between the seats is two separate tongues not in the middle, then it is the later 2007-2011 seat.
Wilburs shocks may be an asset, it depends on who you ask. My answer would be: "Wilburs shocks are superior to the stock BMW ESA shocks in terms of suspension performance. I prefer the BMW shocks because I enjoy the ESA feature."
Regarding what price to pay for the K1200GT, I don't know, so I would defer to others. It is important for you to understand that it isn't the cost of the bike, it is the cost of ownership. If something breaks, BMW K1200GT parts are outrageously expensive, even if you do your own maintenance. People here will give you good advice on where to find cheaper and used alternatives, but they are still expensive. The reward is an exceptionally versatile and capable motorcycle.
Should you spend more and get a newer model? That depends on what you get and at what price. The K1300GTs have a lot of subtle improvements, especially in engine fueling, especially at low RPMs. Compatible parts may be easier to obtain for a little while, and they will have a slightly longer warranty on the problematic fuel strips (date of original purchase + 12 years).
Here are some helpful links that I used to prepare this response:
Checking a VIN:
Seat types, scroll down the page until you see the photos with two seat bottoms:
I hope this helps!