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post #1 of 21 Old 04-20-2017, 07:01 AM Thread Starter
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Shopping... Best year for 1600 GTL?

I've heard about trans issues but not sure when they stopped. I can live w/o reverse and the no-clutch of the '18s but interested in what year I should pay particular attention to.

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From everything I have read, the tranny thing is WAY over blown. The first few years, from what I understand had some clunky sounding transmissions. As far as "issues" I don't think there really were any. I know my 2016 shifts smooth, but some guys add a shift linkage mod to shorten their shift. This mod may help for some, I don't personally have a problem though. Good luck on your search, there are plenty of good low mileage bikes out there to be had.
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I have a '14 (August 2013 build date) that has been excellent, NO problems. I think that's the year they got the water pump and switch gear sorted out. So anything from there forward should be no problem.

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2014 here and zero issues with the bike.........

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I have a '14 (August 2013 build date) that has been excellent, NO problems. I think that's the year they got the water pump and switch gear sorted out. So anything from there forward should be no problem.
Same here, even the August 13 build date. No problems except too busy with work to ride.
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2012 with 79,500 trouble free miles here.


I would suggest finding any year that is clean and priced within your budget. Before or after purchase have the VIN checked at the BMW dealer of your choice to make sure all the free software and hardware (switches) have been updated to the latest greatest versions, if not have them do it and then go ride with the wind.
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I had a 2012 GT bought in July of 2011 with only one problem the throttle sensor going bad in the 4 years and 30K that I had it. I agree with Arizona Jim that the correct bike is more important than the year. However the newer the bike the more modern features it will have.

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Best year is the one you're riding.

Like all things there are reports of bugs or glitches for almost all model years. Look hard enough and you will find them. Really no consistent issues or else BMW stepped up and took care of via recall.

Hope you find the bike you love.
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post #9 of 21 Old 04-20-2017, 01:05 PM
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Most the bugs should out the K16's. Keep in mind that it is mechanical thing and they can break ....but nothing across the board anymore. What transmission problems?

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Some complained the 2012 models produced in 2011, the 2012 models produced in 2012 and possibly even some of the 2013's had "clunky" transmissions. This did not mean they were not reliable or had problems, it just meant some found them make a louder clunk. Some even found them to have more play when transitioning quickly on and off throttle. I had a 2012 produced in 2011 and a 2012 produced in 2012. A buddy has a 2012 produced in 2012. I currently ride a 2016. I find no difference. Some pretty credible folks on this forum had earlier models which they traded for newer models and they found the new transmissions are quieter and have better action.

I would not let an earlier model scare you off due to transmission problems but it is possible that a 2014 or newer could have a quieter transmission with less play in it. Keep in mind, not many of us found the older models to be a problem from a sound or feel standpoint but some did. Also keep in mind, earlier models sell for less and it is not a reliability issue.

Other issues like switch gear was a BMW wide problem going back to when the switched from the blinker controls being on two handlebars (left blinker on left bar, right blinker on right bar), to the blinker being more Japanese where it is one control for both blinkers. The K1300GT was the first to use this control set up, R models like the GS, RT and others followed a year or two later. All of these bikes had the switch issue. In the last couple of years BMW finally sorted it out and most bikes were fixed at no cost to the owner even if well out of warranty. Same is true of the water pump where some people had problems with a very slight leak best described as "weeping". Almost all would already been fixed by BMW.

All in all, the K1600 has been a solid platform. The older the model, the lower the price.
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