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I am considering purchasing a 2003 K1200LT with 145 mi. on the clock, yep, has been sitting in storage for the last five years. I have always been a RT rider so not very familiar with the K models, question is the owner installed a new battery so I could take it on a test ride, noticed the ABS in fault mode, could this be due to the battery swap? Or low brake fluid level or ??????????
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I would guess that sitting for that long has had some bad effects on the master cylinder, ABS unit etc with moisture being accumulated into the brake fluid. Could be an expensive fix or you might be lucky in just doing a flush!
Is the brake fluid low?

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I would plan on changing all fluids. It is surprising that the fuel pump is working after sitting in old gas for 5 yrs.
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I had an o3 lt , congrates on the find, id recomend several things, new battery,fluids ALL,NEW TIRES DONT RELY on stiff carcasses hardened rubber.....good luck matthew
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When you say you noticed the ABS in fault mode you are talking about after you had the Bike moving, right? Because the lights will normally flash when you first start up the Bike.

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I am considering purchasing a 2003 K1200LT with 145 mi. on the clock, yep, has been sitting in storage for the last five years. I have always been a RT rider so not very familiar with the K models, question is the owner installed a new battery so I could take it on a test ride, noticed the ABS in fault mode, could this be due to the battery swap? Or low brake fluid level or ??????????

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Fault mode upon turning the ignition on, alternating flashing ABS lights.
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I say buy it and take to dealer and have all the matinance done and put on new rubber.....you will have a new bike!

Then ride it like ya stole it!

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The fault light flashes until you get her moving, then it should go out.

Ride 'em if you got 'em.
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You may encounter problems with drying/leaking engine seals in addition to possible hydraulic fluid leaks from brakes, shocks, etc. Possibly the owner will allow you to take the bike to a dealer for a pre-purchase checkup. Also, take the bike for an extended ride, take it back to the owner and inconspicously arrange to return within a day or two under the premise of "seriously considering the bike". This will provide you with an opportunity to discover any oil puddles/leaks under the bike as long as the owner does not have anything to hide.


I personally would be more comfortable purchasing a bike with 20K-30K on the odometer..... such a bike would probably not have sat idle for more than a month.

This may be a terrific buy....proceed cautiously.
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You might ride it for a while then turn it off and restart it and see if the ABS doesn't work right...

Other than that, I'd knock off two grand for the ABS issue and if the price is right buy it.. Then you can take it in and let the dealer fix it...

You could have a bad abs pump or just a low battery on startup..

If the price is worth a complete teardown, new seals and clutch, then go ahead and do it..

You might get a golden bike. Or you might get a lemon cause it's been setting.

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You are not saying what the price is, as this would make a difference because of potential issues caused by sitting for so long.

If you decide to buy it I would suggest a technical session somewhere in SOCAL. You buy the parts, food and drinks for the new friends you will be making and who will show you how to maintain the bike without paying the expensive labor to a dealer!

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I would like to thank all that replied, I will be purchasing the LT, I will have the dealer give it the once over.
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You are not saying what the price is, as this would make a difference because of potential issues caused by sitting for so long.

If you decide to buy it I would suggest a technical session somewhere in SOCAL. You buy the parts, food and drinks for the new friends you will be making and who will show you how to maintain the bike without paying the expensive labor to a dealer!

Are you good with a wrench?

Don't buy it! It would be wrong to get a new LT with half price (without knowing what price is).

Sure there are some theoretical issues concerning sealings etc. but after testdrive you should notice already if there are any major problems.

Actually I do not believe that there is anything in it. Definately I would take it immediately. Maintenance is must immediately as well. All liquids to be changed. Most critical is brake fluid, which might cause ABS warning lights flashing. But this is easy to find out by changing fluids and reading faulty codes afterwards.

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