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post #1 of 8 Old Nov 10th, 2006, 11:57 am Thread Starter
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Just picked up our 1st K1200LT

We rode home on Wednesday, our new 2005 (new to us) BMW K1200LT. This is the first BMW we have owned. It was a great 4 hour ride to bring it home. Any comments, suggestion or things I need to know as a newbee to BMW and the K1200LT.

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post #2 of 8 Old Nov 10th, 2006, 12:31 pm
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Congratulations!!!

You will love her. The wife and I got our K this past spring, and it has been an amazing summer aboard her.

Don't treat her gentle - ride her like you stole her, and don't be afraid to run up the revs. The K isn't happy below 4k, and really shines about 5.5K right up to redline. Ride her light a sport bike (yes, she'll corner like one too).

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We rode home on Wednesday, our new 2005 (new to us) BMW K1200LT. This is the first BMW we have owned. It was a great 4 hour ride to bring it home. Any comments, suggestion or things I need to know as a newbee to BMW and the K1200LT.

Mark Kosmatka
Collinsville, IL
The best advice has already been given: keep the RPMs up.
Second best advice: take a few days off and read every post on this forum. You'll be informed and entertained.

Hall of Wisdom: http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/faq.php?...hall_of_wisdom

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Welcome! Go to the mall (when it's closed) and use their parking lot to practice your stops, starts and slow turns. Knowing how this "top heavy girl" handles at slow speeds will increase your riding enjoyment, especially 2-up.
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Congratulations on your WonderBike!

Read everything in the Hall of Wisdom, and read everything you can about low-speed handling "gotchas" and techniques and centerstand/sidestand use.

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We rode home on Wednesday, our new 2005 (new to us) BMW K1200LT. This is the first BMW we have owned. It was a great 4 hour ride to bring it home. Any comments, suggestion or things I need to know as a newbee to BMW and the K1200LT.

Mark Kosmatka
Collinsville, IL
Congratulations on your new ride - you won't regret your purchase. It took me a while to understand that the K engine really (really) likes to rev - some guy at a rally told me to cure the rough shifting just RPOI. When I asked what that meant, he said, "Rev the piss out of it." He was absolutely right. Practise the slow speed handling as much as you can. And, frequent this site a lot - the forum members are incredibly knowledgeable and many have already been there, done that when you're contemplating doing something to your bike.

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Congratulations on your WonderBike!

Read everything in the Hall of Wisdom, and read everything you can about low-speed handling "gotchas" and techniques and centerstand/sidestand use.
What Howard said.

The LT is my first cycle and I've been riding for about 4-6 weeks now. Every time I take her out I go to a housing development next to mine that has a zillion turns and stop signs. Then I do it in reverse so I get an equal practice on left and right turns. I'm getting better, however I still need to make it smoother and totally second nature. Over 5mph is a piece of cake - it's the slow stuff that's tough.

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Wink Congrats

My wife and I have been riding this LT for 4 years now. (She won't let me own anything else). You'll love it. I had 18K on my 1st LT when I totaled it. This one has 95K miles. Looks great and runs fine. Of course I've changed the final drive and done slave cylinder and clutch.

Yes.. keep the revs up, although I rarely take mine over 5.5K.

I hope you do some of your own service. If you can get hold of a copy of Paul Seigh's (sp) DVD, it'd really make things easy for you. Learn engine oil change, air filter change, final drive oil change, gearbox oil change, brake pad replacement. That's it. That's all you need to do.

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