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Greetings. Earlier this year, I bought an X-5. I was so impressed I thought, "if car is this amazing, the bike must be...." Well, I picked up my 2009 K1200LT in Texas and rode back to Yakima, Washington. What a RIDE!!! Can't believe the performance and handling. I'm having to get used to the weight and height. But other than that, it's been awesome. I have a question though. It seems when I decelerate, there is a rattling coming from the front end. The dealer says it's just normal "gear noise" but it bothers me. Anyone else experience that?

By the way, my bro-in-law met me half way in his new Harley Geezer Classic and couldn't begin to keep up in the severe head winds of Wyoming I told him both of our bikes were expensive, but the difference is the BMW was actually WORTH it-haha!

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Yep, standard noise. My '00 made it and my '01 makes it. Ride on and enjoy.

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Welcome to the mad house! My wife and I love the LT.
BTW, "LT" stands for "Light Truck".
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Congrats on the new ride. I'm sure it will only get better from here on out.

I swapped bikes with my neighbor for an hour on a ride, he has an Ultra Classic. Wasn't my cup of tea. He liked the LT but thought it was too long legged for him. Tough break!

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Welcome to the most useful board on the net. Watch out... The thrills only get "worse" once you start with the farkles!

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Greetings. .....I have a question though. It seems when I decelerate, there is a rattling coming from the front end. The dealer says it's just normal "gear noise" but it bothers me. Anyone else experience that?.......
Greeting to you.

Front end rattle? These bikes can have a bunch of rattles. Some need fixing, others, not.

Gear noise wouldn't sound like "front end" noise IMO unless you're really having trouble localizing it.

Not much up front to rattle, but the brake pads can. More likely with aftermarket pads than the OEM but it could be them. Try feathering your front brake during conditions when you would normally hear your rattle. If it disappears when you are dragging the brake a little then it is the pads, and no worries.

Glad you have discovered the attributes of this fine machine, have fun.
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I thought the front was falling off... on my 05... turns out, there is a different sound in the front due to design... then you will HEAR more because it isn't covered up by other parts shaking and rattling and falling off.

Riding behind the fairing an the tupperware can cause noises under the cover to resonate...

Turn up the radio...

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Congrats Steve on the new ride !!! They are great bikes
BTW where in Texas did you get your bike?

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Greetings. Earlier this year, I bought an X-5. I was so impressed I thought, "if car is this amazing, the bike must be...." Well, I picked up my 2009 K1200LT in Texas and rode back to Yakima, Washington. What a RIDE!!! Can't believe the performance and handling. I'm having to get used to the weight and height. But other than that, it's been awesome. I have a question though. It seems when I decelerate, there is a rattling coming from the front end. The dealer says it's just normal "gear noise" but it bothers me. Anyone else experience that?

By the way, my bro-in-law met me half way in his new Harley Geezer Classic and couldn't begin to keep up in the severe head winds of Wyoming I told him both of our bikes were expensive, but the difference is the BMW was actually WORTH it-haha!

Steve
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Congratulations Steve !!!!!!!

I also own an 09 and to tell you truth I have ZERO rattling, if I were you I'd take it to your local dealer if you have one and get a second opinion, I'm not buying that story you were given that it's normal. My neighbor also has an 09 and no rattling going on there either.

Enjoy your beautiful new ride, I totally love mine.
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Congrats Steve!
Hope you enjoy your new ride. I recently bought an 06 with low miles and there can be a significant amount of buzzing from the plastic fairing parts, commonly called tupperware. Had my bike at the dealer for the 6k oil change, and other fluid change and he noticed some buzzing at idle and he suggested that I install some 2 sided foam tape between some of the lower panels to eliminate some of this vibration buzzing. You will have to find out where this noise is coming from and hopefully it is nothing serious.
The bike is a blast to drive and takes a bit of getting used to. Be careful on low speed manouvers around parking lots etc., as it can be somewhat tricky.
Don't grab that front brake either during slow speed manouvering or you may be joining the dropped it club. I have been lucky so far, but I am extra careful. Used to ride an older venture royalle which was pretty heavy too.
Take care.
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Welcome to the land of the best motorcycle I've ever ridden. My LT is 10 years older, but my grin simply gets bigger the more I ride it. I came off ST1100's to the LT and am sure glad I did. I'm just down the road a bit in Walla Walla - a short LT ride. Maybe we'll be able to get together one of these days.
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Steve,
Congrats on the new motorbike purchase. The LT is a wonderful ride.
Recently I purchased one use, 7 years old, 70,000 miles. Runs like a top.
There is no noise off my front end. But then again I wear a full face helmet and that thing will muffle outside noise. Drove mine back from Denver to Minneapolis through Rockies and Delvil Tower, Black Hills, Sturgis.. All in 2 days 1400 miles.. Got off took a shower, went to bed, back to work next day. Had not owned a bike in 35 years! Enjoy the LT.


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Welcome
Glad you like it.
I have a 2000LT and it is the best bike I've owned.

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Thanks for responding, Steve. I can't seem to get off this thing. Maybe when the snow flies-HA!
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Hey Kat. Got the bike in Nacogdoches, TX. Rode back up through CO, WY, ID, OR, to WA. Loved those flat, straight stretches in TX. This bike is pretty dang fast!
Steve

BTW, thought I was responding to the individuals, then realized I was making a public post. Oops! Newby error. First of many, I'm sure. Also, I became a proud member of the "dropped it" club within hours of picking it up! Tried to get it out of the rain under the hotel lobby entrance which happened to be slicker than "you know what". Live and learn. Thank God (or the BMW designers) for the nice design. Other than this post, there's no evidence . Quite a contrast from when I dropped the Suzuki. Guess I need to work out more.

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Hey Kat. Got the bike in Nacogdoches, TX. Rode back up through CO, WY, ID, OR, to WA. Loved those flat, straight stretches in TX. This bike is pretty dang fast!
Steve

BTW, thought I was responding to the individuals, then realized I was making a public post. Oops! Newby error. First of many, I'm sure. Also, I became a proud member of the "dropped it" club within hours of picking it up! Tried to get it out of the rain under the hotel lobby entrance which happened to be slicker than "you know what". Live and learn. Thank God (or the BMW designers) for the nice design. Other than this post, there's no evidence . Quite a contrast from when I dropped the Suzuki. Guess I need to work out more.

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I bought my 09 in June this year and I had the same issue with the noise. Sounded like a jar of quarters when I accelerate in first and second past 6K. I took the bike to the shop and they said it may be the chain tensioner. The bike stayed in the shop for 1 week and they said they couldn't find a problem.

I think something must be loose down there, however the performance is great and I don't have any operational problems. If you get it checked out and find something, please let me know so I can have it checked on my bike as well.

Congrats on the new ride!!!!

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I have an 05 and I have some noise when driving. Think I may get a quieter helmet

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Great bike! You'll love it! Welcome to the Asylum!!!!

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Greetings. I have a question though. It seems when I decelerate, there is a rattling coming from the front end. The dealer says it's just normal "gear noise" but it bothers me. Anyone else experience that?


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I had something similiar but the techs explained it as the floating brakes and showed me how they move around. heard it once in a while during my awesome 3 week ride this summer (which had me overnight in Yakima on day one, nice area) but never gave it another worry.

just crank up some good road tunes on that CD player and enjoy the ride!!

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