So I got a new bike...


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So I got a new bike...

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So apparently I never posted here that my 1800 was totaled after a little mishap (I had one post where I mentioned it in passing) in April, and have not had a bike since then.

Short story is I was doing the Motorcycle Grand Tour of Texas and had a little incident in Presidio, Texas.



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Long story is basically riding down a side road that went from asphalt to dirt to washed out road rather quickly and I dumped the bike onto it's side.
Cosmetic damage to entire right side, busted coolant reservoir and started having computer issues (maybe, maybe not related to accident).
I finished the tour (about another 2,000 miles over 4 days) and contacted my insurance when I got home, and it was totaled.
I ended up with a settlement of $8,000 in my pocket all said and done.
Less that it was worth (it had the Full Monty Traxxion upgrade, plus a lot of other farkels, but I had inadvertently only selected the $3,000 additional coverage, and since the bike was more than 20 years old, they would not value it at more than good condition (even though the adjuster admitted it was in very good condition), so that hurt the value more.
I can't complain too much, since this is more than I paid for the bike, so I am ahead on it overall.
I have been in search of a replacement since pay out, but seems everyone thinks their Goldwings are actually made with gold.
Nothing I felt was worth what they were asking that was reasonably close, and even bikes not reasonably close.
I also found most (5th gen) 1800 owners think their bikes come with ABS standard (a must have for me).
I got good at looking at pics to look for the ABS ring on the right front tire, the ABS light on dash or a nav unit (in 2008? Honda bundled the ABS with the nav unit, but not all nav unit bikes have ABS).

There is a Texas based Motorcycle forum I am on that had a bike for sale for several months (before I even started looking), and the owner kept dropping the price.
It finally hit a price I could not say no to, even though it was not the 1800 I was looking for.

So this is what I got:






It is a 2013 BMW K1600GT with 63,300 miles on it and came with a (not pictured) rear trunk.
Yes, it is a BMW and will cost me more in maintenance cost than a Goldwing, and has it's known issues (most of which were addressed by the previous owner) and higher insurance cost, but man, is this a fun bike.
I had a friend that had a 2014 K1600GTL and I had ridden it and thought it was cool then, and have always kind of wanted one.
While it is a "touring" bike there is a lot more sport in it than most any touring bike out there.
When I took it on a test ride, I hit triple digits without even realizing it. This bike may get me in trouble with the law...
It has what I want it a bike though. Large displacement engine, ABS, shaft drive, cruise control, ability to eat highway miles (I need to get some bar risers and highway pegs for it to meet that requirement 100%), and lots of onboard storage.
It has a bigger tank and gets better mileage than an 1800 as well.
Also, it has an amazing sounding exhaust. I mean amazing.

There are things about the 1800 I am going to miss, but I was getting tired of the search for the Goldwing I wanted at the price I felt comfortable with. A plus is the BMW's initial depreciation is much more than a similar year and equipped Goldwing, so while a 2012-2013 GW with nav/ABS is selling for $12,000 minimum, I got this for less than my insurance settlement.
I wanted to try something different, and worse case I can keep this for a year or so and sell it for minimal if any loss.


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Former rides: 2002 GL1800A, 2001 CB750, 1994 GL1500 SE, 1994 VT1100C , 1984 VF500F, 1982 CB750C, 1982 GS250T, 1981 CB900C, 1978 CB125s, 1976 TS185
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Re: So I got a new bike...

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That's a real shame about your Wing. It really stinks when you've got a bike setup just how you like it and then it's gone.

BMW is a nice bike, just different.
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Re: So I got a new bike...

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That's a real shame, but glad you were not hurt. Once that road turned to sand, the way you got into it, you were done, not much at that point you could have done.

Enjoy the K1600...but start a maintenance fund. I know of two people who have them. One of them is my cousin, and that thing has spent literally months at the dealership getting fixed during the few years he's owned it.
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I have a friend who likes BMWs. He has no real issues with maintenance shop times. He told me BMWs are like shoes, always buy them as a pair. :lol: :lol: :lol:
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I am well aware of the infamous repair cost and such for BMW's, but have also heard from several that have no complaints.

I figure I can give it a try and see how it goes.
I know parts supply can be an issue for these, as well as any dealer stuff is costly.
If it ends up costing me too much, I can always sell it, even if it is at a loss
So far I am having fun with the bike, and once it cools off some more I will get some real mileage onto the bike.
I am hoping that all the "issues" have been sorted out by the previous owner, and I can have a nice 20,000+ miles of ownership with nothing more than routine maintenance.

I know the bike had the water pump replaced (a common issue on the first 3 years of this bike), and valves done @ 40,000 miles (all were still spot on), so not worried about that.
Needs all fluids services @ 65,000 miles, but not a huge deal, most any bike needs that, and no unusual costs with that. Rear tire is due, and will be going darkside on it (have a space ring needed for tire not to rub), bar risers will be here in the next day or so, and still looking for some highway pegs.
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Yes, they do have a nice growl.
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Re: So I got a new bike...

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Congrats on the beamer. Nice bike, and a lot of bike for what you paid too!

I hope it proves reliable for you, and the servicing doesn't get too expensive

Perhaps don't take this one off-roading though? 😂😂😂
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Re: So I got a new bike...

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Sadanorakman wrote: Wed Aug 16, 2023 5:31 pm...

Perhaps don't take this one off-roading though? 😂😂😂
I think I learned my lesson... ;)

And as I mentioned earlier, price is the big reason I went with this bike.

A similarly equipped/mileage 2012-2014 GL1800 would set me back at least $12,000, and would still not handle like this thing does.
I got this for less than $8,000.
I am grinning ear to ear each time I get off this bike. And I have not been able to ride it for more than 30 minutes at a time (these 100°F days just suck, plus still has expired tags, getting them Friday).
This hits a bit that the Goldwing did not for me.
It may get me in trouble, but I will cross that bridge when I get to it.

Ideally I would love to have this and a Wing, and maybe one day I will.


Current ride: 2013 BMW K1600GT

Former rides: 2002 GL1800A, 2001 CB750, 1994 GL1500 SE, 1994 VT1100C , 1984 VF500F, 1982 CB750C, 1982 GS250T, 1981 CB900C, 1978 CB125s, 1976 TS185
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