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post #1 of 8 Old Nov 25th, 2017, 10:59 am Thread Starter
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R1200RT vs. K1600 GTL help?

I owned a R1200RT, 2009, until recently and am familiar with maintenance on that one, but have no idea about the K1600GTL. Can anyone tell me how much more it is to pay a dealership (I am not wrench happy) to have the dealer maintain a K1600GTL? I know I paid my dealership about $270 each year for its annual service and since I did not ride more than 6000 miles per year, that took care of all of my service expenses. Nothing ever broke. How about the K bikes? Thanks.
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Re: R1200RT vs. K1600 GTL help?

My dealer did the 600 mile service as part of the sales agreement when I bought my '16 GTLE, I did the 6K service myself, which was much, much easier than the same services (oil, oil filter, and brake fluid change and bleeding), so it only cost me for the materials. The oil change was a breeze after I had bought and installed RL Lemke's "Superplug" to replace the secondary stock oil plug that goes inside the engine casing. That part cost $35 and is well worth it. (Note, I have a GS-911 tool which allows me to reset the bikes notices, among other things.)

The only more difficult maintenance is at the 18K mark, where valve check is recommended. This requires removal of the radiator to get to the 24 valves. I will probably also do that myself, but I believe others have been charged about $1K for that more difficult service.

If you want more info on the K1600 series bikes, I would move over to the K1600 Forum which is a sister forum to this BMWLT forum and pose your questions there. This forum doesn't have as many K1600 participants as that other one whose focus is the K1600 series bikes.
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Re: R1200RT vs. K1600 GTL help?

I loved the K1600, and traded it for the 1200RTW last year...no regrets. One consideration was the cost of maintenance that included tires every 3,000 miles. What I experienced was a 2x cost in yearly maintenance with the GTL. The need to remove a radiator to check/adjust valves didn’t fit my riding needs.

Good luck making a decision, it won’t be easy.
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The only more difficult maintenance is at the 18K mark, where valve check is recommended. This requires removal of the radiator to get to the 24 valves. I will probably also do that myself, but I believe others have been charged about $1K for that more difficult service.
Did you say it was $1,000 for a valve check? ONE THOUSAND US DOLLARS?!?!
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Did you say it was $1,000 for a valve check? ONE THOUSAND US DOLLARS?!?!
Yes!, they replace the spark plugs at that occasion (6 of them @ $26.83 from the dealer), they clean the outside core of your radiator (strongly suggested even if it's not in BMW's recommended service), they should also replace your coolant, replace the engine oil & oil filters. Please note that it takes about 6 - 8 hours to complete the service.

Another source for the plugs for those who will do their own service, NAPA store in the USA can get them for ~ $12.50 each - SPARK PLUG - NGK LMAR8AI-8, In Canada you can order them online from NGK Spark Plugs Canada, FREE SHIPPING in Canada, NGK Ignition Wires Canada | ClubPlug.ca @ $11.53CDN each and orders over $35.00CDN ship for free.


I just completed such service on mine this spring before the riding season.

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Yes!, they replace the spark plugs at that occasion (6 of them @ $26.83 from the dealer), they clean the outside core of your radiator (strongly suggested even if it's not in BMW's recommended service), they should also replace your coolant, replace the engine oil & oil filters. Please note that it takes about 6 - 8 hours to complete the service.

Another source for the plugs for those who will do their own service, NAPA store in the USA can get them for ~ $12.50 each - SPARK PLUG - NGK LMAR8AI-8, In Canada you can order them online from NGK Spark Plugs Canada, FREE SHIPPING in Canada, NGK Ignition Wires Canada | ClubPlug.ca @ $11.53CDN each and orders over $35.00CDN ship for free.


I just completed such service on mine this spring before the riding season.

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Wow! Remind me to first win the lottery BEFORE EVEN THINKING about adding it to my stable! LOL

OR...

...I just do the service myself, like I do on my RT!
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Re: R1200RT vs. K1600 GTL help?

Wise decision, the maintenance cost of K bikes is huge. Not to mention 6 0r 700$ every 4,000 miles for tires if the dealer does them. You have to be committed. RT is a great bike and big changes are coming for the 2019. I'd wait.

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Just had my valves checked at 18k,no adjustment needed. New plugs since we were in there, Brake flush, $800. Got 8k out of Avon Storm XD tires. Bought PR4 on the road (only ones they had). Have 5000 on those, maybe 3k left. Tire mileage on the K16 is directly related to right hand, oil change is no that difficult. You do have 2 drain plugs. The one by RL Lemke for the inner one is greatly recommended.
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