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    I'll mimic what the others have said: Great looking bike. Welcome to the fold.

    As for the e-brakes, I've never had problems with mine (self bled every 2-3 years) but have seen it in buddy's bikes. I actually did an ABS-bypass on a buddy's R1150RT which has the same system. There have been several discussions about a company in the US doing rebuilds of the module. They've been saying they're on the verge of accepting this model for several years. Not sure what the current status actually is. Given how cheap some of this generation K bikes have gotten, I suspect the needed parts could be found online from guys parting out their bikes.

    Regarding the sore knees of the previous owner, I had the same issue. That was before I realized the seat was set at its lower position, putting more bend in my knees. Raising it to the upper setting has eliminated the problem. Locking the seat into the proper position can be a PITA, and is definitely a learned talent.

    Looks like the PO (who appears to have been an MOA member!) has already replaced the weak quick-connects in the fuel lines. Good move. You might want to think about fuel and air filter replacement if you have no record of it having been done.

    Otherwise, ride and enjoy!

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    Both my wife and I had around 85,000 to 90,000 miles on our K1200RSs when traded and did not have any servo ABS problems.
    I would change the wheel circuit brake fluid every year myself and every 2 years I removed the body work and had the dealer do the control circuit.
    They charged a hour labor for the job.
    The last time the Tech showed me how it was done it it looked like something I could have done.
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    If you change the fuel and air filter here's where they are located.

    Fuel Filter.jpg


    The air filter is under the gas tank.
    IMG_0096.jpg
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    Past BMW Bikes: 2011 K1300S, 2003 K1200RS, 1991 K75S, 1987 K75T, 1984 R100RT

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    Thanks for the tips Lee!
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    So I brought the bike home yesterday......it was 2.5 hours away, but a super nice day in Illinois, it was 50 F, but still got a trailer for it. On the way back (I was with my brother), I told him let's go pick up the bike he was going to buy, the guy didn't have the title when we looked at a few weeks before, but now had it. We didn't have time to drive home, drop my bike off, and then pick this one up.....so we went to the guy's house (which was five minutes out of way on our return trip), unloaded my bike, loaded up his, and then I rode the 35 miles home on mine as it was registered and insured.

    What a hoot! Man, the bike is uber-stable! I feel it's like my 1985 Honda Interceptor all grown up. Great power, super comfy (love the heated seat and grips), can't believe how stable it is, especially going over bumps, feels like only one rebound on the shocks.

    I do have the ! warning light on solid, so the cruise control doesn't work, the owner's manual says it's a brake light circuit issue. I do have a second brake light under the rear case. I will have to look into that.





    Glad we picked this one up for my brother, got to ride home because of it!



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    Did you check the brake light bulb?
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    Past BMW Bikes: 2011 K1300S, 2003 K1200RS, 1991 K75S, 1987 K75T, 1984 R100RT

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    The brake light bulb appears to be working (need a mirror to view both of them) and I don't know if there is more than one brake bulb. Easy enough to find out, will post the results!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    Did you check the brake light bulb?
    Just checked the rear bulb. What threw me is that the running light works, and then the brake light works when the brakes are depressed. I then swapped the (+) terminals on the rear brake light so I swapped the brake with the running light. Turned the bike back on, the running light was no longer on with the ignition, but the brake light came on when the brakes were depressed. And the ! sign was no longer on the dash.

    So it was doing what it was supposed to, when the brake element burns out, it dims the running light and then uses the running light for the brake light (same element does both jobs). Just need a new bulb and I'll be in business! Can't wait to try the cruise control.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    If you change the fuel and air filter here's where they are located.

    Fuel Filter.jpg


    The air filter is under the gas tank.
    IMG_0096.jpg
    Where did you get the big spanner wrench for the retaining ring?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GREGFEELER View Post
    Where did you get the big spanner wrench for the retaining ring?
    Probably at a farm or hardware store.
    It's a Channel Lock filter wrench.
    https://smile.amazon.com/Channellock...2480264&sr=8-3
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    Got a new rear light bulb, ! symbol is gone, cruise control works!

    When I drove it home yesterday, I never exceeded 5K RPM or so.....today I went down an industrial street (dead on Sunday) and tried the brakes, all I can say is WOW, are they over the top good!

    Then I tried the right hand in accelerating.....HOLY *HIT this bike is FAST! The first time I shifted at 6K RPM, the next time 7K RPM, I could not believe how the bike pulls! I did not have the balls to bring it up towards redline. Definitely like a sport bike. I'm glad I don't have the newer 155 HP version! 130 HP works just fine.....
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    Yep fast and smooth.
    It's not fussy about what gear you're in or the RPM when you open the throttle.
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    Past BMW Bikes: 2011 K1300S, 2003 K1200RS, 1991 K75S, 1987 K75T, 1984 R100RT

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    Lee-

    I see you had an 84 K110LT. EDIT: Now I see you had a R1000RT, but you might still be able to answer the question.

    Well what do you know, my name was passed along at the dealer to somebody who is trying to sell their Dad's bike (he is in the hospital on his final stages of life), which is also a K1100LT. It red, has the speakers on the rear top case, hasn't been registered since 2013, and needs a fuel pump and front brake work, there is no front brakes whatsoever, I don't know if somebody took the pads out or what. It's gonna need a complete rebuild on the front brakes. Can't hear it run, but it is reported to be a good bike, just not been ridden for many years, and they have figured out it would cost too much to get it running to sell.

    I saw it, it's very dusty, but appears to be well taken care of, just needs some TLC. I already looked up to see what it takes to do the fuel pump, that's easy and inexpensive, and I could fix the brakes without issue, even if I need some parts. I am an experienced mechanic.

    It looks like the bike isn't really worth more than $2K realistically if it was in running condition and all cleaned up. I think I can get it for $500. I'm a project guy, I have room for it, and would love to work on it and bring it back to life. I have a friend that would be interested in it, or my 25 year old son.

    Should I take the plunge? Is it a great touring bike? I know it's not a modern touring bike. But it is darn cool. I like that it's "smaller" as compared to present day bikes.







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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    Probably at a farm or hardware store.
    It's a Channel Lock filter wrench.
    https://smile.amazon.com/Channellock...2480264&sr=8-3
    Lee,
    Thanks for the link! I need to change the air and fuel filter this spring and this will be a better wrench than I used the last time. Which brings a question. The link you sent is for the 212 Channel Lock wrench with a max. 4.25" opening. There is also a 215 model with a 5.5" capacity. It's been a while since I changed the fuel filter, but in my mind that retaining ring is at least 4" if not bigger. Am I mis-rememebering?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GREGFEELER View Post
    Lee,
    Thanks for the link! I need to change the air and fuel filter this spring and this will be a better wrench than I used the last time. Which brings a question. The link you sent is for the 212 Channel Lock wrench with a max. 4.25" opening. There is also a 215 model with a 5.5" capacity. It's been a while since I changed the fuel filter, but in my mind that retaining ring is at least 4" if not bigger. Am I mis-rememebering?
    I checked my wrench and it's stamped 212. I measure the opening as 3.5 inches to the end of the tooth.
    Lee
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    Past BMW Bikes: 2011 K1300S, 2003 K1200RS, 1991 K75S, 1987 K75T, 1984 R100RT

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