Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
Re: R1200rt 2014 question new buyer
I have a 2014 RT. Love it. Best bike I have ever owned... and this goes back to 1958 when I started. All the Harleys you mentioned were in my history, followed by my reincarnation within the BMW family. So...
My '14 has been Totally reliable so far, and no suggestion of anything amiss. Yes, I had the coolant seep in the earliest miles but the dealer was all over it and no issues since. There have been some software updates but those have either been done already or will be covered by the dealer... even if it is a private sale.
There has been some recent chatter about the Neutral-First Clunk. Yes mine has a bit of it but for that matter every BMW I have had did that. It is not a failure and never has been. The newest editions have made improvements with it but frankly it is a minor thing.
Having said that... if you want to go to a new '17 model you will be spending in the $22K range and that is without a lot of good-to-have things like top case and crash bars, so add on another $1k easy.
and... do not forget there are other things you will be shopping for- so build it into the budget- if it matters. Things like upgraded personal protective gear if you are not so equipped now. If you are a fan of on-board electronics, which most of the Wetheads have such as full-audio, GPS Navigation etc will probably call for a new helmet and/or up dated wireless bluetooth communications gear. (the Sena brand is very popular.)
Bottom-line is that from my perspective all the "Wet-Head" bikes are quite reliable, sexy, faster, more comfortable and user friendly... etc. If the seller is reliable, and if the candidate bike is right... you will really enjoy the bikes.
Questions? Where are you located? etc...
2014 R1200RT WC
"The Dude abides"