As I just bought a K1200lt with a Hannigan sidecar and registered to this forum, I would like to introduce myself to the members.
First, my forum name is something that reflects my personality: I am French and crazy! (No need to enter into more details about this)
I am living in Halifax (Nova Scotia, Canada).
I am far from being a stranger to the K world as this is my 4th one. However, this is the first one with a 16 valves engine.
My current bikes are K75, K100rt, K100rt with an EML sidecar (Earles forks, dual swing arm, 15” car wheels are among the many improvements from the original K100). The new addition to the K farm is a 99 K1200lt. (Yes I have a disease called K-Pox)
I am the founder and administrator of the k100-forum.com which exists for 11 years.
The K100-forum primary purpose is technical help and friendship among K riders. It ties together a worldwide community of over 4,000 K bikes owners.
I have a pretty deep knowledge of the mechanical and electronics of the “2 valves” and wrote many technical articles about troubleshooting the K75/K100. You can have a glance at this website: kforum-tech.com
The K1200lt is something new to me but reading this forum and the shop manual leads me to believe that I can apply my knowledge of the 2 valves to the K12.
The biggest thing that I will have to learn is the electronics of the K12. I hope that I will be able to dig deep enough into the engineering to provide documents similar to the EFI troubleshooting (kforum-tech.com/electrical/EFI/bike-wont-start-EN.htm) or the color electrical diagrams by functions (kforum-tech.com/Downloads/electrical/diagrams/interactive_diagrams.htm). This will be a winter job when the snow will be flying.
The “new” K1200 should be in my possession by the end of the week. I briefly test rode the new rig and I am quite impressed with the ease of riding such a heavy bike.
I will have a 400kms ride to get it home and expect to have a grin on my face but also a sore bum (I am used to ride with a Russell seat)
I will be happy to participate to the conversations on this site.
Cheers to everybody.