That's too bad about the sparse owner's manual. I'm considering a new K1200GT or a new R1200RT to replace my '04 R1150RT and I am trying to roughly estimate the maintenance costs between the two. I am aware of the 6,000-mile boxer engine valve checks. Supposedly, the GT "tells" you when the valve clearances need checking through the BMW computer diagnostic tool. How often should the bike be brought to the dealer for this electronic check? I think I read somewhere at one time that it's every 8,000 miles. Correct or no?
My technical aptitude is currently limited to simple tasks like oil changes and the like, although with some reading and perhaps attending a tech day I think I may be able to handle R series boxer engine valve adjustments and throttle body sync. That would save dramatically on mainenance costs, and time for me since I live 150 miles from the nearest BMW dealer. I would definitely need to bring the GT in to the dealer for valve check/adjust for the life of the bike, so that is a slight negative to the GT (for me).
As you can tell, maintenance cost/time is an important consideration for me. Both the RT and the GT would offer adequate power for my needs, although the GT is apparently much faster. Ergos seem fine to me on both bikes. I am somewhat concerned with the numerous posts on this forum about problems, albeit mostly relatively minor in scope, related to the new GT. Perhaps these issues will be resolved as the bike's design "matures". The newer RT, having been around a year or so longer than the new GT, seems to have less reported problems (although some apparently still do exist).
Decisions, decisions... I will make up my mind soon, but I'd appreciate any insight you may have. Sorry for rambling. Thanks! :yeah