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There is a 2003 Capri Blue R1200CL with 68k on the clock in Ohio listed for $7,500.00 (not a bad price). It appears to be in real nice cosmetic condition.
They have offered to trade me for my 2005 LT with 45k +$1,500.00, which just had new tires, EBC rear rotor and pads plus the 48K maintenance done this past week including checking valves and timing chain. Tech said the LT is really in good condition. All it has for options are the JPEG hgwy bars and a backrest so far.

So did I make a huge mistake? I know there is the supply and demand issue but
paying a min $1,500.00 plus my LT on a 2003 with 68k would have been taking a beating, at least according to NADA. But as the cliche goes "it is worth what someone is willing to pay"

I may wait until fall or winter when prices hopefully drop and get a plain R1200C and keep my LT. Then I would have the best touring machine and a C model.
Meanwell I have the LT to enjoy and I can be looking for the C model. I have also seen a few R1200RT's that look good too.
 

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The only deal I can see is for the dealer-big surprise! Getting another bike sounds like a much better idea.
 

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I just traded a very nice '06 Yamah FZ1 (1000cc sport type bike) with only about 12K on it, for a 12 Yamaha WR250R + $3,700. I got my ass handed to me, but I couldn't sell the FZ to save my life. I even offered it up for the trade-in value, and still no takers.
If you're going to work with a dealer, at least hope for a courtesy "reach-around"!
At least, just get what you want and be done with it.
 

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fpmlt said:
I just traded a very nice '06 Yamah FZ1 (1000cc sport type bike) with only about 12K on it, for a 12 Yamaha WR250R + $3,700. I got my ass handed to me, but I couldn't sell the FZ to save my life. I even offered it up for the trade-in value, and still no takers.
If you're going to work with a dealer, at least hope for a courtesy "reach-around"!
At least, just get what you want and be done with it.
Some good wisdom there and a lot of unfortunate truth !
 

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Not a good deal for you at all. You can do much better if you are really looking for a cl. They should have offered to pay you for the lt trade.
 

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Doesn't sound like a good deal to me either--at least not for you. Frankly, I don't think I would want a CLC at most any price. Just my two cents.
 

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Doesn't sound like a good deal to me either--at least not for you. Frankly, I don't think I would want a CLC at most any price. Just my two cents.
Yeah, but I think they are so coool and unique looking plus I like the boxer engine too.
 

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Yeah, but I think they are so coool and unique looking plus I like the boxer engine too.
Have you ridden the CLC? With only 61 HP and ponderous slow speed handling, it's not the most satisfying bike out there. Going down a level road with the cruise set, it's not bad...kinda cool actually. Hit the twisties, or, especially do a parking lot 180 into a spot.....it's a handful. That said, some folks absolutely love them.......I'm just not one not one. And, as you insinuated and others noted, the offer wasn't that good financially. But, they are a "cool" looking bike to many folks eyes.

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Have you ridden the CLC? With only 61 HP and ponderous slow speed handling, it's not the most satisfying bike out there. Going down a level road with the cruise set, it's not bad...kinda cool actually. Hit the twisties, or, especially do a parking lot 180 into a spot.....it's a handful. That said, some folks absolutely love them.......I'm just not one not one. And, as you insinuated and others noted, the offer wasn't that good financially. But, they are a "cool" looking bike to many folks eyes.

JD
No I have not had the opportuntity to ride one, in fact I have only ever seen one C model in person and it was in a shop for a repairs. The only BMW I am even aware of in my town in my LT. I did see an R1200RT at a restaurant about 30 miles from here a few weeks ago but I did not see it running, just stting there. There are no BMW clubs or groups with in 200 miles of me so I am kind of a loner there. To be able to try one I will have to travel at least 300+ miles at this point.
But as far as handling and power let me say this, the last four bikes I had before my LT were Harleys ranging from a Sportster, Dyna Glides and Street Glide, enough said?

Thanks for the reply
 

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We have some loyal CLC owners on this site, including John Spencer. I'm sure they'll chime in eventually with their take on the bike, if not the "deal" that was being offered to you.

I still kind of regret passing on a used (11 miles!) CLC 7 years ago when I bought my first LT. It was a beautiful brown color with tan seats, all the options, etc. Maybe someday. If you're interested, there are others out there.

The one I saw looked like this:




 

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No, You didn't pass on the deal of the century for sure...

An 05 LT is definitely worth more than an 03 CLC... I mean come on.....

But, When you're selling, Profit is the name of the game...

As far as the horse power and handling, Not it's not an LT...It's a completely different bike... Having said that.. Mine damn sure goes plenty fast.. And will cruise at 80 all day long and goes just fine in the twisties....

But I have an RT to get my throttle on with.....And a GS to get dirty....

Each bike has the job that it does well.. The CLC will tour with the best of them...

Be patient.. Sell your LT for what it's worth and then use that money to get a CLC...
You'll always lose big time to a dealer... Best to go in with cash in hand... Puts you in a much better bargaining position..

If you weren't so far away we could swap for a week so you could tell if you liked the C..

John
 

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WillieC said:
There is a 2003 Capri Blue R1200CL with 68k on the clock in Ohio listed for $7,500.00 (not a bad price). It appears to be in real nice cosmetic condition.
They have offered to trade me for my 2005 LT with 45k +$1,500.00, which just had new tires, EBC rear rotor and pads plus the 48K maintenance done this past week including checking valves and timing chain. Tech said the LT is really in good condition. All it has for options are the JPEG hgwy bars and a backrest so far.

So did I make a huge mistake? I know there is the supply and demand issue but
paying a min $1,500.00 plus my LT on a 2003 with 68k would have been taking a beating, at least according to NADA. But as the cliche goes "it is worth what someone is willing to pay"

I may wait until fall or winter when prices hopefully drop and get a plain R1200C and keep my LT. Then I would have the best touring machine and a C model.
Meanwell I have the LT to enjoy and I can be looking for the C model. I have also seen a few R1200RT's that look good too.

Got one here in Moses Lake, Wa. for sale: http://moseslake.craigslist.org/mcy/3096498984.html

It is obviously a better price than anything you've posted so far, of course I haven't seen it, but would be willing to check it out for you. I think you should end up with money in YOUR pocket on any kind of trade like this. Others may be right on, saying sell yours, then buy another bike..If you are interested, let me know and I'll check it out, send you pics, etc...
 

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WillieC said:
I may wait until fall or winter when prices hopefully drop and get a plain R1200C and keep my LT. Then I would have the best touring machine and a C model.
Meanwell I have the LT to enjoy and I can be looking for the C model. I have also seen a few R1200RT's that look good too.
This should be plan A in my opinion, that's what I have and I think it is just perfect because running around town on a C is a whole lot easier than my LT because it is nimble and 'light'. Plus you get that 'wind-in-your-face' feel that the CLC will not give you, and the LT doesn't provide.

And in my opinion you certainly did not miss the deal of the decade, but you may have avoided the rip-off of the decade.
 

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Yes, you passed on one helluva deal... for the dealer. Count your blessings, IMHO.
 
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