I have a 2001 k1200lt went to go for a ride today. Started the bike and went vto straighten the wheel and it won't turn. The steering is locked and won't release. Does any one have any ideas what is wrong??
Likely your ignition switch is broken. I would go back to "off" and then wiggle the handlebars and the key at the same time to see if it will come loose. You may have a problem similar to shutting a car or truck off and then turning the steering wheel into the lock position which keeps torque on it, making it difficult to turn the key back on.
I have tried moving the bars so there is no pressure on the lock that doesn't work!!!! Stripped the plastic off so I can get at the lock jiggled wires, tapped the unit still no luck. I am getting soooo frustrated with this problem can't figure it out. to change the unit is a major job.
have you tried lubrication, if you drip a light oil, I use chain saw bar oil, it will travel all the way down through the assy - I have been using it for years on my bikes because they sit outside all summer rain or shine and the switch is exposed to the weather.
I'm guessing it's a pin lock into the steering head which might be accessed from the bottom side. If you can get to it underneath, you might be able to punch the lock pin up with a long punch/screwdriver and hammer.
Well, never mind on that idea. Looks like the lock pin is internal on it.
I have stripped most of the plastic off the front end to access the lock assembly. I tried putting lube in the key assembly still no luck. I can't seem to do anything to release the lock and now the key won't come out when it is in the locked steering position? Looks like the whole key assembly must be faulty. It is a real pain to change. I will have to trailer the bike to the BMW Dealer 2 1/2 hours away and have them deal with it. I will keep you informed what happens.
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