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K1200 / K1300 Forum / Re: K1200 Gearbox
« on: Yesterday at 07:38:45 pm »
In no particular order...

The ride home in 6th kin’ll what a experience that was...

Phone up Motorworks and ask about a gearbox...and get a very blunt ‘Stopped selling a lot of K parts too much hassle’

Phone an independent didn’t want to know...

A lot of home work to be done before I/we come up with a plan but hey ho it was going quite well till it went pop.

Lucky for other half likes old things  :) were as my gut says scrap it, there’s a challenge to be had...fixing it so who knows  ;D

K1200 / K1300 Forum / K1200 Gearbox
« on: Yesterday at 04:25:07 pm »
Rather than a long ramble the old K decided it eat it’s gearbox today...riding two up from Shobdon airfield back to north B’ham including going via Kidderminster with it stuck in 6 gear...having already eaten 5th was an experience i’ll Not be forgetting in a while....

Preliminary phone calls around the motorcycle trade both BM and otherwise....we’re not good, looks like the old K may well be heading for the bin....thank heavens for multiple bike currently will be pushed to the back of th garage until a solution or scrap man appears  ;D

Other (K) Bikes or anything else! / Re: Today's steed (S1000XR)
« on: Yesterday at 03:49:00 pm »
For some bizarre reason...despite knowing today’s trip to Shobdon was going to be country lanes took the K and certainly got more than I/we bargained for...

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Other (K) Bikes or anything else! / Re: Today's steed (S1000XR)
« on: Yesterday at 07:28:21 am »

They're identical weights - 228Kg. See above.

The XRs 228KG is a kerb weight, the K13S kerb weight is around 255KG  ::)

I suppose it depends on your riding, but on the Essex lanes the XR defiantly feels more nimble. I could never keep up with the GS brigade on my K12/13s until the roads widen up, on the XR it’s pretty easy.

Just about sums the job up, stuff that gets forgotten ....piggyback fuelling all those years ago was considered old hat and it was all about flashing the ECU and I went Rexxer on the K..and not a bad job at all,but all that went bytheby and the world went back to piggyback hence why I have PC’s on both the X/R and GT and have to say a better feel and the X/R will pick the front wheel up off the throttle in second, I’m not expecting that anytime soon on the K.

As part of the R&D on the K to get the bike to turn...have to carry a plastic side stand puck with a 2” piece of shaped wood screwed too it because the rear is raised that much the side stand just isn’t long enough, but at least with a little effort(a lot more than the others) it’s joined the modern world when it comes to changing direction, aided and abetted with carbon BST’s and Wilbers which really are quality.

Other (K) Bikes or anything else! / Re: Today's steed (S1000XR)
« on: April 21, 2021, 04:30:16 pm »
In view of today’s conversation dusted the old K off, checked tyres put 6 months tax on it and been out and ridden...having been quite a few miles recently on the KTM and X/R....I take back not a word I said about the K,now tomorrow I/we have been roped..sorry invited to Shobdon airfield for lunch and as things could be a touch on the slow side the K will be pressed into service again....

As for performance in the zilch to 120 the other two would eat the K alive, and yet I have to say the old tank is running well.

Other (K) Bikes or anything else! / Re: Today's steed (S1000XR)
« on: April 21, 2021, 11:34:31 am »
Interesting all this chatter about engines and revs completely side stepping the brick shit house proportions of the K...come up against a modern day bike on anything but a’ll have your light bulb moment very quickly.

Of course that’s assuming age or inclination doesn’t get in the way, but neither has anything to do the K being bloody hard work ridden up against modern stuff.

Other (K) Bikes or anything else! / Re: Today's steed (S1000XR)
« on: April 21, 2021, 07:41:09 am »
Any bike that has been passed by the TUV as OK means i’m Not going to be happy with it, because without even getting on the thing I know it’s going to have a glitch in the fuelling.

Best decision I made with my 16 X/R was no ESA, the rear shock went in the loft and was replaced with a Wilbers, it’s only now being confronted with electric on my KTM that I realise what a bloody good decision the non ESA on the X/R was.

Went the same route with the X/R as all the others,Akra headers,Power Commander with custom map,Dymags, 3 seats before I found the right one, heavy bar ends,change of hand guards and various other bits and and bobs, it’s nothing short of an absolute wonder,will pull from under 2000 revs in top gear even when two up...and I mean pull WELL.

Down side...hmmm, certain no good for the short arses of this world and can have a frantic feel about it if you think about things too much, but of course i’m Saying that with multiple bikes.

Gone exactly the same route with the KTM, but what the solution for the suspension...god knows, but the K remains under a dust sheet cannot even remember the last time I rode the thing even though it has gone through the same R&D process as the others...but a long motorway journey might change that, but on normal roads requires way too much effort...even with Wilbers and carbon wheels...and clearly i’m Getting lazy in my old age.

Other (K) Bikes or anything else! / Re: Today's steed (S1000XR)
« on: April 20, 2021, 06:24:51 pm »
Always viewed my brand new X/R in 2016 as the best starting point i’ve ever had on a bike, but comparing it too a K frankly is bonkers unless one spends their life on a motorway.

Must be going soft in my old age...find his death quite upsetting.

K Club Humour / Re: Doctor, Doctor
« on: April 08, 2021, 10:10:06 am »
Very good  ;D

The Euro K Club Lounge / Tyres
« on: April 07, 2021, 06:46:38 pm »
Talking to friends in the bike trade today...and the subject of tyre supply turned up...plan your buying because supply quote ‘Is either feast of famine’ orders are as far ahead as July in hope they turn up.

How To - Tech & Forum support / Re: Brake bleeding
« on: April 06, 2021, 04:09:18 pm »
It’s a very simple’s an old bike which normally has old owners but the maintenance needs a modern approach, what is going on here are various attempts to avoid such 😀 but you’ll get there in the end...just takes some adaption to the 21st century and some modern gizmo’s 😜 or a dealer....

Ride Out Reports / Re: Spring ride
« on: April 05, 2021, 04:32:56 pm »
Still waiting for the green light to go to Crossgates cafe from recent bike trips less than 30 miles will probably need a week to get over it, where things have got complicated bought a pair of decent electric mountains bikes at the start of Covid, have ridden close to 1600 miles in the last 12 months,and with the current standard of driving out there are far safer and enjoyable option.

How To - Tech & Forum support / Re: Brake bleeding
« on: April 05, 2021, 04:27:58 pm »
The reality is until you activate the ABS system all you have done is a part flush.

The K is an old bike, but one of the early bikes where you have to join the 21st century with a GS-911 or alternative or go to a dealer.

The Euro K Club Lounge / Re: The Weather
« on: April 04, 2021, 03:35:29 pm »
In 51 years of having a driving license I doubt i’ve Had 3 years with a clean license..endorsements Jesus i’ve Had dozens, from a solicitors bill of 250 quid when I wasn’t making £20 a week in 1974, to getting nicked on the M5 for doing 96...copper was in such a rush never even found out the bike hadn’t been taxed for 2 years...

Things have moved on..having discovered electric mountain bikes and been on a 20 mile bike ride today blimey there’s some competitive riding out there and no endorsements...with what looks like the last decent weather for some time...

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