Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Tucson, AZ, USA
Re: Advise on purchase of 1999 K1200LT
So far, no one knows why the FD tears itself up. The most agreed upon conjecture is that the specs for the install are very tight--exceeding tolerances during manufacture may be causing the failures. If that is true, you might wonder if the place that rebuilt the final drive has the know-how and equipment to install the FD better than BMW?
On a 99, one must make sure someone added the crash pan for the trany, it didn't come with it, the defective computer chip for the engine was replaced, the defective starter relay was replaced, and neither of the pins in the trunk latch show signs of being worn (like a hack saw being taken to the left side one). The speedo, by design always reads about 10% to high--it can be modded to be accurate. BMW came out with different cables to reduce the force needed to twist the throttle. The 99 didn't come with a wiring harness for heated seats unless the heated seats came on the bike from the factory.
Normal things to look for are oil leaks between the engine and trany (the crash pan will have oil and dirt accumulation). If the front and rear speakers still work (radio problems pop once in a while). If the shocks haven't been replaced recently, you will have to do that. Plan on replacing the low beam with an aftermarket HID light.
Brake squeal, common, can be fixed by replacing the pads with after market ones.
Its very easy to change the brake fluid in the LTs without the front and rear brakes linked.
Count on the LT being a LOT cooler to ride in HOT WX. I ride my 00 year round here; adjust the windshield a lot during the summer and when it rains; use the heated grips and seat when cold sets in , below 70F.
One thing that is great, that you won't notice at first, is how nice it is to go thru a corner and not have the wheel base change a lot is you hit a small bump. And, you will start dragging foot pegs and body parts well before you've leaned her over too far. Be careful when coming to a full stop! The front wheel must be straight.
Its real easy to creep way past the speed limit at any speed--she's just so smooth.
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