And Then There Was One

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Trash, Jun 7, 2018.

  1. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    Ever since I got a great deal on that leftover 2016 R1200GS last October, the 2013 K1600GTL has become under appreciated. On a whim I took advantage of a Cycle Trader free two week ad promotion, and listed it on Monday evening. Imagine my surprise when I already had an inquiry when I checked Tuesday morning.
    Long story made short, it sold yesterday to a couple out in Washington State. It is remarkable how valuable a few good digital photos can be!
     
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  2. CoolHand

    CoolHand Administrator Staff Member

    whats your thoughts on the 1200gs? get any weird vibration/noise/resonance in the 3500-4000 rpm range?
     
  3. skibum69

    skibum69 Active Member

    Hey Jon, are you ever moving home? Last I remember you said yo7 we’re moving for Fort Mac for 2 years:p
     
  4. Backdraft

    Backdraft Active Member

    Jon ... I have 45000kms on my 2014, I get something similiar. I checked valve clearances and they within tolerances.

    Not sure if it is normal. There is a new one in the cbrook area. I am hoping to meet up and compare motor noises... lol
     
  5. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    I just purchased it in October as a heavily discounted leftover model, so I have only accumulated 3,500 miles on it so far, but other than the additional power vs. my old 2009 GS, I have not noticed any difference in engine characteristics.

    I will probably have a better idea after my upcoming 5,000+ mile Pacific North Trip beginning next weekend.
    I will also be able to compare notes with my buddy who also has a 2016 GS, although he claims his to be much superior to mine because it is Triple Black. I remind him that I could repaint my white panels about eight times for what I saved on mine. :)
     
  6. CoolHand

    CoolHand Administrator Staff Member

    Moved to Edmonton, bought a house, and shacked up with someone lol. Afraid I'm an albertan for life now.
     
  7. CoolHand

    CoolHand Administrator Staff Member

    im told its normal but Im having a hard time wrapping my head around it. people have even sold the things because of it. It only really bothers me in the city where I usually don't run earbuds. mine is just off warranty now so this winter im going to pick at her a little more...do the valve and cam alignment check. the sound has been consistently loud not changing with mileage...just with temperature. until she is up to 80 or so degs she is pretty quiet...again, normal according to everyone.
     
  8. murph

    murph Well-Known Member

    Salt water cowboy!!! Did you get the hat?
    I know not of the LC GS but it took me a long time to get used to all the noises/shakes that the 1150 makes. And the Tiger sounds like a can full of nuts and bolts on a paint shaker at idle.
    There are alot of moving parts down between your feet and the fatherland admits no wrongdoing EVER.
     
  9. skibum69

    skibum69 Active Member

    You guys should hang out around a 640, sounds like a paint can full of nuts and bolts:p
     
  10. HunterSon

    HunterSon Active Member

    Both my VStrom and my FJ have loud clutches when engaged. Engine purrs with the clutch in, louder when it is out. Don’t notice it while moving or with earplugs in. I remember my air cooled 1200 Bandit had a lot of interesting noises, even when shut off and cooling down.
     
  11. HunterSon

    HunterSon Active Member

    I remember the old dry clutch GSXRs were horrible sounding.
     
  12. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    The Shipper showed up last night with a 50 ft. double decker trailer to pick up the GTL for its long journey to Washington. The only downside to shipping a motorcycle you have sold “ sight unseen” is that the driver must document the bike’s condition before loading, and they tend to go overboard trying to find any possible flaw in order to eliminate any potential claims for damage in transit. Thus the buyer gets freaked out by a dozen photos that may or may not depict actual flaws. In my case, I had done too good of a job polishing the bike prior to shipment, and the photos were actually depicting the reflection of the pavement contour in the paint job. It looked like there were a pattern of paint chips when in fact there were none. Fortunately the Purchaser must have realized what was going on, as there was no frantic request to stop the shipment, although it was good for a few nerve wracking moments... :eek:
     
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  13. skibum69

    skibum69 Active Member

    My bike is on a truck right now:p
     
  14. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    So I received an email Friday that the purchasers had received the delivery, and the GTL exceeded their expectations.
    I was pleased to get that response, but not surprised.
    I just received another email from them a little while ago.
    They took their first ride today. A deer came flying out of the woods when they were about an hour from home and hit them head on. The impact broke the headlight assembly, and the rebound broke his ankle and tore up her leg, but he was able to keep it upright and make it back home. They included photos of the bike and the deceased deer.
    Freaky Stuff.
     
  15. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    Shit!
    Hope they heal quickly and the bike can be restored (or at least is adequately insured)!
     
  16. TonisToo

    TonisToo Active Member

    OMG you have got to be kidding!?! What state was this? I have been on hyper alert since I rolled off the ferry. Yesterday I saw a dead black bear on the highway.
     
  17. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    The GTL now resides in Washington State.
    As a matter of fact, I just rode by about 20 miles away from their farm last Tuesday on my way towards home.
    That was a rather strange coincidence.
    After expressing our concern, they were quick to respond how pleased they were with how the bike handled the impact. I guess you have to admire their attitude. They did explain that they have full coverage insurance on everything they own, and were confident the GTL would be like new in no time.
     
  18. skibum69

    skibum69 Active Member

    Yowza!
     
  19. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    As a follow up to your original question, I am now closing in on 12,000 miles (20,000 km) on my new GS, and I have to say that it has been absolutely flawless to this point. I haven’t experienced any of the issues that you mentioned, but if I recall, your bike is a year or two older than mine, and there have been a couple updates in the interim. I don’t know which tires you have on your GS, mine came with the street oriented Anakee IIIs. Tires can have a big effect on the symptoms you mentioned. Additionally, I would suggest that you might have your dealer check to see if there have been any software updates since your last visit. A simple update might cure your concerns.
     
  20. Bueller

    Bueller New Member


    The strong USD certainly helped lol
     

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