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In 118000 miles, I can say my 02 LT has never left me stuck on the side of the road.

I am not saying things have never broken or never had to be replaced.

I still feel confident to get on the bike and ride anywhere and know it will get me back.

I thank current and past members who have become good friends in helping me learn about the bike and it's little quirks.

Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes it is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying " I'll try again tomorrow".


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It is a GREAT feeling to know that all you need to do is check the oil & tires. Then point the big girl in any direction & twist the throttle.

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It is a GREAT feeling to know that all you need to do is check the oil & tires. Then point the big girl in any direction & twist the throttle.

+1 from a non mechanic like me!

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In 118000 miles, I can say my 02 LT has never left me stuck on the side of the road.

I am not saying things have never broken or never had to be replaced.

I still feel confident to get on the bike and ride anywhere and know it will get me back.

I thank current and past members who have become good friends in helping me learn about the bike and it's little quirks.
are you saying your bike has never broke down on the road and left you stranded as a result, or are you saying even though it might have broke down on the road, you were able to get it going again, thereby preventing you from being stranded (when I say stranded, I mean having to get it towed).

Either way, that's a really good testament.

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+1 from a non mechanic like me!
Same here.

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I am at 10% of your happiness. I have approx 11.8K miles on mine since I got it last year.

Every time I am happier while riding it and reaching my destination than I was at the beginning of my ride.

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The K1200LT was the second best bike I've ever owned.... 8 trouble free years and 50,000 miles.

I'm presently riding the best!

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are you saying your bike has never broke down on the road and left you stranded as a result, or are you saying even though it might have broke down on the road, you were able to get it going again, thereby preventing you from being stranded (when I say stranded, I mean having to get it towed).

Either way, that's a really good testament.

I did take the plastic off one time in a hotel parking lot, pulled up, got off and noticed a puddle and strong gas smell. Broken qd. Called Pastor Jack Homesley who was in the area, he went to a local parts store and together we replaced the plastic qd,s with a pair of brass connectors and got it back together in an hour.

But no never had to get towed.

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But think of all that character building you are missing out on...

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the SO & i just returned from a 2300 trip, with a cracked QD for the last 1100 miles. Leaked about 1/4 gal per fill up. The old girl hasn't left me stranded yet. 49,645 Smiles so far.

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the SO & i just returned from a 2300 trip, with a cracked QD for the last 1100 miles. Leaked about 1/4 gal per fill up. The old girl hasn't left me stranded yet. 49,645 Smiles so far.
I'll have to look to see what you all are calling quick disconnects. It sounds similar to what's being used on various lines in the engine compartment for the military's MRAPs, but these are made our of aluminum and steel, so while they might crap out internally, they don't break.

If these quick disconnects are similar to what's used on a lot of fuel systems on cars and light trucks, I'd be inclined to say the term is an oxymoron because I've had more experiences than I care to remember wrestling with these in an effort to get them "quickly disconnected", even w/ the special tool that is usually required.

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I'll have to look to see what you all are calling quick disconnects. It sounds similar to what's being used on various lines in the engine compartment for the military's MRAPs, but these are made our of aluminum and steel, so while they might crap out internally, they don't break.

If these quick disconnects are similar to what's used on a lot of fuel systems on cars and light trucks, I'd be inclined to say the term is an oxymoron because I've had more experiences than I care to remember wrestling with these in an effort to get them "quickly disconnected", even w/ the special tool that is usually required.
THESE are quick disconnects, albeit not the crappy plastic ones that BMW used on the LT but rather the replacement ones many of us use as replacements. No tool needed to d/c.

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It is a GREAT feeling to know that all you need to do is check the oil & tires. Then point the big girl in any direction & twist the throttle.
I would love to ride more, however, due to the overwhelming amount of farkelization available for Roxy, I keep stripping her down to add more stuff! When will it end!

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THESE are quick disconnects, albeit not the crappy plastic ones that BMW used on the LT but rather the replacement ones many of us use as replacements. No tool needed to d/c.
Thanks Tony for the heads up. The Jiffy QDs are very similar in design to what's being used in our military's applications. I'll have to bookmark that link for future reference.

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Jeff, unless your 99 is different than mine, we don't have quick disconnects on ours like other years. The tank comes off pretty easy without having them on so why ask for trouble putting them on.

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Why would using the Brass QDs be asking for trouble?

It seems to me that using the (non-OEM) QDs reduce risk of trouble by providing a durable and secure way to attach/detach the fuel lines when removing the tank. Seems better than grabbing and sliding the fuel line off and on.

$.02... YMMV

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Jeff, unless your 99 is different than mine, we don't have quick disconnects on ours like other years. The tank comes off pretty easy without having them on so why ask for trouble putting them on.

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I'd be the first to preach if it ain't broke, then don't fix it.
My LT is a new experience, so I haven't had the need to delve into these R&R procedures. Good Lord willing, and the creek don't rise, I'll have years of trouble free motoring experiences like our buddy Dan in Tampa.

That being said, however, if and when the need arises, I'm all for making reasonably priced modifications, which will make subsequent procedures more mechanic friendly.

If these QDs are what I'm thinking, they have spring loaded valves in the male ends and some kind of orifice on female ends to keep fluids from leaking/flowing when disconnected. This could make such jobs as tank removal less messy, which I think is what Tony is mentioning.

Thanks though Marty for pointing out this difference. I've received at least a double dose of enlightenment today.

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BTW, Marty I noticed you're from Holland, MI. I see that's just NW of Kalamazoo. I've had some really good experiences from people in the great state of Michigan. Worked in Iraq w/ a couple of really good guys from there. I bought my HD wideglide from a guy up North of Lansing, and I just purchased one of those ZZ trailers from another last month in Kalamazoo.
Can't wait to pick that up.

Of course, one of my favorite rockers, Uncle Ted is from your neck of the woods, and he's now a fellow Texan.

Don't be such a stranger here.

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Glad to hear such good stories about the reliability of the ole girl. I just got mine,a 2006 in the end of March, so far she has been wonderful, been on 2 trips and 2, 000 miles only to So. Ca. and to Yosemite Park. A handful at slow speeds and parking lots but, once on the road nothing better. What source does anyone have for the good quality QD's. I should look I may have them on mine already. Thanks to everyone for the information on this site. Many of us would not be able to own such a great bike if it were not for the information from this group. My wife has given her a name (Shao Long Neu) Mandarin for Little Dragon Lady Loves riding her as much as I do.
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You want the QD's so that you don't need to worry about fuel spilling out whenever you remove your tank. I installed the original BMW QD's on my '00 LT soon after I bought it in 2000. Then years later had an incident with the plastic male cracking, so installed metal QD's. The ones that Beemerboneyard sell are great and affordable!

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Jeff, unless your 99 is different than mine, we don't have quick disconnects on ours like other years. The tank comes off pretty easy without having them on so why ask for trouble putting them on.

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After over 125,000 miles on LT's I have had only one tow home. I speed shifted without using the clutch lever into second gear & broke a u-joint. The u-joint was bone dry & had somewhere around 150,000 miles on it. My first LT just turned over 160,000 miles & still has the original clutch in it.

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What source does anyone have for the good quality QD's.
Hi.

See the link to Racer Parts Wholesale in my post (#12), above.

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Thanks Tony
I will have to pull my right side tupperware off and ck to see if these were installed previously. I have only had the LT since end of March and haven't had to do much to her. Thanks for the info, collecting all I can in case I need in a hurry.

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...broke a u-joint.
Dave wins the understatement of the week award!

Saying the u-joint "broke" is like saying the Titanic received a slight scratch from the iceberg!

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