2004 k1200gt info?
I'm looking at a used '04 K1200GT with 11,000 miles on it and was wondering how they are for fuel economy? The asking price is around $9,000 - is that reasonable? It looks in great condition but I haven't viewed it up close as it's in a different State.
Any pros/cons I should be aware of?
My wife and I both had a 2003 K1200RS which has the same engine and we got around 45 MPG on the average. Out west when running 85 to 90 they could still get 40 MPG.
$9,000 is high.
Well, according to Kelly Blue Book, at least, that is [I]wildly[/I] overpriced, unless it comes with accessories worth several thousand dollars to you.
They say the suggested retail value (i.e. in excellent condition, from a dealer) is $7345, with a suggested trade-in value of $5150.
If you guesstimate a private-party value about midway between those you get $6250. So any gap between that and your sale price ought to reflect your assessment of the value of its relatively low miles, and any modifications/accessories. (And, of course, the value of some modifications could well be negative.)
NADA is slightly more generous, suggesting an "average retail" of $8170, excluding any options or adjustment for mileage. This is, again, a dealer retail price estimate.
There is a principle in economics called the "endowment effect," which holds that people who own something (i.e. sellers) are likely to significantly overestimate the value of their property vs. people who don't own it (i.e. buyers). It is generally extremely visible in used-vehicle listings.
04 K12GT fuel miles
I have an 04 K12GT and I use it mainly on 200 mile trips ( Sunday Breakfast rides). I get right around 44.5 on average. I put 202 miles on a tank one day, inadvertently, and I was sweating. To my surprise it took 4.5 gallons. The owners manual says it has a 5.5 gallon capacity but I was hovering around Empty for over 30 miles.
That price seems high even for that low milage. Closer to $7200 would be my guess at the top. I paid less than $7000 for mine a year and a half ago and it had 10700 miles on it. I had to drive it back to Florida from Ohio but that was okay with me.
I ride an 03 K1200Rs, which is the GT with some cosmetic changes. Unlike the above posts I have never gotten 40 MPG or above. I average 38, as do some of the others I've talked to. Not saying those guys above don't get what they say, just telling you what I know. I don't ride hard, but I do run at (an indicated) 80+ on the highway, partially due to the smoothness which masks the speed. Maybe yours will do 45 MPG, but maybe not. And the limited tank capacity will crimp your range. I rarely get 200 miles on a tank.
And ditto on the pricing issue. Your miles are low, but that bike should be around $7500 unless it was previously ridden by Angelina Jolie. Naked.
I own a 2003 K1200GT
Bought it used last October.
As with my prior K1200GT, an '04, I get low to low mid 40s during mostly conservative, mostly freeway riding 65-75ish mph.
Squeezed 43.9 out of the last tank full. Pretty constrained use of the right wrist to get that figure, minimal stop and go....
I'd guess that a 200 mile slab stretch at 65-70 could get 'round 45 MPG.
Haven't done that with the '03 yet.
I chose to not ride it much around the city...too heavy, ponderous steering. Only when I can do some miles at steady, higher speeds do I really enjoy it.
Owned a couple R1200RTs, they would get 2-3mpg better in same usage.
I should add that as of yesterday, on IBMW Marketplace there is listed for sale a 2003 or 4 K1200GT with 220 original miles for $7,500.
Investigate more if interested.
What?! Don't they know they could sell it for $9,000?