Looking for advice on buying a k1200LT
I have owned a BMW car, and expected a higher maintenance cost with it, but it seemed more plagued with mechanical issues than any other car I've owned. Granted it was fun to drive aggressively with, but the cost for simple repairs turned me off considering the high number when compared with Jap cars like Toyota.
Which brings me to my question about the reliability/dependability of BMW motorcycles. I've been wanting to get back into a cruiser/touring bike from having a Yamaha Venture Royale which is very dependable. So I came across a BMW K1200LT which seemed very nice and has a smooth ride. I am not looking to drop a lot of cash on a bike I will only take out on occasion, and have been in the market for a couple of years. Ergo I am not in a rush, just looking for a great deal.
I have a guy who owes me money, and has offered to sell me his 1999 with 58K on it cheap. While I am tempted, I also know the older LT's had a rep for final drive problems and other maladies. Plus it lacks some of the upgrades I'd probably prefer like more HP, auto-center stand, reverse, etc.
It is not running, having sit for 9 months, and he thinks it might be the fuel pump. He said it was running good before he let it sit. Do the fuel pumps on the 1999 typical go bad just from sitting?
I might be better off just having him sell to someone else and pay me what he owes in cash, and consider getting a newer one.
Thus my first question if I don't buy his, is what model year did the HP go up?
I think it was in 2003, but am not sure.
What can't miss features like the ones I mentioned above started in what year?
Lastly, my biggest concern is how prone are these bikes to trouble/repair compared to other manufacturers, as I do not want a repeat of my car experience. So if I am going to ge tone, what is the best year and up to avoid the problems. If I do buy one, what major repairs should I insist on been done before I consider buying a particular model year?
Any advice/recommendations/experience would greatly be appreciated.