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K1200 / K1300 Forum / Re: Replacement Battery
« on: Today at 08:03:38 pm »
Which. To clarify, excludes all Optimates up to and including Optimate4, which I think is the latest.

And that micro-encrapsulation is lethal stuff. The last time I bought BMW fairing bolts (back before the bulk buy) even they were covered in the shite. The bolts holding the front mudguard on are still a pig to get out despite throwing the originals away, cleaning out the threads in the wheel carrier and using non-threadlocked bolts. The one holding the left grab handle on, on the K13, was so tight it stripped the rivnut out of the subframe. The bloody stuff is worse than araldite... >:( >:( >:(

And just to be my usual grumpy self, one wonders whether the TPS was the real culprit all along  >:(

K1200 / K1300 Forum / Re: Replacement Battery
« on: Today at 12:01:03 am »
Yuasa for me when the OEM went west.

Your local BM dealer (or Nippy Norman) will happily sell you the correct plug to fit the socket on the bike for about £20, complete with a foot of three wires already attached. Plug it in, connect your device of choice to the earth and live of your choice (instant off with ignition or delayed by about a minute) and hey presto, simple connection.

This might not solve your mount problem but it solves the connection problem.

You are checking with the ignition on? And even then, depending on the pins used in the bike socket, there is a time-out.

One pin goes dead as soon as the ignition is turned off, the other has a delay of about a minute.

Kit Reviews / Re: Oxford HotGrips
« on: December 13, 2018, 10:11:45 pm »
So, how are the Hot Grips faring?

Well, there is only one word - HOT!

The weather has been a little nippy of late (and as I tripe this, getting a lot more nippy) and so on the regular'ish gym run I have been starting the bike before I don the jacket and helmet and turning the grips up to max.

It's only three miles of fast lanes (allowing for the 35 mph brigade) into town but before I was parking the bike I had to turn the grips down; waaaay far down that they were off. But still bloody hot!

I was wearing my 3 season(!) Alpinestars 365's which seem to have more of a thermal 'leak' in the index finger side of the wrist fold than I am used to experiencing on the K, even with the 'fairing' flip on top of the hamdguards. Just shows what fairing design does for you...

These gloves have a relatively thin palm and I couldn't cope with the uber-heat on my hands on max.

The temptation on a cold day is to hit the HOT button. My experience says that I would need my BMW Winter gloves (with padded, insulated palms) to tolerate the heat on 5! So, I shall engage 5 to get then hot and then turn them down to 3 as soon as I get on and ride off.

However, grips that are too hot is something most riders would love to be complaining about  8)

The Euro K Club Lounge / Re: How many miles has your K done?
« on: December 12, 2018, 11:28:10 pm »
Maybe you should do an off-road course in the Welsh mud to learn how to control your rear end Matt...

The Euro K Club Lounge / Re: How many miles has your K done?
« on: December 12, 2018, 10:45:30 pm »
Is that even possible?

K1200 / K1300 Forum / Re: BMW Alarm on K1300S with RDC (TPMS)
« on: December 12, 2018, 10:44:47 pm »
They were my piccies, stolen by Photobucket...

Yes, you are correct. When I fitted the combined Alarm/TPMS unit to my TPMS only K13S, it worked straight away.

Can't find my own post. If you can pm me the link to the post, assuming it was mine you were looking at, I will pm you the piccies so you know what you are looking at.

The Euro K Club Lounge / Re: How many miles has your K done?
« on: December 11, 2018, 04:25:42 pm »
Funny that because I was always concerned that an over-oiled chain would pee itself all over the rear tyre and have me off... :(

The Euro K Club Lounge / Re: How many miles has your K done?
« on: December 10, 2018, 10:25:44 pm »
Ouch. Serves you right though for going against the laws of nature and standing on your head for so long...

The Euro K Club Lounge / Re: How many miles has your K done?
« on: December 10, 2018, 10:12:34 pm »
I thought you had a thread all about 'laying it up'. Was that just for a holiday?

I did say 'your R or big K...'  ::)

Ah, I see. That looks like a small 'executive' briefcase but that could be because it is in a cavernous black hole...

My 'regular' briefcase was (still is but isn't in current use) 500mm x 380mm x 140mm.

However, either way, the pain of having to live with a bike as big as my car means that your topbox is a total non-starter and anyway, it really isn't the sort of thing I would want to carry through an international airport every couple of days just to get my laptop, files, fresh shirts, socks and duty-free on board.

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