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Went to dealer to see if they heard anything about arrival of the '09 GT's. He said he was just about to call me. Follow me, he says. They had the Red GT all set up on the show room floor, and he said they were assembling the Blue one. I had thought I would like the Red one initially, but one look at the Royal Blue was all it took. I bought it on the spot, and is now in my garage. The color is fantastic, not at all like the web shows it. I have had quite a few BMW's, ranging in color from graphite, canyon red, black, and crystal grey. This is by far the nicest looking color I have seen on a BMW. I took a few quick pics outside, but won't be able to give any ride reports for awhile. Looking at the pictures will explain why. I traded in an '07 GT that ran great from the day I bought it, but had all the updates and mods done, just to be safe. In a few months after I've driven it for awhile, I will post my observations, which probably won't mean a hill of beans to most of you----this coming from a person who thinks the bike already has too much power. (at least more than I know what to do with it) Already have noticed how easy it is to change rpm's from 1100 to say 1500, 1800, 2100. This was just about impossible on my '07. Maybe they really have changed the fueling to take care of some of the complaints from previous years. (i.e. slow speed handling) Won't be able to report until some of this darn snow melts.
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That is a great looking bike. I look forward to your observtions. I am one of those that would probably not use all of the horsepower but I want one anyway. I have always been a fan of gray and silver but that blue with the contrasting knee pad areas is very nice. Enjoy the ride.

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I'm looking at replacing my 2006 R1200RT for a 2009 K1300GT. I have a top box for my RT, will it fit on the 2009 GT?
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I'm looking at replacing my 2006 R1200RT for a 2009 K1300GT. I have a top box for my RT, will it fit on the 2009 GT?
The rear rack on the K13GT looks the same as the K12GT, so I'd say yes, your top case will fit.

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Great lookin bike but..... What's all that white stuff on the ground?
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Great looking bike!

Are those the stock grips on it? Looks like BMW did away with their old-style "tapered" grips????

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How did you get it home with all that white stuff - and what about the trade-in. Don't tell me you rode it to the dealership!!!!

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Did he pull the plug for the insurance money so he could pull the trigger?

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That bike is so hot it melted all the ice from the driveway!

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That bike is so hot it melted all the ice from the driveway!
Yup, the 09's double as snow throwers. Nice!

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Yep, new style grips on the '09. I think I will like these better. Never did like how the other grips had that taper. Maybe the heat will work a little better too.

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That is a good looking bike. Love the color.

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What a stunning bike. Based on the background in the pics did it come with snow chains? . I actually like the badge/vents on the side of the panels. Enjoy your new bike!!!

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What a stunning bike. Based on the background in the pics did it come with snow chains? . I actually like the badge/vents on the side of the panels. Enjoy your new bike!!!
I guess the only thing I don't care for on this bike are the new style brake and clutch . Maybe after awhile I will get used to them, but still think the old style awhile fit in with the lines of the bike much better. I don't mind the new style turn signals or the air vents at all, in fact kind of like them. I am going to try and keep the stock seat though, never really thought the old style was that bad to begin with,even though I bought a after market from Rick Meyer. Never thought the Rick Meyer improved the ride that much.

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"I guess the only thing I don't care for on this bike are the new style brake and clutch . Maybe after awhile I will get used to them, but still think the old style awhile fit in with the lines of the bike much better."

Well, since you commented on the reservoirs I will respond. I could not agree with you more. The reservoirs look much better on the '06-'08 GT. They totally blend in with the controls and grips vs. the yellow cups sitting up on the bars now. The only thing I can guess is that this was a cost cutting move.

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I wonder if the new brake reservoirs will be able to hold a GPS or Radar detector?

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Good one. I don't think so they will hold either.

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I wonder if the new brake reservoirs will be able to hold a GPS or Radar detector?
Not necessary. Just look at all that extra handlebar now available.

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Thats a great looking bike Rick!

Wish they would put that powerplant in the new LT.

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I'm still hearing rumors of a K1300RT, but alas, still just rumors.

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Well you would think they would finally listen to me! I have been requesting that bike for over 10 years.

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Well you would think they would finally listen to me! I have been requesting that bike for over 10 years.
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Rick...........blue GT looks good, except for the shadows of you!

Buying a new GT so early in MN? I might jump on one if it gets over 40 F this week.

Your bike looks really good.

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Now THAT'S what I'm talkin about.........Beautiful Bike!


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GREAT looking bike - congrats.

We saw a red one at a tech session this past weekend, and it looked soooo hot !!!! I have a '08 RT, and the luggage rack on the 09 K13Gt is just like mine, so your top box should fit. If not, let me know, and I'll buy it from you.

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That is one great looking bike. Best of luck and great riding to you.

