Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: First K bike = K1200GT

  1. #1

    First K bike = K1200GT

    So I traded my 06GSA for a 06K1200GT with 55k miles, what's the background on these machines? What's gonna break first?
    Thanks
    Tom in 60193

  2. #2
    not so retired henzilla's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    CENTEX USA
    Posts
    9,137
    Welcome to the MOA and Forum

    That's two different machines for sure. Have had a K12S and a few R12 GS's

    You can scroll thru this section back a few pages for some talk about various potential issues. Some folks of course have no issues, others have had a few.Never any major issues on either of our K12S's
    If the cam chain tensioner and jumpguard campaign was done, that's a plus...the rear wheel spider was also redesigned from an aluminum billet to a forged steel unit and was a recall. The fuel pump flange on the fuel tank, and a suspension link in the rear are all campaigns. If not documented, any dealer can run your VIN for status.



    A rocket of a bike compared to the GS, be careful with heavy wrist in second gear...ticket worthy quickly! My wake up on a GT came in heavy cross winds...compared to every other model, it moves around a lot until you get used to the reactions you can prepare for...like large trucks and seeing a dust devil spinning your way in the desert

    All in all, after confirming all those issues were adressed..go ride it and have some fun
    Steve Henson
    SABMWRA MOA Club#62's Flat Fixer/ current forum moderator
    It's not the breaths you take, but the moments that take your breath away-D.Dillon/G. Strait

  3. #3
    Debbie's Servant Lee's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    SW Iowa
    Posts
    3,737
    Welcome to the forum.
    The Slant 4 engine is a blast.
    Lee
    2016 R1200RS
    MOA # 30878
    Past BMW Bikes: 2011 K1300S, 2003 K1200RS, 1991 K75S, 1987 K75T, 1984 R100RT

  4. #4
    Are we there yet? tonyfr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    SAT - LAX
    Posts
    425
    Don't know what will break first, but I went from an '05 RT to a '09 K13GT and it killed my knees! Very different riding position on the K bike, so that will be something to get used to. I found a guy who is making highway pegs for the GT's and he is doing a run of 30 sets now (they're not cheap though). Ken Estrada Designs on Facebook.
    SABMWRA MOA #62
    2009 K1300 GT
    2005 R1200RT - gone
    1984 Kawasaki ZX750-E1 Turbo

  5. #5
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Arizona, USA
    Posts
    47

    2008 K1200GT Impressions.

    Our 2008 K1200GT now has about 116,000 miles on the odo.

    It has had all the previously mentioned maladies (cam chain jump, fuel pump housing leak, etc.), yet is still our bike of choice for long hauls.

    Several years back we tried to ride through an haboob and packed the bike with sand. Ended up getting into the rear drive. At about 92,000 miles our extended warranty picked up the $2,300 for an updated rear drive.

    We keep the electronics at two up with bags and in the normal suspension setting. The sport setting is not too tight, but the comfort setting will cause some wallowing in turns for us.

    Routine maintenance is time consuming. Getting to the plugs requires a lot of body work removal and the removal of the radiator. Nothing real difficult, just takes time.

    Even after the cam chain jumped two teeth on our bike, the valves are still within spec. Checking them is a bit of a hassle, so far none have need adjustment.

    I've heard that some bikes will leak from the valve cover gasket after it is removed the first time. I reused the original several times before I bought a new one. No leaks.

    The real hassle in my opinion is getting the coils off the plugs. Even with a puller it's tough to get them off without chipping the tops.

    Some of the early K44s had power assisted brakes, ours doesn't. Flushing the system is pretty basic and with a GS911 easy enough to test.

    The clutch and clutch basket can be problematic. One of the symptoms is not being able to get into neutral at a stop with the engine running.

    Our clutch didn't slip, but became increasingly hard to shift and would not go into neutral at a stop with the engine running.

    Unfortunately the clutch basket was also damaged and need replacing. About $2,000 with oem parts. Extended warranty didn't pick that one up...bummer.

    There is a thread about a guy in England I believe who has studied the slant engine clutch extensively and can do a rebuild. Still a bit pricey but with a better design.

    This bike will haul the mail with two up and bags full. Hitting the ton is just a twist of the wrist away. A bit cumbersome around town, awesome on the road.

    Be sure to have a BMW dealer run the vin to make sure everything is up to snuff.

    Good luck.

    Deryle & Wanda Mehrten
    Sierra Vista, AZ USA

  6. #6
    dealer says all recalls up to snuff.
    Maybe someone can direct me to a thread that covers all the suspension manual and ESA adjustments.

    What I discovered riding in a severe cross wind is that the ESA setup at 2riders+sport
    made a major difference in a positive way!


    tom in 60193

  7. #7
    Are we there yet? tonyfr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    SAT - LAX
    Posts
    425
    Here you go. Manual
    SABMWRA MOA #62
    2009 K1300 GT
    2005 R1200RT - gone
    1984 Kawasaki ZX750-E1 Turbo

  8. #8
    Quote Originally Posted by tonyfr View Post
    Here you go. Manual
    A great reference ! Thanks for that! So my question is ............
    Does the bike suspension need to be set up manually first, then the ESA is the quick easy way to reset for different loads and 3 different damping modes?
    Or
    Suspension is set manually by factory and then ESA is the only adj required by the driver?
    Or
    ????????????.
    thanks
    Tom in 60193

  9. #9
    Are we there yet? tonyfr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    SAT - LAX
    Posts
    425
    Suspension is set at the factory. ESA fine tunes the ride.
    SABMWRA MOA #62
    2009 K1300 GT
    2005 R1200RT - gone
    1984 Kawasaki ZX750-E1 Turbo

  10. #10
    That was the info I needed !

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 3
    Last Post: 02-26-2017, 01:30 PM
  2. Replies: 5
    Last Post: 12-22-2015, 01:01 PM
  3. 2012 GTL - Bike to Bike Comm, Retaining Bluetooth ?
    By ericmsimon in forum Straight 6 K1600 GT and GTL
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 11-25-2012, 04:37 PM
  4. Bike to bike full face helmet
    By miairhead in forum Gear
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 06-22-2010, 06:50 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •