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After much debate, I finally bought a BMW. I bought a K1200GT in San Diego and rode it home to Canada. A distance of 2000 miles, or roughly 3000 km !

Not a mechanical problem the whole way. Fantastic bike on the highway - especially at around 85 mph. So stable. In town and at low speeds, the weight shows.

I'm happy with my purchase. I'm still finishing up the import process with Canada regulations. The one negative item? BMW Canada wants $500 for a "recall letter" which states the bike is up-to-date as far as any recalls go. I think this is just a cash grab and a way for BMW to try to dissuade people from importing their cars and bikes from USA.

I went through Arizona and New Mexico on the way home. Let's say being from Canada, I'm not used to 100'F + temps! Colorado and further north were slightly cooler at 90'F.

Now to scour the forums for wisdom and hints for my bike....
 

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Congrats on the new bike, and what a great a way to get to know it well. :)

You're gonna love it.

Too bad you couldn't just get a Recall Letter from the selling dealer . . .
 

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awesome report ,i also have the gt and though i havent put that many mile's in one trip yet i have done several 2-300 miler's and the seat sucks ..did you have an aftermarket seat ,how many mile's per day did you ride ,and yes for me its the best darn machine i've ridden...
 

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Congrats mate, Im one of the few who find the stock seat ok, in fact Ive got a Airhawk but on this bike it makes things worse for some reason, also I use my bike a fair bit round town and for a big ol bus find it pretty nimble, in fact easier than an S I tried. $500 for a letter? And I thought it was only us in the UK who got shafted, no pun intended. Enjoy your new steed.
 

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Yea, I remember the guy I sold my GS to needed to get one of those (he was from Alberta). He asked if I could get one from my dealer, which I did. It was a simple printout from the BMW dealer on their letterhead that stated "No Campaigns" with the VIN #. He thought it would work but I never heard back if it worked. My dealer did it for free.
 

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gordsaid said:
I think this is just a cash grab and a way for BMW to try to dissuade people from importing their cars and bikes from USA.
Yes, and a rather brazen one at that. But as the others mentioned contact your selling dealer and they should be able to provide you the documentation... although that's not to say that BMW Canada will then say that the printout must come from Canadian dealer's printer or something. Pretty much legal theft.
 

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How about the selling dealer sends it to a Canadian dealer and they in turn print it for you on their printer?
 

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Or the selling dealer sends it directly to you, for that matter, and you print it yourself?
 

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How about the selling dealer sends it to a Canadian dealer and they in turn print it for you on their printer?

Or the selling dealer sends it directly to you, for that matter, and you print it yourself?
Won't work either way.

First, this is bureaucracy. It's their rules, it doesn't have to make sense, and you have to follow them or you're screwed.

And second, it is done as a punishment to those who buy cheaper bikes in the US and import them, thus bypassing BMW Canada's profits. So they just grab $500 directly for running a simple check and printing out a piece of paper.

It's just the way the world works, I'm afraid . . .
 

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Hey Winterpeg. Call the US dealer and run the vin for updates. If the basics are done, airbox, dog bone, stablizer etc, there is little that the Canadian dealer will have to add. Actually, likely nothing. If you have no remaining waranty, its nothing but a BMW dealer cash grab.
I dont think you need the 500 dollar paper for licence and insurance so I would be inclined to change the oil, check the brakes and ride the snot out of it.
Good luck

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I think we need some pictures to verify the you really did buy yourself a GT :D

The whole recall letter nonsense and such was one of the reasons I chose to buy mine in Canada, but I did wait quite a while to fine the right one at a reasonable price. Deffinitly more for sale south of the border and often at very low prices. I still ended up spending money for an out of province inspection to get the registration for it here in Alberta since it came out of BC.
 

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Congrats on your new bike. I just picked up a 2008 K1200GT about a month ago and couldn't be happier with it.

No guarantee that this will work for you since you're in Canada, but MaxBMW in NY and CT offers a free VIN check for open recalls.

More info on their website here: http://maxbmw.com/service/service.html

Many many years ago I lived in Winnipeg, so all I can say is I hope that thing came with a set of skis as well as tires :rotf:
 

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Congrats on your new ride. I have 83000 klm on my 2008 bought brand new october 2008. Living in Quebec we have a short season, just like you in Manitoba. I'm thinking about getting a newer bike but I just can't get my mind on what can possibly replace my kgt. I rode 2 weeks in the Alpes in France and Italy on a K16000GTL but came back a bit disapointed. The K12/13 gt are hard to beat. ! Enjoy :)
 

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About the recall letter. The previous owner got this famous recall letter from his dealer, but it even said on there "not for export purposes" or something like that. It sounded like BMW USA was helping out BMW Canada rob people of $500.

And the seat? After about 3 days, it started getting uncomfortable. I rode about 8 hours per day. Took me 5 days to get home. The last day was a little longer because I just wanted to get home (11 hours that day).

I picked up the bike in San Diego, and I live in Winnipeg Manitoba. That means I rode through California, Arizona (too damn hot), New Mexico, Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota and finally North Dakota. Actually it was hot the whole way. I wanted to go up Pikes Peak but it was closed due to forest fires. Sounds like a lot of Colorado is dealing with fires.

I'll get some pictures up soon. Gotta say, that bike is so stable at 85+ mph. I almost forget how fast I'm going !
 

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awesome stuff...thanks for sharing ,cant wait for pics...
 

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Congrats on the bike and glad you enjoyed the ride. I got mine in mid-April of this year so just under 3 months ago and have put on over 4,400 miles on it so far. Yes, set the cruise at 80mph and it cruises so well on the freeway... and still gets 42mpg.

Unusually hot for this time of year and the places you rode. It's a dry heat down south so not so bad.

That sucks about your $500 penalty but I guess getting a good deal and saving over $500 by getting a US bike instead isn't too bad. If you bought a Canadian bike you wouldn't have made that memorable trip.

Stock seat started to hurt at around 300 miles. After the second day and about 760 or so total miles I was done riding for a while. $500 or so for an aftermarket seat is the penalty we pay for our posteriors.
 
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