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The bike was on Craigslist early one Sunday morning for half an hour, and I was the third caller. I was the first one in standing in the seller's driveway, though... had to wade through two Mercedes-Benz 600s and an Expedition to get to the garage, too; I was afraid I'd set off a car alarm if I slid past one... the seller had a bad back and couldn't trust himself to even get it off the centerstand anymore; he just didn't want to look at it anymore, he said- it hurt too much- to look at it, not his back

This 2000 K1200RS has got 16k miles on it. The bike's silver with blue stripes, I guess that's what you'd call it; it's the stock paint.. not a scratch anywhere. The guy had taken care of it- new Dunlop Roadsmart tires, BMW wireless alarm, hard/hot wired for V1, PIAA driving lights w/ 3-position fairing mounted switch, controllable at switch and at turn-signal cancel switch, clear front turn signal lenses, oscillators for headlight and taillight, aftermarket adjustable peg lowering kit, billet frame plugs, stainless steel allen screws/nuts everywhere, carbon fiber tank protector, rear master cylinder shield, BMW hard cases, taller windscreen plus stock windscreen, ABS, heated grips, all on-time and full dealer maintenance and all records, a small waterproof Pelican case under the seat, leather Corbin seat with backrest, billet shifter extension brake pedal extender, billet shifter peg extender and bar risers... for $5k.

The bike's hella fast, and I'm learning as I go... I've got a LOT of road miles on my own hand-built Harleys, all with clip-ons, Konis, set up for cornering with 150 HP S&S motors, a few Ducatis, and now this beauty. Never goin' back! The place where I live, on the coast of NorCal, just north of SF on the ocean, has Highway One as its Main Street, me and 807 other souls here, half of whom ride!

I can't wait to wear this first set of skins out and slap a set of Michelin PRII's... When I get to the 18k maintenance, the Ohlins are going in, along with the adjustable damper from Pirates' Lair...

This is the part of life, at 49, 6'2" and 201 lbs., where riding this thing every day is just about more fun than I can take... the ergonomics are surprisingly good, and maybe a Rhine West chip, an aftermarket exhaust and a K&N are in this bike's near future as well... one thing I wasn't expecting is that it's pretty 'flickable' in the corners, and grips REALLY well... it feels kinda like some mad combination of an RD400, a Ducati 888 and a Harley Big Twin... except this Beemer's WAY more stable at 120 mph!

I keep making excuses to go up the road... to Mendocino County!

Have you all got any advice to a new owner of one of these Time Machines? I'm all ears!

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The bike was on Craigslist early one Sunday morning for half an hour, and I was the third caller. I was the first one in standing in the seller's driveway, though... had to wade through two Mercedes-Benz 600s and an Expedition to get to the garage, too; I was afraid I'd set off a car alarm if I slid past one... the seller had a bad back and couldn't trust himself to even get it off the centerstand anymore; he just didn't want to look at it anymore, he said- it hurt too much- to look at it, not his back

This 2000 K1200RS has got 16k miles on it. The bike's silver with blue stripes, I guess that's what you'd call it; it's the stock paint.. not a scratch anywhere. The guy had taken care of it- new Dunlop Roadsmart tires, BMW wireless alarm, hard/hot wired for V1, PIAA driving lights w/ 3-position fairing mounted switch, controllable at switch and at turn-signal cancel switch, clear front turn signal lenses, oscillators for headlight and taillight, aftermarket adjustable peg lowering kit, billet frame plugs, stainless steel allen screws/nuts everywhere, carbon fiber tank protector, rear master cylinder shield, BMW hard cases, taller windscreen plus stock windscreen, ABS, heated grips, all on-time and full dealer maintenance and all records, a small waterproof Pelican case under the seat, leather Corbin seat with backrest, billet shifter extension brake pedal extender, billet shifter peg extender and bar risers... for $5k.

The bike's hella fast, and I'm learning as I go... I've got a LOT of road miles on my own hand-built Harleys, all with clip-ons, Konis, set up for cornering with 150 HP S&S motors, a few Ducatis, and now this beauty. Never goin' back! The place where I live, on the coast of NorCal, just north of SF on the ocean, has Highway One as its Main Street, me and 807 other souls here, half of whom ride!

I can't wait to wear this first set of skins out and slap a set of Michelin PRII's... When I get to the 18k maintenance, the Ohlins are going in, along with the adjustable damper from Pirates' Lair...

This is the part of life, at 49, 6'2" and 201 lbs., where riding this thing every day is just about more fun than I can take... the ergonomics are surprisingly good, and maybe a Rhine West chip, an aftermarket exhaust and a K&N are in this bike's near future as well... one thing I wasn't expecting is that it's pretty 'flickable' in the corners, and grips REALLY well... it feels kinda like some mad combination of an RD400, a Ducati 888 and a Harley Big Twin... except this Beemer's WAY more stable at 120 mph!

I keep making excuses to go up the road... to Mendocino County!

Have you all got any advice to a new owner of one of these Time Machines? I'm all ears!
No advice, just congratulations! Enjoy it well, and ride safe!
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Good luck with the new bike . The brick bikes are great bike that do everything good. I have a 2004 that is getting better all the time.
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You said "wired for a V1". Do you have a radar detector? Highway 1 and the little roads that head east off of it are great, but the CHP already knows this ... Marin Sunday Morning Ride sound familiar?



