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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old Aug 6th, 2007, 11:06 pm Thread Starter
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A good friend of mine tried to do me a favor and move my bike and ended up doing a controlled drop on the left side. My pristine 2003 K1200RS now has some scratches on the left fairing which can be painted, but unfortunately it also touched the aluminum valve cover down on the blacktop leaving some surface pitting/gouges.

I really want to put it back into the same shape it was before the mishap. Any suggestions? Can the valve cover be filled an repainted so that it looks like new?

Any suggestions or advise would be appreciated.
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old Aug 7th, 2007, 1:46 am
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My condolences ... I also had a 0 mph topple a few weeks ago; trying to manoeuvre too slowly and she toppled on the rhs; new back pedal required.

Hope you get your bike back like new.

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A good friend of mine tried to do me a favor and move my bike and ended up doing a controlled drop on the left side. My pristine 2003 K1200RS now has some scratches on the left fairing which can be painted, but unfortunately it also touched the aluminum valve cover down on the blacktop leaving some surface pitting/gouges.

I really want to put it back into the same shape it was before the mishap. Any suggestions? Can the valve cover be filled an repainted so that it looks like new?

Any suggestions or advise would be appreciated.
Fortunately an exact paint match isn't going to be so bad because the other cover is on the opposite side. You haven't said if there's actual damage, distortion, cracks or broken through to the inside? BMW 'paint' finish is pretty tough so I'd look at a powder coat finish. Scratches scan easily be filled before coating. I had my wheel rims done and I was pretty impressed with the finish, although the shop grumbled about how difficult it was to strip back the oem finish. If you decide on this route you could have both of them done at the same time, but keep a record of the paint code in case you need it again.

I might also see what a boneyard can come up with. Perhaps get the original fixed as a spare for next time!



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A new replacement is just over $200.00. It might be better to go that route in the long run.

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valve cover damage - dropped at 0 MPH

Bummer for sure. I make a "Get Me Home" shifter kit that might be of interest to you if there's any damage to the shift linkage. You can see the kit in the member's gallery section under my stage name.

Good luck on the fix to the cover...I too have an 03 K1200rs. What a bike.

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I guess, I haven't heard of a "controlled drop." Is this something different than an "uncontrolled drop?"
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I guess, I haven't heard of a "controlled drop." Is this something different than an "uncontrolled drop?"
A controlled drop simply results in a lot of cursing, for the most part. An uncontrolled drop typically results in some sort of injury, whether it be to clothing or body.

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I would think there would be a lot of cursing be it either a controlled/uncontrolled drop followed by a loss of cash out of your wallet.
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A new replacement is just over $200.00. It might be better to go that route in the long run.
Good way to go. Dropped my wifes RS a couple of years ago and replaced her cover and panel and two cockpit panels along with a shifter and mirror. Have the cover replaced at the next service no biggie.

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Well yeah, there is the money aspect, but since I was traumatized by a personal experience along this line, I...decided....not to.....mention that......

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