I just picked up a 2002 K1200LT with just under 85k miles on it. After doing the oil changes Eng, tran & fd, I got to take it out for about a 240 mile ride.
Wow! What a great bike!
It appears the bike was taken care of (1st owner about 78k and the 2nd owner had it about 6k). The bike ran very well and I was impressed how smooth and comfortable it was. It made my friend with his new 2018 Goldwing question the $29k he just spent.
I have a 4 day trip of about 1200 miles coming up in a couple weeks and was going to take my 2014 Suzuki Vstrom 1000 but after the ride yesterday I am thinking about taking the K1200.
How long after getting your used higher mileage K bikes did you trust it for a multi day trip and how did your first trip go?
Welcome to the K1200LT community !
Having done my own maintenance for 40 years and also some maintenance for friends motorcycles, in my mind the trust should come ONLY after you have gone thru the WHOLE bike (maintenance wise). This is my experience with many older bikes I have seen around me (friends) and I always assume my life depends on checking everything (particulary related to brakes and any critical drive-train components).
Anytime you buy a 10 to 15 years old vehicle (car or motorcycle), it is bound to have some mechanical surprises. Even if it looks clean and low mileage, it may have issues from not running much (parked too much and too long).
There are a lot of threads here already on the list of things to check and replace on a 10+ years old K1200LT - unless you have HARD PROOF they have been done fairly recently.
In order of most common for K1200LT - this is just a starting / minimum list:
1) replace gearbox and final drive oil (check deposits on magnetic bolt)
2) replace original black rubber brake hoses from factory (stainless kit exist for less than OEM parts)
3) bleed the whole brake system (ABS)
4) replace black plastic fuel quick connectors
5) check tires weight rating (rear is critical and some owners have installed incorrect rated rear tire)
6) replace fuel filter and internal fuel hoses (short fuel hoses before and after fuel-filter inside tank)
7) check correct torque specs for critical bolts (brakes, wheels, fork, swing-arm, rear-drive...)