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***Need INSIGHT - Just Bought A 2005 K12 LT***

Hey there guys...I just bought a 2005 K1200LT with 8,500 miles. Although the bike has very little mileage, I do want to change the fluids and do some upgrades. Few questions:

1. What is the best manula to buy? Where and how much. Like most of the guys here, I am fairly handy and will try a lot of repairs on my own.

2. What are the upgrades needed to enhance the driving experience of the bike?

3. What are the hidden landmines with this bike that I should be aware of?

4. Are there any guys in the local area who ride on a regular basis?

5. What else should I ask

THANks.

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Welcome aboard!

After you get some reading done, you will learn more and be able to ask more specific questions...

I have a 2005 since new.. and love it!

The only thing to "fear" is the cost of imported parts...
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Hey there guys...I just bought a 2005 K1200LT with 8,500 miles. Although the bike has very little mileage, I do want to change the fluids and do some upgrades. Few questions:

1. What is the best manula to buy? Where and how much. Like most of the guys here, I am fairly handy and will try a lot of repairs on my own.

2. What are the upgrades needed to enhance the driving experience of the bike?

3. What are the hidden landmines with this bike that I should be aware of?

4. Are there any guys in the local area who ride on a regular basis?

5. What else should I ask

THANks.

Southern NJ
HERE is what most of us use for repair info.

Up grades are too many to list but.. a better seat & shocks (after 30k on shocks)are a good start.

Look HERE for more regional info on ride and such.

HERE are BMW clubs in NJ.

And most of all WELCOME the the LT lifestyle

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I meant to say "manual" BTW, thanks for all of your thoughts and ideas. Great forumn.
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Enjoy reading and learning. The only thing I'll point out is DO NOT overfill the fuel tank. You would think filling the fuel tank would be easy but on an LT you can actually screw it up.

Only fill to the bottom of the neck in the fuel tank. If you overfill the tank and flood the vent line you can clog up the canister. When this happens you can actually collapse your fuel tank while riding it.

Have fun,
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Correct me if I'm wrong but... I dont think there's a "canister" on the 05's (?)
None on mine I'm aware of, unless its a US thing...
I always fill mine right to the top, while on the side stand... never had a problem there.

Of course, there's other problems... wearing out the clutch too quickly by not letting it grab before giving it a handful... worn out 2 rear rotors through too much rear brake use and not changing the pads early enough (Oh, check if you've got the new rear rotor or the old original one!)... hydraulic centre stand not functioning (need time to pull it apart and change the oil)
Definately get a better seat than standard... I went Rick Mayer but there's other options...
Watch the little pins in the trunk latch, they wear through by the "cutting knife" locks.
You will break the trunk mirror, and give up fixing it...
Check the mirrors have been attached with some sort of tie-line to the frame, they'll come off when you hit a pot-hole or someone bumps them...

You will drop it
You will pick it up... (not too hard)

Lots of things to add, GPS, comms system.....

You'll have fun... most of all ride it like its meant to be... keep the revs up and have a ball in the twisties.

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Ditto on tethering the mirrors, you will be glad you did. I think everyone else has covered most of the surprises you may run into. The only thing I would add is that if you carry a passenger a lot (wife / girlfriend / whatever), it would be a good idea to go ahead and move the trunk back as almost every LT I have seen has the trunk in it's forward position.
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Correct me if I'm wrong but... I dont think there's a "canister" on the 05's (?)
None on mine I'm aware of, unless its a US thing...
Chris ... Yes it is a "USA" thing.

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Make sure the plastic quick-connects on the fuel lines have been replaced. They are just above the right wing under the plastic.

Change your brake and clutch fluid every two years. This is important. Note that these are DOT 4 which cannot be mixed with the more common DOT 3.

Do NOT let loose of the handle bars at or near 40 MPH unless you want to see the harmonic head wobble for yourself.

Be careful using the side stand. It is easy to not get it all the way forward or bump it back when moving the bike. It does not lock in place like a Harley.

Expect to pay full attention at low speeds. These demand full time and attention in parking lots. Most of us have dropped them a time or two learning that lesson.

It's a great motorcycle. You'll love the new mistress once you get to know her a little better.
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Enjoy reading and learning. The only thing I'll point out is DO NOT overfill the fuel tank. You would think filling the fuel tank would be easy but on an LT you can actually screw it up.

Only fill to the bottom of the neck in the fuel tank. If you overfill the tank and flood the vent line you can clog up the canister. When this happens you can actually collapse your fuel tank while riding it.

Have fun,
Kevin

Pull the canister.... A search will pull up pictures and a how to. Takes about 15 minutes and frees up space for a nice air pump.

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Never, Ever, NEVER grab a handfull of front brake with the handlebars turned.
The Telelever suspension does not dive like other bikes and the energy will throw the bike to the ground. Always stop with the front end straight...

0-5 mph is where you'll have most of your issues. Above that it's a fighter jet..

Don't just shut it off and drop it on the side stand.. It'll smoke when you restart it. When it does, It's normal.
Hold it upright or slightly to the right for 30 seconds to let the oil drain back into the crankcase.

Have fun.

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Great little thread for us noobs, and I'll take all the advice I can get. Put over 300 miles on the old girl and just starting to get a little more comfortable.


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Don't make the same mistake I made after just one week...PARK IT IN GEAR! If left in nuetral on the slightest of downhill slope it will roll off the sidestand.

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When your center stand actuator will no longer raise the bike don't go to the dealer as they only replace it, $1,100.00. There are a few of us that will rebuild them and the procedures are posted in the Technical files area. Parts are available including the motor.

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Here's a little something to store in your documents file that will come in handy.

http://www.bmwbmw.org/tech/BMW-K1200LT.pdf

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Here's a little something to store in your documents file that will come in handy.

http://www.bmwbmw.org/tech/BMW-K1200LT.pdf

Welcome.
That one is for a 99-2001 as it does not have the integral brakes or the 05 dash, headlights, engine specs, etc.

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But lack DE, MA, RI and CT with the 2005 LT

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