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    Re: BMW K1300GT

    I love the features, especially the ESA suspension,
    but it sure is homely looking.
    BMW needs a great design team like HD has.
    HD knows how to make a bike look right.
    Jefro.


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    Re: BMW K1300GT

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Parker View Post
    BTW, I saw Mark's old GT at Touring Sport (and with a decent amount of tread left in the rear tire)
    LOL. He has another set of tires with a lot of tread left, he came over and we mounted some knobbies on his 800GS.

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    Re: BMW K1300GT

    Quote Originally Posted by LDMike View Post
    Okay, I'm gonna get on my soapbox here...

    [Rant On]

    Why would you even consider buying this thing given the following:

    1. An increasing number of final drive failures, not related to age or miles driven. Ken Meese lost this year's SPANK rally because of it; Jerry White lost his on the drive home from the same rally; a couple from Milwaukee lost theirs on a 48/10 ride; friend of mine lost his in CO on a vacation this year. OTOH, others have ridden 1000s of miles with no problems. Do you want to take the risk?

    The worst part of the issue is that BMW Germany denies that there is any problem and without a lot of pressure will do nothing to make the owner whole financially.

    2. A decreasing dealer network - 'nuff said.

    3. Expensive service. You can't do much on the bike without voiding the warranty.

    4. On top of #3 above, you will probably have problems attaching any non-OEM electrical stuff to it because of their CANBUS system.

    5. Linked brakes and ABS have been a problem for BMW in the past and continue to be - touchy and erratic. Don't even think of trail braking in a corner.

    6. What happens when you drop this expensive piece of plastic - no tip over wings - and the mirrors, saddlebags and side cowls take major hits, all probably VERY expensive?

    Here on this forum, we talk and carp about oil, tires, gas mileage, etc., etc. but we do NOT appear to have major failures that leave people on the side of the road. Even the T-stat issue doesn't leave you stranded.

    My '04 ST, Tigress, has 120,000 miles on it. She has been around/across the country 4 times in that period, from +20* to +110*. My dealer (I have a good one) installs tires for me (I buy them from him and he matches prices to SWMOTO,COM) and does the occasional valve check for me. Other than that, I change my own oil and filter (Rotella T and Pure One) What else is there to maintain?

    Adding electrical stuff is easy - attach it, wire it, fuse it and forget about it. It works. No hassles.

    No question that the 1200/1300 series does LOOK nice and I'm sure it a fine ride, but I'm looking for something that's gonna get me back home - reliably.

    [Rant off]
    Down boy down, Take a deep breath and count to ten.

    Don't ask me what I think of you,you might not like the answer that I give to you.

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    Re: BMW K1300GT

    Yes, beauty is in the... etc. but for this beholder, it's just ugly. Those slab-side panels that look like they don't fit together make me wonder what those guys are thinking. To paraphrase a Bike magazine piece on the R1200S, somebody at BMW must have said, "This thing is ugly even by our standards."
    We don't know the price yet ($20K would be my guess) but look at the list of options and accessories. Heated grips not standard?

    Also shown on Web Bike World is the new K1300S which takes contrived styling beyond awful. If form follows function, what is this thing?

    OK, OK, I know some folks will like them. Hey, a few people bought Pontiac Aztecs. Dick Bettencourt used to say "There's an a** for every saddle." My sizeable rump will not sit on a K1300 anytime soon. Well, maybe for a test ride. Just to try it out, y'know?

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    As far as service is concerned you may be able to do some but when my local dealer gave up the BMW franchise the service guys said the newer BMW's require the BMW computer to do almost anything. At that rate one might not be able to get around the dealer service rates.

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    Re: BMW K1300GT

    Quote Originally Posted by LDMike View Post
    Okay, I'm gonna get on my soapbox here...

    [Rant On]

    Why would you even consider buying this thing given the following:

    1. An increasing number of final drive failures, not related to age or miles driven. Ken Meese lost this year's SPANK rally because of it; Jerry White lost his on the drive home from the same rally; a couple from Milwaukee lost theirs on a 48/10 ride; friend of mine lost his in CO on a vacation this year. OTOH, others have ridden 1000s of miles with no problems. Do you want to take the risk?

    The worst part of the issue is that BMW Germany denies that there is any problem and without a lot of pressure will do nothing to make the owner whole financially.

    2. A decreasing dealer network - 'nuff said.

    3. Expensive service. You can't do much on the bike without voiding the warranty.

    4. On top of #3 above, you will probably have problems attaching any non-OEM electrical stuff to it because of their CANBUS system.

    5. Linked brakes and ABS have been a problem for BMW in the past and continue to be - touchy and erratic. Don't even think of trail braking in a corner.

