Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: North Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Cam chain noise at startup
I have purchased my first 07 K 1200GT with 33,000 miles. Purchase from a dealer from E-BAY. This was a repo. Bike was not abused at all. I have been a wrench all my life and enjoy motorcycles. I learned to upgrade the cam noise problem. I replace the cam chain guard and the oilier on top of the head. Speaking to my dealer and everyone out their is not to worry about this type of motor. When I installed these parts, all the worries are over. If your noise starts to happen 50,000 miles later??? take this in to have the chain replaced. The germans know their stuff. Why the germans did not do this upgrade from the start is because it was not necessary. They are not stupid. I have driven every type of motorcycle except the Italian made. To me for the best handling and confort is the BMW. I love all the bikes. Kawasaki is badass. Much more power but can't handle the turns. What to look out for is the upgrade repairs done and your motor is very noisey after startup then replace the chain. The jump guard will save the motor. I have seen many timing chain motors on automobiles with the jump guard. Remember the Honda GL1800? All the problems they have in the beginning. Enjoy and ride your second design k1200-k1300 motorcycles.