Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Magnolia, TX, USA
Rookie self-maintenance readout
I’ve just completed my first self-maintenance of my 2002 K1200LTE. It was quite a rewarding experience and would not have been possible without all the previous postings and the responses to my initial posting once I started. I learned quite a lot about the machine on this endeavor and have numerous doubts about prior service from the dealer (certainly the fuel pump assembly should be held by both clips and not just the bottom one!) Future self-services will just get easier and quicker! It has been HOT in this part of Texas so I have not missed many rides.
I changed/replaced: fuel filter, air filter, spark plugs, engine oil & filter, transmission oil, rear drive oil, and radiator coolant. Other than topping off the handle reservoir, the brake fluids were clear and at the proper levels in the main reservoirs; the brake fluids were flushed/drained during my 2007 dealer service. Likewise for the clutch fluids. The complete bike is getting a detailed cleaning as it is very easy to carry out when the pieces are removed or exposed.
By doing it myself, I’ve saved right at $580 (compared to my 2007 dealer service) and mostly along the line of labor charges. This will pay for my new Cee Bailey’s (arriving day after tomorrow!!) and a few tanks of high-octane. Once I get the new windshield on the bike, I’ll take her out for a spin to double check I did not miss a bolt or three.
My sincere thanks to all of you who shared your experiences, recommendations, detailed pictures, and explanations. No way to carry out this type of effort without the pervasive sharing of information. “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants”
Fernando J. Rueda