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post #1 of 3 Old Dec 23rd, 2018, 11:10 pm Thread Starter
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Question Comparing 05 and 07 R1200RT

I need your help deciding which bike to purchase...either the 05 or 07.

Both have approx. 33k miles, are in excellent shape, similar features and around the same price. The only difference is the 05 has had one owner who serviced it at a BMW dealership since it was new. The 07 has had multiple owners and self maintained and it has a few more scratches on it.

I just feel like the 05 has been better maintained and more carefully ridden/maintained.

The 05 is priced at $6500 and the 07 is at $6800. According to Nada and Kelly, these both seem to be priced high. However, its hard to find any bikes available under $6000.

Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks in advance for your input.
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post #2 of 3 Old Dec 24th, 2018, 7:39 am
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Re: Comparing 05 and 07 R1200RT

Somewhere around 2005, the RT's motor was redesigned and came with two spark plugs per cylinder. This helped to eliminate a hesitation problem the RT's had. The 2005 may have also had the electric servo brake system which has had problems and is a major cost to repair if it goes bad. I would go with the 2007. But then again, that is my opinion. Others that are more knowledgeable with the RT's will chime in.

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Re: Comparing 05 and 07 R1200RT

I also would go with the '07, but based on your descriptions, the '05 sure sounds very attractive. The only negative is the added complexity of the servo brakes of the '05, which will cost more to repair as well as to maintain. The '07 does not have the servo assist, and so the maintenance is very straight forward.

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