Bmw k1300gt.

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Paulvt1, Jan 20, 2014.

  1. Paulvt1

    Paulvt1 Long timer

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    I seem to remember having a test ride on the GT a few years back. I remember using the term "jet powered armchair" along with a few choice expletive when the taps were opened.
    Has anyone got one / had one?
    Thoughts?
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  2. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    I tried to follow one on my 30hp scooter last year.

    It was doing great until the guy noticed me.
    :lol3

    Jet powered is right, HE WAS GONE IN SECONDS.
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  3. stripple

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    http://www.i-bmw.com/showthread.php?t=23713




    I have a friend who has a K1200GT. I have ridden it many miles, it is a brilliant bike. Unfortunatly, he has had a number of problems with it. The K12 and the K13 are quite similar.

    I considered a K13 for a while, but decided against it. There's too many threads like this out there. Some say the reliability problems are overblown, I say where there's smoke there's fire.
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  4. Milar

    Milar Life is an adventure.

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    The K bike lineup is down to just 1 bike. I suspect BMW will kill the line off in a year or two.

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  5. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    Eh?

    We still have R, S and the 2x1600 in the shops.
    That's four.
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  6. hyena

    hyena Been here awhile

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    Test ridden one only. Incredible bike. I personally like it better than the K1600GT. But would I buy one? Not a chance. Because I've also ridden a C14 Concours. Also incredible bike. Half the cost for a used one, better quality bike (The last is just my personal opinion. I've been riding BMW for 33 years, and it just seems to me their quality has gone to crap. Love my GS, but pretty sure my next bike will be a different brand.)
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  7. Attack Pug

    Attack Pug Been here awhile

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    I have one what would you like to know ?
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  8. Paulvt1

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    Do you like it - any issues?
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    I had an '06 K1200GT, bought it for 2 up with my wife. More comfortable than my K1200S, but turns out she just doesn't like riding...........:huh

    The GT has great wind protection, but depending on your height, you might need to look at after market shields, as I experienced buffeting at speed. I also found that during summer months, it may have had TOO much wind protection, as even with mesh gear, I was hot. Issues with the K12 (air box, fuel strip, timing chain tensioner) were mostly figured out in the K13, but the timing chain may still be a problem. And of course the final drive. :eek1

    I rode mine down to WV a number of times, to VT, to Buffalo, NY. Great slab bike, eats miles like crazy. Get yourself a radar detector, as it is faster than it feels. I found that for one up riding, it was more bike than I really needed/wanted. The turn in was slow, (compared to my "S"), and it is top heavy in parking lot situations.
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  10. DWR302

    DWR302 Justan Nudderboomer

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    I had a K1300GT for awhile. What a rocket. Seemed like 100+mph was its happy place. Rock solid at speed. It was great for the many straight back roads in interior Florida. You could set the cruise at 100mph and relax, just for the hell of it. The GPS said we did 156mph one day. But......at normal, close to legal speeds it was....kind of a yawner. And the wind noise and buffeting was
    awful compared to the 1200RT I traded for it. Plus it was a top heavy pig at rest. The 1200RT is one of the best high end touring bikes out there if that's what you are looking for. I got the 1300 for the big HP. But after a while I thought I was spending way too much time going way too fast with less comfort at than the RT. It was fun for awhile tho.
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  11. James Adams

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    I have a K1200GT. Smooth and fast. And heavy. :lol3

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  12. KoolBreeze

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    information liked this is what stopped me from looking toward buying one.

    there used to be a very worthy article here: http://ashonbikes.com/content/bmw-k1600gt-torque-comparison that must've been nuked for some bizarre reason. this was a comparison between the real world useable torque of the k1300gt vs k1600gt... based on enging rpm at speed doing roll on testing in comparison to weight. (using final drive ratios at speed. torque at 60mph due to engine being in certain rpm etc) totally made sense on why the k1300gt was more responsive than even the BEAST.

    and with the additional positives that come with a lower weight... seemed ideal for those that don't tour around two up. seriously would want a k1300gt over a k1600gt for solo riding. (95% + here)

    but.... (and damn this but) there seems to be a few niggling problems that won't let me look further. seemingly simple shit that must be fixed (or close to it) on other models... if there were a "real world" solution for the SWITCHGEAR issue for instance. like an owner could have one built up a special way, knowing it was capable and durable. but if not... then forget about it. (for me at least)

    seems they have these issue resolved for the k1600... but just not going to go back and fix the k1300gt since it's dead now they are so heavily vested in the big six.
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  14. fallingoff

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    I've had a k12s for years
    no breakdowns.
    couple of fixs when new
    airbox.
    otherwise nothing
    only thing is a clunky gearbox.
    cheers
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  15. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    If you can afford these bikes, you can afford the final drive swaps.

    I'd check the "mean time between failure" if it's something that can be
    calculated and replace it before it fails.
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  16. fallingoff

    fallingoff Banned

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    can you give me some links on these failures pls
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  17. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    No, I can't.
    I don't own a BMW and have never researched it.
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  18. James Adams

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    :stupid

    It is clunky. Really disappointingly so. But that's really the only thing that I can complain about.

    This is not a systemic issue on this bike. Quit spreading FUD, you haven't done your homework.
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  19. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    I'm not the one spreading anything, the guy I replied to mentioned it.
    He was concerned with it, I said if he can afford the bike, he shouldn't be.

    Both you and 'fallingoff' are jumping me, while you should be talking to him.
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  20. fallingoff

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    yep
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