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    Getting a K1600 GT Sport - Questions

    Fellow 6 Owners,

    Wanda and I are looking forward to our new 2019 K1600GT Sport!!!

    Per our local shop, the second run of 2019s should happen in Dec or so and the bikes should be available in May or so.

    The plan is to get it fully loaded. We'll take our first long ride out to Shasta for a RDL saddle.

    A few questions:

    What is the mpg of the sixes? I do understand that the rider's wrist has a lot to do with it.

    I do the maintenance on our '08 K1200GT. Everything has to come off to get to anything.

    Other than two more spark plugs, maintenance looks about the same as the K12/13s. Yes? No?

    How's the tire mileage? Which brands are preferred? That's a very subjective question for sure.

    We have three Beemers right now. Our '08 K1200GT with 130k plus very well taken care of miles will have to go :(

    Anyone looking for an Aventurine Silver Metalic well loved '08 K1200GT?

    Thanks.

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    Welcome from Minnesota!
    Congrats on the new addition to your stable!
    Nice motorcycle for sure.

    I have a 2012 K16GT and can rely on 45 MPG on premium fuel.
    Only maintenance I do are things like oil & filter changes, brake pads and the like.
    Tank and side panels have to come off for air filter but easy. The 6 has two sumps so oil changes can be a bit tricky.
    Plugs and valves are not easily accessible; requires removal of the radiator as well as other bits and pieces. Probably best left to the dealer.
    Most plugs are going 36k and similar miles for valve adjustments.
    I'm a Metzeler guy so thats what I run. Others of course will disagree. I get around 7k out of a set. I run them per book: 42F & 42R.
    The motorcycle is straight forward. But I'm not familiar with the 19's.

    Check out K1600Forum.com for some great info.

    Good luck and ride safe.

    Joe
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    Quote Originally Posted by mehrten View Post

    I do the maintenance on our '08 K1200GT. Everything has to come off to get to anything.

    Other than two more spark plugs, maintenance looks about the same as the K12/13s. Yes? No?

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    Changing plugs, checking valves and refilling the coolant with vacuum should be similar to the K1200/1300.
    You probably know valve adjustments are rarely needed.
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    Valve adjustments are rarely needed, but to check the valve clearance is all day at the dealer. About $1,000 to check valve clearance, and $300-$400 more to change shims.

    Other maintenance is pretty much on par with any other motorcycle. Oil and filters at the dealer are at a premium price. If you do your own service you can save a few $$.

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    "Welcome from Minnesota!
    Congrats on the new addition to your stable!
    Nice motorcycle for sure. Joe."

    Joe,

    Haven't got her yet! Hopefully the production run will be as planned.

    40 plus mpg is good. Our '08 K1200GT gets 40 plus as well so trip planning won't change much in respect to gas fill-ups.

    When you say two sumps you mean a tank with a "straw" and a drain plug? That would be similar to the K12/K13s.

    I do the plugs and the valve checks on our K1200GT. Yup, lots of stuff has to come off, including the radiator.

    If there is no difference other than the number of plugs I shouldn't have any trouble.

    Considering the weight and power, 7,000 miles out of the tires isn't unreasonable. Riding two up 99.9% of the time, we get around 9,000 miles out of the Metzelers we've been using.

    Thanks for the K16 forum link and for the info.

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    "Changing plugs, checking valves and refilling the coolant with vacuum should be similar to the K1200/1300.
    You probably know valve adjustments are rarely needed. Lee"

    Lee,

    I have the Airlift tool that makes the radiator fill a bit easier. A nice hose clamp removal tool is also very helpful.

    Getting those damn coils off the plugs even with a "special tool" is a hassle. Now there'll be six of those little devils.

    Our '08 K1200GT's valves haven't moved in 130k miles even with the cam chain jumping two teeth on the drive sprocket some 90k miles ago.

    While the bike is in warranty I'll leave any valve adjustments if needed to the shop. After the warranty runs out, with the right manual and the right tools why not.

    Reading some previous K16 posts there was a thread on a cracked piston. That was some 6 years ago. Any pistons cracking in the newer versions?

    Thanks for the info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mehrten View Post

    When you say two sumps you mean a tank with a "straw" and a drain plug? That would be similar to the K12/K13s.
    It's hard to explain but the sump under the engine has two chambers.
    Maybe someone can post a picture from the manual.
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    Thanks everyone for your comments.

    Looks like a couple of special tools may be called for.

    The OEM Repair Manual is on the top of my Christmas wish list. Always good to have the factory manual.

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    Its not designed for the home/casual user.

    The OEM manual assumes you are factory trained on certain aspects of the motorcycle and have the special tools needed to perform the service.

    Most basic as well as advanced maintenance procedures are available online.

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    "Its not designed for the home/casual user.

    The OEM manual assumes you are factory trained on certain aspects of the motorcycle and have the special tools needed to perform the service.

    Most basic as well as advanced maintenance procedures are available online. Joe"

    Joe,

    Having all the torques and various how-tos along with RealOem.com to help with what goes where - the OEM RepRom is a good tool to have.

    I have the OEM RepRom for our 2008 K1200GT, our 2002 K1200RS and our 2016 R1200RS. They are invaluable, in my opinion, when doing maintenance and/or repairs.

    The latest versions can be loaded on a PC and are updatable.

    I still search the web every so often for videos of various service procedures. More information is good to have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mehrten View Post

    Having all the torques and various how-tos along with RealOem.com to help with what goes where - the OEM RepRom is a good tool to have.

    I have the OEM RepRom for our 2008 K1200GT, our 2002 K1200RS and our 2016 R1200RS. They are invaluable, in my opinion, when doing maintenance and/or repairs.

    The latest versions can be loaded on a PC and are updatable.

    I still search the web every so often for videos of various service procedures. More information is good to have.
    I agree. I've used the factory Repair Manual on our 03 K1200RSs, 2011 K1300Ss and 2016 R1200RSs.
    On the R1200RS I also use the JVB Productions DVD.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mehrten View Post
    "Its not designed for the home/casual user.

    The OEM manual assumes you are factory trained on certain aspects of the motorcycle and have the special tools needed to perform the service.

    Most basic as well as advanced maintenance procedures are available online. Joe"

    Joe,

    Having all the torques and various how-tos along with RealOem.com to help with what goes where - the OEM RepRom is a good tool to have.

    I have the OEM RepRom for our 2008 K1200GT, our 2002 K1200RS and our 2016 R1200RS. They are invaluable, in my opinion, when doing maintenance and/or repairs.

    The latest versions can be loaded on a PC and are updatable.

    I still search the web every so often for videos of various service procedures. More information is good to have.
    I respectively disagree; wholeheartedly.

    What kind of repairs/maintenance do you expect to be doing?

    Joe
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    Just as an aside: there's a guy out of the UK that sells a user-friendly repair manual for the K16's.
    Here is the link: https://www.marksmotorcycleparts.co....or-bmw-k1600gt

    Many people are happy with it.

    Joe
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    "I respectively disagree; wholeheartedly. Joe"

    And that's your prerogative.

    I'll stick with the OEM Repair Manual with some internet surfing.

    BTW...

    What mpg does your K16 get?

    Which brand of tires do you have on your K16 and what kind of mileage do you get?

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