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HO! LY! SHIT!!!

Post by The Veg » Tue Oct 25, 2016 7:02 pm

I test rode a K1600GTL a few days ago.





No, I don't want to buy one. But still, the combination of fast and quiet was almost scary!
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Post by Wobbly » Sat Aug 12, 2017 8:04 am

My brother just purchased a K1200, and it is indeed scary ! Thankfully it came with the "box of rocks" BMW option or you wouldn't even know the thing was running.
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Post by SteveD » Fri Sep 01, 2017 10:06 am

Which model & year 1200?
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Post by jagarra » Fri Sep 01, 2017 10:49 am

As one that checks my local Craig's list for BMWs on a daily basis, the K bikes are the best deals out there. They don't seem to hold their prices as well as the boxer models. I see relatively low mileage 1200cc bikes go for under 3K.
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Post by Wobbly » Tue Sep 05, 2017 3:39 pm

SteveD wrote:
Fri Sep 01, 2017 10:06 am
Which model & year 1200?
I think it's a 2002 yellow "Checker Cab" model. The thing goes like stink, but it's like straddling a moose. You don't ever forget you're astride a heavy bike.
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Post by Wobbly » Tue Sep 05, 2017 3:50 pm

jagarra wrote:
Fri Sep 01, 2017 10:49 am
...the K bikes are the best deals out there. They don't seem to hold their prices as well as the boxer models. I see relatively low mileage 1200cc bikes go for under 3K.
• Have you researched what it takes to repair the standard "box of rocks" noise inside one ? The only part not needing to come apart is the front forks! It's way over the top involved, simply to remove 0.015" of bearing thrust.

• It's a characterless appliance.
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Post by The Veg » Thu Sep 14, 2017 11:15 pm

Wobbly wrote:
Tue Sep 05, 2017 3:50 pm
• It's a characterless appliance.
That's a shame. My first bike was a K100, and those earlier Ks were wonderful. Usually the guys who thought they were appliances only thought so on principle, as they'd never actually ridden one. :mrgreen:
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Post by richard t » Tue Oct 24, 2017 10:02 pm

The Veg wrote:
Thu Sep 14, 2017 11:15 pm
Wobbly wrote:
Tue Sep 05, 2017 3:50 pm
• It's a characterless appliance.
That's a shame. My first bike was a K100, and those earlier Ks were wonderful. Usually the guys who thought they were appliances only thought so on principle, as they'd never actually ridden one. :mrgreen:
I bought my 1991 K75 standard in 2004 because it was cheap, I intended to flip it when summer came. I started riding it and I'm still riding it. If it is a appliance, it a old Maytag that just keeps on going

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Post by Wobbly » Sat Oct 28, 2017 8:36 am

You're very correct, "appliance" can cut 2 ways. Some people really need and want a standby "run about" where you simply push the button and go.
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