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    Occasional Adventurer wz882j's Avatar
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    Shopping for a K1300GT

    After a brief time of being caged (about 3 years) I am finally shopping for a bike. When the new K12 GT was announced, I then knew I was destined to get one. Now, the K13 GT is luring me in.

    I had a GS previously and I loved it, but due to a carpal tunnel problem, I had to give up riding but now that problem has cleared, so I am ready to ride again.

    Any tips or hints for me as I shop around?

    I've registered to come to the Rally in July so I'll see you all there.
    Bob Naumann
    Sachse TX
    K1300GT
    IBA 19100

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    What, me worry? GILLY's Avatar
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    No real tips, "find the best deal you can". Would be nice if someone in your area could chime in on the "good" dealers in your area, so we can hope for that.
    I see it's your first post, so welcome to the club. I love my GT, will really make you smile. I do find I get a bit numb in the palms (from forward pressure). I haven't done anything, so you might want to consider barbacks. Any other questions be sure to ask. I am not big on accessories, there are lots of things you can do to make the bike suit you.

    Gilly
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    Hello Gilly -

    This is my first post with my new ID - I've been here before, but I forget how I signed up originally. I stayed away from bikes totally so I would not become depressed about not being able to ride and that included even forums.

    Glad to be back, and ready to get on the road.

    One thing I learned with the GS was that while it was fun to ride on short trips, it was not much fun when on super slab rides. The fuel economy was bad when going fast enough to stay out of the way of 18 wheelers, and the acceleration was not there at high speeds.

    I think the K13GT will be perfect in that environment.

    Thanks!


    Quote Originally Posted by Gilly View Post
    No real tips, "find the best deal you can". Would be nice if someone in your area could chime in on the "good" dealers in your area, so we can hope for that.
    I see it's your first post, so welcome to the club. I love my GT, will really make you smile. I do find I get a bit numb in the palms (from forward pressure). I haven't done anything, so you might want to consider barbacks. Any other questions be sure to ask. I am not big on accessories, there are lots of things you can do to make the bike suit you.

    Gilly
    Bob Naumann
    Sachse TX
    K1300GT
    IBA 19100

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    I've test ridden both the new K1300GT and the former K1200GTs pre-and post '06, and for my money I really couldn't tell the difference between the newer K1200GT and the 1300, though professional bike journalists claim to be able to. I wound up buying the K1200GT--traded an R1200RT in on it, and just love it. Power to blow by 6 18 wheelers and 20 Hardley Ablesons in a single bound, Smoooooothe engine/gearbox/shifting/ride; Hossack fork and paralever makes stops and starts lovely. Only complaint I have is that I have yet to be able to find anywhere that makes highway pegs for it so I can straighten my legs out from time to time on long (all day +) rides. Because BMWs last and last and last, I bought mine used (pre-owned in the present 'spin' palaver of the auto industry), and saved a bunch of bucks. But do check with different dealers on the new bikes, as often you can get a better deal one place than another. Personally, I've always found our Pittsburgh dealer (European MCs of Pgh.) terrific in that as in other regards. Good luck and have fun with the new bike when you find it!
    Ralph
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