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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Feb 16th, 2016, 9:04 am Thread Starter
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Would you keep it ?

Just picked up a 2008 k1200 GT. My first BMW. After reading the various posts about some of the usual challenges of ownership ie. ESA and ABS needing replacement I was wondering that if after having the ESA rebuilt or shocks changed and ABS module fixed by Module Master would you consider the bike is now what it was meant to be from a reliability standpoint? The reason I ask is if I do encounter and fix these issues will I now have a bike that I can enjoy for a good number of years ?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Feb 16th, 2016, 1:30 pm
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To tell you the truth, If I was in the market for a 12gt (and knew what I know) I would prefer a bike who had the ABS done by MM. At that point, a very common failure has been fixed with better components...and warranted. That's a plus in my book. The fuel strip is at least on BMW for a while. As far as the ESA, that's not a rampant failure so I wouldn't worry about it. But if the owner said it had been replaced then that's another plus.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old Feb 18th, 2016, 10:15 pm
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Accelerated Tech re rebuilding shocks

I had the rear shock go when I was in California. I came across someone that bought a new one for $3500. Accelerated Tech in Buckhorn ON 705 657 94901 can also rebuild one for $265 CAD. You can have a stronger spring done at the time of rebuild. If you have 40 000 miles / approx $60 000 km then look at the rebuild as part of the regular maintenance especially if the bike has been ridden 2 up with all the gear ( luggage loaded). Good luck and have fun
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old Feb 22nd, 2016, 4:49 pm
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Just picked up a 2008 k1200 GT. My first BMW. After reading the various posts about some of the usual challenges of ownership ie. ESA and ABS needing replacement I was wondering that if after having the ESA rebuilt or shocks changed and ABS module fixed by Module Master would you consider the bike is now what it was meant to be from a reliability standpoint? The reason I ask is if I do encounter and fix these issues will I now have a bike that I can enjoy for a good number of years ?
My 2008 has been pretty bulletproof so far, with 49K miles on it, and I would assume yours will be also. Mine has been cross country and to Alaska and back and has seen a little more abuse than most. I arm myself with the knowledge I read on this site, so that I will know what to do if something happens. The only thing I did as a preventative maintenance item, based on what I've read here, was the cam chain tensioner upgrade. I think you made a good choice with this bike and assuming it's been well maintained and you do the same, it should be a very reliable bike for years to come.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old Feb 28th, 2016, 9:10 am
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I've had no ABS or ESA issues, but did have a final drive failure. I wouldn't put too much worry into issues until you experience them. Odds are you may never have a problem. Just ride and enjoy.

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old Mar 5th, 2016, 1:17 pm
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Check BALL JOINTS TOO

Take the front wheel and move back and forth to see if there is any play. If so change the two when you do the front shock.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old Mar 7th, 2016, 7:45 am
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final drive

I have a 07 1200gt with 55000 miles. The bike is the best bike on the planet when it is running. I did replace the final at 35000 miles, just in time for warranty. Had all other updates also. My question is . Should I get rid of the bike before the final goes out again. I don't know if they put a better final in, or updated them. I love the bike, (BUT) THANK YOU FOR ANY REPLY.
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