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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 / Throttle reset.
« on: May 10, 2019, 07:35:18 pm »
I've just returned from a trip to the Black Forest with our motorcycle club. Because there were nineteen of us, to get us through petrol stations quicker we double up on the pumps and I ended up filling my tank with E10 unleaded fuel.

The following day the bike was going fine but after a while it would not pull the skin off a rice pudding. After about 100 miles we refueled because some of the guys only have small tanks and I put in Super unleaded but it made no difference.

I was rather concerned and pissed off because of all the fun I was missing out on. I was even starting to think that I might have to get recovered back to the UK.

Then, while we were sitting waiting for the ride leader to sort out his sat nav, I thought out of desperation to do the throttle reset. (Ignition on and slowly open from closed to full throttle three times). I wasn't expecting a result because I clearly remember someone saying on here that it would have no effect on the later K1300S's.

Well I couldn't believe it. My bike was back to normal!!! Horay!!!

Now it could have been that the E10 fuel was a coincidence?? The bike had been totally gutless and the throttle reset had sorted it.

If you ever get a similar problem give the throttle reset a go. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain if it works.

K1200 / K1300 Forum / K1200S/K1300S tankbag wanted
« on: May 10, 2019, 06:54:40 pm »
Does anyone have a K1200S/K1300S tankbag that they would like to sell on? Part number 77 45 7 724 606

Mine is falling apart and I would like to replace it.

The Euro K Club Lounge / A Commer for Brian
« on: May 03, 2019, 05:47:50 pm »

The Euro K Club Lounge / A motorcycle
« on: April 18, 2019, 11:00:39 am »
Author of "At Good Old Siwash"
A  MOTORCYCLE is a bicycle with a pandemonium attachment, and Is designed  for the special use of mechanical geniuses, daredevils and lunatics. The  motorcycle is equipped with a motor small enough to be put in a large  pocket and loud enough to fill a coliseum comfortably. This motor is  connected with the rear wheels of the bicycle, and when it is in the  mood will revolve the wheel with tremendous speed, thus causing the  bicycle to proceed from hither and yon over buggies, pedestrians, fences  and small outbuildings.
A motorcycle is really a miniature  automobile with full sized noise, smell and dirt output. It is not  started by cranking, however, but by pedaling the whole machine along  the road until the motor emerges from its coma and gets on the job. An  automobilist can be detected by his vast overhanging shoulders and  calloused hands. A motorcyclist, however, may have arms like pipestems, but his legs are seven sizes too large for him.
A  motorcycle is not as comfortable as a camel or a lumber wagon, but it  is very swift, and there is nothing that feels more like flying than to  ride a large barytone motorcycle over the country roads at 50 miles an  hour, leaping lightly from bump to bump— except to leave the machine  when it has struck a rock and to soar swiftly through the unstable  atmosphere until some jagged section of the United States interferes  with further progress.
Motorcycles are very useful and have almost  annihilated distance and cheap clothes. They should be ridden in  costume, except by very wealthy and careless men. A pair of leather  pants with asbestos lining and a two bushel hip pocket for tools, a  padded vest, heavy gloves, a pair of goggles, and nose and shin guards  make a tasty and useful rig for the cyclist. Dressed in this fashion the  enthusiast can enjoy himself to the full as he caroms from tree to tree  and gorges himself with dust, oil and excitement.
Motorcycles are  not as fatal to pedestrians as automobiles, because they can only run  over him with two wheels. But they should be treated with respect at all  times and should not be interfered with when in a hurry.
Marvelous  records are made by intrepid mahouts who have driven large double  barreled motorcycles 90 miles on a board track, and most of the way up  the golden stairs in one hour by the clock.
Motorcycles are much  cheaper than automobiles, and there seems to be no practical remedy for  this, and the industry is unfortunately not in the hands of a trust. A  good machine can be purchased for $150. However, if the devotee does not  possess $150 he can get almost as good results by drinking a little  lubricating oil, inhaling a vacuum cleaner and setting off two bushels  of firecrackers between his legs. (Copyright, 1912, by George Matthew  Adams)

The Euro K Club Lounge / Motorsports for sale
« on: April 11, 2019, 05:03:07 pm »
Two Motorsports for sale at Lind Welwyn Garden City. 7,000 miles and £12,995. One has stacks of carbon fibre bits and an HP dash.

K1200 / K1300 Forum / Don't forget to adjust your chain.
« on: March 11, 2019, 05:08:06 pm »
Today I checked my oil pump drive chain and found that it was very loose. It can be seen on this photo below and behind the clutch assembly.

Not a good idea to run a loose chain. It will be noisy and will wear out much quicker than a correctly adjusted chain.

Remember the shorter cover bolt as seen here.

This is where the short cover bolt has to be fitted. New engine if you fit a long bolt in this hole and tighten it up.

Along with greasing the dog bone needle rollers, I have no doubt that this is another job that will not be done on a service at the dealers.

For Sale / Wanted / W2 4 Dirt Adventure Boots for sale
« on: March 09, 2019, 07:31:55 pm »
W2 4 Dirt Adventure Boots for sale can be seen here

Plenty of life left in them as can be seen from the photos.

£50 collected from Knebworth in Hertfordshire or £60 posted Hermes.

