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post #1 of 8 Old Oct 19th, 2015, 3:19 pm Thread Starter
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New LT owner. You guys scare me.

Hello to all.
After months of research and going from one bike to another in my mind I pulled the trigger. I am 68 years old and toured the last 6 years on a Hayabusa and I am a certified Iron Butt Association member. I decided I need to go back to a bike with a full fairing and didn't want to buy another GL1800 (had one before).

I just bought a 2000 K1200LTC with 34000 miles and many meaningful upgrades. Basically a one owner bike and the man loved his machine and is a retired State Trooper motor officer. I flew to his state and road home almost 1300 miles this weekend in 29 hours and did stop for the night due to pouring rain.

My first impression is I love the bike.

After reading hours on this forum I hope I have not bitten off more than I can chew. I have only had one trip to a motorcycle dealer for repairs in the last 20 years. I prefer (and can only afford) to do my own maintenance. Seems like a lot of technology to go wrong. I may be a frequent asker of questions on this site.

Thanks in advance to all those I see on the Forum ready to help.

IF anybody knows a source for a riders or owners manual for a 2000 please let me know. I tried ASP.
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post #2 of 8 Old Oct 19th, 2015, 4:57 pm
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Re: New LT owner. You guys scare me.

You made a good choice and if you can wrench a little and there's plenty of help here. A lot of us could not own this bike without this forum so many thanks to all those that contribute their knowledge freely. U-tube videos will help with most of the maintenance. I just fixed the headlamp ground problem on my 2000Lt that I didn't know I had. I think someone posted an electronic version of an owners manual sometime in the past. Try a search. Welcome and the buyers remorse wears off in a little while especially if you ride a lot. You came from a pretty fast bike.?

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Re: New LT owner. You guys scare me.

Yes, it was a fast bike but I had turned it into a really comfy tourer. Lowered pegs, Heli bars to raise the bars, heated grips, custom seat with heat also, Givi hard bags with quick release mounts, HID hi and low beams, led driving lights with a high and low beam, GPS, radar detector, and 3 different screens.

Love the bike, but I am getting cold so much easier than a few years ago. My ride back this weekend saw rain at night that would have stopped me dead in my tracks on the Hyabusa. The LT and I just soldiered on.

I will try to find a copy of the owner's manual. BMW has one on line for 2005 and newer.

Thanks.
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Re: New LT owner. You guys scare me.

PM me with your email address and I can send you some files.

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Re: New LT owner. You guys scare me.

I tear the bike down every other year for maintenance and the 12,000 mile interval service. I'll set up two card tables in the garage and remove the panels in order with an electric screwdriver.

The first time is a little harrowing, but after that...well, you'll get the hang of it. T he real bitch is getting the tags tank off and on as like to deform a little and getting the right rear bolt aligned needs use of a prybar.

The bike was made to have the panels removed over it's life and you'll find the fasteners are high quality and easily replaced if they wear out. I could not have afforded this bike if I also had to pay a dealership for maintenance. Luckily, it's been a rather dependable bike and maintenance aside, I haven't had to do much.

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Re: New LT owner. You guys scare me.

So ownership with this bike is fairly straight forward:

- fluids all the time - brakes, engine, transmission, clutch, rear drive
- brakes
- filters - air & gas
- an occasional clutch - depends on how hard you drive it
- maybe a rear bearing - members here rebuild at reasonable costs
- checking the valve (bucket) clearances on occasion
- tires - they do wear out

The motor is normally good for 300,000 miles

Not many need to go into the motor unless you put the wrong gas in
it or cannot hear it pinging.

What the bike really likes is high RPM's believe it or not. Do not
fret in taking it up over 6,500 RPM on occasion it gets real smooth
just over 5,000 RPM.

I have owned 2 LTs for the past 13 years and the dealer has never seen my bikes.

Plenty people here more than willing to help and locals will even
drop by. Look into joining your local BMW club as well - nice people
and owning a bike long in the tooth is normally not an issue!

Now for a shameless plug - look to join us at the CCR Reunion this
year in Montery, CA - lots of LT's with lots of stories and a fun time.
And at your age is right in the sweet spot for many of the attendees!!
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Re: New LT owner. You guys scare me.

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I have owned 2 LTs for the past 13 years and the dealer has never seen my bikes.

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I have been riding for 53 years and have had a bike at the dealership just 3 times. I have to do my own work to afford the hobby.

I will look into Monterey.

Still rolling in Southern Oregon
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I will look into Monterey.
Tell your friends!

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