My generous father in law has gifted me a 1999 K1200LT with ~48k. It's in great shape for it's age. He has 5 motor cycles total and is extremely meticulous about maintenance.
This is my first BMW and large tourer. I actually haven't rode since I left San Diego after the turn of the century, aka 2001. Wow that makes me feel old. I rode various things since I was a kid, and luckily always kept my motorcycle even changing states twice.
We checked on insurance this morning (I'm good to go), and I'm going helmet shopping tonight. He wants to do a couple things to it this weekend, but I'm sure I'll squeeze a ride in
He had not rode it a lot recently, but it did fine from Weott, CA to Chattaroy, WA (It's new home).
I am already making plans for some upgrades/mods. Specifically I want to upgrade the lighting. The first time I saw it, it was at night. It was immediately apparent that the lighting was inadequate for deer country.
Am I correct that there are 3 bulbs in that housing? So can I upgrade all 3 with HIDs? ie 2 lows and a high beam? I think I'd also like some lights on the forks/calipers to help in turns and to make me more visible. Any links to specific recommendations?
The other thing I'd like to update is the suspension. I did some research into this and know I want progressive rates springs (I installed them on my 4Runner too
), but I started to get a little lost in the options. I will mostly be riding this bike solo from Chattaroy to Colville along 395. Occasionally, we will be doing 2 up riding. Is there a best spring/shock to handle both? Obviously I will give up something to get good performance in both situations, but what? Is the big issue I will rub the centerstand when the two of us are travelling?
I was pretty excited when he sent me a text "I'm bringing you the beemer"
I was also happily surprised to find an entire forum dedicated to the bikes today.
It's a pretty bike. So far I've only moved it into the garage from teh drive way. I think the heaviest bike I ever rode was a 750 Katana. This is a little heavier than that!
I'm sorry if this is the wrong place to start asking questions. I did try searching first, but that led to my confusion about the springs and the lighting. I did go look at the headlight on the bike, and it appears to have 3 lights, but it's hard to tell. He has a cover over it, and it's still got all the bugs on it from the ride up here.