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post #1 of 29 Old May 14th, 2009, 11:20 am Thread Starter
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Any good news???

I read the GT forums and it really depressing. Seems the majority of us are in constant bitch mode about these bikes. I know we need to share our problems in order to help others avoid the same but it is a big downer reading K1200GT forums. Sometimes I think ignorance is bliss concerning riding the GT.


I'm not saying to stop the informative dialogue, heck I have used much of it myself, but we really do need to voice more positive aspects of this bike.


On the bright side mine is doing fine.
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If Grif, happens on this thread he'll open a bowl of sunshine on you. He's a one man cheer leading section. Has a great paint job on his GT too.

Word of caution: If he breaks out that little skirt and wants to shake his pom-poms, LOOK AWAY!!! It ain't purty.

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You have to remember that it's practically the nature of folks in forums like this to complain. It's akin to the old business addage - Give a person great service and they tell 1 person, give them bad service and they tell 10. So problems tend to get the most attention and engery given to them. It's the same in the media, you rarely rturn on the morning news and see everything is fine and cute puppies running around on screen.

SO, to break with the trend -

My K1300GT is awesome! I'm enjoying the bike, it's running great, handles like a surgucal instrument, and goes like stink. I have a little over 3000 miles on it now and I still get a smile on my face when I use and abuse the fast stick. It's not perfect (hazard light button stopped working, getting fixed under warranty) but no big deal, overall the thing is friggin' sweet! I may go out and ride more this weekend just to get more bug guts on it.

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I now have around 44K on my '06 and I could not be happier with it. The only time it left me stranded was when the ignition wire broke, but now that I know which one it is and where it is, it's no biggie if it happens again.

It's a great bike that runs like a bat outta hell!


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It's not perfect (hazard light button stopped working, getting fixed under warranty) but no big deal, overall the thing is friggin' sweet! I may go out and ride more this weekend just to get more bug guts on it.
Dave see if you can get them to swap out both side switch clusters that way it's done in one service. Both switches are know trouble on pre February K13

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They're checking that.

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I have a "new" (08 left over) GT. I hesitate to get on and talk about how "trouble-free" it has been, just because I haven't had it that long nor put that many miles on it yet. Not to mention I already had a problem with one of the brake pad wires!

But the key thing is why I bought it (and probably why people are willing to put up with some of the issues).

I was never that keen on it's looks (it's ok), I'm not a big BMW cheerleader (it's my first one), and I never was thrilled at the discount price (hence the leftover model). But then I rode it (ended up renting one for a couple of weeks).

It's all about the riding experience. Yes, long time touring bike folks will grouse about the weather protection, the comfort of the seat, the "nervous" behavior, "too much" horsepower, etc.

I come from the sportbike/"superbike" realm (my previous touring mount is a Honda CBR 1000). I consider the GT the perfect combination of a true "sport touring" bike. Ride somewhere far away (optionally with a passenger and gear) and still enjoy the twisty roads. And the motor is totally bonkers! It probably isn't the greatest match for a touring mount, but gives the bike a lot of character and is one of my favorite features. These things drew me away from my "comfort" zone and into a BMW dealership.

The good news is that it's a great bike to ride. Isn't that what it's all about?

I think it is worth some minor problems. As for those with major problems, well, there's always that. Not belittling their problems, but they are very complex bikes. Go to nearly any car/bike board dedicated to a specific make/model and you'll wonder why anybody buys one!

To be honest, if anything has disappointed me reading this board, it isn't problems with the GT, it's the lame dealer experience for so many (more than I expected). I really thought I was moving up the food chain a bit in dealer/manufacturer support, but now I'm thinking it's business as usual. Oh well...
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All you read on bulletin boards are the problems and complaints. There are MANY more folks who are having no problems. They just don't post. Other than having to replace the seat with an after-market product (I knew this before I bought), my '07 GT has been wonderful.

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Thanks...I needed that.
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Thanks...I needed that.
My GT absolutely rawks! It's daylong comfy and strafes twisties like it's running for it's life. It exits corners like Satan is after it. I'm also not afraid to work on it anymore since Ken and I tore into his for a valve check.



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I read the GT forums and it really depressing. Seems the majority of us are in constant bitch mode about these bikes. I know we need to share our problems in order to help others avoid the same but it is a big downer reading K1200GT forums. .
Have you forgotten there's an LT section here?
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I've had my 08 GT for just over a year and I average 18 to 20,000 miles a year. Not huge numbers but I ride it almost every day to go somewhere. I've had the air box replaced due to the high idle problems and one or two other small issues fixed which were all under warranty. I've had very good service from the dealer where I bought (A&S BMW). The dealers are high priced but I have no complaints about the service. I enjoy the bike and am very glad I pulled the plug and traded in my LT for the GT. Basically I have had a lot more days riding and enjoying it then days spent waiting for repairs at the dealer.......
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Jeez mine is in the shop at this very moment for hi idle/throttle chop FI issues. I am confident BMW will get er fixed and being an old guy who has owned 30+ bikes absolutely LOVE this bike.

In my powerboating days a sailing bud told me that "anything with a motor is a pain in the a**". He was right, who cares, twist the trottle, roll your eye lids back and smile. This bike rocks
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My GT absolutely rawks! It's daylong comfy and strafes twisties like it's running for it's life. It exits corners like Satan is after it. I'm also not afraid to work on it anymore since Ken and I tore into his for a valve check.
Your bike looks much more manly without those silly sharks teeth on it.

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When the bike is running well, I'm too busy out riding to post what a good time I'm having. And when it breaks, y'all hear about it here first. It's just the nature of a model-specific forum.

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Your bike looks much more manly without those silly sharks teeth on it.
I hear you, but I still get in a lot of fights. You should have heard me and Ken arguing on who's turn it was to be Mary Ann.



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I hear you, but I still get in a lot of fights. You should have heard me and Ken arguing on who's turn it was to be Mary Ann.
I always thought you looked best in a checkered halter top.

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I hear you, but I still get in a lot of fights. You should have heard me and Ken arguing on who's turn it was to be Mary Ann.
Tell the truth, Grif. We were really fighting over the Mrs. Howell outfit.

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Tell the truth, Grif. We were really fighting over the Mrs. Howell outfit.
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My harley buds warned me about this
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Yes, but did they show you the pics?

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I have a 06, zero problems. I have no intention on trading up.

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I had some older BMW's with problems. I now own an 07 GSA and GT. Both these bikes have been trouble free and totally rock. If everyone hated their bikes so much, believe me .... they wouldn't be here. Just look at how long most of these guys have been members and how many BMW's they have owned. There is a pretty big love affair with BMW going on at this site.
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I absolutely LOVE my GT!!! It'll fly...(will totally SMOKE Grif's) ...goes as fast as I wanna go through any twisties...munches miles like candy.... What a GREAT bike. As i was bragging to an LT'er the other day, "I love it cause I just RIDE it...not REPAIR it all the time!"


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[QUOTE=cccpastorjack What a GREAT bike. As i was bragging to an LT'er the other day, "I love it cause I just RIDE it...not REPAIR it all the time!"

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The first will be last

Actually, I think it's "...MANY that are first shall be last..."

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Actually, I think it's "...MANY that are first shall be last..."
And I defer to your knowledge! Man, I can even slaughter easier quotes.



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Just completed a weekend run to and from Scotland, 1100 miles and it was as sweet as a nut, apart from the lazyness starting once when it got hot.

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