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post #1 of 12 Old Apr 23rd, 2008, 10:55 pm Thread Starter
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New bike for Nebie

Well guess what? Yes you are right, another newbie here. This is one heck of a site. I have already found very interesting information so far just in the couple of days reading.

I just bought my first BMW bike yesterday. It is a 1999 K1200LT custom gold in color. I think I got a pretty good deal. The bike runs great, driven less than 100 miles on two new tires, a battery, brakes and oil change. It was done 6 months ago though. I Paid $6000. Does this seem like a descent deal? It only has 29,000k miles, thought that was some-what low for a 99. Thatís less than 4k miles a year.

He even threw in two helmets that (he said) cost over $1500 for both. They have speakers or intercom system in the helmets. He did say that the bike was not equipped with the intercom system (his previous bike did have this before it melted) so the helmets will not work unless you install a system. How much would something like this run? Could I install it? I am very handy at electrical. He also gave me two rains suits less than 6 months old. He said he spent close to $300 for each set, dang man really? I find it hard to believe they cost that much, but he said they were very good suits.

The only thing wrong with it is that the windshield is bad. Itís all in tact it is just you can not see out of it that well. Donít know if it is because of sitting up, the sun, heck just donít know, so I need to get a windshield first thing. I have seen several posts about windshields but still am unclear which route to go. I called BMW of Atlanta. They had one for $249 standard. Do they have aftermarket? Is it worth an aftermarket windshield or will I regret it in a couple of years? Also, I did not know you could just about get several sizes smaller. Why? Is it for different peopleís heights? I have not got to sit/ride on the bike but once. So I really need to see where my eyesight is at on the factory one installed. I am 6í2Ē (inseam 34Ē). If I remember correctly itís like I had to lower the windshield so I could see over it to drive (been 3 months since i had drove it). I believe that is how I would like it, to be able to use the windshield when I wanted it and also to lower it to enjoy the ride.

The only other thing is that the CD changer does not work either. Donít know whatís wrong with it either, mostly because I do not have the bike yet (get it Monday). If it needed to be replaced would it have to be a factory changer? Could I find several that would fit in its place that would work?

Right off the bat I have $400 to spend. About $250 on the windshield, that leaves about $150. So CD changer, BMW cup holder, low beam light kit? Is there something else that I will need the $150 for? What could this $150 be spent on that it would benefit the best on right away. I plan on adding stuff later just when all that money starts coming in (HA!).

I pick the bike up Monday. The bike was my dads!!!! So ok yes that explains the good deal (heck I hope it is a good deal). The reason why he is selling it? He had a car wreck six months ago that messed him up bad. So he is not able to ride anymore.

I have been riding for about 10 years just not a BMW. First bike was an 89 Goldwing, then a 2004 Kawasaki Vulcan 800. I havenít ridden in about one and a half years now. And I canít wait. I feel like a kid a week before Christmas knowing what he has got but has to wait to open it up! Sounds perverted but I get excited reading all the posts, makes me want to take off work and drive on up there and get my bike already.

Well I have several, more questions but will hold off for now. I have probably already asked too many and am about to get band on my first day here (LOL).
Take care and great forum.
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post #2 of 12 Old Apr 23rd, 2008, 11:14 pm
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Hey, Mike. Welcome to the family. Glad to have you on board.

You're right about getting a new-to-you bike and being Xmas in April!! Enjoy.

You'll get some good responses to your post a bit later, and prolly more tomorrow. Soak 'em all up and prepare for some great riding experiences --- and do 'em safe.

Best Regards - and keep us up to date as to how thangs go.
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post #3 of 12 Old Apr 23rd, 2008, 11:51 pm
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Hi Mike! Welcome aboard and congratulations on the new to you LT. I would suggest that you look at the Cee-Baileys web site. Alot of people including myself have an aftermarket windshield from them and are delighted with the product. I would suggest using an i-pod instead of hooking the CD changer back up. It frees up alot of space in the side case, which tends to be at a premium if you like to take long trips two up. If you have questions, make sure to drop by this site and ask. The people here are very generous with their time and advice. ron
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post #4 of 12 Old Apr 24th, 2008, 3:44 am
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Lots of people change their screen and you will usually find one or two advertised on eBay. That would be a good place to start.

If you think you might be doing much night riding and you have some spare cash and you are handy with electrics I would recommend HID lights but at this time of the year it could wait.

Good luck and enjoy your riding.
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Some guys have swapped out the CD Player for a I-Pod converter. My CD player is working fine, and I don't need the space, so I have not done it. It might be a solution for you on the CD Player.
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Mike, Welcome to the board . Enjoy your new-to-you bike and marry-Xmas in April.

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Welcome, If you really want a cd player, you can have mine. But if it didn't come from the factory with a player I think the harness is different. So it won't work in a bike without cd player from the factory.

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Welcome aboard! You *did* get a great deal. AND a great bike.
Check out the classifieds on this forum; windshields should come up now and then. That's where I got my cup-holder, too! (Top priority for me).
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First thing they say is the bike is just a down payment on all the parts you are going to buy next!

It sounds like you have some basic's covered and nothing that would keep you from sitting on the seat and turning the throttle. Just ride, wear all the right equipment all the time, get used to riding your bike slow and in control. You will learn quick to brake with the back when you are going slow or bad things happen.

Put some miles on her, get used to two hours out Lunch and two hours back.
Then worry about getting a CeeBaileys wind shield in just your size.
Don't worry about the CD changer they don't work great anyway, and you get more room when you finally take it out, My I pod works much better.

After you start to ride you will want a CB it is a great thing on a long highway ride, all the truckers talk all the time, it's like the 70's are still rolling along.

I purchased my bike January of 2007 and did about 20k the first year, added over $3,000. in stuff, and my financial situation today has it back up for sale. So the most important thing again is just all those priceless hours riding the great american highways.

You can check out my blog I kept along the way at

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Makes sense, why buy a cd changer if, one it is not that great, and two i have an ipod already. So that brings me to my next question. When you say use my ipod, can I play it through my bikes speakers or do you mean for me to clip my ipod and wear head phones. I do not remember seeing a port to plug my ipod into. maybe i am over looking it.
thanks all for the response. three more days and i will have my bike, boy will i be the jig!!!!

So how much different is the handling with the K1200lt verses a 89 goldwing? both are heavy bikes, but anything i should keep in mind?
thanks everyone,

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Regarding the handling, the LT will spank a Wing in the twisties. However the LT can be tricky in slow speed manuevres and when coming to a stop because it is top heavy. When I bought mine, the first place I took it was to a parking lot to practise slow speed turning and stopping. A couple of hours spent here is one of the best investments you will make in getting comfortable and feeling safe with the handling of the Fat Lady.

When coming to a stop a good tip is to look straight ahead. It will keep the bike lined up properly.
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Just use a cassette adapter for an I-Pod.
Check the classifieds here for a windshield.

Make sure the 99 has the crash pan for the trany.

The speedo reads about 10% faster than you are going.

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