Tis the season for dealers to start going beyond factory incentives to discount the 2015 models to make room for the crates of 2016s starting to pile up on the loading dock.
So I negotiate a respectable price out the dealer for a brand new virtually unridden 2015 K1600GTL in dark storm metallic with everything but nav. The price might not be quite down as far as I wanted, but it's very likely at the edge of profitability for the dealer so I'm feeling OK about that.
Then the dealer says, "I still have our 2015 GTL demo".
"Oh?" says I.
The demo is the same color and option packages, but with ~1700 miles on the clock. It's had it's 600 mile service and is still wearing the original tires.
The difference in price is $1,475.
Given the nature of the motor and the complexities of the electronics, do I care about 1700 demo miles on a bike? I'm not sure.
Some motors are more sensitive to break-in than others. Given that engine stresses for the GTL are spread over six water-cooled cylinders, I'm inclined to think that this motor wouldn't suffer much from the overly enthusiastic riding from some prospective buyers. Still, BMW continues to publish break-in guidelines and if I buy the new bike, I'd follow them even if I think it's a bit of overkill. (That's just me being me.)
It's good news that the 600 miles service is out of the way. The bad news is that my first tire change is 1700 miles sooner in my future. I'm thinking these two factors cancel each other out.
So, I'm interested in the opinion of the collective.
New or demo?
Thanks in advance...