New/Used LT - Brakes/Final Drive Lash?
I just bought a í99 K1200LT. This makes three in the garage. Iíve also got a 2000 Triumph Adventurer & a í70 BSA Thunderbolt Iím restoring.
Considering the resale values and what other used touring bikes go for, these seem to fall somewhere between an incredible bargain and a white elephant. Iím guessing the low resale is due to the stigma from the final drive failures. Mine has @78K on the clock and the final drive has just been rebuilt, so I figured it would be closer to an ďincredible dealĒ. Iíve got about 500 miles on it now. My first impression is that it runs amazingly smooth compared to anything else Iíve ridden. But Iíve also got some questions & concerns-
First, - as smooth as the engine is, the suspension is not. I tend to feel every small bump in the road. Do these bikes have a harsh ride, or should I just expect this from a 16yr old bike?
Second, this is my first bike with ABS. I live on a dirt/gravel road. I stepped on the rear brake hard to activate the ABS and there was a loud clunk from the rear wheel area. Everything looks tight, but there appears to be a lot of lash in the final drive. With the bike on the centerstand, the rear wheel will move back & forth about 15 degrees or 2 inches at the tire. Is this normal?