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post #1 of 4 Old Jun 9th, 2019, 1:55 pm Thread Starter
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Hey guys, I've really enjoyed reading this forum over the past six months or so, and I absolutely love my 1999 K1200LT...I've had several other bikes, most recently a Kawasaki Vulcan Classic 1500, which gave me an amazing ride on the Tail of the Dragon with some buddies last summer... However, I've always wanted a BMW sport/cruiser, with a little nicer set up for my lovely passenger. During my brief time with this BMW, I have noticed several of the same things my fellow BMW riders have experienced, like the heaviness of this beast at slow speeds and the need to ride her at higher RPMs than cruisers. My bike is VERY young for a 30 year old machine, with only 16,500 original miles.... I bought her last fall with only 13,000 showing, and haven't been on any long journeys as of yet. So my main issue is that I hear some rattling inside the exhaust, especially at startup, and it REALLY smokes a stinky blast of smoke.... I don't ever store her on the side stand, especially after reading about the problems with oil seeping into the left side of the engine. And to beat all, my local servicing dealership has stopped working on vintage bikes! So my go to mechanics are of no help now! Any great ideas? I'm in Madison, AL.
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post #2 of 4 Old Jun 10th, 2019, 12:09 am
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Hey guys, I've really enjoyed reading this forum over the past six months or so, and I absolutely love my 1999 K1200LT...I've had several other bikes, most recently a Kawasaki Vulcan Classic 1500, which gave me an amazing ride on the Tail of the Dragon with some buddies last summer... However, I've always wanted a BMW sport/cruiser, with a little nicer set up for my lovely passenger. During my brief time with this BMW, I have noticed several of the same things my fellow BMW riders have experienced, like the heaviness of this beast at slow speeds and the need to ride her at higher RPMs than cruisers. My bike is VERY young for a 30 year old machine, with only 16,500 original miles.... I bought her last fall with only 13,000 showing, and haven't been on any long journeys as of yet. So my main issue is that I hear some rattling inside the exhaust, especially at startup, and it REALLY smokes a stinky blast of smoke.... I don't ever store her on the side stand, especially after reading about the problems with oil seeping into the left side of the engine. And to beat all, my local servicing dealership has stopped working on vintage bikes! So my go to mechanics are of no help now! Any great ideas? I'm in Madison, AL.
There are no 30 year old LTs. Age is as big an issue as mileage, especially with things like brake hoses, fuel lines, radiator hoses and wire insulation. The best ideas I can offer are to keep reading here and buy a service manual so you can do your own work.

My dealer, where I bought the bike new, got mad because I did most of my own CB radio installation (at the suggestion of the parts manager), but asked them to remove the power pin from one of the radio connectors since it was an odd size. I didnít expect a freebie and had to drive 2 hours each way to get it done. When I called the service manager to make the appointment and explained what I wanted, he got all pissy and said if I wanted to do my own work I should buy the same special tools he had to buy and do all of my own work. So, I did exactly that and never went back there. Guess what? That dealer is no longer in business, but I am still doing my own work.

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And to beat all, my local servicing dealership has stopped working on vintage bikes! So my go to mechanics are of no help now! Any great ideas? I'm in Madison, AL.
Because of the way BMW designed the LT, any basic service will take 6-8 hours and cost ~$1k if done by a dealer. My dealer service dept experience first time through was not good and I had to "fix" the problems created by the service dept. They wanted to charge me to fix their own screw up. Needless to say, the dealer never saw my bike again.

Get the service manual and enjoy learning your LT. A 99 that has not been serviced needs all hoses and fluids replaced.
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Well you are in luck if you want to lean how to maintain the 20 year old girl as I live in Hazel Green. I would be happy to teach you. We need to hook up some time.
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