    6. What happens when you drop this expensive piece of plastic - no tip over wings - and the mirrors, saddlebags and side cowls take major hits, all probably VERY expensive?

    Here on this forum, we talk and carp about oil, tires, gas mileage, etc., etc. but we do NOT appear to have major failures that leave people on the side of the road. Even the T-stat issue doesn't leave you stranded.

    My '04 ST, Tigress, has 120,000 miles on it. She has been around/across the country 4 times in that period, from +20* to +110*. My dealer (I have a good one) installs tires for me (I buy them from him and he matches prices to SWMOTO,COM) and does the occasional valve check for me. Other than that, I change my own oil and filter (Rotella T and Pure One) What else is there to maintain?

    Adding electrical stuff is easy - attach it, wire it, fuse it and forget about it. It works. No hassles.

    No question that the 1200/1300 series does LOOK nice and I'm sure it a fine ride, but I'm looking for something that's gonna get me back home - reliably.

    [Rant off]






    LMAO! Some things never change. It's okay, you don't have to buy one.
    Last edited by zoomzoomzoom; 02-11-2009 at 04:44 PM.
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    Re: BMW K1300GT

    Sorry I don't see whats so great about the BMW. Test rode it before buying the ST . Didn't like anything about the bike. Power , Handling, not into all the work playing with the suspension settings. Besides my honda came with the 7 year warranty at no extra charge . Price , Value , Dependability , Handling , Power . You can tell I love my bike

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    Re: BMW K1300GT

    LDMike is from Milwuakee...wonder how he feels about H-D! LOL
    Ride Safe! -MotorSam

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    Re: BMW K1300GT

    Quote Originally Posted by LDMike View Post
    Okay, I'm gonna get on my soapbox here...

    [Rant On]

    Why would you even consider buying this thing given the following:

    1. An increasing number of final drive failures, not related to age or miles driven. Ken Meese lost this year's SPANK rally because of it; Jerry White lost his on the drive home from the same rally; a couple from Milwaukee lost theirs on a 48/10 ride; friend of mine lost his in CO on a vacation this year. OTOH, others have ridden 1000s of miles with no problems. Do you want to take the risk?

    The worst part of the issue is that BMW Germany denies that there is any problem and without a lot of pressure will do nothing to make the owner whole financially.

    2. A decreasing dealer network - 'nuff said.

    3. Expensive service. You can't do much on the bike without voiding the warranty.

    4. On top of #3 above, you will probably have problems attaching any non-OEM electrical stuff to it because of their CANBUS system.

    5. Linked brakes and ABS have been a problem for BMW in the past and continue to be - touchy and erratic. Don't even think of trail braking in a corner.

    6. What happens when you drop this expensive piece of plastic - no tip over wings - and the mirrors, saddlebags and side cowls take major hits, all probably VERY expensive?

    Here on this forum, we talk and carp about oil, tires, gas mileage, etc., etc. but we do NOT appear to have major failures that leave people on the side of the road. Even the T-stat issue doesn't leave you stranded.

    My '04 ST, Tigress, has 120,000 miles on it. She has been around/across the country 4 times in that period, from +20* to +110*. My dealer (I have a good one) installs tires for me (I buy them from him and he matches prices to SWMOTO,COM) and does the occasional valve check for me. Other than that, I change my own oil and filter (Rotella T and Pure One) What else is there to maintain?

    Adding electrical stuff is easy - attach it, wire it, fuse it and forget about it. It works. No hassles.

    No question that the 1200/1300 series does LOOK nice and I'm sure it a fine ride, but I'm looking for something that's gonna get me back home - reliably.

    [Rant off]
    You're right! I used to be a "rabid" BMW fan since my youth. BMW's arrogance has been growing for years. Both their cars and bikes are only refined as their poor customers reveal the defects. All the while, BMW denies the existence of any problems. I sold all my BMW cars and even though I was temporarily wooed by a new R1200RT, I could not forget the arrogance and denied quality control. People seem to be in love with the "romance" of having a BMW because when I was growing up, there were guys traveling the enitre world putting 200,000 miles on their old BMW cycles. I am thankful I bought a used 2006 ST1300 and will gladly endure the relatively minor flaws of the Honda. With the improvements I have installed, it is getting close to perfect for me.
    "Life is What Happens While You Are Planning Something More Important"

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    Re: BMW K1300GT

    I think that bike is Gorgeous!!! Like someone else said, too bad I can't afford it. They are really priced out of my budget.... until the kid gets out of school and the cars are paid for.... hmmm, I had always thought my retirement bike was going to be a Gold Wing, but just maybe the Beemer sport/tourer???

    Things Honda should copy: The cruise control
    the lower seat option (NO SHORT JOKES!!!)
    Last edited by Figs_ST; 04-06-2009 at 09:53 AM.

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