Welcome to the November issue of the Next Gen K1200GT rumor watch. The little birdies have been chirping a lot today and the air is abuzz with excitement. Like giddy schoolchildren with super duper double stick a needle in your eye best friends promise secret, some sources just can't keep from spillin' the beans. So here it goes...
- The K1200GT is officially on the production calendar and is slated for production beginning in January. The pre-production mules have been through their paces, logging over 200,000 miles (or would that be kilometers), and the new K1200GT has been ready for production since the break in August. Just with all the attention on the HP2, GS Adventure, and the new R1200S and F800 bikes, the GT had to wait its turn.
- Some US dealers have been given details on the new K1200GT, including available colors, options, and delivery dates. I can't get a single person to spill the beans on pricing. That probably means they don't know. The January production date, along with certain dealers getting an advance product update still leaves the march/april timeframe rumors alive and well.
- While there's no hard data on the specifications, the general rumor consensus says that the new GT will have 153 or 157 HP (can't remember if it was 10 less than the S or 10 less than the R), have an electronic cruise control, electric windscreen, heated comfort seat, and heated grips. Rear cases will be identical to the R1200RT, and the front fairing will be larger than the current K1200S and smaller than the R1200RT. "Think something more ST-ish, but not" (that's a quote). The spy pictures from Spain are fuzzy, but they are the "real deal".
- No word on whether or not the GT will be shown at the Milan show later this month or shown anywhere before the dealer meeting in Q1 of 2006.