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post #1 of 5 Old Apr 10th, 2020, 1:20 am Thread Starter
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Hello!!! My name is Joe. I bought my first BMW. I've owned many bike over the years. From dual sport to goldwing to Kawasaki concourse to 1 yr old Harley elecra glide to Burgman.... I've had them all. I've always had my eye on the k1200lt. I got it really cheap. It's a 99 everything works as far as gadgets. I noticed the rear end bounces alot so I think the rear shock is junk and I need new seat covers. I appreciate any input and thank you all for your patience
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post #2 of 5 Old Apr 10th, 2020, 8:17 am
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Welcome to the forum Joe, and congrats on picking up a great bike. You can get more info than you can need on this site-including the questions that you ask. Use the search to find help on shocks/new springs/after market shocks/etc. If you are like many of us with lots of time now, you can work your way through so many helpful videos, posts, etc. The wise counsel of many on this site will help you.

I had great help on the seat covers, seat rebuild from a small private company in Indiana called Astech seats. They shaped my seat, rebuilt it so I can flat foot the bike at stops, and they look perfect. I'm from WI and drove there and waited while they worked-good folks. But you can also pick up a set on Ebay=make sure you get seats that fit yours-the 05 and later models use a slightly different seat.

Tell us where you are located, and you may well be near someone who could help

Enjoy the bike, take your time to update all the service and get to know it while we are locked down.

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post #3 of 5 Old Apr 10th, 2020, 9:41 am
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These are great bikes Joe, just don't be afraid to work on them yourself. Once you remove the bodywork a couple times that jigsaw puzzle becomes a breeze to get off in like 20 mins. I too have owned many a bike through the years and the LT is by far the best bike (above 5 mph) I've ever owned for any kind of tarmac riding. They're big and heavy, but it becomes a nimble sport bike above parking lot speeds. I still don't understand the German wizardry that makes this possible.
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post #4 of 5 Old Apr 10th, 2020, 11:59 am
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Welcome, Joe-if everything works as far as gadgets... you are already ahead of the game for a '99! Congratulations!

This is a great forum for information! So many people have helped me get back on the road... now, I am waiting like most of us for the current pandemic to end to get out and ride the beast! Be sure to change out your brake lines if they are original. Hopefully, the previous owner has all the service records and you just need to replace your shock-or, perhaps bleed the system, and repair your seat. Good luck!

(I bought a '00 a few years back and I had to tear apart and repair a lot to get it running and on the road. I still don't have the cruise control working!)

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post #5 of 5 Old Apr 10th, 2020, 12:50 pm
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Bob, have you gone thru Sailor's diagnostic tips on the cruise control? Search for "K1200RS - Cruise control troubleshooting tutorial" on this site.
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Previous: 1982 Honda Goldwing Interstate - "Gas and Go"
1979 Harley Sportster - "Always broken, always fixing"
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