Re: 2012 K1600GTL - looking into buying
I bought a used 2012 K1600GTL in 2014 after riding a HD cruiser for 40,000 miles and absolutely love it. It is a rocket ship that reminds me of the Star Wars "Speeder" and handles like a dream. It feels like flying an F-16 fighter compared to a B-52 bomber. Cruising at 75 mph is a stroll in the park for this bike, and remains so as I add additional power.
The K16 GTL transmission is surprisingly a bit clunky (at least on my bike) and there is considerable drive train lash, but I still love it. The drive train lash can be minimized with more finesse on the throttle. I'm not impressed with the stereo speakers, but those can be replaced. No major mechanical problems so far. I bought it at 12000 miles and now have 55,000 miles on it. The wizard wheel controller (whatever it is called) was replaced under warranty and the water pump has leaked a little bit on a couple of occasions and then stopped, but not enough to drain much coolant. I'm told is not uncommon on these bikes, but I still have not had to replace the water pump.
As for the price, I think the used prices are so low compared to new prices because I bet there is considerable mark-up (similar to SUVs and pick-ups with high profit margin) and more importantly because there are so few people who buy them. They don't sell many of these expensive bikes compared to other manufacturers, at least where I live. If you like it on a few test rides, you will love it as an owner.