Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Huntington Beach, Ca, USA
I have owned my R1200RT for almost 3 years and was riding a 93 K1100RS for 11 years. At 18K miles my tranny seals starting leaking. The tranny seals were replaced along with the clutch due to contamination at 20K miles under warranty. Do all of the 1200's leak? Of course not but I am certainly not the only one with this issue. Another potential issue has been some final drive failures. I have no problems with my final drive at all. No wobble in my rear wheel which is a good thing. In terms of maintenance cost it is actually lower than the K bike if you do maintenance yourself. Heck what is there to do other than adjusting valves every 6K miles and changing fluids and an air filter? I do my own maintenance which I prefer doing so it is no big deal for me. The comfort is why I bought the bike. As stated earlier I rode a K bike for 11 years. While I loved that bike I was looking for more protection, more upright seating, and a no dive front end which the telelever offers and this bike has delivered for sure. To be blunt I cannot believe how much I like this bike and the boxer engine. The new hexhead has about 15 more ponies than the previouse model, 45 lbs. lighter, with cruise control which is my favorite accessory on the bike. Remove the bags for day rides and if you keep it above 5K rpm's in the mountains in 3/4 gear not many bikes will get away from you. The best advice I can offer is go test ride one for 1-2 hours or better yet rent one for a day. It will be the best $150 you could spend. I test rode mine for 20 minutes and bought it on the spot. The 04 RT I rode for 6 months was on the selling block with no regrets whatsoever. As a matter of the fact the new hexhead fixed everything I did not like about my 1150 RT. Bottom line is that I am really satisfied with this bike. Mechanically is it superior to the 1100/1150 in every way. Just go test ride one and see for yourself.
'05 R1200RT, Ruby, as in RED, (current garage queen)
'04 R1150RT, '99 Ducati 748 BiPosto, '93 Seca II, '93 K1100RS, '83 Yamaha Maxim 750,