New to this forum - I live in NW Oregon, long-time (adult) rider. I've had many bikes over the years (current stable is 2006 Suzuki DL1000 V-Strom and 2014 HD Ultra Limited). I ride 12-15K/year and made the mistake of helping my nephew pick out a nice 2006 R1200RT in September and rode it back for him. Yup, after years of HD touring bikes I couldn't help but admire the RT.
Started causally looking for one about a month ago, but Friday found (and test rode) a 2005 K1200LT with really low miles. I'm used to heavy touring bikes and spent about a week with the RT so I became familiar with the BMW controls, so no problems there.
i've been perusing this forum and it has a wealth of information and lots of experienced Beemer pilots willing to help...and having a support group is important regardless of the brand of bike you ride.
This 2005 is low miles (13K); all services done at the original dealer...the guy just didn't ride it. All services done, everything works, and it still (for 2 weeks) qualifies for a 3-year extended warranty.
Only two things I could discover on an extended test ride (both cosmetic) - scratch on the front fender (easily cured with touch-up paint) and a discoloration on the right upholstered speaker box next to the passenger backrest.
Can these be re-upholstered? The replacements are $280 (gee, sounds like Harley parts pricing).
Anything to be especially wary of? (I know about the FD failures, ABS woes...researched these and that's why I wouldn't do without an extended warranty).
Are the headlights on the 05's Xenon HID? Can the lamps be swapped out for a different (5-6K)
Thanks in advance for your assistance...
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