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Old 04-26-2017, 12:57 PM
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I am looking to buy a GS. The 2006 K1200R gets tiring for me after 3 or 4 hours. The wind blast at speed is rough on my feeble neck. I still love the mental top end charge but spend far less time exploring the performance and WAY more time cruising at 85 or 90. Keeping the KR with the GS would be ideal, however not an option this year. As low as the values have gotten on the KR, my thought is to part out whatever is not R specific. At a later date I could buy a K1300S and convert it to KR bodywork and sell off the S parts. The bike has 17800 miles on it with a Rexer tune and runs great. I am wondering what kind of prices I could expect for the larger pieces. Just looking on Ebay it seems I might be able to get close to KBB value. Is there any demand for these parts.

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Re: Possibly Parting Out K1200r

In my opinion, for whatever it's worth , there would be less demand to part it out then there would be for a well running, complete bike. I don't think that bike ever sold enough units in the US to create much of a base to sell parts into. Canadians might be interested, but there is such high costs for them to import into their country, not to mention a lousy exchange rate.

If you're unable to keep both bikes, then I'd pick a price and take my chances selling it privately, then run, not walk, to go pick up a GS. Awesome motorcycle.
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Re: Possibly Parting Out K1200r

John, This may be a little premature as I have not ridden a GS yet. I was offered to take one out for the day but didn't want to until I was ready to buy (self control issues, thats how I wound up with the KR). I have not heard one bad word about the GS.

I know they did not sell many of the Rs but many of the mechanical bits are interchangeable with the K1200S. Still not a large market but with all the clutch and transmission problems out there, maybe someone might need some replacement parts, or would like to have some spares just in case.
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Re: Possibly Parting Out K1200r

Does the KR bodywork go on a K1300S easily? Have we seen one already done.
Have you ridden the K1300S, it handles quite differently to the R, you might not like this beast your thinking of.
Definitely take the GS for a ride, why wait? Better to have some idea how you like it sooner than later.
I wouldn't be pulling the K1200r apart......yet.
Not being negative here, just making sure we have though of all scenarios and outcomes.
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Re: Possibly Parting Out K1200r

I appreciate the input, keep it coming. Kiwimat: I think switching the body parts should not be too bad because I'll have all the little parts, hardware and brackets.
I have not seen one converted yet. We can't import the K1300R into the US so this would be the only option to get the electronics and drivability updates here. As far as the handling, my understanding is the difference comes from the front geometry, I'll have those parts as well. Definitely not a 10 minute swap but doable. All your points are very valid, I am not sensing negativity. This is why I posted, to get opinions or solutions other than mine. I know I need a more touring oriented bike but don't think I could be without something mental like the KR. I like the Super Duke but don't want to have 2 two cylinder bikes. Love the song of that four banger.
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