There's lots of common problems but that's part of the love / hate relationship with these bikes, especially as they are getting older. They ride nice but they are expensive and laborious to keep in tip-top shape.
The engine is quite reliable. The rest of the bike, not so much.
Lets put some things into perspective. No matter which K 1200 LT you decide you want to buy, you are going to be buying what is a luxury vehicle that is now lets say on average 15 years old.Well, you guys have pretty much scared me off of buying one of these.
I have about 200k miles on 3 KLTs, a 1999, 2000, and now a 2005. It's been my favorite bike. I've had issues with each of them, including the electric center stand on the current one, which developed shortly after I got it. This forum helped me fix that easily. It's a complex machine, and it's not perfect, but it's a great ride. Nine thousand miles is barely broken in: less than 1k/year. In many ways it's essentially new, unless it's been left neglected in a garage. Most all of that can be fixed by a complete service. My brake lines didn't have issues until 50k. Enjoy!
You are welcome, all of us have had our moments with these bikes but you have to ask yourself. If they were really that bad why do we all have one and some of us more than one.Thanks Wazza, I needed some encouragement and your right, the bad always comes out on the internet. I'm fully capable of working on about anything and have a detached garage and work shop full of tools.
You must only own BMWs and Harleys then. :grin:The LT has been the most reliable bike in my stable.
Same KMs as my GS but less trouble.
I do care for it though.
ABS failed, and paid $4k 8 years ago to replace it. That’s it.
I love to just look at it and love even more riding it.
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I was pretty sure. I don’t think I know anyone who owned Japanese bikes first who says an LT is their most reliable bike. I owned three Kawasaki’s before my LT and they really make the LT’s maintenance and reliability look poor in comparison. The LT is better handling and performing to be sure, but decidedly not more reliable.Haha!
That was almost accurate (first bike was a Sportster), but now I have a Suzuki DRZ400E, and about to buy a Husqvarna 701 Enduro.
True, but so far none of my failures have been in the “complex” parts, they have been in the mundane parts: transmission seals, pinion seal, fuel hose, brake lines, mirror mounts, etc.But then most Jap bikes are no where near as complex as an LT. More to potentially go wrong.
I was pretty sure. I don’t think I know anyone who owned Japanese bikes first who says an LT is their most reliable bike. I owned three Kawasaki’s before my LT and they really make the LT’s maintenance and reliability look poor in comparison. The LT is better handling and performing to be sure, but decidedly not more reliable.
Lots of great advice on here. If not for this forum, I would not own my K bike. When looking for a bike, I wanted either the K or R and went with the one I found first in the price range I could afford. If you can do the wrenching yourself, you are only out the parts cost. I saw you have a shop and tools; the tips, tricks and tutorials here will help you do just about anything needed on the bike. You will learn to take care of multiple things when you have the body panels off. These are not the easiest bikes to work on but plenty doable. There are thousands of K bikes on the road and not heavily involved in this forum. Yes, a very few bikes have lots of problems, as happens with any vehicle manufacturer.