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Oops, it looks like you forgot to leave that cup of urine at the medical examiners office! Kinda' wierd to have it riding on top of the bars...
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VERY NICE.......Rick.....almost sexy nice - I like the two-tone accents especially

My buddy saw the Magnesium Beige version at a local dealer last weekend and he absolutely loves it - I'm going for a peek this weekend (in the rain)

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Having the clear reservoir should be a good thing since your fluids darken as they draw moisture. For me it would be a good reminder of when it's time to flush out the lines.

The only bad thing I can see is how long it's going to seem now until it's spring.


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Beautiful bike! but why is the Vespa logo etched onto your windscreen? And how much did that cost, because if you have one, then I have to have one also.

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It was a thousand dollar option! What a F'Kn rip off!

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I must say that I don’t like the new reservoirs. Was just at my local dealer and parked next to the 09 GT, of course, were two 08 GTs. Though I like the switch layouts on the 09 the new reservoirs gives the impression that BMW was trying to savy money. The old setup looks like a well made piece of art in comparison.

I’m sure, actually hoping, that aftermarket will provide a better reservoirs layout. There is no reason to have those reservoirs sticking out like sore thumbs. The whole time I was on the bike, my attention was distracted by them.

If their intent was to allow better inspection of the level and color of fluids…well I have yet to see a covered reservoir (BMW not included) that didn’t provide an inspection window.

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I'm envious!

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I must say that I don’t like the new reservoirs. Was just at my local dealer and parked next to the 09 GT, of course, were two 08 GTs. Though I like the switch layouts on the 09 the new reservoirs gives the impression that BMW was trying to savy money. The old setup looks like a well made piece of art in comparison.

I’m sure, actually hoping, that aftermarket will provide a better reservoirs layout. There is no reason to have those reservoirs sticking out like sore thumbs. The whole time I was on the bike, my attention was distracted by them.

If their intent was to allow better inspection of the level and color of fluids…well I have yet to see a covered reservoir (BMW not included) that didn’t provide an inspection window.
From a tech POV, I like the reservoir mounting locations. How many times have we heard our pals here all worried about their brake light flashing and it is ONLY the rear "buried" res a tad low on brake juice?

I was walking pit row in Hockenheim, Germany, during the DTC (German Touring Car Championship) event and I saw the Teves brake engineer with a handy little blue box doing digital brake fluid temp readouts for the crew chief on the Mercedes car (Bernd Schneider's car). I bought one ($1,100) and took it to FedEx NYC a few weeks later where they had brake pedals to the floor and their techs thought it was our pads (PFC Carbon Metallics). As we gathered the brake fluid boiling point data for truck after truck we constantly found BPs of 215 F, 218 F....darn near water. After considerable expense and time, we confirmed the issue (root cause) was the plastic brake fluid res Ford moved to (cost cutting). The check valve on it would suck air (laden with moisture) when the trucks hit deep water in the freeway ramp systems and the superheated steam off the headers/manifolds caused the res to swell, contaminating the system. FedEx was spending a ton of dough changing the brake boosters (not finding the root cause). We then moved to random checks from around the FedEx fleet locations in NA as they were checking to verify our findings. Sid Gooch, my pal of many years at FedEx, was thrilled becuase we saved them a ton and helped them avoid a dangerous pedal to the floor situation. They shortly after instituted a system wide PM (preventitive maintenance) program for brake fluid changes. This anecodote of my racing and fleet crossover is in my new book Brake Job, a nonfiction about my rise through the brake industry from roookie engineer to president of a top brake company. Some people just do not get brake fluid dangers. Many lives are lost because of those little reservoirs not being seen, not checked, and not understood. Vitallity of brake fluid is crucial to life.

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2006 K1200GT [now lives in Wisconsin]
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2002 K1200LTC [now lives in Georgia]
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More than 132,000 (recently corrected higher) motorcycle riders have died in traffic crashes since the enactment of the Highway Safety Act of 1966 and The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966. Be careful out there.
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post #37 of 38 Old Feb 14th, 2009, 12:46 pm
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merits of brake fluid reservoir locations

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....After considerable expense and time, we confirmed the issue (root cause) was the plastic brake fluid res Ford moved to (cost cutting). The check valve on it would suck air (laden with moisture) when the trucks hit deep water in the freeway ramp systems and the superheated steam off the headers/manifolds caused the res to swell, contaminating the system....
Get commentary, Rob! Speaking of Ford's fine engineering: you would think that the braking system on the CVPI would be EXTRA engineered--KNOWING the beating that those cars are gonna take. WRONG! You can change the fluid 'til the cows come home, the brakes STILL blow! Well it's ok, they don't go fast, so you don't need to stop fast either, right?
Now, I didn't even get to the gas tank that explodes....

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." (Some really OLD friggin' White dude who couldn't have possibly known what he was talking about!) WARNING: Official HATE speech!
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post #38 of 38 Old Mar 4th, 2009, 6:49 pm
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Re: Pulled the plug--

The colors are beautiful and the venting gets rid of the slab siding beef that I have with my 2007 GT. The reservoirs look cheesy. I like the old black ones rather than the clear ones they are now putting on the bike.
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