First the details: Dark Graphite Metallic. Package 2. High Windshield.
After reading all the early reports I found myself behaving as I did at Christmas when I was a little lad who peaked at his presents, with opening day still a week out. For me opening day was Saturday. Mine, the first to arrive and had everything I asked for. Wow. I told the dealer before I "bought" it I should take it for an obligatory test ride. He told me to limit the miles, unless, I was going to buy it. As i left the dealer I was remined that he also told me the manual says: "Do not to exceed 7,000 RPM, Do not to accelerate at full throttle, and avoid low engine speeds at full load", and "While running in motorcycle, vary throttle opening and engine-speed range frequently. Try to do most of your riding during this initial period on twisting, fairly hilly road, avoiding high-speed main roads and highways, if possible." I think it took all of 3 seconds to decide I was buying it as I headed for the Spiral Highway (if any of you know the Lewiston/Clarkston area, you know the road) -- a perfect fit for BMW's recommended run in procedure. I have never ridden a machine that handles like this new K1200GT. Just point it in the corner, roll on a little throttle, and hang on, you're going for a ride.
A couple of hours later, the 22 mile demo ride over, the paperwork completed I was departing for my 135 mile trip home. I planned on taking all back roads but the wind was brutal. Even though I was pleased with its ability to hold the road with 30-40 mph winds hitting from all angles, I decided for a more heavily travelled route: just in case.
Anyway, just wanted to voice another thumbs up for the bike. It's everything I hope for, plus more. My only negative is the seat comfort. My big, old backside let me know I'll be getting it custom done before long.
Well gotta go. Need to put more miles on the bike. I know, it's a tough job. But I'll do it.