Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Wilmington, NC, USA
Re: Motorcycle News used bike review ....
A wedge bike is any of the K1200 or K1300 models with the transverse 4 cyl a la the J-brands. So the GT (06 and later in the U.S.) is included as are the other variants like the S, etc..
There was nothing wrong with the brick motor (flat 4) K1200 except it was losing in the hp wars to the J-brands. When BMW decided to ape the J-brands, they missed on way too many quality points in the motor and that's basically what screwed the pooch for wedge K-bikes- they earned a bad rep out of the box with reports of motors fragging when cam chains came off..
They go pretty cheaply used in the U.S. A used GS of same vintage is likely to be worth more even though more common by far.
A used wedge is for someone who knows enough mechanics to keep up with its foibles and/or can afford its higher maintenance costs and regular dealer visits.
The brick K-GT is an uncommon, under recognized gem. Most of our local club owners bought theirs new prior to 04 and keep riding them. I think I may be the only guy with a wedge K-GT in the club at present and I bought mine used for a good price, not new. All the other wedge GT owners have gone to a GS, an RT, or moved up to the 6 cyl.