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K1200 / K1300 Forum / Moving satnav mount
« on: August 07, 2020, 03:40:34 pm »
Hello guys, Iv'e never been keen on the Batman style screen on my R so decided to change it for a carbon one. Once it was fitted it was clear that the TomTom that was mounted on a Ram mount ball in the steering head was spoiling the line of the bike. I solved the problem by making a new mounting plate and drilling and tapping for  a couple of 5mm c/sunk  socket screws which fastened the baseplate of the TomTom bike mounting to it.
The satnav now sits further back and lower and is much less noticeable and it dosen't spoil the lines of the bike.

Regards  Mick

K1200 / K1300 Forum / Cooling
« on: April 14, 2020, 05:11:42 pm »
Hello guys, hope your all well and staying safe.
With the enforced grounding I thought I'd spend some time fettling the bike. I wanted to give the rad a good wash out so I took the fan off and while it was out I took the opportunity  give  a bit more air to the radiator by cutting out some of the plastic shroud.
Here's some pix of what I've done. the first two pix are before the butchering obviously
Best regards   Mick

K1200 / K1300 Forum / slow return
« on: August 01, 2019, 08:36:03 am »
Hello guys, I've noticed that when I blip my throttle the engine doesn't drop straight back down to tickover, it hesitates at about  1500/1600 before settling down to 11/1200.
Now I've read some where about an Idle control valve that sticks, could that be the problem ?

   Best regards   Mick

K1200 / K1300 Forum / Not a problem in the end !
« on: July 03, 2019, 08:44:40 am »
Hello guys, we went up to Knockhill to watch the BSB at the weekend, a round trip of 1000 mls.
A few months ago I fitted a SC project can and had a remap at BSD. The can is shorter than the standard and has singed the tip of the indicator. Now as I was going to use the panniers and I didn't want to damage them, I phoned BSD to see if it was OK to run the standard can with their fuelling. They said shouldn't be a problem and it would just run a bit rich.
The bike performed faultlessly  but we did hit some wet weather on the way home.
Last night I decided to wash the bike and as usual I paid a lot of attention to the radiator. When I wash the rad I give it a really good flush then use an airline to blow out the water, I then warm it up while I dry it. It started fine and I left it ticking over, after about 5 minutes there was a stumble in tickover and a rise in the revs then it settled down again for a couple of minutes then the same thing happened, like it was losing a cylinder but if I gave it a little throttle it picked up. I thought I'd got some water in the leads so i took it out to try and dry it up.
After 15 mins it was still the same and it hesitated when I wound it on from low revs in 6th, which it never has done . I put it away and headed for the forum !! bad mistake,, I read all the nighmare stories about the idling issues. Any way, out at seven this morning and re-fitted the SC project can, took it for a test and hey presto problem solved.
It must have been the standard can fouling the plugs at tickover. I'll have to fit some heat resistant tape to my pannier now.

Best regards   Mick

K1200 / K1300 Forum / Stall start problem
« on: March 26, 2019, 09:27:44 am »
Hello Guys my bike is a 2014 R and I have never had a hot start problem, I have, however had an issue starting after a stall. Twice now, after stalling and straight away de-clutching and thumbing the button I had what seemed very much like a flat battery.
Last Sunday I went for breakfast up to the Ponderosa, about 80mls, I stalled the bike in Llangollen high street Hit the button and had a very hesitant turnover, it fired on the next push, but reluctantly. I cleared the traffic, pulled over switched off then tried to start, which it did with no hesitation at all.
Now if this were a heat/wiring issue the problem should have still been there as we'd been queuing for over 15 mins to get through the town, the cooling behaved perfectly. I have read through the posts on hot start problems and I wondered if anyone else's
bike has had the same symptoms ?
The battery is 12mths old but I think I'm going to swap it for an Odyssey one, any reviews on them would be usefull

Best regards   Mick

K1200 / K1300 Forum / Update on Rad
« on: February 15, 2019, 03:01:45 pm »
Hello guys, some of you might remember me having concerns about the crud catcher in front of the rad on my R and removing it. Well I gave the bike a clean today and took the covers off the rad to check it. everything was fine, no bruises or blockages and more important no corrosion. and that's without the fender extender, that's on the shelf in the garage.
I might add I don't do mega miles on it or ride it in the wet if I can help it.

best regards    Mick

K1200 / K1300 Forum / BMW closed !!!
« on: September 16, 2018, 01:45:00 pm »
The Blade Motorad shop in Colton Hacket has closed. For info .

