Originally Posted by Newbuellertoo
I'm new here and still searching for the deal of a lifetime on an LT. I just spent the weekend driving 700 miles looking at used bikes.
All things being relative, what kind of miles should one expect to get out of a well maintained k1200 before you would start experiencing problems?(seals, gaskets, valves, etc.) I know this is a very general question, but I am just looking for a very general answer. I have looked at bikes with 5,000 to 58,000 miles recently and they all looked good to me, but I need some idea of how much more life to expect of each bike.
Thanks for your thoughts,
My opinion is you want a bike with 10-20K per year of use. This eliminates the dry rot issues, also, the maintenance history is important. If the owner did his own maintenance, a discussion with him about procedures, frequencies, etc should tell.
You'll hear some horror stories about final drives and contaminated clutches, but, it is a machine and they do break down.
If you have someone who owns one in the area, or even the BMW dealer, you can have them give it a once over.
Look at our classified ads here. I bought my 05 with 40K on it and have put another 36K. Drilled my weep hole, hope my final drive stays OK.
Others may have differing opinions, but, if the bike wasn't ridden much, it concerns me.
Some guys get well over 100K on their LT's. Unless I "luck into some serious coin", I'm keeping mine for a long time.