Originally Posted by Chief-Rick
I think I am going to take the plunge and purchase a 2004 K1200GT. I am looking at one that has 27,000 miles and looks pretty good. All maintenance records in hand. What do you think of this for a 240#, 6'3" experienced rider?
My last big bike was a Goldwing and my current Triump America kills my back after 40 minutes. Any opinions will be properly weighed.
Is this a stock color?
If you plan on riding it a lot of miles, make sure that the suspension has been upgraded or replaced, or budget for it yourself. The OEM suspension seems to wear out in the 24,000-30,000 mile area.
I had an '04 GT that I really liked. The lure of better handling and more power sucked me into trading it for the new generation model. Good move on my part!
You didn't say which model of Goldwing that you had. If you're comparing it to a GL1800, the GT you're looking at will be a bit faster, quicker, just as solid at speed, probably just as nimble at low speeds. The '04 had the best stock seat "for me" that I've ever had on a motorcycle, unlike the newer model whose seat sucks. I found the footpegs on my '04 a bit close to the ground, and I often found my boots touching during aggressive corning. I've not yet touched on my new GT.
The '04 had a bit of a flaky idle, along with some hard cold start issues. These were totally cured with a software upgrade, so make sure that has been done, as warranty will no longer cover it.
I don't know about the color, I thought that was an '03 color, but I'm not sure. My was blue.
Compared to your Triumph, it will be a rocket, but a comfortable one. The slight forward lean position takes a bit to get comfortable with, but I hate riding any other way now.
Good luck with whatever you chose.