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Good day all,

I have been shopping for a while to add a new motorcycle in my Garage, it all ready have a TLs, 2 Ninja 250r(road and track)

I have look to pretty much look @ any riding style, form a WR250x to a Goldwing, passing by Home built street fighter and adventure bike.
But recently I have been working on a new project for work that will demand a lot of travel (3h one way), sometime I will need to go there, work and come back home in the same day, and about half the time I will take my girlfriend with me. So I have been leading toward these bike: ST1300, FJR1300, Concours 14, Goldwing, BMW R1200 or K1200 series

My criteria are:
Must be able to travel @ hwy speed (may be more...) for long time, without feeling to much fatigue.
Must be Extremely comfortable 1 and Really comfortable 2 up.
Large Tank and good gas millage(to avoid fuel stop)
Any Luxurious option are welcome (Heated grip, seat, stereo, etc)
on a BUDGET...


I recently came across a some K1200lt for the early years (1999 to 2002) that seem to fit my criteria. I went on BMW forums and read review on those Bike. They seem to have some problem with Clutch and rear differential and the dealer Maintenance is insanely high cost...

So here are my question to Somebody that own a Tl and a BMW:

- Are they reliable, compare to a TL or any other bike ??
- Can I do my Own Maintenance ?? (I do Everything on the TL)
- What about Part Price, OEM and replacement??
- Anything I should know Before Buying??

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Hi,

I don't own a K series, However I do service friends bikes and have recently done clutches on an 88 K100LT & 87 K750s, It's a big job as the back of the bike needs to be removed, It's not hard just time consuming and apart from a clutch centering tool no special tools are required (some use a biro!). The clutches on these bikes lasted 88,000 miles & 102,000 miles respectively and the clutches were fine but the rear main seals had gone contaminating the plate, You can now get oil resistant clutches so you don't have to do all this just for a main seal failure but they are dearer than the standard (although a damn sight cheaper than BMW's prices).

Most diff problems are caused from lack of maintenance, people think because it's shaft drive they don't need to do anything..Wrong! it should be serviced just like the rest of the bike with the correct grease and not some LM shit. I have to say the BMW's definitely feel engineered rather than built if you know what I mean and despite their ages all the bolts came out easily. There also can't be that many bikes where you can strip the motor in the frame!!

My garage consists of a 99 TLS, 84 CBX750 & 86 GSX550ES but i'm going to sell the GSX and I am looking for a K100RS 4-valve, the full touring versions just take up too much room in the garage and I don't have that much dollar :)

Also unless buying body panels new, I wouldn't buy **** all from a main dealer, go to Moto-Bins or another BMW specialist...

If your not keeping it forever I don't supposed it matters what you get, If it were me and I had the room it'd be the ST1300 or the K1200..

Best Regards & Good Luck
Steve
 

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had some friends with this era BMWs great mechanically but when the electrics went in the wheel speed sensors seemed like it started a cascade of failures, all around ABS which was a pain to fix/ circumvent, this was two a R1200C, and a 1150 sport thing cannot remember exact name both twins, but that was all the bad ever heard about BMWs one friend ha a K750 did 250000kms got a rattle put in a second hand motor bloody thing still going he has over 370000 kms could not trade it and he brought a R1150RS has done 27000 kms in its first year I digress but hope I could help.
 

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I have a 2000 LT. I bought it in 2002 and I have not had any trouble with it.
The only issue that I have is that it blows smoke on start up when it has been sitting for any more than a few days.
Allegedly, according to BMW, it has something to do with it being on the side stand and not on the center stand.
Apparently the oil will drip to the left side of the motor and leak into the cylinder, and then burn on start up.
Apart from that, I have been very pleased with it. It handles better than you think it would, for an 800 lb bike, and the heated grips/seat make winter riding enjoyable.
 
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