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post #1 of 33 Old 10-29-2015, 12:39 AM Thread Starter
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New vs Demo

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...

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post #2 of 33 Old 10-29-2015, 12:47 AM
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I know $1500 isn't chump change...

But, I'd be willing to part with it to break in motor as I saw fit...

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I'd grab the demo. They are giving you almost $1/mile ridden. The tires are probably about 1/3 worn which is probably about $150 worth of tires. Service for 600 mile is probably $200 - $300 so pretty much a wash.

I bought a K1200LT as a demo bike with about 600 miles on it. I put 60,000 miles on it and never had a problem with the engine. I don't remember what the discount on it was. In fact, I'm not sure they did give me much discount. I paid $19,995 for it in 2000. Makes the K1600 seem like somewhat of a bargain when you take into account inflation.
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post #4 of 33 Old 10-29-2015, 01:13 AM
I would ask them to knock another 2k off the demo price or go new.

Ive seen demos selling for 4k less than retail.
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1400 bucks isn't enough cracker for me over a brand new one. Now.. If it had a coupon for a free 6k service and next rubber install (you buy the tires) and a Nav unit thrown in.... I might have to think on that..

Freedom is the miles I'm rollin' on!

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post #6 of 33 Old 10-29-2015, 11:17 AM
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I bought a demo GT with 2000 miles on it, 600 mile service was done
Got a great price, dealer changed the oil and filter before delivery. In the next 22000 miles the bike ran super never using a drop of oil, traded it on a RT as the extra weight on my new knee became a issue
Wouldn't hesitate to buy a demo!!
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Bmw gives a better warrenty on demo bikes, I ended up with a 40 month warrenty
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post #8 of 33 Old 10-29-2015, 12:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Harleymarlboroman View Post
I would ask them to knock another 2k off the demo price or go new.
I bought mine as a demo. Had just over 1,200 on the clock.

I got $3,500 off, PLUS Nav V for 1/2 price. I bought my bike (a '13) in January of '14, so they were motivated.

As far as break in - not a concern. I use the motorman break in method more than the "baby it" break in method, so I don't care if some rode her hard. I am personal friend with the guy at A&S that leads demo rides; he told me that he put at least 80% of the miles on the bike, leading other bikes on demos. Has almost 22K on the clock, and still doesn't burn a drop of oil.

You should be able to get a pretty good deal on a '15 demo just about now. Someone looking to buy a '16 wants to demo a '16.

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I purchased a 2014 GTL demo in late Feb. of this year.
It had a little over 2500 miles on it and was in excellent condition.
I ended up getting it for $23,000, out the door, which I was well pleased with.
BMW adds 3 months to the warranty on demos, 39mos./36,000 miles.
The K had used zero oil when I changed it at 6500 miles, and at my current 8500 miles, still reads full.

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post #10 of 33 Old 10-29-2015, 09:47 PM
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I bought a demo 2015GTL a few months ago am very happy with it. Was pleased with the additional discount. Between that and the rebates I felt like it was a good deal.

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