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post #1 of 20 Old 08-09-2016, 07:50 PM Thread Starter
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I own several motorcycles including a 2014 BMW R1200 RT. While it was in the shop for the 12000 mile service, I was loaned a 2012 K1600 GTL. I really liked the bike and am considering purchasing one. The one I rode, as stated above, is a 2012 with 29800 miles on it. The left switches and water pump has been previously replaced. The 30000 mile service was just done. The rear tire was just changed. The dealer is asking $13999 for it. What is the opinion of this group on that bike. I am also considering waiting until the 2017 model year comes out as I have read rumors that there will be substantial changes including ABS pro, quick shift, updated electronics etc. In either case, I am going to keep the RT as I really like that bike as well. Thanks.
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post #2 of 20 Old 08-09-2016, 07:55 PM
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I have a '12 GT. To me, there haven't been any significant changes to warrant a newer year...

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I had a 2012 (crashed) and now ride a 2014. As Duane said, I find no significant changes. The '14 has the digital speedometer but that's about the only difference between the two and it certainly isn't a big enough feature to convince me to part with more money, all other things being equal. Oh, and welcome to the forum.

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post #4 of 20 Old 08-09-2016, 08:31 PM
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I ride a 2012 as well.
When I looked at the bike I had the opportunity to compare it against a brand spankin 2015.
To me there was not enough of a difference to justify the up-charge.
But that said, if you have a burning desire to have the latest, but not necessarily the greatest, then wait for the 17's.

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I just bought a 2012 K1600GT with 47,000 in it for $12,500. I had add the top box as a backrest for my lady. The one you ride is a better deal. I'd be all over it like a rat on a cheeto.

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If the 12 is gently used and not abused then it might be a great buy. The cost savings with it over a new one can buy a lot of fuel and hotel rooms!

I don't see anything coming down the road as far as improvements that would make me give up my 14 for.

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Ditto the above comments. I picked up a '12 GTL with 13,000 miles in January, added 12,00 miles to date. Only issue was replaciing #2 coil @ ~ 23,000 miles. Looking at comments on this forum, I don't blame the coil issue on the year built. It seems to happen randomly to many years, and multiple times to some users.
If it's been cared for, there shouldn't be any native problem with an early year build, and you can save some $$ for farkles.

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post #8 of 20 Old 08-10-2016, 10:14 AM
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I agree that the 2012 is a good bike. If the one you're considering rides well there's no reason to get a new one.


I'll caution you about keeping both the RT and a GTL, though. They're similar bikes and I suspect that you'll quickly realize that they fill the same slot in the range of motorcycle types. One may soon be sitting while the other is getting all the attention.


Good luck with the decision.
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I own several motorcycles including a 2014 BMW R1200 RT. While it was in the shop for the 12000 mile service, I was loaned a 2012 K1600 GTL. I really liked the bike and am considering purchasing one. The one I rode, as stated above, is a 2012 with 29800 miles on it. The left switches and water pump has been previously replaced. The 30000 mile service was just done. The rear tire was just changed. The dealer is asking $13999 for it. What is the opinion of this group on that bike. I am also considering waiting until the 2017 model year comes out as I have read rumors that there will be substantial changes including ABS pro, quick shift, updated electronics etc. In either case, I am going to keep the RT as I really like that bike as well. Thanks.


If you're looking to save money and make a great deal, by the 2012. I've got one with 27,000 miles on it and it's a steal at that price.
If you want to leave his bells and whistles with the ABS pro in the quick shifter we buy the 2017 but, you'll pay...


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