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Translated from BMW Germany:

"The K 1200 GT the past K 1200 GT follows and is based on the innovative engine technology of the K 1200 S and K 1200 R. the second generation of the GT offers driving dynamics on high level. In addition considerably the engine tuning particularly designed for high torque contributes, which to sovereigns road performances as well as maximum Agilitaet leads.

The achievement of the Sporttourers will amount to over 110 kW/150 HP. Also the chassis components do not leave open desires. The same technical basis has the K 1200 GT as the K 1200 S and offers to the customers the front wheel guidance Duolever, the Paralever for the rear wheel guidance as well as special equipment the electrically adjustable shock strut (ESA).

The GT earned the name "Gran Turismo" like no second. To the series trim the adjustable seat and an adjustable steering wheel belong. The wind sign can be electrically individually adapted. Further components of the equipment are the luggage system as well as the BMW motorcycle integral ABS in the part-integral version.

In addition BMW motorcycle holds a custom-made offer ready at special equipment and option. Perfect wind and is enclosure and the optimal driving equipment offers the new K 1200 GT for route and long-distance drivers. The machine is surprisingly narrow nevertheless and works very elegantly."

http://www.bmwhp.org/content.asp?ID=1064&CLASS=NEWS
 

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New GT

I think it looks great. They lowered the exhaust so both bags are full size, and added passenger grab rails. Nice touch. The seat also looks flatter than my 04 which suggests less forward slide on hard braking. This has definitely created a problem for me as I've just gotten my bike the way I like it.
 

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Grumble, grumble...

I'd really like to like this bike more, given its power, but I'm finding it difficult. My 04 GT resembles a sportbike when the bags are off. With the low exhaust, that masquerade is over on the 06/07/whatever. The sportiness + comfort is what drew me to the GT in the first place. Not sure that sportiness has been retained...
 

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Then buy an S ... I for one am glad BMW has decided to make two different bikes the S is the SPORT touring bike. The GT is just that a GT; a more upright less sporty bike. The old RS and GT were in reality the Same bike. Now we have two different bikes. Designed for different missions. Bravo BMW. You finally built the RT with a K bike soul!
 

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There's no pleasing some of you.

When the first generation GT came out, many of you bashed BMW for not lowering the exhaust to accomodate a full-sized bag, and now you knock them for doing just that.

While the styling is all David Robb, and in my opinion leaves MUCH to be desired. It can be easily seen that, aside from styling and looks, BMW has responded to almost everything this group has complained about the previous generation GT.
 

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Sure agree with you Jeff... I am 'stunned' as of how reactions are...all that was 'Those-big-wants' of the old one is here....and now, why this.. why that??

I think for the first time BMW have given us K-freaks.. areal 'RT-like' Tourer, and if you consider yourself 'more-sporty'..go buy the S.....

Got any clues Jeff,...how will a new LT...look like after this one....I am wondering...
 

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I hope they offer different colors besides that dirty white perl (grey is not to bad)...looks like something you would find on a cadillac :) I did not like the upright bars on the RT, so not sure I will like them on the GT...will reserve judgement till I can actually get a test ride.
 

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eljeffe said:
There's no pleasing some of you.

When the first generation GT came out, many of you bashed BMW for not lowering the exhaust to accomodate a full-sized bag, and now you knock them for doing just that.

While the styling is all David Robb, and in my opinion leaves MUCH to be desired. It can be easily seen that, aside from styling and looks, BMW has responded to almost everything this group has complained about the previous generation GT.
You are right of course, they have given us what was asked for, more protection, more HP, better luggage, most of the things on the list, but the style is a very personal thing.

I think that those who bought the RS/GT purchased it not just because it did it's job better than much on the market, but looked beautiful doing it. Function and form coming together is a very personal thing, and while we might admire a machine for its function and effectiveness, when it comes to vehicles looks have a major impact.

I think that some of the negatives on style are a result of this, and David Robb should take this feedback for what its worth. The RS/GT may end up being a classic, and maybe the new styles will grow on us. When BMW modified their cars styling a couple of years ago, sales plumetted, not because the cars weren't technically better than other years. They were just ugly.

For me at least a "turn round one more time to look at her" is an important factor in buying a motorcycle. It's not just a machine, it's an extension of my personality so looks come into it. I have tried many bikes that I like the look of that did not have the ergos, behavior or features that turned me on. BMW has always been there on that front.

So, I guess you are right. Technically they have delivered. As Winston Churchill was once admonished by a lady for being drunk... which he replied. "Yes, madam I am drunk, and you madam are ugly. Tomorrow morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly".
 

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Are the specs out on it?

The bike, not the chick. It looks like they've added 50 pounds or more from the S. Have they published the weight? It would still be a step up in the power/weight ratio from the "old" K's, RS and GT.
 

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Does that fairing adjust?

Maybe it my imagination, but it looks like the middle section of the fairing maybe adjustable.. It looks like it could swing wider to offer more wind protection for the legs...
 

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Recognizing that style is admittedly subjective, in the first picture (the white/pearl bike), the tupperware looks very slab-sided to me. It almost appears that someone made the molds using pieces cut from a cardboard box. Perhaps it will grow on me with time. Then again, perhaps not.

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i think the new GT looks nice but I think the old GT looked better. i have no problem with the lowered pipe so that both bags are full size. i have no problem with the new GT at all but i don't think it's for me. i like the "S" better because i want the sporty look, all 167 hp and handling but i would like to see both bikes side by side at the dealer and then make my choice. i wasn't impressed with the styling of the "S" until i saw it in person and i'll hold final judgement on the GT until it arrives on the showroom floor. i would like to know if the rear luggage rack will fit on an "S" to break up the looks of the baboon ass tail light. i'd also like to know if the cruise control can be retro fitted to the "S". while i seldom use the cruise control on my RS i still like knowing it's there. last but not least i definately think the new GT looks better than any of the competition.
 

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Well, right now, this morning, I'd trade the 17 additional horsepower of the K-S for a 10 amp accessory plug! I'm about to leave on the bike and its a frigid 35 degrees F. (+1 celcius - is that right?). The K-S has a 5 amper and the gerbings liner takes at least a 7 amp plug.

The participation on this K-GT forum has sure blossomed as anticipated; great view points and conversation!

One question and an answer I'm pretty certain of is that the electronic cruise control cannot be adapted to the K-R/S. I already asked and it has something to do with the bars being different on the GT. They are the same ones, apprently, as on the RT and if you look closely you will see the thicker handles and the integrated reservoirs like on the present RS/GT. The K-S/R were designed lighter (or so I am told), they have thinner handles and the lighter reservoirs and cannot accept the cruise control from the RS/GT or the new GT and RT. Hope that makes sense.

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03-04 still looks good

Glad I bought the 04. Part of owning a BMW is the tried and true design. All the bugs and bull have been worked out by 20 or more years of owners and even some help from BMW. The new latest and greatest is for those with a lot of loose change, I am always impressed by the long life of the brick and airheads. I buy these things to have for a long time. My desire to go 150 mph is just not that high. Part of the BMW marque has always been longevity, that seems to be going away. Sorry to rant, just a few thoughts. Anybody know where I can get a belt for my 8 track player?
 

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Anybody know where I can get a belt for my 8 track player?
I'll check in the garage. I still have a quadraphonic 8-track player/recorder out there (seriously!!)

Rusty
 
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