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Who's Who? / Re: Evening all - Motorsport or Anniversary ed?
« on: Today at 12:06:09 pm »
I did suggest that you only take it for a test ride if you are in a position to buy it. You was warned.

Interesting. I belong to HBAM, Herts and Beds Advanced Motorcyclists, and they are always keen to point out that we are not a club.

If you read the WHAM newsletter they appear to be a group with nothing to suggest that they are a club?

Are you a member of WHAM, Brian?

Straight to hell!

And why they had to have an R1200RS review in there, gits!

It IS a motorcycle club ferkrissakes  8)
I think you will find it's a motorcycle group and not a motorcycle club.

Who's Who? / Re: Hello from CanadA
« on: May 23, 2019, 10:11:13 pm »
Welcome to the forum Nick. Can't help you with any advice this time.

Could be something to do with it being launched April 1st............

Kit Reviews / Re: Sealey Pocket Multimeter
« on: May 20, 2019, 08:34:25 pm »
My Bosch badged/Bosch auto software Fluke scope has come in handy over the years.

Who's Who? / Re: Evening all - Motorsport or Anniversary ed?
« on: May 20, 2019, 11:24:09 am »
The ‘Motorsport’ bits

The motorsport edition adds plenty more for the big K fan club in addition to being a fully optioned k1300. A fantastic (BMW Motorsport) colour scheme which looks superb with a finish that’s second to none. The forged HP wheels that not only look the business but also weigh a good deal less than stock are a big drawcard. The bike is a real looker with the paint scheme, wheels, exhaust and footpegs. The problem is that the panels are super expensive if you happen to drop it. I don't think that the wheels are noticeably lighter and I can't tell the difference when riding it. They are much harder to clean than the cast wheels.

The weight saving is genuinely noticeable as you tip this big beast into a bend. I think this is rubbish. The bike feels no different to my K1200S although that did have a much lighter Akrapovic exhaust fitted. That’s not to say it magically feels like a 600 supersport but the once portly k1300, feels a good deal nimbler and far less intimidating in the corners. In fact its one of the only bikes I’ve ridden to the edge of the rubber on the road, within a week of getting on it. Very easy bike to ride quickly and doesn't sit up when you put the brakes on when cranked over. If you are not in the position to buy one best not to take it for a road test bbeccause you will like it.

Third, on the list of added goodies is the legendary titanium-clad Akrapovic slip-on silencer. Co-branded by BMW, means you get a classy laser etched logo instead of a ghastly red-yellow sticker on your hardware. For some it may not be worth it, but if you have your eye on this bike you probably care about details. If you're that way inclined you can easily pop out the decibel killer baffle and make it extra noisy. I like a quite bike but I have disconnected to exhaust flap which makes the bike sound much nicer at lower revs.

Other neat add ones include the finely-crafted adjustable HP rider and passenger footpegs, which by themselves cost about as much a small car. In addition to looking the part, these pegs are super grippy. Personally I prefer the standard footpegs which fold back when the bike rolls against your leg. The knurled footpegs eat into the soles of boots. The footpegs are adjustable for position which is useful.

Most new owners waste time and money trying to source a "better/quiter" screen. This is a bit of a bugger on these bikes especially when it is raining heavily. The screen directs everything straight to your visor. Rain, road spray and flies. Just accept that's the way it is.

K1200 / K1300 Forum / Re: Diagnostic tool that works on a 1300GT ?
« on: May 20, 2019, 10:47:17 am »
The batteries cost an arm and a leg on stop start vehicles. Goodness knows what a starter will cost.

K1200 / K1300 Forum / Re: Corrosion whinge
« on: May 19, 2019, 09:55:01 am »
Thanks for the replies.
The bike's due a service next month so I'll mention it to the service manager and see what he says.
I'm not hopeful though as I'm out of warranty. :D

Good to know it's not a major job to remove the forks; I've heard horror stories about removing the ball joints.
Depends if you are fussy about doing it the REPROM way with the BMW special tools.

Easy enough to do with an allen key and ring spanner for the nut and 50mm and 55mm sockets with an impact wrench for the ball joint. Not too many have sockets that large in their tool kit. Also depends wether you are anal about achieving the prescribed torque settings when tightening.

Some have also experienced problems with the thread stripping out when the ball joints are removed. Very difficult to achieve the high temperature required to soften the concrete that BMW use to stop the ball joints coming loose.

K1200 / K1300 Forum / Re: Centre stand? Comfort seat?
« on: May 17, 2019, 10:51:43 pm »
When I did some of the early courses at the Nürburgring there used to be a whole group of Ecomobiles led by their designer Arnold Wagner.

K1200 / K1300 Forum / Front shock removal
« on: May 16, 2019, 07:43:09 pm »
Earlier this week Ron took his bike for an MOT and got the advisory that his front shock appeared to be leaking oil.

Bouncing the front end vigorously indicated that there was no damping in the front suspension. Time to replace the front ESA shock unit.

The front shock is buried out of the way somewhere between the battery box and the back of the headlight unit. The main fairing panels including the tank and nose fairing have to be removed. Headlight and speedo unit have to come out. The REPROM then says that the lower wishbone rear pivot shaft has to come out. With this removed, the whole front wheel assembly and wheel carrier is jacked up allowing the shock to be removed after taking out the upper and lower bolts.

Problem is that I didn't have the special socket for the lower wishbone rear pivot shaft locknut or the device required to raise the front wheel and wheel carrier up and out of the way.

Instead I took out the front wheel and mudguard. I then removed the front wheel carrier (forks) by removing the ball joint nuts. With the radiator cowl removed I was able to ease the shock out after removing the top and bottom bolts.

Replacement unit now fitted and Ron has damped front suspension again. Bouncing up and down is fully damped and Comfort, Normal and Sport can be felt with the engine running.

K1200 / K1300 Forum / Re: Dropped it - K1300R
« on: May 16, 2019, 02:41:01 pm »
It used to be red.

K1200 / K1300 Forum / Re: Dropped it - K1300R
« on: May 15, 2019, 10:22:46 pm »
I have magic scuff rails on my panniers. They sometimes change colour after a bit of filtering.

K1200 / K1300 Forum / Re: Quick shifter issue
« on: May 15, 2019, 10:11:23 pm »
I just came back from a trip and had a few occasions when my bike went into neutral when changing up from first. Mentioned it to a technician at our local dealer and he said that he wouldn't use the quick shifter when changing up from first.

Never had problems with it in the past.

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