Written on: 28/03/2011
BMW K1200 GT SE
Only had this bike a month, but it is far and away the best bike I have owned. I was a bit doubtful about ABS, but it cam in to it's own when I hit some loose gravel when cornering at about forty MPH.
I tend to keep on top of fuel and rarely let any vehicle get much under half full so I can't give a true indication of MPG. However the read out on the BC computer says 53~54MPG and I reckon thats not far off.
Although the price seems a bit steep, I also got a twelve month BMW... (read more)
Written on: 17/11/2010 by clivefrance (1 review written)
I bought this bike after comparing it to a 1200RT, the GT is far smoother, however watch out for Cam Chain upgrades and a clunky gearbox, brakes dont have the feel of non assisted systems. That said its smooth upto 6,000 rpm (say 100mph). New 1300 models have a upgraded clutch and Cam system. It is hard to tame at slow speed in corners. Overall for a large bike its great for Comfort and a touch of fun, speed and sheer build quality, leaves others behind in the class stakes.If you over 5'8... (read more)
Written on: 23/08/2010
I decided to change to a K1200 GT after a couple of years with a Kawasaki ZX7R, which was a great bike, but not suitable for my age (fifty something) and shape ! The K1200 is like a rocket powered sofa. It is quiet, silky smooth, and has a deceptively fast acceleration. I have had no problems with the bike in the two years I have owned it, although I must admit I only use it in Spring and Summer. Road handling is very good for such a large bike, although it can be more difficult at low... (read more)
Written on: 18/07/2010 by lumpyblackmore (1 review written)
a few problems for a top end bike;
1 noisy clutch replaced several times
2 ABS needs time to operate brakes otherwise lookout.
3 BMW batteries last a year which is lousy.
4 sometimes takes a lot of time to start (read more)
Written on: 23/03/2010
I am very impressed with the handling and comfort especially on some of our poorer UK B roads. Fuel consumption is better than my Triumph 1050 Sprint. Brakes are great with the EVO assist but lack the feel of the Sprints. On the twisties the 1200 tracks well with just a nudge of countersteer on the bars. Luggage space is excellent and when taken off the 1200 looks almost sporty with that whopping great can on the side! I have to say that it is too easy to go fast, so effortless is the... (read more)
Written on: 26/01/2009 by mikebolton (1 review written)
Powerful and fast. Pulls strongley from low revs in any gear. The finish is good. The servo brakes are very effective A great bike once on the move but a pig when stopped. It is very heavy and wants to throw iteslf onto its side. The problems with crankshaft oil seals, clutch slave cylinder are expensive. I live in dread of servo brake control unit problems ( these are not uncommon). With a full BMW warrenty these are OK but once out of warranty (and all of the 03-06 Gts are) they can be a... (read more)
Written on: 29/07/2008 by ray clarke (1 review written)
Having rode motorcycles for 40 yrs the BMW K1200GT is one of the best, after a short period of time some faults started to show, clutch squealed on take off, they fitted a new modified thrust bearing this did not cure the fault and led to another long wait before a new clutch could be fitted. On another occasion while riding in warm conditions on a country road with some lovely twists and turns the bike started to misbehave by accelerating on its own with having to pull the clutch in to... (read more)
Written on: 19/04/2008
Having not rode a bike for 17 years and then jumping on the 1200 GT -well, what a bike. It felt fantastic. A bream - smooth and graceful with pulling power. Then a bought it. But also tried the 1200 GS - no thanks - it wasn't for me. - But I'm sure its a good all rounder. (read more)
Written on: 24/03/2008
Tried the rest they didn't match up to the BMW K1200. Build quality just didn't compare. Also the 6th gear in a few were really only overdrives - not the beemer it has the torque to cope from 30. (read more)
Written on: 28/01/2008
The BMW K1200GT is a powerful, quiet, comfortable bike for trips of all lengths, the K1200GT's main shortcoming is mileage which is not much better than a Honda Civic. I ride a completely stock 2004, and I love it. (read more)