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#978964 - 01/25/17 06:32 PM 2012 1600GT
mstevens Offline
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Registered: 01/23/17
Posts: 10
Considering trading my 97 R110RT in on a 2012 1600GT. The RT has been super expensive to maintain with constant breakdowns. If I stay with a BMW Im thinking about going with 1600GT but was wondering if anyone here has a 2012 and if they have had many issues with it. If so I may just leave the beamer world for a Concours.

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#978991 - 01/26/17 01:49 AM Re: 2012 1600GT [Re: mstevens]
gordiet Offline
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Registered: 09/17/07
Posts: 786
Loc: Washington State and Arizona s...
I had a 2012 K1600GTL that I sold recently. Put 52000 miles on it.
Loved the bike but it just about drove me nuts!
4 water pumps
1 transmission
1 clutch
Drake oil like crazy
And finally....1 short block, 4 four broken ring glands and scored cyclinder walls
There has definitely been some problems with the 2011-2012 models
There was also the recall on various items.
Be careful...
GT

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#978994 - 01/26/17 02:00 AM Re: 2012 1600GT [Re: mstevens]
TEWKS Offline
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Registered: 09/29/05
Posts: 6637
Loc: Tewksbury, MA.
Mine had a weepy water pump and a squeak in a front suspension bushing that my dealer couldn't cure on the first attempt. The new RT had appeared about that same time so I jumped ship.

Spectacular bike except those issues mentioned. The 18000 mile service was rumored to be about $800.00

Edit ride a wethead RT. revit

Pat


Edited by TEWKS (01/26/17 02:05 AM)
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#978998 - 01/26/17 03:46 AM Re: 2012 1600GT [Re: mstevens]
mstevens Offline
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Registered: 01/23/17
Posts: 10
Thanks fellas. Maybe Ill stay away from an another pandoras box an just finish bringing my RT back up to spec. Hard choice still tho. I love all the bells and whistles of the GT but then again I dont have any payments on the RT.

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#979038 - 01/26/17 07:31 PM Re: 2012 1600GT [Re: mstevens]
gordiet Offline
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Registered: 09/17/07
Posts: 786
Loc: Washington State and Arizona s...
I went from the mentioned GTL to a new RTW and I am very pleased with it.
That being said, I would buy another K 1600 in a heartbeat. I think many of the issues that myself and others experienced with the early models have been corrected.
GT

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#979095 - 01/27/17 11:50 PM Re: 2012 1600GT [Re: mstevens]
randy Offline
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Registered: 09/22/00
Posts: 3402
Loc: Atlanta, Ga, USA
I would agree the 2014 and later 1600's seem to be bullet proof. I was looking at these bikes for a short while and did a lot of research. 2014 seems to be the golden year. For some reason I do not remember a lot about the 2013 model, all my research seemed to point to 2014. Check out the 1600 user forum that is where I did a lot of my research.
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#979489 - 02/02/17 03:25 PM Re: 2012 1600GT [Re: randy]
Limecreek Offline
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Registered: 02/17/02
Posts: 3074
Loc: Leander, TX
My 2013 has been the best touring bike I've owned. I recently sold it to thin out the heard and for my desire to go back to a modern boxer.

After a water pump and switch gear fixes the bike was stone cold reliable - no issues at all.

It is all day comfortable, powerful and incredibly nimble for a bike of its size. I named mine Moby.




I'll miss that motor!

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#982329 - 03/16/17 11:34 PM Re: 2012 1600GT [Re: mstevens]
markgoodrich Offline
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Registered: 02/04/07
Posts: 3311
Loc: Austin, TX
I'm late to this discussion but I have a 12 KGT. Only issues have been tires. They wear out. Nothing has gone wrong that wasn't my fault.

I've got about 36k on it, fixing to go to Califa next month. As Limecreek says, it's the best touring bike around, especially for two up riding. We both, by the way, put manual Wilbers on our bikes almost right away. I understand the current model ESA is a lot better.
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#982370 - 03/17/17 04:44 PM Re: 2012 1600GT [Re: Limecreek]
gordiet Offline
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Registered: 09/17/07
Posts: 786
Loc: Washington State and Arizona s...
Originally Posted By: Limecreek
My 2013 has been the best touring bike I've owned. I recently sold it to thin out the heard and for my desire to go back to a modern boxer.

After a water pump and switch gear fixes the bike was stone cold reliable - no issues at all.

It is all day comfortable, powerful and incredibly nimble for a bike of its size. I named mine Moby.



I sold my GTL and do miss that motor a lot. I don't miss moving it around the garage.
GT


I'll miss that motor!

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