How is everyone doing?
I've read few of the postings & this is a great forum.
I've owned a 1985 BMW 5 series car for the past 11 yrs & it is by far the best car I owned. So for the past 2 yrs I've been looking on and off for a BMW bike.
My previous bike experience was on a Kawazaki 550 LTD, which is a 4 cylinder cruising/touring bike that I rode around for 2 or 3 yrs. And took some long distance rides on it too.
So compared to many of you I don't have much experience. Even though I ride & used to race bicycles & think that contribute to good balance on 2 wheels.
I was looking at the RT, RS and LT's ...basically a touring/long distance bike with luggage.
I was in San Luis Obispo this past weekend & while there I found a 1999 K1200LT with 13K miles on it. The asking price was $6100, I got the bike for $4600....is that a good deal/price ?
Rode it the 200 plus miles home, which was scary at first since this IS a big and heavy bike (I am 6ft, about 155 lbs).
The side cross winds on parts of 101 was moving the bike slightly side to side.
1- Is there a secret to getting comfortable with this bike....I certainly don't want to drop it.
Coming to a stop scares me but I am getting more used to it.
2- As I packed out of the driveway yesterday using the reverse gear then back to N, then to 1st gear. The display showed 1st gear but when I released the clutch, nothing happened. It automatically went to N. It did this few times while I am in the middle of the street.
I turned off the bike and tried again & the gear engaged. I didn't have this problem again today.
What happened ?
3- Tried to lift the bike onto the center stand today using the Reverse gear but that didn't work.
The bike is simply too heavy to be lifted onto the center stand by one person. Is there a trick to this ?
Or is the side stand good enough ?
Is it worth the time & money to install the Hydraulic center stand option (not sure how much they sell for)?
4- Is it usual for a 99 bike to have such low mileage ?
5- While I am very familiar & have done most of the repairs on my 535i BMW, I know next to nothing about bike repairs.
Is there anything I should check right away or do ?
The bike rides great & everything seem to work fine.
6- Is there a trick to handling this beast at low speeds ? Anything I can do to get more comfortable with the size and weight ?
7- One thing that concerns me is if I ever take the bike to San Fran and go up those steep hills. Now I drove a stick shift all my life and know how to handle a car uphill but a bike of this size and weight seem different to me.
Any ideas or advice about this?
I am afraid I will roll backwards on the hill & crash onto the car behind me.
Thank you for your help, any info or advice would be helpful.