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post #1 of 6 Old Jul 23rd, 2014, 4:57 pm Thread Starter
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2006/7 Brake system question

I am looking at purchasing a 2006-7 K1200GT and it is my understanding that the braking systems were changed sometime in 2006 to an improved system. I stopped at a BMW dealer today and he said to just stick with a 2007 model. I thought that depending on the date of manufacture for a 2006 you can get the improved system. Can someone enlighten me as to the correct information? Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 6 Old Jul 23rd, 2014, 5:51 pm
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Re: 2006/7 Brake system question

Welcome, Harold.

The K1200GT was built from 2006 to 2008, and is basically the same bike throughout with the exception of the brakes.

The 2006 GT has power-assisted brakes, similar to the K1200LT.

The 2007-2008 GT did away with the power assist, in favor of a more traditional ABS system.

Any year would serve you just fine, but the '06 brakes do require additional maintenance, and can have a bit of a "grabby" feel if you're not used to them. And as is typical with BMW, each newer model year has several small tweaks and improvements, although the big changes came with the K1300GT bikes in 2009.

Are you having much luck finding good K1200GT bikes in your area?

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Re: 2006/7 Brake system question

Ken, thanks for the input on the brakes. Would it be fair to say the 07-08 ABS system is better than the Power assisted of 06? The dealer rep indicated to bypass the 06 as they would require more maintenance and are more expensive to maintain.

Finding a bike in Portland has been an experience but not a total waste. There was an 07 last week for $4200 but the owner was honest about the ABS issue and that it needed to be replaced. I got a $3500 price from the dealer so decided I didn't want to deal with that and any other unknowns. I also found one for $7900 with about 35K but passed as I didn't like the color. Will keep looking and waiting during the winter. I suspect I can find someone in the colder parts of the country that might need some cash and the bike is just sitting.
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Re: 2006/7 Brake system question

Either braking system will stop you very quickly. Some riders don't like the "grabbiness" of the power brakes (although they work just fine with a bit of finesse), and there are some increased maintenance costs. Because of that, and a few other production upgrades, the '07-'08 bikes are usually more sought after.

There are aftermarket folks who can rebuild the ABS system for a few hundred dollars, but a BMW mechanic pretty much has to do a full replacement as his only option, which quickly reaches into ridiculous costs.

These bikes are out here for decent prices, but you just have to do your homework.

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Re: 2006/7 Brake system question

Subtle shift of topic:
A friend has an '06 K1200RT. His ABS warning light does not go out The bike was recerntly serviced and the brakes were disconnected then bled. Does anyone have any experience with this that does not include throwing away the $$$ brake modulator?

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Re: 2006/7 Brake system question

I think you mean a R1200RT as they did not make a K1200RT, but they did make a K1200R, S and GT in 06. They changed brake systems in production runs after 08/06 for the R1200RT so we need to know if it is the servo iABS or the gen II ABS (non-servo).

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