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post #1 of 3 Old Aug 16th, 2017, 8:07 pm Thread Starter
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Finally Got a BMW

I always enjoyed looking at the odd boxer BMW's when I was a kid. I remember a neighbor up the road had one and I would always see him tinkering with the bike and adjusting the valves now and then. Now, many years later, I have more time on my hands and decided to sell my 1700 Kawasaki and get a Goldwing. The Goldwings just seemed whole-hum and didn't really move me but for some reason thought I was supposed to have one since I'm an old guy now. Eventually I made my way to a Honda store to look at some used Goldwings, when something caught my eye . . . the BMW badge. It wasn't a crotch rocket, it was a BMW. I sat on a 2004 K1200LT and fell in love with it.

The salesman said I don't want to sell you that bike, it's a piece of junk. It has bad rings because it smokes when you start it, which he proceeded to demonstrate. That day I knew what bike I really wanted; I didn't get that bike but I did find an 08 about three weeks later and bought it. I since learned from my friend, who is a BMW guy, why it smokes and all the other tidbits of information you can gather in a 30 phone call.

I'll have lots of questions as I move forward and am extremely happy I found this forum.

Thanks in Advance for anything or help that you offer!!
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post #2 of 3 Old Sep 12th, 2017, 8:59 pm
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Re: Finally Got a BMW

Welcome from Kennesaw GA!

My 00 RT will smoke like a Jamaican at a Bob Marley concert if I leave it sitting on the side stand for more than a couple of hours. It can sit for weeks on the center stand and it's fine. The smoke goes away once the engine heats up, so it doesn't bother me.

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post #3 of 3 Old Sep 12th, 2017, 9:12 pm
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Yep, it is a bad habit but not because of bad rings LOL. There is a lot to learn about an LT but arguably, they are about the best sport touring bike still on the road. If you want to know something about an LT, this is the place to ask the question. Also, get a Clymer manual so you can do your own wrenching.

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