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post #1 of 18 Old Aug 7th, 2013, 7:10 pm Thread Starter
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Hey Guys,

I'm a proud new owner of a '99 K1200 LT.

Bike has 128,000 miles on it. Rear main seal & clutch were replaced at 124,000.
It runs very well for its age and mileage. I have to admit, I was skeptical at first because of this, but am a believer that if these bikes are properly maintained, they will go a long, long time.

Need some eyeballs on the attached pic, please:

The bike came with an aftermarket Navigation mount; I have no idea who makes it or what Nav unit it supports; does anyone know what mount this is - or what Navigation unit will fit it? Really appreciate your time to comment! Thanks Guys

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post #2 of 18 Old Aug 7th, 2013, 8:49 pm
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G'day!

BMR shelf and the nav mount is similar to the Garmin mount I had my 2610 on, and now Nuvi 500/550.

The metal bracket holds the mounting bracket for the GPS, like this


Pic with the old 2610 from the otherside

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It's pretty much universal. any GPS that uses the standard 4 screw mount will work with it.

What is more important is the wires for connection. what do they look like as that will be the biggest limitation as to what you can just plug in.

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Re: New K1200LT Owner

Hey Guys,

Thank You! Thank You!

The pics and info are very helpful.

The connection cord that is currently installed is a "mini usb" unit - not a micro.

However, I traced the installed connector to an aftermarket unit that acts like a cigarette lighter; you can connect various types of power supplies to it as long as it will fit into a cigarette lighter type connection.

Again - thank you very much for detailed pics and information! Now all I need is to go and purchase a Nav unit that will mount up

Best Regards,

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Re: New K1200LT Owner

Greetings Wayne

You have an awesome 99' LT. They are in fact the best of the best of the LT's. Mine is also a 99' is up this point, has been behaving itself perfectly. I have only 89,000km on it however. Kilometres are things we use in Australia while we wait for you guys to get in the metric groove with us. So please, hurry up.

As for that messy GPS mount rubbish.....get rid of it all and I'll send you detailed images and directions to mount a Garmin (or any GPS receiver) neatly, cleanly and discreetly on your LT. Whichever maniac designed that shelf thing needs their fingers runover.

Don't hesitate to email me and we'll get you started.

Cheers and kindest regards

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Hi Paul,

Email sent!

Thanks

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Paul,
I am also a new old-LT owner - 2000 LT.
Sent you an email as well.
Cheers.

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Okay Paul,
I'm tending to agree with you about the "Co-Pilot" Shelf. It seems just a bit busy.
You've got me curious...........Could You post a couple of photos of your installation ?

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The mini USB means it's pretty generic as well, any GPS that uses mini USB for power will work with it.

And I do agree, if all you want to install is the GPS, sell that shelf assembly and go for a cleaner mounting.

Although, does the mini USB cable have a second "lump" in the middle with what looks like a tiny headset plug? If so then it's a Garmin, and that lump is the receiver for traffic info. it will only work with other Garmin Gps's that have traffic enabled.

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So there's a few naysayers for having the GPS shelf-mounted... all I'd say to the OP is have a think about what you want to use the GPS for, and where it sits comfortably with your line-of-sight.
For me, its about having an accurate speed reading especially in daily commuting through heavily enforced restricted speed school zones, and located in a position where it sits within my direct line-of-sight without having to take my eyes off the car in front or the other nearby traffic, and also fits within the focal length of my longer-distance glasses I wear while riding.
The GPS shouldn't be something you need to fiddle with during a ride... usually you're going to stop to make any programming changes or enter any other info.... so having it a little distance away from my touch isn't an issue for me... its not that far away anyway that you can't do something on the screen if you really feel the need to.
The look of the additional piece (shelf) doesn't suit everyone, but once its there you've now got three holes in your fairing to deal with if you remove it that you'll need to tidy up.
The shelf also does a great job of killing higher-angle reflected sunlight from the plastic cluster face.

I'd recommend you sit on the bike with the GPS in various positions for a while thinking about how you want to use it first... and where it meets your requirements. You're the one that has to live with it...

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CWS,

Words of Wisdom! You brought up some valid points that are worth considering.

This bike is totally new to me; I've had it for 5 days now. I can't even believe I have a BMW parked in my garage, let alone a luxury touring bike. All my past bikes have been dedicated track bikes and dirt bikes. I am a sucker for vintage Japanese iron, but the BMW was too good an option to turn down. So, you could say I took the Pepsi Challenge and am happy with my decision.

About the GPS, I have not attached any GPS onto the bike, yet. I just have this "infrastructure" staring at me!! Being the new kid on the block, I did not have a clue what it was, hence my reason for posting up on the forum.

Actually, when I think about it, the mount is not much of an obstruction. I don't even really notice it while riding as I'm looking ahead through the windshield. However, that could change once I do mount a GPS unit on it.

Either way, I really do appreciate everyone's time to add their experience; it is helpful.

I'm in a honeymoon stage on this bike; so I'm in a learning mode/having fun and want to get the most out of her.

- Wayne

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Take this one to the track and you'll soon learn the lean angles, she's pretty good.... just take the topbox off first if you really want to wind her all the way out.
And don't slip the clutch before giving it full throttle, let it grab fully then you can hammer it.
Best thing I ever did to learn how to really "ride" the beast.
Have fun!

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Ha!

I can see myself leaning the bike through the turns at the track and watching the center stand drag, creating "sparkies" everywhere!

BTW - what's a topbox..? !!

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BTW - what's a topbox..? !!

The rear luggage compartment & passenger backrest... its held on by a couple of bolts and it only takes about 10 minutes to remove, there's a couple of tricks which are listed in posts about removing it or repositioning it (you'll need to learn to use the search function).
I did my track day with it on, and realised half-way through it would have been even quicker with out all that drag...

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Note: the search function is frustrating to use. It refuses to search for short words like GPS, ABS, LT, etc... What works very well is find a post about what you want, like GPS mounts" and when you find that post, scroll to the bottom and you will see a list of "related or similar" posts that will help you.

I find using google to search here works better. go to google and type in your search terms but add the site...


Example:

"GPS mounts" site:bmwlt.com

That will make google search for the exact term GPS mounts only on this site, it bypasses some of the wierd limitations the search here has.

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Note: the search function is frustrating to use. It refuses to search for short words like GPS, ABS, LT, etc... What works very well is find a post about what you want, like GPS mounts" and when you find that post, scroll to the bottom and you will see a list of "related or similar" posts that will help you.

I find using google to search here works better. go to google and type in your search terms but add the site...


Example:

"GPS mounts" site:bmwlt.com

That will make google search for the exact term GPS mounts only on this site, it bypasses some of the wierd limitations the search here has.
Yes, the search function here is stupid. Refusing short words in a world of TLAs is just idiotic.

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This is the LT without the top box and a rack in its place. The bike handles much better in this configuration.

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Dmatson,

That is a CLEAN look!

Thanks for posting up the pic
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