Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Bonita, CA, USA
2008 K1200LT - Black - Had to buy
After 9 glorious years and 80K miles on my '99 K1200LT, I popped for a new one today. The '99 is still a great ride, so I've been waiting for a new platform with a new engine, fixes and features. Three things changed my mind.
1. The '99 has done everything I've asked it in performance, reliability and comfort. If the '08 is at least it's equal, I'll be very happy.
2. I recently did rear seal change on the '99 and had the bike in pieces. It's no long the great mechanical mystery it was. I like riding something I can understand, fix and troubleshoot.
3. Bargain. I got a nice discount but I'm amazed to consider the price in Euros. I happily paid $16900 + 475 in March, 1999 for the no frills Icon. The dollar was worth 1.2 Euros then. 17375 x 1.2 = 20850 Euros. Today I paid the equivalent of 13577 Euros for the '08 with all the goodies. I don't see how BMW can keep sending them forever to the USA at that price. Besides, my old luggage fits.
'99 K1200LT Champagne(in Heidelberg)
'08 K1200LT Black