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post #1 of 15 Old Jan 14th, 2016, 5:14 pm Thread Starter
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Cool Beryl Beemer 250,000kms 16.5years on

Well today (150116) my '99 K1200LT-C "Beryl Beemer" has clocked up her first 250,000kms, after we have been on the road the last 16.5 years.

In spite of the millions of Sydney cage drivers that try their best to knock us both off, we are out there in the sunshine, rain, even snow on the road sides wayyyy back some years ago.

Speaking of sunshine it was 41 deg C here yesterday, in fact blistering sunshine, following by a torrential rain, thunder/lightning storm later in the day.

That rain has continued on to today where the temp instead of 41 deg C, was 14 deg C, somewhat different even the though same temperature numbers were measured, but around the wrong way.

I think Beryl must know her days are numbered as the motor just spins over soooooo smooth and somewhat effortlessly, (I think she is putting on a brave face for me).

I must say that in 50 years of riding motorcycles Beryl Beemer has proved to be the best on all fronts, and to some riders/mechanics amazement, she is still driving through her original clutch.

My riding style is somewhat "like I own her", and not "that I have stolen her", which I am sure has helped in staying upright over the last 50 years.

To each their own, and that we all safely get to the destination, eventually.

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Re: Beryl Beemer 250,000kms 16.5years on

Congrats Phill, This is another testament to how good the LT really is.

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Very Cool! Congratulations on this great milestone! I hope to follow suit.
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Congrats Phill, This is another testament to how good the LT really is.
Hi Steve, "old slow guy on a fast bike"...hahhahhaha brilliant!

I see you have made the transition to a K1600GTL, which is the bike that is what is making me itch just lately.

Been to one dealer here asking for an extended demo ride but they only want to give it out for an hour. "huh" like that is 30 mins to ride somewhere, then 30mins ride it back. I think they also send a chaperon with you just to make sure things are all they seem to be.. very disappointing compared to when I bought Beryl Beemer. The dealer gave me the bike and said come back before the shop closes, no hassles. The one ride is the killer though as you are scratching for your cheque book as soon as you bring the bike back.

Hmmmmm maybe this is a dealer thing in that it may save you from buying it, after only a 1hour ride in Sydney traffic?????

I have deliberately held off from buying a K1600 when they first came out (unlike Beryl who was on the 2nd Uboat from the fatherland to Oz) just so that the new things get ironed out. seems handlebar controls, water pumps, some ignition issues cylinder 5 crop up now an again.

Would you buy this GTL again? the GTL bike here in Oz is up around the $36-40k which makes it pricey, then fully comprehensive insurance, road registration, 3rd party insurance, and BMW servicing. That last one is always a bit of an eye opener........ dunno if they have "capped servicing rates" like they do for the cars????

anyway what is money for if you don't spend the stuff??

Attached a pix of a 46Deg C day, phewwwwww getting stuck in traffic is painful these hot days when some cager has forgot to top up their car coolant.


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Re: Beryl Beemer 250,000kms 16.5years on

congrats Phil. Great pic to have as a memory! TYK has a looooong way to go.

I say get the K1600 and keep Beryl as well... ya can't part with a family member... be like selling off the old family dog just cause you got a new pup!

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Phill, I was one of the early K1600 guys. Mine was number 32 in the US, first one in Austin & 2nd in the state of Texas. Yes there were some "growing Pains" on the early ones. I had the water pump replaced 2 times. The left switch cluster replaced 2 time & the right once. All of these were under warranty and none of them kept me from riding. The first pump started dripping while in Colorado & I rode for another 4000 miles before getting it replaced. I never even had to add water in that time. The first left switch was the cruise control, it would set but not resume after hitting the brake. I would just have to set it again. The next left & right switches were covered under a BMW recall.

Would I buy the K1600 again? Yes in a heart beat, it is by far the best all around bike I've ever had. I'm at 42,000 miles so it will be no time soon as I plan on hitting at least 100K on this one before I let it go.
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Congrats Phill, This is another testament to how good the LT really is.
It only Lasted that long because it is the RIGHT COLOR.
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Hey Phil, that's awesome !
Mostly SYD commuting too I'd wager, even more awesome !

That must be a lot of smiles.......

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Great accomplishment. I'm curious what issues with the bike did you have in the 250,000 Km.

Also I wish you a safe 250,000 Km more.

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congrats Phil. Great pic to have as a memory! TYK has a looooong way to go.

I say get the K1600 and keep Beryl as well... ya can't part with a family member... be like selling off the old family dog just cause you got a new pup!
Hi Chris, Hmmmm I did that same thing with my 1978 Yammy XS1100E, after 21 years of pounding the pavement before Beryl Beemer came along.

