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Hello everyone, Names Henry,
I have been lurking here for a bit learning everything I can about my 2K K1200ltc
Motorcycles are my passion, and while wandering around a bike shop I came across this Basalt Grey whale, didn't give it much attention, but kept coming back to it. It was parked around a couple of wings and while I sat on the various bikes I liked the feel of this bike. I have never had a beemer , but I took if for a test spin. Boy what a whale at low speeds but I had a Kawi voyager that felt the same so I was used to it. Anyway it had 12K on the clock and very clean everywhere, not just where a pressure washer would get to. I took it for a ride and thought , yea I could do this. I live in Colorado and ride year round , none of my other bikes have windshields, heated anything, and or radios. So I picked it up for 5700. With all the bells and whistles, intercom, heated everything, changer, cables, power plugs, computer, new rubber etc , etc,. During the test ride the ABS lights started blinking alternately but I felt no change in the brakes. sales guys said no worries just a bleed , I said , sure ok, just put it on the sales contract that you will fix it. They did (thank goodness). so I ride the bike for acouple weeks ran great, blinking ABS lights and all. found this forum, and realized , oh hell this could be $$$$$$. so I took it back to them for the fix before they..umm forget. They simply had the code cleared and I drove it for a week or so , then the lights came back on. Took it back, and they took it to the BMW dealer (these guys are independents) and bmw said, 500 for a full bleed out, and might be a bad pump 2100. They called me and asked me to split the cost of the bleed and go from there. I referred them to my contract and said no way am I paying any more. They called back and said they would give me my money back, I said ok. I know bikes and checked the res's and figured it was not a bleed issue. I went to get my money back and had a chance to talk to the owner. Told him he's in for a big bill and won't get it back on the bike. He asked if I would consider a new deal, which I was hoping for, I offered 4500, he took it,

I was very happy that I got the bike back, it's in excellent shape and I will sort out the ABS at my leisure. Because its an early 2000, the brakes work fine, and never owning an abs bike actually I don't miss it. I ride a motorcycle everyday and this one as definitely a garage queen. would never guess it's 12 yrs old. -so that's my story.

looking forward to learning everything I can, and meeting some of you folks down the road!
 

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Hello and Welcome. :wave Sorry for your ABS! :(
 

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Welcome to the forum. I used to have an LT like yours, same year, same color but without some of the extras - never had any problems with the brakes so I don't have advice for a fix. However there are a lot of guys on here that have fixed everything known to man about the LT. I know that someone has said that on that particular model as well as '99 and '01 models, that if the ABS goes out, it just reverts to non-ABS operations and you can savely ride without fixing it. If I've misunderstood, I trust the experts will correct me. Anyway, enjoy the ride. You're going to love it.
 

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If and when you ever want to sort out the ABS, I've got a donor unit I'd let go for a song to members. Until recently I had an "00... the new (to me) '05 is nice, but now I have to wash and primp the be'otch!... :D

Good deal, ride safe!
 

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Welome, sounds like you did good on the LT. Hope to see ya on the road..
 

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Welcome aboard. :wave I would start with FLUSHING your complete brake system and doing a good bleed, also making sure the rear and front resvs. are topped up. I would study the HOW on the forum in reference to flushing the brake system and DO IT MYSELF to eliminate sealership prejudices and complacencies. You may win or you may fail, but you will have done it yourself and you will know for sure. :bmw:
 

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well you said new tires there was a thread about sensor pick up adjustment causeing codes, new tires they had the wheels off you never know might be worth a check.and i there something about the center rear brake light that can cause codes. if you look around past threads you should be able to elminate a bunch of stuff.but the rear fluid levels(2) are worth checking
 

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thanks for all the well wishes. and yea I am reading every thread on the subject . I have one of the early bikes that just reverts to manual brakes and they are working fine, I have put two tank fulls through the great blue whale and hell if i am not getting 46mpg, why in the hell would anyone drive a prius when they can cruise on this cream puff. bout cooked my fanny , this thing did , had the heat switch on accidentaly. I am used to the fry arse as one of my other bikes is a 1098 and she has a heated seat too, only no switches;c)
I know how to bleed and will do that as well as checking all the clearances and then get the fault codes as described in this forum and go from there.
 

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One other thing you might check is the battery. If the battery is getting weak than the abs system on the dash will blink like you said. I have a 99lt and if my bike sits for a while than when I start the bike up. The abs lights blink back and forth so I let run a bit while getting ready than shut the bike down and start her back up and everything is good.
 

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Congrats on that smokin deal! When I lost my battery on my 99, it did the same wig-wag pattern. Whenever I buy a used bike, I always change ALL fluids and filters to give myself a starting point, and to get a feel for my new girl. I would do a full bleed out and run the diagnostic code again. Also, clean your pickups, and check your clearances between pickup and ABS rings. Keep us posted!
 

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hsmunoz said:
During the test ride the ABS lights started blinking alternately but I felt no change in the brakes. sales guys said no worries just a bleed , I said , sure ok, just put it on the sales contract that you will fix it. They did (thank goodness). so I ride the bike for acouple weeks ran great, blinking ABS lights and all. found this forum, and realized , oh hell this could be $$$$$$. so I took it back to them for the fix before they..umm forget. They simply had the code cleared and I drove it for a week or so , then the lights came back on. Took it back, and they took it to the BMW dealer (these guys are independents) and bmw said, 500 for a full bleed out, and might be a bad pump 2100. They called me and asked me to split the cost of the bleed and go from there. I referred them to my contract and said no way am I paying any more. They called back and said they would give me my money back, I said ok. I know bikes and checked the res's and figured it was not a bleed issue.
Let me first state I am a new LT owner for about a month, and had the same, or a similar sounding problem that you describe. A dealer brake fluid change cleared the problem - no idea why, but they told me it probably would. Fluid was full and looked good prior to the change too.
 

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Absolutely correct on the battery being a tad low. I too ride year round and I work 12 hr shifts at night. If the battery is a bit low and the temps are in the low 30's the current draw to start the beastie will occaisionally cause the wig wag. I just head out of the parking garage, pull in the clutch, turn off the key, and then let it bump start. The wig wag goes away and I put it on the tender when I get home.

Loren
 

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wa1200lt said:
Absolutely correct on the battery being a tad low. I too ride year round and I work 12 hr shifts at night. If the battery is a bit low and the temps are in the low 30's the current draw to start the beastie will occaisionally cause the wig wag. I just head out of the parking garage, pull in the clutch, turn off the key, and then let it bump start. The wig wag goes away and I put it on the tender when I get home.

Loren

But doesn't that only work on purple bikes, Loren? I think it has something to do with purple being the slowest color. :rolleyes:
 
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