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    Imminent K1200S Purchase

    Hi Folks,

    After many years on an R1100S, I'm looking at a lightly used (5,000 miles) '05 K1200S. Its got new tires and a new battery and has had all its vital fluids changed prior to being put on the market. Is there anything specific I should keep my eyes open for? Were there factory recalls about which I should enquire?

    Thanks in advance for your input!

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    Assuming you've already scanned these very pages and found a lot (including several recalls), but here's one...
    https://forums.bmwmoa.org/showthread...urchase-K1200S

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    I would recommend not buying it until you have spent a lot of time reading up on the wedge hedge K bikes. I owned an '07 GT. Fun to ride and a lot more power than the boxers but hard to sell even when heavily discounted. For instance, to change the spark plugs, the radiator had to be removed and could only reserviced with a pressure pot. Lot's of opinions on the forum, the is just my experience.

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    Thanks for the input thus far, folks!

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    Do they come in Pathetic Blue?

    Curious minds need to know...

    PS. Hope the firefighters in BC get a handle on all those darned fires soon!
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    In the far corner below the breaker box and air hose...
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    Quote Originally Posted by SeabeckS View Post
    Do they come in Pathetic Blue?

    Curious minds need to know...

    PS. Hope the firefighters in BC get a handle on all those darned fires soon!
    They do come in that most desirable of all colours.

    And yes, those fires are causing issues everywhere. The skies in Vancouver have been tinged red from ash and smoke for a week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BC1100S View Post
    They do come in that most desirable of all colours.

    And yes, those fires are causing issues everywhere. The skies in Vancouver have been tinged red from ash and smoke for a week.
    The last club meeting I attended had a gent with a white/blue K1200s, fabulous looking machine. Good luck with the search!

    Sunset came about 20 minutes early on Hood Canal a couple of days ago. Made me somewhat glad that I don't fight these fires anymore. Heckuva fire season out here on the Left Coast. IMG_0531.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by SeabeckS View Post
    The last club meeting I attended had a gent with a white/blue K1200s, fabulous looking machine.
    Obviously a man of taste and distinction.

    The search is narrowing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BC1100S View Post
    Obviously a man of taste and distinction.

    The search is narrowing.
    If you find one, we wouldn't at all mind a picture or two.

    Bill Johnston

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    Quote Originally Posted by BC1100S View Post
    Obviously a man of taste and distinction.

    The search is narrowing.
    Blue/White
    They are the fastest
    P1010499.jpg

    And be careful, while the 11S is a rocket, the K12S goes from zero to ticket in second gear...so I hear
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    Dang it, Steve, you're making my life difficult! . I've got a line on one in that exact colour combination. It has 38,000 miles on it. Longevity-wise, are they similar to the oilheads if properly cared for?

    Rode one today which quite disappointed me. Really bad lean stumble off idle and a lot of intake noise. Made me think it didn't have an air filter in it. And the Laser slip-on it had didn't have the db killer installed so it was a tad noisy as well. PLUS, it took a gallon and a half to go about 45 miles and I wasn't abusing the speed limit THAT badly.

    I did like the way it handled. Not nimble but perfectly serviceable for my intended use. And yes, sir, I got into seize-your-bike-and-licence territory pretty damn fast.

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    Maybe that one has the air box issue + idle control valve + PCV...?
    That exhaust "may" cause a loss of some low-end.
    And you don't really need to shift to 2nd if you're looking for a ticket... I've been lucky (so far)...

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    They are a bit more...a lot more actually, difficult to do a major service compared to Oilheads.
    The valve check has you removing a LOT of pieces to access the valve train. At least the service intervals are further apart as far as that task and haven't found one to be far enough out of spec after all the work.

    The warped airbox and idler valve is a concern as Paul mentions and causes idling and throttle roll off dying. The newer box has a much larger idler control valve. The S has two intake snorkles and filters compared to the GT having only one,but it is possible someone removed/altered the filters Seen more GT's with airbox issues than S's for some reason...but maybe more GT's out there.

    H's early run 05 had the death rattle at start up before the cam chain tensioner upgrade came around and replacing it did not get rid of it completely.I ended up replacing cam chain and rails to solve problem...which is now a recommended service at higher mileages. My later run 05 never had any issue before I traded a fellow for my KTM.

    H's also came with a two bros exhaust(LOUD)...I preferred the stock on mine as it didn't need more attention drawn to it. It's large, but so what.
    One other issue that pops up on some is a failing ball joint on the duolever forks..at 30 mph, the bike will wander about making you think you have a flat or riding on grooved pavement.Neither of ours presented that, but I rode a few that did.

    They are fun bikes, but do require a bit more effort to service IMHO
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    Quote Originally Posted by henzilla View Post
    One other issue that pops up on some is a failing ball joint on the duolever forks..at 30 mph, the bike will wander about making you think you have a flat or riding on grooved pavement.Neither of ours presented that, but I rode a few that did.

    They are fun bikes, but do require a bit more effort to service IMHO
    We had to replace the ball joints on both of our K1300Ss around 40,000 miles.
    Parts and labor was around $800 on each bike.

    Valve checks with plug and coolant changes was around $450. (Not a full 18,000 mile service.)
    That includes changing valve cover gaskets.
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