The BMW K1300GT SE has been a motorcycle of personal interest for some time. When I returned to riding in 2006, I promised myself I would buy a BMW Motorcycle.
Being tall, I have a problem with my hip to knee distance on most motorcycles and what I can fit on. When it came to the BMW models I was interested in, the RT and RS1100 and K1200GT 2003 were in my budget. I was disappointed when I found out I couldn’t fit comfortably on my chosen models.
So six years ago I settled for a Honda ST1100 and have loved every minute of the 73,000km of riding. It’s been an incredible motorcycle and still is.
Back in 2007 I went to the Sydney Motorcycle show and sat on the BMW K1200GT SE. I fitted on it, however it was out of my price range. In between that visit to the Motorcycle show in 2007 the K1300GT SE was released with a few more refinements.
I figured with the release of the BMW K1600GT a couple of years ago that the price of BMW K1300GT SE would drop along with the change from 2012 to 2013. So 2013 would be the target year to start looking again.
Time to kick some tyres
It’s a great online site for finding and comparing motorcycles. Around October in 2012, I started testing the market place for a BMW K1300GT SE, doing some analysis and having a conversation with the local BMW guru.
We had one major life event to get over by January 2013 being our youngest daughter’s wedding. So I kicked a couple of tyres between October 2012 and January 2013 and watched bikesale.com.au.
Time to go shopping
With the wedding out of the way, it was time to go shopping. Living in the Canberra, the capital city of Australia, you just can’t go down to the local motorcycle shop and stumble upon a BMW K1300GT SE. This was going to be an online purchase.
Going back to bikesales, there were five BMW K1300GT SE for sale across Australia. I had my preferences from one to three.
- Preference one was in Brisbane
- The second in Sydney
- The third, north of Sydney
A few telephone calls and some inspections were now required. Number one motorcycle was in Brisbane and would require a local inspection. Thankfully my brother-in-law who lived in Brisbane, also a rider would be the inspector on hand.
For number two and three it was a weekend trip to Sydney.
On paper, preference number one was streets ahead of number two and three preferences.
My planned trip to Sydney didn’t happen. A call to my local Sydney weather contact and some views on the Road Transport Authority cameras indicated a ride to Sydney was a no show. So it was over to David my brother-in-law to check out the BMW.
Saturday 9 February 2013, mid-saturday morning, I’m at morning tea checking out the Tech news on my iPad and David rings me with the inspection report; “nice” was the reply.
I spoke to sales guy and confirmed I was interested, now for my remote test ride by Dave, pity I couldn’t be there.
David returned from the test ride with the two word comment, “buy-it”. If David was impressed, he knew I would be. So after some negotiation on the phone with the dealership from Morgan and Wacker for some extras and transport from Brisbane to Canberra, it was sold!
Friday 22 February was the planned arrival date for the “Beemer. As for the time, it was hit and miss, something you couldn’t nail down due to the motorcycle road transport timetable. I finally received the call around lunchtime to be ready for the delivery at 4.30pm.
So at 5.20pm, the “Eagle had landed”, the 2009 BMW K1300GT SE, with a little over 14,000kms on the clock. Check out the initial pictures below.
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A new chapter now starts for motorcycleridingcentral.com