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post #1 of 15 Old Aug 14th, 2009, 8:08 am Thread Starter
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Just bought a 2003 1200 LT with 10,000 miles on the internet. I'm flying from Calgary and picking it up tomorrow in Montreal. I know very little about the bike. Have been trying to find a good service manual. Any suggestions? I have been riding a Honda Valkyrie for the past few years and always wanted to try a BMW so here goes. I'm 5' 7" and a little worried about seat height. I'll see when I get there. I hear there are seat height adjustments and lowering kits available. However, the Valkyrie seat was quite high and I handled that OK.
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post #2 of 15 Old Aug 14th, 2009, 8:40 am
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I don't have a LT, but a friend of mine does. He has a Clymers manual and it seems pretty extensive. I have a Clymers for my airhead and prefer it over my Haynes manual.

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post #3 of 15 Old Aug 14th, 2009, 8:49 am
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HERE YOU GO. Enjoy the New ride.

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I don't know if Haynes makes manuals.. Clymer does so, far as I know, that's your "choice". I have the BMW CD... not as usable for a "newbie" as Clymer..

This is a HEAVY bike once it starts to tip... if you can't maintain it... don't let it pinch your leg to the ground.

Always come to a stop with the front wheel straight... see previous sentence.

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Just bought a 2003 1200 LT with 10,000 miles on the internet. I'm flying from Calgary and picking it up tomorrow in Montreal. I know very little about the bike. Have been trying to find a good service manual. Any suggestions? I have been riding a Honda Valkyrie for the past few years and always wanted to try a BMW so here goes. I'm 5' 7" and a little worried about seat height. I'll see when I get there. I hear there are seat height adjustments and lowering kits available. However, the Valkyrie seat was quite high and I handled that OK.
I can see by your profile you shouldn't have any trouble with this bike. I have a 2000LT. Took a little time getting use to stopping because of it's weight. I'm sure you will be pleasantly surprised on the performance and handling on your way back to Calgary. As far as maintenance goes, buying a Clymers service manual would be your best bet. Enjoy the ride and ride safe.

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Great Bike!!
Hope you have fun driving back!!
I am just outside Montreal.

Be careful riding around Montreal, the streets are extremely bad with LARGE to EXTRA LARGE POTHOLES!!! And the drivers are, all race car drivers!! ( Home of Jacques Villneauve!! F-1 Racer!!!

Its better when you will get on the 40-east towards Toronto. Its going to be a great three days with sun and temp around 28C no rain till Thursday next week!!
From Montreal to the Ontario border is around 40 miles, wait to gas up in Ontario ( 10Cents a litre cheaper!!)

Enjoy the ride!!
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I can attest to the BIG POTHOLES as I went through Montrael on Sunday. Missed the exit north and had to go through the city....

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Great Bike!!
Hope you have fun driving back!!
I am just outside Montreal.

Be careful riding around Montreal, the streets are extremely bad with LARGE to EXTRA LARGE POTHOLES!!! And the drivers are, all race car drivers!! ( Home of Jacques Villneauve!! F-1 Racer!!!

Its better when you will get on the 40-east towards Toronto. Its going to be a great three days with sun and temp around 28C no rain till Thursday next week!!
From Montreal to the Ontario border is around 40 miles, wait to gas up in Ontario ( 10Cents a litre cheaper!!)

Enjoy the ride!!
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post #8 of 15 Old Aug 17th, 2009, 9:32 pm
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These are great bikes. On the open road at speed you would think your riding on air. Around
town with two up takes some getting used to...two low speed drops, both doing U-turns,
not the way to impress and not good for the ego. The clymers, along with the info on this
site makes the routine maintenance very do able.
Enjoy you ride.
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post #9 of 15 Old Aug 25th, 2009, 1:43 pm
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Pierre;

Have not heard from you on how you like the LT!!

How was the drive back home?

Drop a note.

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post #10 of 15 Old Oct 20th, 2009, 9:34 pm Thread Starter
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Got back from Montreal OK. Thanks for the comments everyone. Have been on holidays for a while and away from my computer Dropped it three times in the first three days. Have not dropped it since. Having problems with the bike though, Leaking radiator fluid. Have left a note on the general K1200 site for help.
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HERE YOU GO. Enjoy the New ride.

IF you do happen to let the Big Girl take a nap LOOK AT THIS
easier said then done with bad knees and back..........I wait for a friend...

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post #12 of 15 Old Oct 22nd, 2009, 8:35 pm
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That uTube vid makes the pickup look so easy!!!
I'm 6', 225 lbs, and 63.

I had a tipover in Sept. at an intersection, looking left as I eased forward at the light, not noticing that there was a drop in the pavement level on my right. She started over, I hit the kill switch and stepped clear as it rested on the right bumper.

Walked around, pulled out the sidestand, backed up to her just as in the video, and tried to lift/back it to vertical.
Nothing happened.
Extended my feet out in front further than felt comfortable, and up she came, before a couple of guys got out of their cars to assist me.
Knowing it was still in first gear, I let it lean over to the left, away from me, on the side stand.
As I walked around to mount up, the bright glow from my very red face offset any minor pride at having lifted her up.
What happens when she goes down on a gravel road, or wet pavement or grass, or falls downhill?
Time will tell.
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If you intend on doing anything minor to major search the files section for the repair manual. I recently dove into a fairly major job and found the aftermarket manual difficult to follow. I.,e. refer to section 7.1 for this process and graph 3 (several pages back) for that process. Whereas the repair manual is not as detailed but gives the sequence and the torque settings at the end of the process. I used both!

Either way welcome to a great group of guys and gals? We all seem to pitch in when someone is in need. Some (myself included) are a little more sarcastic than others, but take it all in stride.....its a great ride....

As a side note, when removing the tupperware there are longer screws (14 of them total) that attach the side panels with the exception of the 4 shorter under the turn signals... Everything else on the bike gets the short 15's...Ask me how I know....

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post #14 of 15 Old Oct 30th, 2009, 7:30 pm
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The link mentioned above for the 1998-2005 Clymer manual points to a site that sells it for $44.95.

Clymer sells the manual (1998-2008) direct for $32,47. Here is the link:

http://www.clymer.com/Book.aspx?bid=...LT+1998-2008*+

I assume that there were no major changes between 2008 and 2009 models of the LT.

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The link mentioned above for the 1998-2005 Clymer manual points to a site that sells it for $44.95.

Clymer sells the manual (1998-2008) direct for $32,47. Here is the link:

http://www.clymer.com/Book.aspx?bid=...LT+1998-2008*+

I assume that there were no major changes between 2008 and 2009 models of the LT.
IT SEEMS THAT OPTION PACKAGE ITEMS ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THE MANUAL FOR THE 09'S, LIKE XEON HEADLIGHT, ALARM SYTEM. I DON'T KNOW IF THE CD COVERS MORE ITEMS AND HAVE UPDATED WIRING DRIAGRAMS TO COVER THE 09 MODEL.
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