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K1200 / K1300 Forum / Re: Miles to Tank
« on: April 13, 2015, 07:36:50 pm »
I have news for you, this is a motorcycle forum, not the local college night-class for sad'os with too much time on their hands.

I highly recommend spending more time wringing its neck and less time recording its appetite  ::)

Brian (who would spend as much time creating a spreadsheet for recording his riding as he does riding)

PS I would have taken a photo of the spreadsheet, stuck it on my Photobucket page and followed the explicit and idiot proof instructions given for posting photos.

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K1200 / K1300 Forum / Re: Creaking sound
« on: April 13, 2015, 02:47:40 pm »
Ah, a cheap and satisfying solution for once!

Mine rubbed and rattled on the para-link until I took my Dremel-alike to it, cut out a small rectangular section and snorted Carbon dust like a crack addict!

Brian (who had a more drastic solution for his fender whatsit that also chirped and rattled)

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Tyres / Re: Tyres recomendations from varius companies
« on: April 12, 2015, 11:31:05 pm »
Well, I ask because I've had great success with tyres on cars that are not the mainstream brands and as a result are a lot cheaper than equivalent Goodyear, continental, Dunlop etc.

In my motorcycling preference I've never got on with Michelin anything (although have not had a go with anything after the original pilot roads) and Bridgestone are officially the work of the devil on anything with a "funky front end". I also didn't find roadsmart 2s worked well with the funny front on the previous bike either.

Given my aversion to the tubby French option I may have a bash with some metzelers or conti road attacks to give an alternative view when the new steed needs some new boots

Hmm! Cars don't fall over, high-side you or wash out on the front end! I drive my quattro really hard and wouldn't trust budget tyres at all. If I just stooged around like most cagers, rolled up newspaper would do!

The new Bridgestone BT014's my bike came on nearly killed me and I literally threw them away with less that 2,000 miles on them and went to Michelin PR3's which are BLISS!

Others have reported good results with later B'stones, 23 and the like. The Hossack-like front end does suit certain tyres and Michelin's are one of them. It also doesn't give too much front end feedback, not like forks, because the suspension is isolated from the steering.

I have no idea what mileage Maxxis would give but I would want to ride with someone on them in front of me before I went and bought a set; that's how I chose the Michelins! My mate on a K13S rode me into the ground and I bought a set the next day, simples! His PR3's had 9,000 miles on them at the time and went to 13,000.

Brian (who understands the cost pressures of running an expensive bike but doesn't want to understand the cost pressures of running out of rubber grip)

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Hi Brian
Personally I would move to the middle ages keep the Autocom and just
Up date to a newer sat nav if you are happy with everything else why
Change ?
Brian tother one  ;D

...because I have cable issues and by the time I have finished swapping out cables I may have fixed it but I may also have spent more than getting new stuff, the Garmin is playing up and may die at a moments notice, probably in deepest darkest foreignland when I need it.

Brian (who would just do it if it were easy, but it isn't so he is polling you guys)

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Gripes, Bitches and Whinges! / Re: The mighty K refuses to start!!!
« on: April 12, 2015, 10:42:27 pm »
The one in Italy last year had no insured warranty! Still both changed foc!

Brian (who can't understand why this is so difficult for dealers to understand)

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Gripes, Bitches and Whinges! / Re: The mighty K refuses to start!!!
« on: April 12, 2015, 08:08:35 pm »
If you complain about the switchgear failing then they 'must' be swapped foc! So, if nothing has gone wrong they won't do anything.

I would speak to the dealer principal (head honcho) and express concern about being charged for the switchgear if it is covered by the 'not a recall because BMW almost never do recalls' thingummy.

If your bike is covered and they don't refund, go to BMW cust services.

Brian (who thinks it all depends on the dealer snd their attitude)

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Gripes, Bitches and Whinges! / Re: The mighty K refuses to start!!!
« on: April 12, 2015, 01:02:36 pm »
I'm intrigued to know what tools you had with you to allow the changing of final drive bearings  :o

Brian (who tends to carry a full BMW workshop, spares store and senior tech with him when outside the UK but isn't sure even that would suffice  ::) )

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Tyres / Re: Tyres recomendations from varius companies
« on: April 12, 2015, 12:59:57 pm »
As you (may) have seen from the comparison link recently, you tend to get what you pay for.i

If you only use the bike for commuting in the boring, everyday shite we get in the UK, then any old tyre will do as long as you don't a) expect it to last very long, or b) push it very hard, or c) rely too heavily on the brakes, or d) expect it to work at all extremes of temperature, lean angle and wetness!

