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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old Mar 31st, 2013, 5:26 pm Thread Starter
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I've been a long time admirer of K bikes but have owned Triumphs for almost 50 years. My first and only BMW bike was a R69US - a long time ago!

A friend is selling his '05 K1200S ABS with ESA and I want to buy it but know nothing - I mean nothing - about them. The bike has less than 7,000 miles! It's in absolutely pristine condition having been covered most times and kept on battery tender. It has side saddle bags, smoked windshield, bmw alarm system, slave clutch reservoir (??), carbon fiber bits, gauge accents, throttlemeister, v1 mount, v1 led helmet warning system, leovince titanium slip on, led taillights, air horns, intake system, etc. It's the all blue version, not blue and white.

What do I need to know and check before I pounce on it? Any issues on '05 bikes that would keep me away?

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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old Mar 31st, 2013, 7:59 pm
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whats the price?? any local beemer dealers ..sounds pretty sweet

i've spent most my money on bike's boat's and broad's the rest i've wasted..
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Check to see if all service bulletins were done...
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He'as asking $6,500. How does this sound? The bike is indeed immaculate and hasn't been down. There are dealers in Missoula and Kalispell but I have no ideal if they know what a K is.

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If you have the vin you can call any bmw bike dealer to check on bulletins..wonderful bike though
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On the surface the bike seems to be a good deal HOWEVER, there are many things to consider before moving forward else you get into a hornet's nest of issues.

As mentioned in a previous post it's smart to get the bike's VIN and find out if it's had all the recalls and upgrades performed.

Among the major problems is the factory alarm, fueling/computer mapping/airbox, timing chain & cam sprockets, and, because it's been on the charger all this time chances are the battey is cooked and/or the factory charger is gone.

That's the short list and your questions might be better answered at i-bmw.com or do some serious research here.

good luck.

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05 was the transverse slant-4 k bikes first year out.

off the top of my head issues included

fueling issues- bucking bronco syndrome
idle control motor sticking- high idle
final drive not maintainence free- requires fluid change which may not have been done
metal on camshafts on some VERY early 05 were flaking
cam chain weak and broke causing immediate engine failure- required new chain AND cam sprocket
very stiff steering damper
rear suspension linkage- recall using sealed bearings
ring antennae issue leading to a no start problem
fuel level strip crapping out
transmission dog gear premature wear
clutch basket wear/oil pump sprocket squeaking
rear brake pedal binding leading to useless rear brakes
there were some brake recalls that I cannot remember...
and there are probably other issues I'm forgetting...


Personally, I would pass on an 05. Reason being that the maintainence/repair costs for many of the above is astronomical and for a couple would be close to what you are paying for the bike. which would then almost (ok maybe not almost) put you in a new k13 or at least 1-2 year old model.

'06 K1200R- in pieces
'73 Honda CB500F- slow but fun.
'77 Yamaha XS 750 triple- kinda
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First year out was 2004,the bike was such a sucess that they all went back to Germany and resurfaced in the UK in 2006 with new engines,best tip I had 'Don't buy anything pre 07' and that was from BM employees,when I was working for another motorcycle manafacturer.
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Thanks to all for the sage advice - at least I know what to look out for now! I'm going to mull this over as I already have a bunch (19+ depending on how you count basket cases) of old Triumphs that keep me busy wrenching and I need a reliable bike to ride.
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First year out was 2004,the bike was such a sucess that they all went back to Germany and resurfaced in the UK in 2006 with new engines,best tip I had 'Don't buy anything pre 07' and that was from BM employees,when I was working for another motorcycle manafacturer.
As far as I can recall, the k1200rs went from model years 1998 to 2004.

this was replaced by the k1200s for model years 2005 to 2008.

replaced by the k1300s from 2009 to present.

i do not believe there was a model year 2004 k1200s.

'06 K1200R- in pieces
'73 Honda CB500F- slow but fun.
'77 Yamaha XS 750 triple- kinda
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