Originally Posted by Andy-SC
I am looking at a 2000 K1200LT with 31K on the clock. The bike has had two owners and the current one just feels it is too big for him (he's a tad under 5'9") and is looking at a cruiser bike.
The tires are new (within the last 500 miles) and it was supposedly recently serviced at the local BMW shop (I guess I can check on that). Other than a few scrapes (none into the plastic itself), it looks to have been well cared for from the photos I've seen.
Now for the questions:
1) Do you know if I can call BMW or my local dealer with the VIN and see what the history is on the bike? Can they tell me what was done to the bike under warranty; i.e., some of the typical issues I have read about on the forums here?
2) On a 2000 model, anything in particular to focus on when giving it the once over?
3) I have not yet seen the bike and have talked to the guy's wife to get some answers. One that I wanted to know ahead of time is what is standard in terms of options on the bike. Heated grips? Heated seat? Computer? Stereo? Intercom? CD? etc.
4) Is NADA Guides the best source for determining a fair price for the bike?
Thanks in advance . . . .
Rock Hill, SC
To get back on track and answer your questions, while the other guys clown around.....
1) A dealer will be able to pull up the VIN and check all that. Not sure they will. Just have to call and ask, or stop by.
2) on the 2000, I'm not too sure, but check the normal things you;d check when buying any bike. Pay particular attn to the rear wheel and any play when wiggling the tire sided to side and up and down. Others can answer this better than me, hopefully.
3) I can't remember if you said it was custom or not. Not sure of options, but most everyone I have seen has the 6 cd changer. a 2000 will likely have the cassette pllayer in the dash. Heated grips and seat seem to be common. If the C model, it will have some chrome bits here and there. Bike computer seems common to all bikes. intercom option was on the I or E, or it may be dealer or aftermarket, if on the bike.
4) I like NADA a bit better than KBB. NC and SC seem to use NADA more.
Be mindful of the scrapes. Are they consistent with low speed falls? I looked at one that had a clutch lever with a "shaved" ball, but no other apparent damage. Owner admitted he had replaced the whole side of plastic when he bought it. Which to me said it went down at faster than walking speed. No owners manuals, etc. 14k miles, $11K. I passed on that one, but mainly because I found a better deal.
As with any vehicle purchase, be thorough and don;t let desire to have it override good buying practices.
Hope that helps a little. Check all the BMW dealer sites around for their used inventory too. Carolina in Greensboro had a couple at one time when I was looking.