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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Aug 25th, 2008, 11:19 am Thread Starter
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Do K Bikes Have Spline Problems?

I currently own an '04 1150r. I am thinking about a 1200RS or GT, but before trading one potential problem for another (R bikes all seem to be susceptable to spline failure) - do K bikes have the same problem?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Aug 25th, 2008, 11:36 am
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my '91 k100rs had the spline serviced at 58000 miles,it was good as the 2nd owener has 158000 miles on it and just had the spline serviced STILL LIKE '02 K1200RS had it done at 48000 miles and it was like new. I have had NO Problems to date.

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I've got an '03 GT with 85k miles. It's NEVER had a spline job. This was a requirement for prior K's but hasn't been an issue with this generation K-1200RS / GT.

Rear engine seals... well, that's another story.

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I've only ever seen one post of a bad clutch spline failure on this and the other board. The photos were like 'Nightmare on Elm Street'. I can only think you have to be a pretty hard (AB)-user on the clutch, wheelies and pullaways to do that kind of damage.

Apologies and credit to the OP as I lost his link. But here's one of the pics:

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I'm in the exact same situation as you... except I already bought my K1200RS. I sold my 2002 R1150R for a few reasons, one of which was the potential for spline failure. The boards are full of buzz about the oilhead bikes and their crappy clutch spline design.

I bought a 2001 K1200RS and have not found any significant evidence that they share the same issues with the R cousins. I haven't really found any big issues with these bikes. One guy warned me about a big potential problem with red and blue lights flashing in the mirrors unexpectedly, but so far I haven't seen any sign of that problem.

I've put nearly 4000 miles on this bike in the 6 weeks that I've owned it. I've never looked back. I'm very happy with "the brick" and expect that it will give me many years of great service.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old Aug 31st, 2008, 12:54 am
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The R-bikes have had a history of "some" spline failures, certainly not "all of the R-bikes". I have put 100K on two RT's and had no issues, and I do not know anyone who has had such a failure. Reading posts about them is scarry, but I think it is blown out of proportion. The thing you really want to do is keep your 1150R and buy a K1200RS/GT also!

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old Sep 2nd, 2008, 10:39 am
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I have put over 132,000 miles on my KRS. No spline problems, nor ever needed to lube it.
But hey watch out for Porcupine splines, they will go through a new rear tire.
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