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K1200 / K1300 Forum / Re: Brake pads
« on: June 23, 2018, 03:33:43 pm »
Front pads now replaced which is a very straightforward job indeed thanks to the caliper pistons sliding back easily with the use of the special tool that is my big fat thumbs. Pads had just over 2mm of friction material remaining. Perhaps they were not brand new when I bought the bike in May last year? Rear pads were though, but I have history here as I use the back brake, a lot.  ;D

Bit surprised that the BMW workshop manual makes no mention of reapplying thread locker to the brake caliper bolts, but then I only removed them as it makes the job easier and caliper cleaning more thorough.

Money spent on brakes & tyres is never money wasted.  :)

K1200 / K1300 Forum / Re: Brake pads
« on: June 16, 2018, 02:12:22 pm »
I believe the general consensus it that OEM are best. Expensive but best. You will only get the wear sensors with OEM.

Fair play. Brembo pads are more easily sourced and with the OEM only returning some 4000 miles, WTF. I've gone with these Brembos in the hope they'll be as good and last that wee bit longer? I've also got another trip booked for the Western Isles, for mid-July, before the bike will go in for its first 18k service in early August. The front pads however need changing now.  I knew this before I bought it, but these bikes are not cheap to run, service, own.

K1200 / K1300 Forum / Re: Brake pads
« on: June 14, 2018, 05:55:21 pm »

Also had a split new pair of Michelin Road 5s fitted pre MOT as the OE Metzlers were shagged in just 4000 miles.

Wow. 4k. That's bad. You're not rubbing the brake pads on the tyres, or something weird, are you?  :o

Just in interest, what's your MPG?
So we can work out if you're a messiah with a dodgy bike. Or just a naughty boy.

To paraphrase Tom(?):
Anyone getting more than 52mpg is an idiot, anyone getting less than 46mpg is a maniac.

To be fair. The front had some life left, the rear was on the TWI. I always change them as pairs as this is no scooter.

Avg MPG is around 45, which I thought was good. Certainly better than the 27mpg my GTi returns.

I only ever used to get around 3k from a rear of the VFR and the Versys. Michelin Road 4 were much better on the Versys, I got around 6k on those. High hopes that the Road 5 will return a more reasonable 5k?


K1200 / K1300 Forum / Re: Brake pads
« on: June 14, 2018, 05:36:15 pm »
To my shame, I ran the rear pads down to beyond the friction material while on tour around Engerland & Welsh Wales last month. 1150 miles in 7 days. I could hear the rear pads making metal to metal contact (ouch) while on route to Fishguard. Our next stop was Chester, so booked the bike into Chester BMW for the next afternoon and had little option to continue using as little brakes as possible.....

Long & short of it was, new pads and disc fitted while I waited. £310. Problem solved but having to replace the disc at just 16k was a bit extravagent and no-ones fault but my own.  :-[

Bike was in for its second MOT last week at Cupar Motorcycles and passed with just one advisory for yes you guessed it. Front pads are worn. Keen for history not to repeat itself, I've ordered and received today a set of these bad boys. Will squeeze them in over the weekend.  8)

Also had a split new pair of Michelin Road 5s fitted pre MOT as the OE Metzlers were shagged in just 4000 miles. Man new tyres are things of joy, the bike rolls into bends like it used to rather than having to be urged to do so. Very early days with the Road 5s but they look and feel the business.

Cheers, TB. 


K1200 / K1300 Forum / Re: News update on K1300S (mine)
« on: June 08, 2018, 08:46:03 pm »
@Costas. What were the symptoms of the bearing failure?  ???

K1200 / K1300 Forum / Re: Top Speed
« on: June 08, 2018, 08:44:09 pm »
Sorry chaps, but I let the side down, I only managed 140 ish on my Bavarian blast. I was into a headwind and my Textile jacket was getting a flap on. Have to say that I'm mightily impressed with the big lump. 540 miles in 9 and a bit hours on the way down sitting at 105 - 120 (traffic and myriad roadworks permitting). I didnt autobahn it all the way and enjoyed some big booming fast back roads, most notably through the Eifel region, B260 and all the B258 from Koblenz to Aachen, via Nurburg. It takes a bit of a firm hand through the twistier stuff though. I've had an early ZZR1400 and a VFR1200 and I reckon the Beemer is better than both of them (although the VFR brakes were stunning). I not sure I'll ever love it but you've got to respect its brutal efficiency in getting from A to B.

Good effort. But you really must try harder, next time.....  ;)

K1200 / K1300 Forum / New tyre joy
« on: June 08, 2018, 08:35:15 pm »
MOT was booked for today so a good time to have the pair of Michelin Road 5s I've been sitting on fitted just ahead of the MOT. Standard Metzler Sportec M3s were pretty shagged, well the rear certainly was, front still had some life left, but the bike had lost the lovely roll into corners and more recently had to be urged around them. Cupar motos charged me £25 per wheel ride-in, which seems the norm these days and the hassle free option. I'd already saved a few quid buying the tyres direct as a pair from Demon Tweeks.

