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Hi All.Long time/no post...time goes by soooo fast,and I have no excuse for this forum being my first port of call for today's problem with my K1300GT.
Pulled away from car park,(St Ives Motorcycle Festival),15mph not really gunning it,engine just cuts out...nothing else,just the motor,immediate EWS warning and EML symbol on the display.Won't turn over,strangely the alarm messed about for a bit too,i.e,could turn it off on the fob but a few seconds later it would wail again.Until after a few minutes then it stopped and went back to normal.
But still no engine turn over or start and warnings on the display.
Dropped the battery earth for a couple of minutes,no change.
Removed the fuse on the Datatool alarm/immob,(fitted alongside the BMW version as demanded by the insurance company)
Recovered home,will call Steve at Motoscot in the am unless anyone has any suggestions.
Btw,my bike still has the hot start issue intermittently,when it happens I just patiently wait for it to start rather than beg BMW to sort out an issue on an 8 year old bike.
TIA,
Lance

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The Euro K Club Lounge / Ah bugger.....me back brake seized....
« on: July 30, 2015, 09:09:09 pm »
So I'm bimbling about Essex earlier,having a lovely time at not-illegal speeds,and we decide to go to Stapleford aerodrome for coffee and cake.
On arrival at the car park I find it hard to pull away,so when parked I bung it on the centre stand to find the back wheels a bit stiff,and the disc is a bit warmer than normal.
"No worries,it'll cool down while we scoff our buns",I nonchalantly explained to my Triumph-riding brother as we ambled to the Caff.
Sure enough everything was rosy when we returned to the bikes,except the back brake pedal didn't seem to move very much.
Time to practice my advanced riding skills without using the brakes at all,I decided.
All went well until we got into Ongar,slowed on the engine braking almost to a complete stop,and the back wheel seized solid...just like that.
No amount of clutch slipping/engine screaming would move it,so switched off,and brother and I had to physically lift the bike off the road.
Put it on the side stand and the bastard brake  started smoking like a coal fired chimney....
RAC called,("exceptionally busy",naturally),rang Steve at Motoscot,he agreed with my suspicion that when BMW fitted new pads they hadn't left enough room in the reservoir for the fluid to expand.
EXCEPT...well... that was a few weeks back,and I must have done at least 300 miles since then...and in hotter weather too.
Sooo...got a cloth and whipped off the reservoir cap,didn't seem too much fluid in there to me but hey ho,the cloth sucked some out.
Front brake lever...normal..
Rear brake pedal...straight down and stayed there,like stepping on a plum...and then my bro points out there is now fluid gushing from the caliper all over the back wheel...ah friggin frig frig...
I imagine the heat from the disc,(ruined,and still too hot to touch after the above shenanigans),has buggered the caliper seals.
Home now,and it'll be in the back of the van to Luton tomorrow for a new disc and caliper rebuild at the very least.
Is it worth me giving Balderstones both barrels? I don't feel like it,because of the time and miles elapsed,but what else could have caused it?
Over to the panel....

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Kit Reviews / Qumox SJ4000 Action Camera
« on: July 02, 2015, 12:01:23 pm »
Because I'm far too mean to spend my hard earned on a Go-Pro or similar,I've opted for one of these:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00JY3HF7K?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00

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The Euro K Club Lounge / Nick Sanders motorcycle adventures
« on: June 23, 2015, 03:03:13 pm »
Should have posted this earlier,but anyway:
My nephew is currently in Alaska on a Nick Sanders "Florida to the Arctic Circle and back again",motorcycle adventure.
It's about 38 days riding his own 1200GSA,(naturally!),and him and his buddy have been posting pics/video blogs etc to the following Facebook link:
https://www.facebook.com/JuliansteveFAB?fref=nf

Might be of interest to you,there's some pretty good stuff on there,(Imo of course), along with a few minor dramas.
They are just heading back down from Deadhorse / Prudhoe Bay on the return leg.
if you are sitting at home bored or you fancy doing something similar yourself,have a butchers

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Praise or Shame / The Bike Alarm Man
« on: June 17, 2015, 11:23:44 am »

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For Sale / Wanted / 2012 BMW R1200GS 30 Year Anniversary Edition
« on: June 13, 2015, 06:17:51 pm »

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The Euro K Club Lounge / 1962 Honda Safety Rules
« on: June 11, 2015, 01:50:51 pm »
1962 Safety Rules from Honda:

Taken from a 1962 Honda Motor Cycle Owner's Manual.
Translated by Honda for the American Motorcycle Rider

1. At the rise of the hand by Policeman, stop rapidly.
Do not pass him by or otherwise disrespect him.

2. When a passenger of the foot, hooves in sight, tootel the horn
trumpet melodiously at first. If he still obstacles your passage,
tootel him with vigor and express by word of mouth, warning Hi, Hi.

3. Beware of the wandering horse that he shall not take
fright as you pass him. Do not explode the exhaust box at him.
Go soothingly by.

4. Give big space to the festive dog that makes sport
in roadway. Avoid entanglement of dog with wheel spokes.

5. Go soothingly on the grease mud, as there lurks the
skid demon!  Press the brake foot as you roll around
the corners, and save the collapse and tie up.

(Shamelessly lifted from the Internet,for your information.....)

