First off thanks everyone for all the info.My first BMW.Another question I have is I cannot shift into first from a stop with the clutch fully engaged.Lever pulled all the way in.I have to hold down on the shifter and slowly release the clutch lever until it drops into gear.Is this normal or is something wrong?
Yes, this is common complain and has been discussed in the past on many BMW forums.
I have to assume your background is from other motorcycles having a "wet clutch" (roughly 95% have wet clutch except many BMW and some Ducati)
- most bike on the market (Japan or others) have a multi-plate WET clutch (in oil bath).
- on a WET clutch transmission, the oil will cause some friction to remain - hence the transmission shaft(s) will continue to turn even with clutch lever fully pulled.
- when the clutch lever is pulled fully on a DRY clutch motorcycle (like a boxer BMW or your K1200LT), the transmission shaft will often stop turning completely as there is no friction remaining within the clutch mechanism.
So based on the above, if the shaft does not turn, and the gear are not exactly aligned, they need to turn just a way bit to engage together. Most common solution is to move bike back-and-forth about 6 inches (not very practical) or better: just release the clutch lever slightly to create a bit of friction as you engage 1st (from a standstill).
If you are still having problem using this common tip above, then the next step would be to clean and grease the external gearshift linkage. It has a tendency to be rough and not move smoothly after many years or usage (if not cleaned and greased).
Check this video for help: