BMW K1200GT (2006 - 2009)

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User 75478
Reviewed: 09 June 2015

Fast tourer that has exceeded my expectations. My last was Kwak ZX12R but the K does not feel slower (much)

Up to my ZX12R I had always gone up in power as I changed each bike. The Kwak was great fun but I like to tour and my shoulders and neck didn't like long distances on the big Z.
So what to replace it with?
The K1200GT feels just as quick in normal traffic and in normal road speed overtakes.
This performance combined with the comfort and excellent range of Gizmos sold the bike to me.
Obviously it can't match the big Z over 8,000 rpm but up to those revs there's not much in it.
I have now done about 38000 miles on the K1200GT, most of it on touring holidays
Brilliant Bike very pleased with it
My ABS system failed and the complete hydraulic ABS assembly had to be replaced. This was RRP £1200 (shock horror) but Vines of Guildford replaced it for £700
The brakes are now superb, feel powerful and better than I remember
I carelessly ran over a pot hole full of water (looked like one of many patches on the road)
This did both my rims, two new wheels required (weak rims)
My mate on an FJR 1300 went over the same disguised pot hole at the same speed, his wheels were fine!
Not much else to complain about
I normally change a bike every now and then but this bike bucks the trend. I have owned it for nearly 8 years from new and it has exceeded my expectations.
Best gizmo is the ESA - it really works and makes a difference when you're enjoying the mountain passes
I went for the SE version and so far (except ABS) all gizmos still work fine
Heated Seat & Grips - wonderful when the weather turns for the worse
It is a heavy bike but I find that once on the go the weight doesn't feel all that bad.
Just needs a little advance planning into the twisties and you can stay with most bikes except the properly ridden sports bikes.
Watch out for the crap spring loaded side pannier restraining cord! Guaranteed to pop out of its socket and dump the pannier paint job onto the abrasive road surface !
Third gear is a real twist and go when you hit the right series of bends and twisties - loads of torque
Throwing the gears up and down gets good performance going up the mountains
I found the throttle response MUCH better than my old ZX12R which had a rather on off initial response that could cause bowel moving moments when going up tight twisties.
I went up the stelvio a couple of years ago on the K1200GT and the throttle response gave me great confidence in the slow very tight steep bends of that interesting road.
The screen is adjustable on the move and at full elevation cause turbulence on my visor which is ideal to clear raindrops. However it does not seem to have a 'sweet spot' . Great Bike
Score breakdown



Engine:
5.0
Brakes:
4.0
Handling:
4.0
Comfort:
4.0
Build Quality:
3.0

User 75478 would recommend this product
FOTOFIL
Reviewed: 10 July 2014

SPECIFICATIONS OR CREDIBILITY??

The k1200gt is the perfect tourer.Very-very fast, very-very confortable (traveling with the ESA in "confort" position), it turns perfect,the motor has a very high torgue very usefull at every situation, it can run hundreds of kilometers very fast, you dont feel any pressure from the air running around you in every speed, you can not have the feeling of danger in very high speeds.
but.... The engine makes a lot of ruttles, propably from the clutch, till the 100.000 kilometers i changed 1. the clutch discs (in 45.000 km) and i need to change them again 2. the cam chain (!), its regulator and also its drives. 3. the coupler mechanism of the anternator, 4. the 4 ignition coils, 5. the (very-very) dangerous bearing of the rear axel,6. the rear wheel and disc brake base (it cracks!) and i had problem with the electric wires when they cut the electric circuit suddently and leave me without brakes! All those costs a lot of money because of the expensive original parts.
For the first 40-45.000 km i a have no problems at all. I travelled in balkans and central europe with my wife and all the luggage full.I had the feeling that i can go everywhere fast and confortable.The only bad thing was the noise of the engine and the very complicated (for me) electronic equipment.After the 50.000 km and at the 100.000 km a lot of expensive problems appeared. I am not feeling safe anymore to make a long tour and i thing that i didnt payed the double price from a stx1300 or a fjr1300 for having a bike only for 50.000 km! I have also a BMW k100 of 1986(!) with 170.000 km. without repairing anything , only making the regular services.In 2005 i had a R1150R and a sell it with 45.000 km in very low price because of the problems it also had.I can not understand why a very expensive and with very good specificacion bike must have so many problems.
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Engine:
4.0
Brakes:
5.0
Handling:
5.0
Comfort:
5.0
Build Quality:
3.0