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Gripes, Bitches and Whinges! / Fleeced by the Stealer!
« on: June 04, 2015, 08:23:35 pm »

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Kit Reviews / 2015 KTM 1190 Adventure-Quick Review
« on: June 03, 2015, 11:40:57 am »
My 1290 Super Adventure. is in for it's first service today,and those kind people at Gear4Motorcycles in Market Deeping have loaned me an 1190 for a few hours.
I've just done the 60 mile schlep home on it and I thought I'd write up my impressions.Route was approx 20 miles on the A1 with the rest fast A and B roads.
The bike looks fantastic in the KTM metallic orange,(I wish my Super Adv. was that colour but only available in white sadly)
Astride the bike everything falls readily to hand,I think KTM have got the ergonomics pretty well sorted although the data display is very basic.Suits me but if you like a lot of flashing lights and colours you may be disappointed.Scrolling through the options with the L/H switchgear is similarly basic,could even be described as a few years behind the times.But the knobs/buttons etc look pretty robust and easy to operate with Summer-gloved fingers.I'll trade reliability over looks every time,so again,this definitely floats my boat.
I'm 6'3" so sitting with both feet on the floor was easy-the bike actually feels quite small,certainly in comparison to my 1290.As such the screen,although on it's highest position,was well below my chin,so I knew my neck/head going to get a bit of of a workout.
Only 67 miles on the clock,so a little caress on the starter and it burbled into life....not the familiar bark of mine,(Akropovich can fitted),but a nice rasp to the exhaust note all the same.
Gear change and clutch are lovely and light,smooth application of power and we are away.It's easy to forget it's a 1190,until you give the throttle a blip...acceleration is progressive,with a definite hike in power when you hit the midrange:this is not a slow revving bike,and it's all too easy to get the shift?limiter? light glaring at you,you naughty boy....
Out on the open road it's a nice gentle 80-90,(apart from the buffeting),but after 20 miles I can already feel the seat foam is too soft for my lardy arse and  I want to get onto some twisties to take my mind off the discomfort.
This is where the bike excels-it feels taut,nimble,predictable and "pouring the sauce",round nice fast sweepers will bring on the big grins...no overtaking opportunity needs to be missed,if you are in the correct gear the power is all there,all the time.
Hauling it down from 90 to 30 is no drama...the brakes are well balanced front and rear,and a good two finger squeeze on the front will have you down to the limit in no time at all.
It really is a nice bike...roundabouts are super fun,even without adjustments for my size,it was easy to get to grips with it,(a quick look at the back tyre and I've already gone almost to the edge-I hope they don't notice when I take it back..)
So there you go: bear in mind that I'm a big,heavy old Hector,and definitely no riding god,but in my opinion this is one very good motorcycle....predictable,soft and cuddly when you want it to be,and an an aggressive little beast when you've got to grips with it.


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The Euro K Club Lounge / AAAAAARGGGHHHH MORE Insurance woes.....
« on: May 29, 2015, 06:36:40 pm »

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For sale a SARGENT RIDERS SEAT to fit K1200GT,(or K1300GT?) models made prior to 22nd November 2006
I bought this off ebay as it was advertised to fit ANY K1300GT,which turned out to be not the case.(see the notes below as lifted from the Sargent website)
Serves me right for not doing my research.
However,after searching in vain for the pillion perch to match I have now bought the complete set,so this one is now surplus to requirements.
Sargent World Sport Performance seat in black with black piping.Not heated.Excellent condition,no marks/rips or tears.If you have the original BMW pillion seat it will only fit the models listed,if you've got the matching Sargent pillion seat then the combination will fit ANY

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On a couple of occasions I have stalled my K1300GT,but thumbing the starter makes it sort of half turn over,like it has a flat battery.
Removing the key,and re-inserting it usually does the trick,and then it fires up as normal...may take a couple of key-out/back-ins but not failed to start it yet.
Just after I finished my IAM test I stalled it AGAIN...banged the hazards on/foot on brake etc,the Examiner told me that everything was lit up/flashing normally but it all went off when I thumbed the starter before the non-start,but the last press for a successful start all was normal again even thought it was turning over on the starter.
On way home afterwards I noted that the Satnav went off and came back a couple of times,and at the same time I thought the bike momentarily lost power.
Is this the switch issue or something else?Any ideas?
Been out a couple of times since and all was ok 

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The Euro K Club Lounge / Passed!
« on: April 30, 2015, 09:10:49 pm »
Today,I took,(and passed),my IAM test.My examiner was a very nice Cambridgeshire policeman,who said some very complimentary things about my riding,and only picked me up on a couple of,(he described as minor),points.
As I've said before I've never had any training on how to ride a bike,apart from enduro schoolyadayadayada...got to say though,I'm all smiles and it's been fun,more fun and then some fun on top.
I've been,"test ready",since April 5th,and I have had some issues getting a test date even this quickly,(some heated emails from me did not get the required answers from the Ivory Tower:no complaints about the local Chapter though)
It's that bloody Bedfordshire BikeSafe coppers fault I got into this: He said I was safe/competent enough but,"everyone benefits from training",and that people," should take pride in the way they ride".(Actually,I'm grateful to him...funny how just a couple of casual comments altered my mindset though).
I think I'm a much better rider than I was before: certainly smoother,probably faster,definitely more confident...I had to rein myself in on the way home as there was an awful lot of adrenaline in me....
You can probably tell I'm feeling chuffed to bits...:Cigar:
It's not the end though,'cos I took my RoSPA membership form round the dudes house on Tuesday...in a fit of pique ref the IAM non-performance I grant you,but I've paid now so might as well go for it ;D.

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K Club Humour / !!!!!
« on: February 18, 2015, 12:22:24 am »
A biker goes to the doctor with hearing problems.

"Can you describe the symptoms to me?" asked the doctor.

"Yes. Homer is a fat yellow lazy b@st@rd and Marge is a skinny bird with big blue hair."

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K Club Humour / !!!
« on: February 18, 2015, 12:19:41 am »
A new survey has found that Chinese students studying in the UK overwhelmingly prefer the University of East Anglia.
............ they have an insatiable thirst for Norwich.....

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