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Mid-week Marin Sunday Morning Ride Alternative

I've got an Escort 9700i that I like; the V1 I've gotten a few tix with; NEVER the 9700i. The GPS 'learning' feature on the 9700i is great, too.

Yeah, that MSMR puts so many bikes on the road here that it resembles a parade at times!

I've been taking advantage of my flexible schedule; I do Mac and Network computer consulting (there's a HUGE Mac base out here in Marin, Sonoma and Santa Cruz counties, never mind SF), and running over to Petaluma, down 101, into Mill Valley, up and over Mt. Tam and through Stinson Beach, and then (past my house again) and up to Point Arena... nice ride in the mid-week.

I used to live in Boulder Creek and SC, my home town, in the late '80's (during the quake, too), and I've got to get down to Alice's Restaurant again soon... the short run from SC to La Honda via PCH 1/San Gregorio, then up into the hills to Woodside when getting to Alice's Restaurant on Sunday morning's a great 'tire warmer), Woodside and back to Pebble Beach then back North to SC's a nice 'mini-ride', too!
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Pic, V1 and PIAA placement questions...

Here's a pic of the bike that set me back $5k to roll out of the seller's garage.

I'm trying to find two more black pods and a V1 swap for my Escort 9500i; the Escort does NOT translate very well to the 'hard-wired' cable for the V1 on this RS... also, while the PIAAs are well-placed for lighting to the front and sides, but they kinda look tacked-on, mounted under the pods, even though it's a sano installation and well-wired... I'm thinking of putting them under the fairing, but am I risking putting looks above function by possibly losing some peripheral depth on the PIAA beams?

Finally got the Pirate's Lair shift lever extension... great for gears 2-6; a little bit of a tight squeeze on 1st, though- I'll learn!

Thanks for the welcome, guys... this forum is a place I learn something new and smile every time I visit...
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Finally got the Pirate's Lair shift lever extension... great for gears 2-6; a little bit of a tight squeeze on 1st, though- I'll learn!

Thanks for the welcome, guys... this forum is a place I learn something new and smile every time I visit...
Look behind the Muffler/Heat shield, there is an adjustment for the Up & Down. Mine is apart now, so I could send you pics of that weird clip if you want to get in there, lube,line and adjust.

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Smile Pix=helpful+thanks!

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Look behind the Muffler/Heat shield, there is an adjustment for the Up & Down. Mine is apart now, so I could send you pics of that weird clip if you want to get in there, lube,line and adjust.
Thanks, any pix you might have of that mechanism I'd really appreciate- I have a lot of experience with wrenchin', and doing it well- I guess I'm a little intimidated by the ingenious & elegant methods that BMW used to solve engineering challenges... I feel like a kid playing 'Operation'... losing those clips and over-torqueing things needlessly are my two main concerns while I adjust the shifter... so, the pix would help, thanks!

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Nothing ingenious in that one, that adjustment rod is not even threaded at both ends unlike other BMW's I have owned. So you have to take it apart to adjust. And no room to work either unless you take the muffler right off. You have to install the clip blind......I had a spare from my GS, came in handy because it went flying.....found it many days later......!

I'll get you some pics today!

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I'm back...with pics!

So what you are looking for is this, "The Clip": That one is a little bent, that was my spare...!


It goes in the "Ball End" like this, once you find it you push it sideways to unlock it, then pull it out. Try to remember on which side the hole is, makes it easier on reassembly....I wasn't joking about working blind....!


Once the clip is/are out you can either give a sharp tug, the rod should disengage from the ball end, or take the shifter out at the top and twist the rod out.


You'll end up with this at the tranny,similar at the shifter, inspect the foamy things/dust cover, one of mine was all dried out and I had to replace it.


Then adjust the rod at your liking without putting the clips back in and try it. You do not have to rebolt the top yet, just stick the bolt in,you may want to remove it again and readjust.
There is also a bushing at the top, and I think one or two spacers to take out the side play, I did put some slightly thicker spacers on my bike and took all the side play out.
All the top pivot should be well lubed too, and all the ball parts on the adjuster rod, and make sure the two ends of the rod are well lined also, otherwise the shifter may lock, not good for the tranny.

Once all is lubed and well adjusted.....go blind and stick the clips back in.

Now if they only had made that adjuster rod threaded at both ends, just like it was on my GS....... but it is worth going in there once in a while, makes the bike shift much smoother.Theorically you only have to remove one clip and pull one end of the rod out to adjust, but I can almost bet that the BMW OEM has very little lube.....!

Which tells me that you could probably update that rod with one from another BMW threaded at both ends, they have been using that ingenious system for a while.....but I always wear the same boots, so no real need for frequent adjustments.

I used extreme pressure grease on all that ingenious BMW hardware, and once in a while spray a little lube on the dust covers/foamy things to prevent them from drying.

I see you bought a fancy shifter extender....here is mine, a piece of clear vinyl tubing dropped in boiling water and pushed over the shifter. Less play than with only the BMW rubber hardware and more contact on my boot......I'm saving my money for gas,tires and Ohlins......

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