MOT passed with an advisory about the front pads - must order them later and my ticket to ride is issued for another year. Shops warning about scrubbing in new tyres ringing in my ears and a real nice 30 odd mile ride home in the sunshine with the contryside in full HD.

New tyre joy is back, the bike just rolls into bends and fires out the other side.  8)

K1200 / K1300 Forum / Re: Extended Warranty Providers
« on: June 01, 2018, 01:07:25 am »
Great value EU breakdown cover.

This is stand alone policy which also covers classics which most don't.

Who's Who? / Re: Hello from new member in sunny Barnsley
« on: May 30, 2018, 09:15:20 pm »
Only apply the throttle when you're sure you won't have to take it straight off again ! Keep your head up, look where you want to go observe the limit points. Gently grip the tank with your knees as this helps keep your grip on the bars light and your wrists, arms and shoulders loose.

And above all - ENJOY.  8)

K1200 / K1300 Forum / Re: Wee road-trip to Welsh Wales
« on: May 17, 2018, 05:59:57 pm »
Enjoy, looking forward to a write up on your trials day. I have an old Yamaha TY 250 I am restoring, hope I can remember how t reassemble the engine which in in several boxes :( :-[

Thanks. Will do when we get hame. Now go get those boxes out and make a start while it's not raining!  8)

K1200 / K1300 Forum / Re: bag or top box for shirts.
« on: May 17, 2018, 05:58:47 pm »
Roll don't fold.  8)

K1200 / K1300 Forum / Re: New to me
« on: May 17, 2018, 05:34:10 pm »
Agree about the training thing. The wife and I did a weekend training with an ex-Police Scotland motorcycle trainer and we both benefitted from it greatly.

We both passed the enhanced rider scheme, FWIW.


Excellent video, Turbo - very good commentary. I thought at first he had added it afterwards, but maybe it was live. If so, even more impressive.
Good to hear him stirring the box coming up to potential overtakes, and all the 'look for hedge gaps, houses', etc

Strange sounding bike he had - a big twin?

Thanks. Roddy can't half go a bike! FFS. The first video comms isn't live, he had a problem with his then brand new dictaphone device, but the rest of the videos are. Roddy rides an old, but good, K1100RS as his 'work' bike - it keeps up with R1s and the like was his words and he doesn't need to worry about stone chips. Somewhat unnerving having an ex-copper riding 6 foot, or less, off your rear wheel constantly seaking out the best view ahead, to begin with. But you get used to it and soon begin to trust him completely. He's a lovely bloke and a superb trainer. Great roads up here too so worth the travel/money.


K1200 / K1300 Forum / Re: New to me
« on: May 17, 2018, 02:50:28 pm »
LOUD PIPES SAVE LIVES and I need all the help I can muster.....  ::)

Disagree, at speed loud pipes sounds are wailing behind the bike and aren't noticed until the vehicle goes past you, in slow traffic the sounds just blend into the general noise of the traffic, especially to a car driver who's got the radio on etc.

I have a friend who teaches driving fire appliances and he is very dismissive of dayglo and loud pipes as he often gets drivers pulling out on a big red fire engine with blues and twos on.

Relying on the sound is a flawed safety strategy, relying on good observation, positioning, appropriate speed and good training is far more sound

Agree about the training thing. The wife and I did a weekend training with an ex-Police Scotland motorcycle trainer and we both benefitted from it greatly.

We both passed the enhanced rider scheme, FWIW.


K1200 / K1300 Forum / Re: Corbin seat and smuggler tank on Ebay.
« on: May 17, 2018, 02:44:16 pm »
Had a Sargent seat on yon VFR VTEC. It was good, supportive, comfy, better than OEM, got my money back when I sold it on too. Also have a Corbin for the VFR Fi1 which I still have bike and seat. Corbin is a heavy beast of a thing being a metal base. Very supportive and comfy once broken in. I find the OEM seat on the K just fine so not going to replace it.  :)

K1200 / K1300 Forum / Wee road-trip to Welsh Wales
« on: May 17, 2018, 02:31:31 pm »
Wife and I have weeks hols starting tomorrow.  8) 
Leaving late afternoon tomorrow, stopping at Carlisle, Upper-Leek, Cardiff, Fishguard, Chester, Penrith and home again. Keep a look out for us, me on the K13 Anni and the wife on her white 2013 Suzuki V-Strom 650. We're doing a trials experience day on Sunday 20th here

£150 each, all in including lunch and drinks/water for the full day. Should be good fun and something we've been wanting to do for ages.... Hope the weather lasts.

Cheers, John / Turbobevy.

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