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    Considering a 2012 K1600GT

    Howdy!
    I have the opportunity to latch on to a very low mileage 2012 K16 at a reasonable price.
    Anything I should be looking for as far as issues....minor or major?
    I have a 99 K12RS now and looking to upgrade

    Thanks!!

    Joe
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    Minor (Usually)

    Quote Originally Posted by 61996 View Post
    Howdy!
    I have the opportunity to latch on to a very low mileage 2012 K16 at a reasonable price.
    Anything I should be looking for as far as issues....minor or major?
    I have a 99 K12RS now and looking to upgrade

    Thanks!!

    Joe
    Hi,

    Check the right front fork of the bike for a 4 digit code in the upper right hand corner. Front Fork.jpg
    Be diligent about checking out manufacturer's dates prior to Feb '12. Seems like a lot of the problems came out in the first batch of bikes (pre-orders & early orders).

    Coming from a 99 K12RS, you may find the GT more to your liking (sportier). If you want a slightly more civilized ride (now that you're a few years older), maybe the GTL is on order.

    I've got a '12 GTL & lover it! 23,500 miles and she purrs like a kitten whether I'm slabbing it or, canyon romping. Ok, the canyons do bring out the big cat in her...

    The mother-ship did a recall on the handlebar switches (L&R).

    There have been some water pump failures, pulls to the right in steering & some guys complain of the driveline lash, especially in low gears, low rpms.

    My switches were replaced even though they were functioning correctly & I admit, they're better quality than the originals.

    A low mileage '12 @ a reasonable price is a good buy. Test drive both the GT & GTL. Slightly different ergos & set up. However, if you really like one vs. the other you can make adjustments to have the bike fit you.

    You will absolutely love the engine & the way a nearly 800 lb bike handles. I ride most weekends with my sport bike buddies in the local Southern California mountains and fully loaded with all the bags to boot! Keeping up is not an issue.

    Multi-state / cross country tourer? Eats miles comfortably.

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    Thanks for the feedback.
    Thats just the kind of info I was looking for.
    I'll be taking a close look at it later this week.

    Joe
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    Tobi and I have over 36000 miles on this very nicely balanced bike. I've been very impressed with her speed (for a 750lb bike) and acceleration. The SMOothneSS of the K1600 platform cannot be overlooked, especially when eating up the long slab miles. The power (torque, mostly) is real hard to ignore, it is a lot like a good roller coaster, fairly quick acceleration, takes the twisties like its on rails, and has a great solid feel to it (did I mention smooth?). We've ridden three-up (Tobi, Wife, and I) pulling the trailer through the mountains and hills of Montana/Wyoming/Colorado/Utah; the bike just pulls the whole thing along like it was a minor task.

    I'd say try to get a good test ride on the 2012, listen for front end squeak. The transmission is supposed to be clunky, but our Harley's were far louder then the K16s. I DO have a issue with shifiting into 2nd from 1st, a but of a grind, or I miss it. This is mostly due to everything below my left knee being immobile, so I have to shift lifting my entire leg; the throw is a little longer. 2nd-6th is smooth as a baby's behind.
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    I own a 2012 K1600GT with a 10/11 build date and personally wouldn't hesitate to buy it. The relatively minor problems that have cropped up on many of these bikes have all been resolved by now. There was a factory recall/replacement of the handlebar switch gear for all of these bikes (and other BMW models as well) and some of them have had leaky water pumps. You'd want to look to make sure the water pump was replaced after October 2013 when BMW came out with the new part. Other than that, this has been the finest bike I've ever owned. It'll cross the continent in comfort and keep up with sport bikes in the twisties. It's a superbly balanced sport/touring machine at the apex of the category and you're likely to find some pretty great deals on it shopping 2012s.
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    Smile

    I think mine is pre-12. 36,000 wonderful miles
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    Quote Originally Posted by PittsDriver View Post
    I own a 2012 K1600GT with a 10/11 build date and personally wouldn't hesitate to buy it. The relatively minor problems that have cropped up on many of these bikes have all been resolved by now. There was a factory recall/replacement of the handlebar switch gear for all of these bikes (and other BMW models as well) and some of them have had leaky water pumps. You'd want to look to make sure the water pump was replaced after October 2013 when BMW came out with the new part. Other than that, this has been the finest bike I've ever owned. It'll cross the continent in comfort and keep up with sport bikes in the twisties. It's a superbly balanced sport/touring machine at the apex of the category and you're likely to find some pretty great deals on it shopping 2012s.
    What he said. 47k miles on my pre-order 2012 (#789) and everything works perfectly, Probably be close to 49 K by the end of the weekend.

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    I wonder if this guy is serious about selling it.
    Still waiting for a return call to set up a time to view it.
    Last edited by 61996; 10-07-2015 at 01:07 AM.
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    Follow up:
    MFG Date is 02/12 and all recalls have been done.
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    I currently have an '07 RT with about 50,000 miles, are the maintenance costs going to be similar?

    I am starting to think about getting a used K1600, seems like there are some good appearing. I generally do, oil changes, brake pads. Everything else serviced by the dealer as scheduled. I replaced the original battery after about 2 years, with an Odyssey lasted almost 6 years and just replaced it with another Odyssey. I typically get about 7,000 miles tires. Owning this bike has been a wonderful experience, just ready for something different.

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    Tires on this beast don't last long unless you are a solo rider with a easy throttle wrist. If you are like me, nothing like the previous statement, tires last about 5,000 miles. I change my own.
    Services can be costly. Now that I am past my 36,000 miles warrantee, I'll be doing as much of it as I can. My 35,950 service (read 36,000) cost just under $1100. That's a LOT, but it was not just a oil change, but a valve/shim check for the big 6 calendar (all was well). That service happens every 18,000 miles. All said and done, for the same mileage, my old '09 Harley Ultra-Classic cost a few hundred less for the same 36,000 miles ridden, NOT including tires.
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    Tires are expected and this one needs them. But high maintenance costs could be a deal breaker.
    My 99 K12RS is easy to work on.
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    I got it!

    2012; all options included. 8,600 miles

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    I just need engine protectors. Any suggestions?
    Last edited by 61996; 11-28-2015 at 06:30 PM.
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    Beautiful bike!

    I've never had to test my BMW bars but I've heard from others that they do ok on a drop. The illiumworks and altrider bars get good reviews too. Quite a bit of info on k1600forum.com. Fwiw

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