Hi Guys, and thank you for taking the time to read my first post. I'm looking for advice on buying my first K1600 GT, and I wonder if anyone can tell me, out of the years it has been in production, which one is the one with the least issues.
I will admit that i come from a Japanese bike perspective (Honda VFR700, Yamaha VMAX1200 2003, and Yamaha VMAX 2007). After the last trip Toronto (canada) to Miami and back (roughly 3700 km - took the long way), i've decided i need to tour with a bit more comfort. The vmax has been a phenomenal machine, never an issue in 30000km, super easy to maintain, powerful and extremely reliable; some may argue that the handling is funky, but it was a solid machine throughout the years i'v had it. However, now there's a "missus" in the picture, and i'm looking to travel 2-up. Also the luggage on the VMAX was the "ol' bags + bungee cords"
I've been reading the internet forums and learning about the several issues with water pumps, switches, transmissions, pull to the left (????), oil leaks, starter clutches, etc., and i must confess it is starting to scare me quite a bit. I live in Toronto, Canada. I was planning to get a used 2012, but after reading about issues on it, being without a warranty scares me even more. I wouldn't have thought that Motorrad's BMW stands for the same thing as the auto division..."Brake My Wallet". I've seen friends owning BMW cars with a bucket load of issues, so i'm hoping there may be a better model year to get? Maybe a 2016?
Would love to get your advice on this. I have looked at Concours1400 (seems to be a brick with a rocket attached to it), the FJR (great bang for buck, but not my cup of tea), even the Goldwing F6B (underpowered IMHO).
Look forward to your input!
Thanks guys, and I hope I didn't offend anyone