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My son is looking at a 2009 BMW R1200RT-P with 15,000 miles on it. It has been returned to stock condition and equipment by the local dealership -- police lights, badging, etc. have been removed. This dealership originally sold it to the local police department, did all the maintenance, and then bought it back after a few years' service.
My question for the collective is: What things should he look for when buying this model year RT-P -- any gotchas, concerns, etc.? I know some have experience with this bike and will mention hard usage, potential clutch issues, etc.

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What's your motivation to purchase an ex police motorcycle?

I can understand if you're a collector. Keep in mind unless you know the riders assigned to the motorcycle....

It's no different than buying a vehicle from a Hertz or National rental car.

Those bikes take a beating.. just like the police cars

I am speaking from experience. I took care of my equipment as if it was my own. However I used to work with someone that burned his clutch out every 3k.



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I am on my second RT-P. My first had high mileage and my second low. For the older models such as the one you are looking at, the police electronics were not overly integrated into the Canbus, so when the bike gets stripped down from police trim (a slash and burn process) very few electrical problems are introduced. In later models, you have to be willing to chase electrical gremlins for some time.

The 2009 era bikes were great bikes and the one your son is looking at has extremely low miles on it. I am curious as to why that is. I would expect at least 40,000 miles if not double that but maybe it was a small police department in a northern climate.

My only concern would be the clutch. These are dry clutches and police work can be hard on them. If treated right these clutches will go 200,000 miles (I am approaching that on one of my bikes). Replacing a clutch on this bike is hard work and can cost upwards of $3,000. Unlike most motorcycles, this bike has to be split in half to get to the clutch. If your son is a little bit handy, he could do the work himself for around $500 in parts but that should not be part of your negotiations. Find out if the clutch has been replaced recently. Get it in writing or use it to drive the price down. This is why BMW Police bikes sell for half the price of their civilian counterparts. Buy it for less than $4,000 unless the clutch is brand spanking new.

Good luck. They are great bikes and police models can be a bargain.
 

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This is a police moto from a small city in the Pacific northwest. Not lots of snow, but 6 months of rain. I will advise my son when he looks at it later today to investigate the clutch question.
My K1200LT clutch was replaced under warranty. I saw the bike mid-repair at the dealership and was shocked -- thinking how will they get this back together? It was split in half, as you describe.

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This is a 2000 RT-P that came out of Tucson, AZ. It had 56K on it when I bought it. I enjoyed it for roughly another 15K and sold it to Sean who still rides it. No clue to mileage today.

I can only speak about this RT-P, but it's been flawless since it's been in Clovis, NM.


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As a ex motorcop (promoted) who rode the dry clutch models (09 and a 13) I can tell you if we burned out the clutch we were getting escorted to the garage mechanic by a supervisor. It was that serious. In that same vein, our training was such that we were not taught to slip the clutch as you would a wet clutch system. As far as trying to attempt it, a buddy of mine tried and still ended up taking the bike to a local dealer. I have about 73k miles on my personal 2013, and the upper final drive boot, by the transmission drain plug is leaking. I asked should I have the clutch done while they were in there, said they’d remove the the starter to inspect the life left on it. I do my own maintenance but that clutch job is, in my opinion, master level. So like everyone else said, have your son ask, but also know, if their department is like mine, the maintenance is done twice as often as BMW recommends.


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My son did a test ride yesterday and found no issues He reviewed the service history with the dealership; the bike has had maintenance done far in excess of what's called for by the book. He's considering how he wants to move forward.
Thanks for your comments and suggestions.
 
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My son did a test ride yesterday and found no issues He reviewed the service history with the dealership; the bike has had maintenance done far in excess of what's called for by the book. He's considering how he wants to move forward.
Thanks for your comments and suggestions.
Any possibility your son could speak with the officer who rode the bike?
 

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That series had dry clutches and police bikes wear their clutches out frequently because of all the slow speed maneuvering they do. The service records should show how many times and when the clutch was replaced. Make sure the current clutch has plenty of life left or you will have a big bill in the future.


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My son did a test ride yesterday and found no issues He reviewed the service history with the dealership; the bike has had maintenance done far in excess of what's called for by the book. He's considering how he wants to move forward.
Thanks for your comments and suggestions.
Howard, good luck with your son's decision.
 
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