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post #1 of 16 Old Sep 17th, 2019, 8:32 pm Thread Starter
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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.

C.F.
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post #2 of 16 Old Sep 17th, 2019, 8:40 pm
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Welcome aboard Bert your vast knowledge of the older K bikes will be very welcome here as several members have them as well. The K1200LT is a fantastic machine and I presume you know she is a parking lot pig, but turns into a sleek racer on the open road. Look forward to your posts in the future.
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Thank you jzeiler.

I know about the bike being a parking pig, and I honestly wouldn't have chosen this model without the sidecar. The big + in comparison of the K100/EML rig is the reverse.
When people ask me if I have a reverse on the K100, I always reply YES, it's call wife, but it doesn't work anymore for many years.
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Welcome Crazy Frog! Thanks for the details! Nice ride, too! Cheers!

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A warm welcome here from another Canadian, I have used many BMW forums during last 17 years and I can say this is the best - very friendly and can be very technical too if needed. No fights and no arguments here like you see in some other forums.

In the past, to help a friend having a K100, I have visited your other forum ( k100-forum.com) and found it to be very useful - thanks for your hard work.

No need to "re-invent the wheel" about the Motronic EFI and its sensors interface as this has already been done - just ask. For the rest of the complex electrics specific to K1200LT (including radios, reverse...), John Zeiler knows a lot more than me as my K1200RS does not have these gadgets... so I really do not get much practice on these.
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Welcome from Kennesaw GA!

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I am living in Halifax (Nova Scotia, Canada).
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You might be "CRAZY FROG" up there in Nova Scotia...but down here in my backyard...it's CRAZY FRAWG

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Good morning Bert and welcome to the group. It's interesting that I sold a K100/EML sidecar to a gentleman from Nova Scotia back in 2012 and I'm pretty sure that gentleman might have been you. Taking a chance here 'cause you bought that rig sight unseen so I'm hopeful that you were/are happy with the machine. If not I'll have to run and hide! Anyway, if my guess is correct it just proves that the wonderful world of electronics truly does make this a small world. Either way, that new ride of yours is a good looking rig and I'm sure it will provide you with many miles of pleasurable travel. Lynn Keen

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Good morning Bert and welcome to the group. It's interesting that I sold a K100/EML sidecar to a gentleman from Nova Scotia back in 2012 and I'm pretty sure that gentleman might have been you.
Well Lynn, YES this is me!
Nice to see you on this forum. What are you riding now?
The EML is still on the road and working well.
As the K farm will become overcrowded, I believe that soon, it will be for sale.
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A warm welcome here from another Canadian, I have used many BMW forums during last 17 years and I can say this is the best - very friendly and can be very technical too if needed. No fights and no arguments here like you see in some other forums.
Hello Canuck!

I have the same feeling about forums where people argue and fight... unacceptable and not for me!
In 11 years of running the k100 forum, I had to intervene only twice, and my actions were extreme and radical: Life time ban.

A forum is a place where people learn and share. Even if somebody ask a basic question such as "Where is the sight glass to check the oil level", it has to be politely answered.
No question is stupid! If people ask, it's first because they don't know and second, they want to learn.

BTW, I will have a question about the sight glass and the oil level when the K12 is sitting straight. From what I have been reading about the K12lt, the oil level has to be checked when the bike is on the side stand. This is not practical for a side-bike (sorry, bike with a sidecar). I will have to find a solution....
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Well Lynn, YES this is me!
Nice to see you on this forum. What are you riding now?
The EML is still on the road and working well.
As the K farm will become overcrowded, I believe that soon, it will be for sale.

OH my, the old K looks beautiful! Thanks for the photo. Yea, I've been hanging around here ever since it started sometime back around '99 I think. That's when I bought my first LT. Been through several bikes since then and currently riding an '11 R1200RT. I've gotten a little older since we did business, turned 79 a few weeks ago and as the aches, pains and failings of old age are setting in I'm giving serious thought to another side hack! Either that or perhaps the more sensible thing and bite the bullet and give up the bike. Anyway, nice to hear from you and again, welcome t the Forum.

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'05 GRAPHITE METALLIC retired at 87,000 MI
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'02 R1150 GS sold
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BTW, I will have a question about the sight glass and the oil level when the K12 is sitting straight. From what I have been reading about the K12lt, the oil level has to be checked when the bike is on the side stand. This is not practical for a side-bike (sorry, bike with a sidecar). I will have to find a solution....
No that was listed in the owners manual for the very early bikes with side stand the oil will be at the bottom on center stand it will be at the top. Later the manual was updated to only check on center stand with in 5 minutes after shut down. The level just needs to be between the top and the bottom ring.
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Hey CF,

After just moving back to Ontario from Halifax, I wish I would have been able to meet sooner! You may be familiar with the BMWNS group so I may have already met you in those gatherings but I’m not familiar with your CF monocular.

Welcome to the forum and all of the good things it provides as many have already said.

Never hurts to find another excuse for a ride so, who knows, maybe a face to face will still be in store!

Always best regards,
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Hey CF,
You may be familiar with the BMWNS group so I may have already met you in those gatherings but I’m not familiar with your CF monocular.
Mauro,

Yes I know the BMWONS. In the past I have been president of the club (I believe this was around 2002).
However, I have not been a registered member for the last 7 years.

Cheers,

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Welcome from Zephyrhills FL. We had a '86 K100/EMLGT2 for 14 years , then sold it . We bought a new 2002 K1200LT and had Hannigan put a Astro 2+2 on it . That is our current rig now.

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