Best regards.  Mick

K1200 / K1300 Forum / Heaviest for a while
« on: June 22, 2018, 12:37:26 pm »
Hello guys, I didn't realise how heavy the K is until I checked the specs, the last bike I had as heavy as this was an 1100 Katana back in 82 or 83. But once the wheels are moving it's really light.
Some years ago I built a hydraulic work bench but it wasn't up the task with the K, so I've spent the last week beefing it up, just waiting for the grip tape now to finish it off then i'm going to have a go at cleaning up the pipes

K1200 / K1300 Forum / Stand!!!!!
« on: June 20, 2018, 08:59:21 pm »
Hello guys, I have a problem with the centre stand on my bike. When I bought it last year I never looked at the stand, when did use it I noticed the bike was sitting at an angle, it was because the foot pedal for the stand was actually sitting on the floor and not the stand leg.
I am going to cut off the foot pedal and reposition it, can anybody tell me how far off the floor the foot pedal should be when it's down, I:e the gap between the pedal and floor.
I think it must be an after market jobby, the paint on it is poor too so while it's off I'll have it epoxied.
I made myself a Heck lifter when I noticed the stand needed attention.

Regards.   Mick

Who's Who? / Better late than never
« on: June 18, 2018, 09:37:14 pm »
Hello guys, my name is Mick no I'm a retired engineer. Posh name for a maintenance fitter.
When I started my apprenticeship my job title was fitter/turner, when I retired it had been re-badged multi skilled technician.
I've never been without  bike to ride in 53 years, Fanny Barnets, AJS, Royal Enfield, BSA rocket gold star, Ariel, VB, Red hunter, Huntmaster, Pre unit Bonnie with a Rickman 750 conversion, Triumph co-op
Bonnie, Suzuki 650 Katana, 1100 Katana, GS 850, VFR FL 750, 1993 Fireblade07, 1998 Fireblade07,2002 Fireblade07, 2007 Fireblade07, R1200R, and now the Beast!!!
Plus the kids all have bikes as do their spouses so I still have a few to look after
The first bike I built was 48 years ago, I put a 1200 VW in a custom frame that was from Reynolds 531 tubing, it was mated to a Sunbeam gearbox and shaft drive, it chewed up the worm wheel in less than 100 MLS, I should have used a BM box and drive.
Never had to mess with the Jap stuff although I have re- built a few for friends ( and the kids).
My main hobby now is building half scale replica cars for my grandchildren, a full 4wd Willys Jeep, and. Bugatti type 35.  Looking for the next project now they are both finished.

Best regards.  Mick
I've always done my own servicing and repairs having a comprehensive tool kit

K1200 / K1300 Forum / Ceramic
« on: June 12, 2018, 06:57:45 am »
Hello guys, I washed my bike again yesterday after the weekends riding, it polished up a treat. The only bit on the whole bike that I don't like is the down pipes, they look like they're rusting up but they're not, I started to clean them but I had to work on the bike while it was on the centre stand as I'm beefing up the hydraulic bench and I couldn't get in properly.
The question I wanted to ask is, has anybody had the pipes ceramic coated ?

Best regards.  Mick

K1200 / K1300 Forum / Payback
« on: June 09, 2018, 03:47:01 pm »
Hello guys, if any of you need small parts turning up I can offer you that service. I built a small machine shop when I retired, with a nice little lathe and universal miller, Both made in England, there'd be no charge just the cost of the material and postage.
I know sometimes we need little brackets or mounting posts or such like made.
I reckon this forums already eventually saved me the cost of a new radiator so i feel it's the least i can do.

 Best regards   Mick

K1200 / K1300 Forum / Question
« on: May 12, 2018, 05:18:52 pm »
Hello guys, has anybody removed the crud catcher from the centre of the radiator to assist cooling ?

Best reads   Mick

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