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post #1 of 7 Old Oct 24th, 2014, 11:54 am Thread Starter
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Sticking with the K1200GT

As I tell people when they ask about my bike, Its the worst and best BMW motorcycle ever made (IMO). Its fast, comfortable ride, can hold luggage with two up, looks good, did I mention fast. BUT...it was engineered horribly. Be it cam chains, rear diffs or software messes this is one messed up bike.

I still ride it and it still does its job.

Last weekend my wife and I dropped by SJ BMW and looked at a 1600GTL.....$28k Now I know it was a blinged out GTL but I just can't afford to be in that debt. Of course my wife said "step away from the bike".

So I'm sticking with the GT....hey it only has 55k miles on it. Low by standards set around here.
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post #2 of 7 Old Oct 24th, 2014, 11:33 pm
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Re: Sticking with the K1200GT

The K12GT is a fine bike, with all of the qualities (good and bad) that you mentioned.

The K13GT is what the K12GT should have been, with most of the major and minor niggles sorted.

The K16 is a whole different beast altogether . . .

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All lower 48 states plus Alaska on the K13GT in two weeks . . .

Some people see the gas tank as half empty. Some see it as half full. All I care is that I know where the next tankful is coming from...
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Re: Sticking with the K1200GT

So is the 1600 a beast in a good way?
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So is the 1600 a beast in a good way?
I think so.

It's lighter than the K12LT, and heavier than the K12GT, but is easier to ride than both due to improved suspension, lower CoG, and massive HP and torque.

It's not my absolute perfect bike, but it comes damn close . . .

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So is the 1600 a beast in a good way?
Nothing good can come from this line of questioning


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Re: Sticking with the K1200GT

Well that's true because my wife always says any time I get near a K1600GT,,,,,Step away from the bike.
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Re: Sticking with the K1200GT

I have an LT and a 1600GT with a Trike conversion.
The GT is a wonderful machine, 6 forward gears, more torque, great sound system, user selectable suspension, place for integrated GPS, did I mention lots of Torque? etc.
I miss (or would miss if I didn't have a Trike) from the LT:
Reverse, LT has a more sporty Handling IMNSHO, hydraulic centerstand.

also the CAN-BUSS on the 1600T does make for a more reliable and simpler electrical system, but it also makes it harder to add farkles. One aux lighting manufacturer has figured out a way to hack the system which is pretty cool, but is also pretty expensive and restricts you (I believe) to only their lights.

Just my two cents.

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