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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old Oct 10th, 2007, 6:44 am Thread Starter
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Hi Everybody,

I just bought a 2002 k1200RS, a black one with ABS, cruise, and under 2300 miles. The first owner parked it in his garage and just didn't ride it.

It has a dead battery, which is no surprise. So, besides replacing the battery, what else should I do? Replace the brake fluid? Lube the spline? At 2300 miles, is it even broken in yet?

From what I've read on this forum, I know I'm going to love it!
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old Oct 10th, 2007, 9:39 am
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Wow! Nice find! No need to "lube the splines." That's an issue for another generation of K-bikes. I would replace all fluids, including clutch, brake, engine oil, transmission, and final drive. Keep an eye on the tires too, they're probably a bit hard and chunky by now.

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Wow! Nice find! No need to "lube the splines." That's an issue for another generation of K-bikes. I would replace all fluids, including clutch, brake, engine oil, transmission, and final drive. Keep an eye on the tires too, they're probably a bit hard and chunky by now.
This is Excellant advice. LISTEN TO IT. Don't start riding / driving on 5 year old fluids and lubes assuming.. "It'll all be ok."

Yes... You will love it. I bought a used 2002 a little over a year ago. Put 20k on it already.

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post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old Oct 10th, 2007, 8:55 pm
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Right there with you. Bought the identical bike about 3 weeks ago. Have put about 1500 awesome miles on it since. Changed out all fluids (brake, coolant {done at dealer}, engine, transmission, final drive {myself}) and absolutely love the bike. You're in for a great experience. Have fun.

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Can I bleed the brakes?

Thanks for the advice and good wishes!

I was wondering if I can replace the brake fluid myself, or whether BMW service needs to do it. Something about if it's gen-2 ABS or integrated brakes? My favorite dealer can't get to it for another two weeks.

I'm not sure I can wait that long, and the weather isn't getting any better for riding in New England.

And, is there a good source for service manuals?

Thanks again!

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First off, I've done it (with supervision ). It takes a few hours, and you're bleeding a lot of brake circuits. For the first time, I'd suck it in and wait the two weeks and have the dealer (~$350 IIRC, mostly labor). If the brake fluid is ruby red but clear, you're fine for a while. If, though, it's black, it's time for a change.

Supervision was by Gary Hollinger, the guy that wrote this proceedure for doing it yourself. Plan on having someone assist if you got this route.



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Brake system, clutch and coolant flush took the dealer about 4 hours. There were a few breaks, but I was there for their open-house so I watched much of the job, and overall, the tech kept pretty busy with it. A clutch basket replacement on a Ducati went much quicker (next bay over). It's a lot of work to do it right. All tupperware removed, etc. The good news...the tab was $240. Much better than I expected. Two minor recall items were addressed also. Kudos to Touringsport BMW (Greenville, SC).

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First off, I've done it (with supervision ). It takes a few hours, and you're bleeding a lot of brake circuits. For the first time, I'd suck it in and wait the two weeks and have the dealer (~$350 IIRC, mostly labor). If the brake fluid is ruby red but clear, you're fine for a while. If, though, it's black, it's time for a change.

Supervision was by Gary Hollinger, the guy that wrote this proceedure for doing it yourself. Plan on having someone assist if you got this route.
Thanks for the procedure; maybe some day I'll work up the courage to give it a try. I already consider changing the fluid on my R100 a PITA. The fluid in the rear reservoir is clear and the color of honey, not red or black.

But this time I think I'll let the dealer give the bike a once-over, it will make me feel better. It's cheap insurance from my point of view.

Too bad the bike didn't come with an owner's manual. Is there any place to find one besides the dealer?

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I don't have the manual (yet), but based on the chanting and mantra's from this site, I'd say getting the Clymer manual would be the best one to go for. Different reference, but sometimes it's good to have two, would be to get the Haynes manual as well.



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Too bad the bike didn't come with an owner's manual. Is there any place to find one besides the dealer?
Hammersley has decent pricing on parts. They seem to have most everything that has a BMW part number. As far as service manuals go, the Clymer book is the real deal. I've seem them on eBay for about $35 plus shipping. Amazon wants list ($50) for the same.
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