Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Oceanside, Ca, Usa
New Owner - Thank you and ABS fix
I’m the owner of a new to me 1999 K1200LTC with 67K miles, and I’d like to thank all posters on this forum for the incredibly valuable information that you are all willing to take the time to share.
I’ve been lurking about (and learning from) this forum for the past three months (since I bought my K1200), and I decided it’s about time that I acknowledge that I’m “hooked”.
My last touring bike was a 1988 Honda GL1500 that I sold in 1989 to accommodate my growing family and embrace the minivan movement. Although I’ve owned at least a half dozen bikes since then, including a Honda VTX1300C, Harley V-Rod, and most-recently a Yamaha Stratoliner Midnight, I always knew I’d own a touring bike again someday.
I have never “toured” or gone more that a hundred miles in a day on a motorcycle, and (as much as I like to think it’s my destiny) I realistically probably never will. So, why the touring bike? In addition to always regarding it as one of the best looking bikes on the market, I find it suits my commuting needs exceptionally. More importantly, It’s so fun to ride!!
Unfortunately (as we all know), the K1200 is not without its complexities as well.
Before I bought the bike, the seller disclosed that the bike had the ABS issue as well as the dead radio issue. Of course I did my research before buying and that is how I first discovered this forum. I figured as long as the ABS unit was working, I could deal with the other known issues (brake fluid bleed, sensor adjustment, low-voltage, etc.), so I verified the ABS was working during the test ride and made the purchase. As for the radio, I may fix it someday as I hear there’s a local (San Diego county) guy that will repair the amp for a couple of hundred bucks, but I don’t miss it at all as I listen to Pandora on my Chatterbox GMRS X1.
Back to the ABS flashing lights: It turns out that they were a result of low-voltage, so after charging the battery, I knew a trip to the dealership was in order for the reset; but before scheduling an appointment, I checked this forum and low and behold – someone had posted a workaround that would negate the trip to have the dealer perform the costly reset!
Now, I’m not at all mechanically inclined, and despite the detailed instructions on resetting the ABS, I knew it was more than I could handle. However, I found a local (San Marcos, CA) automotive electrical guru that had recently installed an HID kit on my LTC and he read the instructions and said he’d be glad to “give it a try” for about a third of what the local dealership was going to charge for the reset.
In the meanwhile, I realized that the new HID kit was a HUGE improvement over stock, so I had him install a rear HID kit (turn signals as well as tail light – which pulses on application to REALLY get the attention of drivers to the rear), and also do the reset. BTW, his cost to do the HID was less than I cold even buy the kit on-line for!!
Now that the ABS issue is handled and the new lighting kit gives the bike an updated look, I’m enjoying the ride even more.
Best of all: I was at a stoplight yesterday when a GL1800 pulled up in the lane next to me and, after looking my bike over thoroughly, said “nice bike”, and he asked if it was a new one. When I told him it’s a 1999 with 67K miles on it, the guy nearly stopped breathing. I then returned the compliment (as his GL was truly a beautiful bike) and I asked him what year his bike was, he managed to mumble, “it’s a 2009” and then quickly added, “but it’s not a BMW”. Indeed…..
As the light changed, I smiled as I rode away and left him shaking his head.