Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Maryville, TN, US
Re: New 1300GT
First off, congrats on your new GT. I traded mine in at exactly 1 year for the GTL and some days I'm not sure I made the right decision. When I drove mine to the dealer for the final time it was still a great bike and in 12 months I accumulated 10,110 miles and never took it for a long trip. Only one day fun rides, so you can tell it is a great bike. And that was all the while splitting my riding between the RT and LT too. Certainly stronger and more "forceful" than the 1600 for sure. I did put a set of bar backs on mine but I found the seat was strangely comfortable for me, especially in the high position; and that's a first for any of my 4 Beemers.
I am the BMWMOA dealer liaison and try to visit as many dealers each year as I can and I thouroughly enjoyed my experience with the Louisville dealer. They seem to have the will to survive and even though they have to cater to the loud crowd, they have put much effort into winning over the BMW folk too. (As and interesting aside, they are learning the differences between H-D and BMW riders. Last Spring they had the ride around Kentucky and had dozens and dozens of HD guys show up to do their little 50-200 mile spurts and claim they were hard core riders. Then, they'd have only 2,3, or 4 BMW riders show up at a time but they were ATGATT and were leaving for the entire ride around KY in a weekend. That was their first real exposure to the "serious" rider as opposed to the "poser" riders they've been used to dealing with).
The service department can print you a 600 mile service sheet from their computer. It really isn't too involved. As I recall, change engine oil and final drive oil and scan the computer for codes. Check all the fluid levels everywhere else and drive it home.
You're really going to enjoy that 13GT. It is a great bike and was never given the credit it was due in the motorcycle magazines. In fact, hardly any magazine ever did a road test on it with other sport tourers. I think the advertisers wouldn't allow it because it simply is much better than the ST1300 (which weighs in within a few pounds of the 1600 GTL!!), FJR or Connie 14. I remember Rider did a super sport tourer road test with all the Jap bikes and a friggin 1200RT. The RT is a great bike and they liked it in every way over the Japanese bikes except for the lack of horsepower. Had they put a 13GT in that mix the results would have been much different.
Enjoy and congrats. You've got a super bike!!
"Loud lives save pipes"
00 K1200LT (Emil) 94,840 trouble free miles. Gone, but not forgotten
02 R1150RT (Artie) 109,000 miles. Favorite bike. With me to the end.
10 K1300GT (The Phantom) 10,110 miles. Like flying a T-38 on 2 wheels. Gone.
12 K1600GTL (Johnny 5) 3,500. A great compromise between the LT and GT
A gaggle of Japanese bikes, then I woke up.