Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Dandridge (Near Knoxville), TN, USA
Re: Buying advice K1200LT
The two known problem areas on the LT are the final drive (not the drive shaft) and the clutch slave cylinder. Although the final drive gets all the publicity, the slave cylinder is a more problematic failure in my opinion. If the final drive fails, it is a two hour replacement, but the final drive unit costs over $1000. The clutch slave cylinder fails considerably more than the final drive, and parts cost is under $200, but this usually takes out the clutch too, and the labor is over $1000 and takes a lot longer. Both failures can be a $1200-1500 repair bill, but the final drive is quick to do.
Regarding the smoke after sitting, that is a common trait of the "Brick" engine, as on the sidestand the cylinders are pointed down, so oil collects behind the pistons and can slowly leak a little past the rings into the combustion area, thus the short time of smoke on start up. Lean the bike slightly to the right for a few seconds when shutting down to help, and more importantly, park on the center stand.
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EX: '01 Black LT, BAT BYKE (Totaled at 110,000 miles)
IBA SS, BB, BBG, 10/10ths.
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