It was easy enough to take the Yammy apart, fuel tank/seat off, engine/exhaust off, wheels off, leaving just the frame and hunk everything up 3 storeys to my man cave attic. Put everything back together, flexible hoses on the exhaust and outta the window, tune the carbies and there she has sat for the last 16.5years as a furniture item piece. The kids have asked in passing on how they are going to get it down from there "sometime".... I will have probably forgotten how-to by then, so wont care.

Now to do the same for Beryl Beemer is wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy to time consuming, and too many bits. SWMO and the kids have also "forbidden" me to do this a 2nd time anyway

Procycles is not interested in a part exchange so still "looking" at the mo.


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Go to talk to Ian Furlong at Worthington's... He's usually much more open to deal!

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Hey Phil, that's awesome !
Mostly SYD commuting too I'd wager, even more awesome !

That must be a lot of smiles.......

Cheers
Hiya Hilton,
Heyyyy it's been a while since we have chatted, I "see" you have a "touring Europe" tag to your avatar..hmmmm probably a little cool in Eu this end of the calendar, whilst the days here, at the moment are around the 30-40 deg C mark.

Yes, Beryl does do a lotta commuting, 5 gears up, traffic light red, 5 gears down, traffic light green, 5 gears up, traffic light red...aggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh and so it goes on, and on, and on.

250,000kms is a bit of a milestone, and of course she is still on the original clutch. I think that is gonna be hard to beat, unless it is one of those USA LT guys that do a lotta slab riding.

Have you not thought of going the K1600 route at all??

Must catch up sometime, all the best, and say hi to Rena.

cheers

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Great accomplishment. I'm curious what issues with the bike did you have in the 250,000 Km.

Also I wish you a safe 250,000 Km more.
Hi Scott, from a warm, err hot Sydney Oz,

Yes I have kept a running log of all issues with Beryl Beemer from day 1, (as you would),
hmmmmmm let me see off the top of my head:

3 x rear drive bearings replaced, but early on in the peace, - warranty,
1 x rear brake disc replaced - warranty, HOPELESS rear brake, never use it,
1 x pinion rear drive seal replaced - part warranty,
burnt a hole in an exhaust valve at around 120,000kms, one or two valve shims replaced, cylinder head refurbished
replaced brake lines with Spiegler units
replaced front brake discs (worn to 1/2 thickness),
Keeps wearing out tyres after 20-22,000kms
Engine oil change at around 10,000km, with filter ever other oil change
have changed the air filter a couple of times,
change spark plugs about every 30,000kms or so
Top case one latch failed, removed that failed latch, other is still good,
Radio failed of course
ABS lights have been flashing the last 3 tyre changes ago
rear drive sensor speedo signal cable too tight at cable tie, replaced signal cable joint
have had an oil drip (probably from engine main seal) for the last 10-12 years,
hand grips wearing out, bought "puppies" from LT member, via Chris S.
batteries, changed a couple of them, but buy the $50 version, lasts a couple of years. the one I have in Beryl now I thought would not last the Winter of 2014 (woulda been 2 years old then probably), let alone Winter of 2015, but keep chucking it on the battery tender once a week or so an away it goes.. (Winter time it was each night).

That seems about it.... she keeps on keeping on.


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Love that man-cave Phil... but up several flights of stairs? sheessh... poor kids when they inherit that Yammy...

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Hi Scott, from a warm, err hot Sydney Oz,

Yes I have kept a running log of all issues with Beryl Beemer from day 1, (as you would),
hmmmmmm let me see off the top of my head:

3 x rear drive bearings replaced, but early on in the peace, - warranty,
1 x rear brake disc replaced - warranty, HOPELESS rear brake, never use it,
1 x pinion rear drive seal replaced - part warranty,
burnt a hole in an exhaust valve at around 120,000kms, one or two valve shims replaced, cylinder head refurbished
replaced brake lines with Spiegler units
replaced front brake discs (worn to 1/2 thickness),
Keeps wearing out tyres after 20-22,000kms
Engine oil change at around 10,000km, with filter ever other oil change
have changed the air filter a couple of times,
change spark plugs about every 30,000kms or so
Top case one latch failed, removed that failed latch, other is still good,
Radio failed of course
ABS lights have been flashing the last 3 tyre changes ago
rear drive sensor speedo signal cable too tight at cable tie, replaced signal cable joint
have had an oil drip (probably from engine main seal) for the last 10-12 years,
hand grips wearing out, bought "puppies" from LT member, via Chris S.
batteries, changed a couple of them, but buy the $50 version, lasts a couple of years. the one I have in Beryl now I thought would not last the Winter of 2014 (woulda been 2 years old then probably), let alone Winter of 2015, but keep chucking it on the battery tender once a week or so an away it goes.. (Winter time it was each night).

That seems about it.... she keeps on keeping on.


cheers

Wow, what a list. Must of been a beautiful love/hate story you two had. Thanks for the reply and who says LT's won't last, Huh?

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