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post #1 of 7 Old Oct 10th, 2006, 11:28 am Thread Starter
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02 K1200 burning oil

I have an 02 K1200 with 12,500 miles on it. I bought the bike with 10k from quite an elderly gentleman and don't feel that it has been abused. In any event, it burns a quart every 6-7 hundred miles. Start up is VERY smoky for the first couple of minutes. Valve job?? I'm open to suggestions. [email protected]
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post #2 of 7 Old Oct 10th, 2006, 11:43 am
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Do you regurlarly leave the bike on it's sidestand? If so, that could be the cause. It's a known problem with the K-series and down to engine configuration. I never leave mine on the sidestand for more than a few minutes, If I do it smokes when I start it. If you must leave it on the sidestand, try and hold the bike upright or slightly to the right for about 20 seconds after switching off, this will allow the oil to drain from the engine back to the sump, save it working it's way to the top of the engine and burning off when you next start.
I doubt with 12k miles anything is worn out.

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Only 12,500 on an '02? there's the problem. [ NOT joking here ] Lots of time spent sitting in the garage, probably on the side stand, right? Your description of the VERY smoky condition probably means that all that time just sitting there the oil has been trickling past the piston rings, all you need is the ring's gap to be pointed downward, and you'd probably get a ton of oil past that ring what with all the time this bike has spent sitting. It's not just the 6 or 7 hundred miles you're putting on the bike, it's the looong time just sitting that's causing your oil use. You're burning the oil on startup. Use the center stand only, and exercise that bike more!
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There is a good chance that the rings never got seated it the bike was not ridden hard any of its first 10K. This is common on K engines that are babied. Put a lite weight break in oil in the sump and ride the heck out of it for a few thousand miles. Keep the RPM's up and use the tranny alot. Do not ride at a constant engine speed over a long period. Take it to the twisties and hammer on it. After a couple thousand miles or maybe even less of this the rings should seat and your oil consumption will most likely go away. I never add any oil between changes.

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Thanks for the posts. I'm absolutely amazed. I've left the bike on its center stand for the last two weeks. Not one puff of smoke and the oil level has not dropped a bit. Go figure. This is still riding every other day on short trips ( 500 miles ttl ). Any other things I should know about the bike? Warren
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Thanks for the posts. I'm absolutely amazed. I've left the bike on its center stand for the last two weeks. Not one puff of smoke and the oil level has not dropped a bit. Go figure. This is still riding every other day on short trips ( 500 miles ttl ). Any other things I should know about the bike? Warren
This http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/faq.php?...aq_k1200lt_faq
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