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post #1 of 8 Old Nov 4th, 2008, 7:36 pm Thread Starter
 
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Bike Familiarity

I intend to travel 3 hours to look at and test drive a 2001 K1200LT. I have never ridden this model or any similar BMW. I wish I had an owners manual so I could read up on the various controls and settings because if I do purchase it, I will be facing about a long ride back home with most of it on the expressway.

Also being inseam challenged, I'd like to know how to set the suspension to it's lowest setting while I get familiar with it's handling. If anyone has some information, segments from a user's manual, or pictures showing helpful information, I'd be most grateful.
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post #2 of 8 Old Nov 4th, 2008, 7:45 pm
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If the bike is stock, you can adjust the seat height with a little bar that swings out under the seat. It is pretty obvious once you see it which is the lowest. While under the drivers seat you should see a canister with a knob on it (slightly larger than a canister that holds a roll of film). Flip it up and and back the knob all the way out. That will make for a very soft suspension and may need to be adjusted for more comfort or your riding style. That should get things as low as they will go stock. Have fun and enjoy the ride!
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Welcome. Hope you like the bike. Open the left sde saddle bag. You will see a small black know on the outside. Pull it and lift up on the seat. There is a bent over turnable knob which is your preload. Straighten it and turn it all the way to the left. The seat should also be adjustable, unless it is a "low seat".

Driving home on the highway, I would just drive it like a regular motorcycle. Don't try messing with all the gadgets, except cruise is pretty easy to figure out.

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Jim 2005 or later model you will be a happy camper
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Casper1951,

A couple of very practical things:

1. Its just a bike, a damn, big, top-heavy bike. 5 MPH is scary. 75 is heaven!
2. When braking at low speed make SURE to be steering straight ahead!
3. Stopping with the wheel turned WILL take you down!!
4. When using the side stand, leave in 1st gear, push bike forward to stop.
5. Fill gas tank on side stand.
6. Fill tires to 42F and 48R. Really.
7. The LT likes to rev...don't lug it. Shift at 4000 or above, 7500 rocks!!!
8. It has a bit of a weak clutch (dry too)...lock it up, then REV it up.
9. The brakes a VERY good.
10. Ask the owner for a complete walk-around: Including oil window, oil filler, rear shock adjustment, seat height, cruise control operation, trip computer, windshield control, ask if mirrors are tethered.

Now read all the info in the 'Technical' section in the header bar at the top of this page!

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I appreciate all the suggestions and hope not to have to learn anything the hard way.
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you will be alittle nervous at first but by the time you get home you will be in love


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If you haven't owned a BMW bike before you will be fumblimg with the turn signal controls at first so you may want to familiarize yourself with them while "on the ground".

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