Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Austin, TX, USA
06 K12S When to say goodbye?
I purchased a 06 K1200S with 27k miles on it in June of 2012... well, at least I started payments on it then hehe. We've had a lot of good times together and I really like the bike. However, just recently (after only 10k miles) I've sprung a leak near the final drive boot. I don't know if this is coming from the FD unit or from a transmission seal. Additionally, the gearbox has started sticking in some gears, mostly 4th and 5th. Also the gearbox sometimes finds neutral zones between gears. Crucially though the gearbox does not come out of gear - this fact makes me a little optimistic that it might hang around for a while. I also have the clutch rattle, and the cam chain grinding. I have kept up with all maintenance on this bike. A few weeks before my final drive issue I resolved to spend nearly a grand to fix the timing chain thinking that me and the K12S would be together for a while and it would make sense to fix this as a long-term insurance against a catastrophic failure...
I'm beginning to believe that sort of thinking might be misplaced. Everyone that I've run into that has an 05 or 06 K12S seems to have the same story. I ask them if they like their bike. They say yes. I ask them if they've had any problems and they tell me they're on their 2nd transmission or clutch, had their timing chain replaced, or some other significant repair. I don't want to have to spend 2500 to get this bike fixed only to have to put another 3k into it in 10K miles when the transmission goes. I bought a used motorcycle, not the Space Shuttle. What do you think is my best move here? I still owe money on the bike but I could pay it off reasonably quickly and sell it as a fixer upper or for parts. Or, I could just pay the repair fee and hope the thing doesn't explode.
Last edited by dasjefe; Apr 13th, 2014 at 5:53 pm.