I have the opportunity to purchase a 2000 LT with 90,000 miles. Owner states that something broke in the drive train, thinks it's the clutch. He said he was riding it and stopped at a stop sign. Went to pull off and the bike barely moved. Now it won't move on it's own at all. Final drive oil was changed in September. He just bought a new bike and is offering to me for $950. I also know where I can get two others in the $2500-2800 range ready to go. Worth getting the bike and fix or pass and get one of the others?
I have not seen the bike to make a few static check on it (engine running or not), so what I write below is my best guess based on these facts.
(1) Based on history of problem with the K1200LT/RS design over the years, it could as simple as a
- driveshat: can be found on EBAY for about $US$ 100 USED. Need 2 to 5 few hours of work to change dependent on your mechanical experience. This has already been mentionned by BEECH in previous message.
- brake caliper seized (does the rear wheel turn freely when jacked up on center-stand ??)
- REAR-DRIVE seized / internal damage: not an easy work for a beginner and NOT many good used on EBAY (too many surprises). However we have an expert here on the forum (Saddleman) that rebuild these for a fee with ALL NEW parts. I would plan for at least $500 maybe a bit more
(2) HOWEVER, it could also be a more serious issue related to clutch or transmission. In such case, you need to plan for $US$ 300 to $900 in parts and you need to be competent with major mechanical work. The clutch job (or transmission swap) is a MAJOR JOB on a K1200LT - some dealer charge 13 hours (at roughly $100/hour) but in reality the 1st time you do this you need to plan for at least double of this plus a few tools you may not have.
If you ever need one, you can find a lot of used transmission for a K1200LT on EBAY for about $300 , but it is a bit of crap-shoot buying a complex assy used. In general they are quite reliable, but some have had 1 bearing fail AND/OR splines of the main input shaft damage. In the worst case you plan your budget to buy a 2nd one if the 1st one is bad (assuming in the worst case you cannot be refunded).
(3) I do not clearly understand if the engine is running properly (in neutral) from your message above. The worst scenario is the engine has internal damage and you need to swap with goos used one. This is just a few more hours than a clutch job. However finding a good used engine is a crap-shoot game.
At the end of thh day, IT IS YOUR OWN DECISION to see if you are willing to go for it or not given these costs / risks. I can do the work, but I do not need a K1200LT added to my garage right now ;-)