The Euro K Club Lounge / Tornado farewell flight
« on: February 12, 2019, 10:38:19 pm »
End of the line for the Tornados from Marham next week. Might try to get on the flypast route on Wednesday. Hard to believe that the Tornado has been in service for forty years.

Tornado Farewell Tour – Wednesday, February 20
• RAF Honington
• IWM Duxford
• Former RAE Bedford
• Cranfield Airfield
• RAF Halton
• RAF High Wycombe
• RAF Benson
• HQ Land Forces
• MOD Boscombe Down
• RAF Pembrey
• MOD St Athan
• Cardiff Airport
• Filton
• Abbey Wood
• MOD Shrivenham
• RAF Brize Norton

The Euro K Club Lounge / 25% off Lids Direct
« on: December 26, 2018, 11:03:44 am »

Lids Direct 25% off for boxing day

    Don’t know how these guys do it, get 20% off most of the year, email today 25% off using:


The Euro K Club Lounge / Drones
« on: December 24, 2018, 05:16:40 pm »

The Euro K Club Lounge / 2018
« on: December 21, 2018, 03:04:16 pm »
Some of the places visited in 2018.

January. Mercedes-Benz World Weybridge.

January. Brooklands my favourite Museum. Great to see some of the exhibits being driven about.

So much to see.

January. Combined Services Military Museum, Maldon. Never seen so many guns!

April. First ride out on the Essex lanes on CCM with Paul. Got to practise changing a rear tube after picking up a 3" nail.

Time for a full service.

Top priority to wash crap out of the radiator.

May trip to Brittany for the HBAM CJ.

Chris demonstrates how to fix a puncture with a Stop'N Go repair kit.

April meeting in Wales with some "quick" mates from up north. Also bumped into a couple of mates at the cafe from last years Iceland trip.

Invited George along and he soon discovers how quickly the tyre tread disappears when you ride with these guys.

May trip to The London Motorcycle Museum.

May meeting in Scotland with the "quick" mates from up north.

Good weather brought out the bugs but luckily no midges.

Loch Earn.

May shakedown camping trip to deepest Wales in preparation for Iceland.

June and a visit to the Haynes Museum on the way down to Devon.

New rubber for the coming trip to Iceland.

June and bike run up to Hull and put in the container with all the kit for shipping to Reykjavik

July. Forncett Industrial Steam Museum on a steam day.

July. Westfjords Iceland.

Such rubbish scenery. Can't understand why anyone would want to come here?

Doesn't get any darker at this time of year.

August and unexpectedly a place became available on a trip to the Picos with The Knights.

Sustenance! Serious business!

My forth trip to the Picos.

September and Brooklands

October and a factory tour to Triumph.

October mid week ride up to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at Coningsby

November and Duxford for Remembrance Sunday

Together with a short flight in the Dragon Rapide.

November visit to Brooklands on a military vehicle day.

The NEC bike show.

Not a bad motorcycling year. Doesn't even include tyre scrubbing routes or custard doughnuts at Newport!

K Club Humour / The Post Office
« on: December 07, 2018, 05:29:09 pm »
There was a man who worked for the Post Office whose job it was to process all the mail that had illegible addresses.
One day, a letter came addressed in a shaky handwriting to God with no address. He thought he should open it to see what it was about.
The letter read:
Dear God,
I am an 83 year old widow, living on a very small pension. Yesterday someone stole my purse. It had £100 in it, which was all the money I had until my next pension cheque.
Next Sunday is Christmas, and I had invited two of my friends over for dinner.
Without that money, I have nothing to buy food with. I have no family to turn to, and you are my only hope.
Can you please help me?

The postal worker was touched. He showed the letter to all the other workers. Each one dug into his or her wallet and came up with a few pounds. By the time he made the rounds, he had collected £96, which they put into an envelope and sent to the woman.
The rest of the day, all the workers felt a warm glow thinking of Edna and the dinner she would be able to share with her friends.
Christmas came and went.

A few days later, another letter came from the same old lady to God.
All the workers gathered around while the letter was opened.
It read:
Dear God,
How can I ever thank you enough for what you did for me? Because of your gift of love, I was able to fix a glorious dinner for my friends. We had a very nice day and I told my friends of your wonderful gift.
By the way, there was £4 missing.
I think it must have been those bastards at the Post Office.

The Euro K Club Lounge / The British Motorcycle Charitable Trust
« on: December 03, 2018, 03:27:49 pm »
If you are stuck for a present for someone, how about a years membership of The British Motorcycle Charitable Trust?
Only costs £20 and allows free entry to fourteen great museums.

    The National Motor Museum, Beaulieu

    The Haynes International Motor Museum, Sparkford

    The Black Country Living Museum, Dudley

    Coventry Transport Museum, Coventry

    The British Motor Museum, Gaydon

    The Sammy Miller Museum, New Milton

    The London Motorcycle Museum, Greenford

    Brooklands Museum, Weybridge

    Manx Museum, Douglas, Isle of Man

    The Tank Museum, Bovington

    Dover Transport Museum, Dover

    Jet Age Museum, Gloucester

    Museum in the Park Stroud

    Gloucester Folk Museum, Gloucester

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