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    '12 K1600 GTL new to me.

    Hello, I just bought a '12 GTL with 11,000 miles on it. The warranty is good till next Aug.and the dealer is offering an additional 3 years for $1200. What do folks think? It's a lot of money for me but these things can't be cheap to fix. I would also be interested in any advice anyone might have on upkeep, modifications, accessories etc. lastly, my Fiancie and I put about 5000 mi a yr camping. We're thinking about a Bushtec trailer. Any thoughts on that? Thanks for your input.

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    My experience with extended warranties is that they pay for themselves if you ride the bike long enough.
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    At the Detroit IMS I asked the BMW rep about pulling a trailer and how it might affect the warranty. He said that if the dealer installed the hitch the warranty would not be affected. Don't know about where that might appear in writing - I haven't found anything.
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    Extended warranty on a bike is almost useless, depending on the fine print. Wear items aren't covered, which includes the clutch. Many of them also exclude the electrical system and if you over rev the engine it voids the warranty. So what's left. Not worth it IMHO.

    Upkeep. Change the oils more often then the book calls for, especially when towing a trailer.

    Trailering. I have 2 trailers, a Bunkhouse tent trailer by Bushtec and Champion cargo trailer by Champion Trikes.
    I had the Champion trailer repainted to match the GTL. Photos of it when I picked it up at the body shop.

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    IMG_0054 small.jpg

    Things to note when towing a trailer
    Front load the trailer, keep the tongue weight up
    Added weight effects braking and acceleration.
    Do all your braking before the curve then slight power through it.

    Happy Trails
    Enjoying life in the beautiful state of Jefferson
    2013 K1600GTL : 2004 VTX1800c

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcourtney View Post
    Hello, I just bought a '12 GTL with 11,000 miles on it. The warranty is good till next Aug.and the dealer is offering an additional 3 years for $1200. What do folks think? It's a lot of money for me but these things can't be cheap to fix. I would also be interested in any advice anyone might have on upkeep, modifications, accessories etc. lastly, my Fiancie and I put about 5000 mi a yr camping. We're thinking about a Bushtec trailer. Any thoughts on that? Thanks for your input.
    For the most part, the bikes have been free from major problems that would cost thousands of dollars. The two main problems that nearly all the '12s have had or will have is a water pump and the bar end switch gear. There's new versions of the parts out so if your bike has the new parts, you'll likely not ever have to worry about it. If not, you could price out the repairs and decide if those make the warranty worth purchasing. Most of the guys I know that are planning to keep the bike for a long time bought the extended warranty. I didn't but I ride enough to have worked out the common problems during the warranty period. There's also been some talk of BMW offering extended warranties on these problem parts but I haven't seen anything official yet.
    Wes Jones
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    2013 S1000RR, Granite Gray

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    Thanks

    Thanks so much for your feedback and suggestions. I'll take them to heart. It's all helpful. Wes, do you know which bar end switches were going out? I'll try to price that out when I figure out if I want to do the warranty or not.
    Thanks again

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcourtney View Post
    Thanks so much for your feedback and suggestions. I'll take them to heart. It's all helpful. Wes, do you know which bar end switches were going out? I'll try to price that out when I figure out if I want to do the warranty or not.
    Thanks again
    It's the switch cluster that has to be replaced when there's a problem. On my bike, it was the kill/start switch that quit but others have had the LH cluster go bad as well. It was a poor design of copper on plastic that had problems with temperature and moisture but the design has now been changed.
    Wes Jones
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    Quote Originally Posted by PittsDriver View Post
    It's the switch cluster that has to be replaced when there's a problem. On my bike, it was the kill/start switch that quit but others have had the LH cluster go bad as well. It was a poor design of copper on plastic that had problems with temperature and moisture but the design has now been changed.
    Thanks for the specifics, Wes. I'll check it out. Happy trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by story View Post
    Extended warranty on a bike is almost useless, depending on the fine print. Wear items aren't covered, which includes the clutch. Many of them also exclude the electrical system and if you over rev the engine it voids the warranty. So what's left. Not worth it IMHO.

    Upkeep. Change the oils more often then the book calls for, especially when towing a trailer.

    Trailering. I have 2 trailers, a Bunkhouse tent trailer by Bushtec and Champion cargo trailer by Champion Trikes.
    I had the Champion trailer repainted to match the GTL. Photos of it when I picked it up at the body shop.

    IMG_0053small.jpg

    IMG_0054 small.jpg

    Things to note when towing a trailer
    Front load the trailer, keep the tongue weight up
    Added weight effects braking and acceleration.
    Do all your braking before the curve then slight power through it.

    Happy Trails
    Thanks for the advice. Beautiful paint job on the Champion trailer. Take care. Pat

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    Cool

    Your addiction begins, add 10% on to what you paid for bike! that will cover the first year FARKLES you will be adding. List is endless, well almost.
    Great bike
    Enjoy!

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    I've never bought an extended on ANYTHING, but, after having the '12 GT I'm going to before the warranty runs out this June. I've had the switches and water pump replaced with the "new" ones, but I've also had to have the rear drive replaced (broken drive shaft). I'm going with Zurich, $1800 for an additional 4 years. My decision is based partly on past problems and because I plan on keeping this one!
    NoVA
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