|What accessories are available for the LT and which should I buy first?|
|Are you new to the K1200LT? Are you new to this
site? Have you wondered what you might want to add to your bike to enhance
your enjoyment of this magnificent machine? Need to know where to get that
MUST HAVE accessory? Or just want to look at all the cool gadgets all these
nutty guys and gals use on their own bikes?
Well, it's all on the K1200LT Accessories Page
Already seen it, but are a little overwhelmed by the choices? Maybe you'd just like to get an idea of how various members have accessorized their own bikes. Not to worry, my friend. Just take a look in the Surveys forum for a thread entitled "Accessories on your K1200LT"
Just watch your wallet. This stuff can get real expensive, real quick. ;-)
|Can the gas cap be modified so I can leave it unlocked?|
|The short answer is
YES! The long answer is yes, but it takes some work.
Thanks to Gregory Pinkowski for this:
The essence of the mod is just to
MAKE THE LOCK CYLINDER ROTATE A FULL 180 DEGREES so the key comes
out in either the unlocked (turned a few degrees farther than stock)
or the locked position.
There was lots of grease from the
factory on the cylinder, so nothing fell out of the cylinder, but
theoretically maybe the pins could fall
|My trip computer (BC) does a lousy job of figuring gas mileage. Can it be adjusted?|
|Yes. The procedure
is as follows (thanks to Paul Ford):
To adjust the MPG readout on the BC, do the following:
1) Divide the displayed MPG value by the actual MPG value, than multiply by 1000. For example, 48 MPG divided by 55 MPG = 0.872 x 1000 = 872. Remember this number. (Editor's note: You might want to run a few tanks through resetting the BC only on the first tank but measuring actual MPG by hand for each tank to get a good average.)
2) Press the reset and mode buttons on the BC simultaneously, then release. (Editor's note: do this with the ignition ON.) The BC will display '01'.
3) Use the BC button on the right
hand control switch to scroll through the four test screens.
Stop when '03' is displayed and then press the reset button. WARNING:
Watch the screen carefully at this point! As soon as you press
'reset', look for the very first number displayed. This is the
current MPG calibration factor but it's only displayed for a second
before the number starts to count up. The OEM setting is
usually 1000 (no calibration) but it might not be and you may wish
to return to the original number if you're not happy with the
results of this exercise. The number will begin to scroll,
starting with the current setting, up to 1250. It will then
begin again at 750 and continue up. When this number reaches
the number closest to the number that you remembered from step 1),
press the reset button again. That will reset the calibration factor
for your display.
|Is there any way to adjust the handlebars on the LT?|
|Yes and thanks to Vic
Agresti for the following procedure:
These are written for someone that
has not previously worked on the bike. For others, some the early
steps will be obvious.
|How can I connect my Street Pilot III to the BMW (J&M) ComSystem?|
|The BMW kit includes the
"plug-in" wiring harness -- no cut-and-pasting of wires
-- along with the dash bracket and the remote antenna. AFAIK, you
can't get the factory harness without the bracket (someone please
correct me if I'm wrong).
You don't need the BMW harness, it's just handier. If you want to do it "cheap," you need (i) a Garmin power cord (you can buy a car adapter from someone like TVNAV and cut off the cigarette lighter end), (ii) a 2.5mm plug (Radio Shack) and (iii) wire. Your choice as to whether you want to buy the remote antenna or to use the external antenna that comes with the SPIII -- if you're not using the BMW dash mount, you won't want/need the remote antenna anyway. And don't be tempted to cut off the cigarette adapter that comes with the SPIII -- you'll want to use the SPIII in your cage once in a while.
Under the left side of the radio "stingray," among the various ComSystem cables/connectors, there should be a three-wire connector, with orange, white and blue wires. Orange is +12V power, Blue is ground and White is audio input. You basically cut off the ComSystem connector and hook up the Garmin cable's red (12V) and black (ground) wires, then connect the white wire to the tip of the 2.5mm plug. Do NOT connect the 2.5mm plug's ground (bottom) conductor to anything -- the audio line grounds through the Garmin power cord ground, and hooking up the audio ground will create a horrid feedback loop. DAMHIK
One suggestion: If you "do it yourself" be sure to put quick-disconnects in the lines, or you'll have to cut/redo the wires every time you take the radio stingray off (like to change the air filter). Or just buy the BMW harness
Thanks to Mark Neblett, Fairfax, VA
|Does anyone make driver floorboards for the LT?|
|Yes. A company called Ilium Works You can read a great deal about them here.|