FOTOFIL would not recommend this product
lkLKakl;coo[qkcm .c .
Reviewed: 15 August 2012

Best bike I ever had

Fantastic ride quality, great engine, superb equipment level. Handles like a much lighter bike, easy to ride, huge tank range (225 miles),50mpg, great build quality, brakes that would stop an ocean liner.
BMW indicator switches
Best all round bike I ever had - good for a blast on a Sunday, good for touring, a great and practical commuter. What the Blackbird could have been had Honda continued development. This is not just a tourer - looks are deceptive. Its the only bike you'll ever need for the road.
Score breakdown



Engine:
4.0
Brakes:
5.0
Handling:
5.0
Comfort:
5.0
Build Quality:
5.0

lkLKakl;coo[qkcm .c . would recommend this product
User 98047
Reviewed: 24 July 2011

A superb touring bike, quick with plenty of torque. Beware buying private expensive gearbox repairs.

Excellent solo or two up, dont know you have a passenger. Wind protection good with electric screen. SE version recommended has all the gadgets you need. Separate heated seats for rider and passenger. Excellent fuel economy never fallen below 50mpg and good gor 57mpg if taking it easy. Easy to adjust suspension on the move with ESA. Plenty of luggage space.
Bit on heavy side, and you will probably drop it at some time while at a standstill. Expensive if goes wrong, gearbox disintegrated on me, new one cost £2,490 from BMW (fitted price). Therefore recommend purchase from BMW with warranty or get big discount if buying privately.
Superb bike, if buying private and gearbox feels and sounds clunky then beware. Do not beleive the hype they are all like it. New gearbox is silky smooth with no clunking
Score breakdown



Engine:
5.0
Brakes:
5.0
Handling:
4.0
Comfort:
5.0
Build Quality:
3.0

User 98047 would recommend this product
MoMo
Reviewed: 06 July 2010

Great year round transportation, excellent for vacation and daily commute alike, even in adverse weather

When I was evaluating bikes for my purposes, these were the key features:
- no chrome to polish
- good protection from the elements
- versatile and spacious loading options
- heated seat and grips
- cruise control for the highway
In the end, this is the only bike which really offered all of these things. One of the most important, but ofte underrated advantages is the easy attachment/removal of the big side cases & top case. Go to work and need to slip through traffic? Top case only. Go for a weekend over mountain passes? Side cases only. Go far - load up everything.
ESA is great.
The gear box is clunky and the drive train has too much play. That was fixed in the 1300, but it's not a big enough issue that I would want to upgrade. You need to plan your hairpin turns properly on a mountain pass to be smooth, but hey, it gives you a sense of achievement

The seat really hurt the inside of my legs on longer trips. I went to a saddler in the next village and he shaped it to my liking wihtout touching the heating. No complaints now

I tried the higher windshield for winter, but came back to the original because on the highway the higher version is loud and buffets a lot
If you feel ok with a big & heavy bike, that gets bigger and heavyier when you use all the loading options, if you like to ride in all kinds of weather, never lack for power, and enjoy all the comforts and options of modern technology, this bike is hard to beat.
If you want to spend your time polishing chrome, and like to fiddle with the mechanics, this is not your bike.
Score breakdown



Engine:
5.0
Brakes:
5.0
Handling:
4.0
Comfort:
5.0
Build Quality:
4.0

MoMo would recommend this product
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