Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Edmonton, , Canada
Re: About to buy a 2003 K1200LT, any advices?
I bought a 2001 Lt in 2007 with approx 35,00kms on it. Great bike, but last year on my way to alaska the rear bearing went on the final drive. This has been a major problem for the early LT's. Not sure if the problem was cured in '03, but later bikes came with a better bearing. So is the replacement if yours goes. To check it, look for fluid leaks around the final drive first, and also check the condition of the fluid. metal flakes are an ominous sign, but some flakes are normal part of wear. Another good check is to grab the rear wheel while on center stand and twist it. Any free play can be a bad sign. Any whining sound while riding can be a bad sign too. Mine started whining about 50 miles outside of Faribanks, so I slowed down and limped it in. Another piece of advice, if you are in Fairbanks and need service, don't expect to be treated well just because you ride a bmw. The dealer there is primarily a HD dealer and treat everyone else like garbage. If you need a new rear bearing, get the driveshaft bearing checked for wear at the same time.
Fuel leak-the plastic quick connects on these bikes tend to crack and leak after time. Dont wait til it happens (unless your insurance policy covers fire), replace them with the brass connects. Beemer boneyard has good ones. Another source of leaks that my bike had is the fuel rail. Make sure all connections and clamps are tight.
check the battery. if it looks like the original or more than 5 years old, replace. weak batteries wreck starters, especially on this bike. get the good one-sealed gel. They last and are strong.
tires and oil; lots of threads on here about what to use. research and make your own decisions, but I have found the Metz is the best tire (recommended by bmw too), although I have not tried the Avon storm yet, but heard good things. Oil- synthetic is all I use. engine, trans and final drive.costs a bit more but worth it if you want the engine etc to last. I got the KN air filter, but looking back dont see it necessary ro that it nakes a difference. some say it is not as good as the paper but that is debatable. I agree that it is probably not necessary so dont waste your money, unless you plan on racing the bike.