Optional Side Covers; Errata
Hello! My name is Kurt. I'm new to this outstanding forum, and I would first like to express my appreciation for how much I've learned just by quietly "lurking" and reading here over the past several months.
Last fall, I custom-ordered a 2007 K1200GT (Crystal Gray Metallic) through Ohio Motorcycle in Hilliard, OH., and this Friday I will be meeting with their sales manager to carefully review (and perhaps make any last-minute changes to) my order before it is finalized and then submitted to BMW for production in the very near future. While my dealer has been very helpful in answering almost all of my questions, there are a couple that remain murky, and so far I've not been able to find solid answers to these questions through this site's search engine. Therefore, I would like to pose the following questions and requests to you all...
1) I've so far been unable to locate any online, detailed, close-up photos which clearly illustrate the appearances of the optional side covers, which include Granite Gray Metallic, and Dark Slate Metallic. (I've specified black seats for my bike.) While BMW's web site lists these side covers as available options, there are no corresponding photos! Thus, if anyone has detailed photos of these optional side covers on a CGM GT, I would greatly appreciate your posting them here! Also, for those who have opted for one of these optional side covers, have you found them to be any more prone to developing scratches or blemishes compared to what you might expect from the standard side covers?
2) Controversy: Synthetic oil, or not, for the 2007 K12GT? I've asked my dealer this question, and after they reportedly consulted with BMW, I was told that according to the mfgr., synthetic oil would be fine if it was used only in the ENGINE, but because the GT's oil is shared between engine and clutch, synthetic oil will reportedly damage the clutch, and therefore its use is supposedly frowned upon according to the factory warranty.
On the other hand, I've read several online opinions which basically claim that once the 2006-2007 K12GT's have been ridden for 10,000-15,000 miles on dino oil, it is supposedly completely safe to then change over to an appropriate, high-quality synthetic oil. My dealer has opined that so long as I observe the required oil change intervals with dino oil, there's probably not much sense in risking warranty issues through the eventual use of synthetic oil. But I'm a newbie here, so your help and advice would be most appreciated! (And by the way, please don't blow off my questions about synthetic oil by referring me to the search engine, since I've already done that, and so far I've found mostly conflicting opinions rather than a clear and convincing consensus.) At this point, my sense is that it's a good idea to follow the mfgr's directions..?
In closing, I want to again thank all of you for your help! I'll keep you posted on how things proceed with my new bike.
(For what it's worth, my GT has been ordered with the following thus far: ESA; cruise control; xenon light; TPM; On Board Computer; heated seats & grips; ASC; high windshield; BMW Nav. III; additional power socket; low seat; tank bag; small, hard top case; bike cover; standard side covers; anti-scuff protectors for side cases).