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Is it possible to purchase a show manual for my K1200LT? I want to do maintenance on my own bike and I want a good manual. Thanks........
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There are several on CD, and also hard-copy from Clymer and from BMW. You can often find them on eBay.

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Is it possible to purchase a show manual for my K1200LT? I want to do maintenance on my own bike and I want a good manual. Thanks........
You can get a good CD or hard copy from your dealer, around $125 for the CD, $145 for the hard copy. I recommend the CD, you can print out anything you want to, and on long trips take the CD with you.

There are illegal copies on eBay, should you not care about people making money by copying and selling copyrighted material.

There is also a Clymer manual now available. Not sure how the two compare, have not seen the Clymer.

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If you don't get the "original" CD, then don't buy it... I have the cD and like the way it's laid out.. of course I haven't seen the Clymer.. yet.. may buy one of those, too... always need to learn more..

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Most of the time what you find for maintenance CDs on E-Bay are not originals from BMW. Yeah, I know that BMW stuff is pricey, but I will not support people who are not on the up and up. YMMV

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Good info. I would not have been terribly happy to find that the maintenance manual I received from an eBay seller was a bootleg copy. Not happy at all.

Thanks for the "heads up."

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Good info. I would not have been terribly happy to find that the maintenance manual I received from an eBay seller was a bootleg copy. Not happy at all.

Thanks for the "heads up."
Almost all the service manual CDs (for the LT or anything else) are just burned copies. I bought the original BMW CD myself.

I have to admit though that I have bought the BMW TIS, ETK, and WDS copies for working on my cars, but only because BMW does not sell them to the public. If I could have purchased them from BMW I would have. I asked two dealer parts departments about getting them, and they just laughed. (One thing I hate about BMW cars!). If you always do all your own work on cars, as I have for decades now, you either get the copies or don't buy the cars.

Don't understand BMW's refusal to sell service information for their cars. I did get an original service CD for my '94 525i, BMW released that in 2004. That cost me $145, and it is not as good as the CD for the LT! Looks like they must release these when the last of the car model is 10 years old.

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I just registered on the website and tried to download the lt manual. After several unsucessful attempts, the website said I have exceeded the download limit and cut me off. I can't find anyway to contact the website administrator. Any ideas?
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Go here <link deleted> and register yourself to repairmanualclub..It's FREE... from bikers to bikers... and there is a shop manual K1200LT for download, around 40MB
Just another source for an illegally "shared" copy. BMW will likely have it stopped if they find out, as they did Motofiche a few years ago.

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Clymer Manual on Amazon for $33

I received the Clymer K1200rs, GT, & LT 1998-2005 manual for Christmas.

I've also got the BMW CD (a real one which I purchased from a member after he sold his LT).

I've been looking through both lately just to get a bit more acquainted with the design and mechanics of the LT since I'll be coming off the warranty shortly and I'll be doing most of my own work from here out. While I've done quite a bit of auto wrenching over the years, it's been a long time since I'd done any motorcycle wrenching (I rebuilt the engine on my old 650BSA in the mid 70's).

I've been very impressed with the Clymer manual. While I'm glad I have both, and they compliment each other, if I could only have one it would be the Clymer. The Clymer has a good section in the front of the book covering basic shop skills and tool usage. The Clymer also has better pictures and at the beginning of each section it has a description of the basic design and operation of the system about to be covered.


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I've been very impressed with the Clymer manual. While I'm glad I have both, and they compliment each other, if I could only have one it would be the Clymer. The Clymer has a good section in the front of the book covering basic shop skills and tool usage. The Clymer also has better pictures and at the beginning of each section it has a description of the basic design and operation of the system about to be covered.


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Me Too. The Clymer is what I use most of the time I keep the CD in the office and hardly look at it anymore. The clymer is much easier to understand (for me anyhow many more pictures and clearer instructions). It also has a color wiring diagram which is very usefull for adding accessories.

The Clymer does have a low point as far as I am concerned (Probably more liability then anything else) It dose not cover the brake bleeding procedure. Say take to the dealer for bleeding and flush, but you can find instructions on this site.

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