Brian (who has only heard of K bike owners relying on the premium brands of tyre and with 'recycledbiker' getting 14,000 miles out of a set of PR3's on the boring commuter stuff, as improbable as that sounds, why use anything but)

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The Euro K Club Lounge / Re: K1200S front wheelD
« on: April 12, 2015, 11:36:11 am »
You could check the part numbers of the front wheel axle, bearings etc, that will tell you if the wheel will fit in the bike!

You could check the part numbers of the discs and wheel speed sensor, that would tell you if the brakes etc will fit the wheel.

Next, check the tyres recommended for the front, if they are the same on the 12 as the 13, then the tyres will fit! I know the rears are different!

Brian (just a thought)

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Gripes, Bitches and Whinges! / Re: The mighty K refuses to start!!!
« on: April 12, 2015, 09:45:05 am »
When Warren, ('Roboduck' on the old site) had his breakdown in the Alps en-route to Greece in 2013, BMW Assist did almost everything it could to cock up the rest of their holiday, not that it was the Assist service's fault.

BMW said it couldn't get a new water pump for ten days!
BMW provided a hire car!
Warren does not have a car licence, never has had!
Mrs Warren did have a car licence, and a badly sprained right wrist!
Mrs Warren had never driven on the wrong side of the road before!
Mrs Warren had never driven a manual car (except during her test a million years previously)!
Mrs Warren gets ready to drive to Italy to catch the ferry to Greece (on the wrong side of the road with Warren changing gear for her when she remembered to tell him to and when he remembered how)!
BMW then point out that the hire car cannot be taken on the ferry to Greece!
Warren and Chris spend their Greek Odyssey in Italy and Switzerland (where they had been a million times before) rather than in Greece where they hadn't, badgering BMW about their broken bike!

C'est la vie!

Brian (who is sure other things could have gone wrong but isn't sure what  ::) )

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Bit of a theme starting here so let me set my record straight.

With my Stone Age Autocom and Garmin system, I get clear, loud music, phone and sat nav instructions, plus bike to bike radio at strength 5 and clear as a bell at speeds well into 3 fingures in both my BMW system 3 helmet and my Schuberth C3 with either in helmet speakers or my moulded ear bugs. No wind noise, (assuming the face plate is closed  8) ) no distortion and no corruption.

All the original complaints in my first post notwithstanding, the Autocom is outstanding for quality and performance and I fully believe their claims about testing up to 150mph; my sta nav certainly keeps up at that speed.

Brian (who thinks the biggest problem with Autocom is the mic and speaker positioning)

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How To - Tech & Forum support / Re: Vibration on over run
« on: April 11, 2015, 11:17:05 pm »
I think yours must be different from mine Tom. There is a bleed nipple on mine in about that position which didn't hamper me getting to the pinch bolt but is for letting air out of the head when bleeding the coolant system; this means one doesn't need the vacuum system but I didn't discover this till I had bought the kit! With the bike on the side stand, the bleed nipple works perfectly but it sounds as though yours doesn't have the nipple which was eventually done away with on later bikes!

Brian (who doesn't know if he prefers a nipple or a dome nut on his head  :o )

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Gripes, Bitches and Whinges! / Re: The mighty K refuses to start!!!
« on: April 11, 2015, 11:10:50 pm »
  Iirc, the one in France last year had both sets of switches changed!

Brian (who never lets it be said that for a h'porth of tar)

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Gripes, Bitches and Whinges! / Re: The mighty K refuses to start!!!
« on: April 11, 2015, 01:03:18 pm »

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Tyres / Re: Motorrad 2014 tyre tests.
« on: April 11, 2015, 12:58:23 pm »
It would very interesting, but no-one is ever going to do that test!

Brian (who can't see why Michelin don't do it  ::) )

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