how many made and what's the out the door price
I have been looking for my "last" bike for about a year. Have had Honda, Kaw, Yamaha (last was a VMax) and have been looking at the ST1300 until I read the K1200GT article in Rider magazine.
List on the GT over ST1300 is $5k +. Advertised price on a new ST1300 ABS is around $13k - BMW dealer in Columbus, Ohio has one GT that lists out for $20,300 and some change.
I haven't ridden the GT yet, but have ridden the ST. Technologically there is no comparison between the ST and the GT with GT the clear winner. Most ST owners almost immediately add cruise, different seat, heated grips, etc. They bitch about the front forks being too soft and add different springs, etc. They bitch about the five speed trany - but can't do anything about it. (a lot of their complaints would not be present with the GT).
With that said: the BMW dealer said he had two more allocated to be built and if I wanted one with only certain options or color choice he could specify how the bike could be built before their next scheduled delivery date. Only mention on price was "list". I did not ask if he discounts.
Questions are: #1: how many GT's are supposed to be built?
#2: Has everyone's experience been "pay me list price or walk out the door"?
#3: Does anyone know the dealer cost?
I am 55 and have just purchased both a MB ML320 and Audi TT (both used) and I am extremely impressed with the build quality of both over and above US or Asian made cars/trucks. Build quality is the major reason I am leaning toward the GT over the ST1300 as my last bike I will need to purchase.
This forum is great - keep on telling us "non-GT-yet" owners how you like, dislike, the bike, it's service, (a friend said I could buy the computer software and do my own service check-ups - does anyone know if that is true? )
Everything I read will help me make up my mind.