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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old Aug 9th, 2009, 9:33 pm Thread Starter
 
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2000 to 2003 K1200RS Differences

I'm new to this gig and have found a couple bikes I really like.
Is there any significant changes on this bike/years?
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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old Aug 9th, 2009, 10:04 pm
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2002 on have I-ABS vs ABSII on earlier bikes, with different front brake calipers and pads. The '03 has a wider rear wheel-5.5 inches vs 5.0.
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Awesome. Thanks for the quick reply.
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98-01: ABS without linked and servo assisted brakes. Older style fairing/windshield with detachable front signal pods. 5" rear wheel with 170/60-17 tire. No electronic cruise. Rear shock preload adjustment with a traditional shock wrench. Brembo calipers. Available in the best colors: Dakar Yellow on the 98-99 and Mandarin Yellow on the 00-01.

02-04: Linked and servo assisted ABS brakes. Newer style windshield/fairing with integrated front signals. 5.5" rear wheel with 180/55-17 tire. Electronic cruise. Rear shock preload adjustment with a knob. BMW calipers. Good colors unavailable.

Mine is a 2001 and I like it best mostly for the fact that it does not have linked/servo electronic brakes, plus it has the sexy Italian Brembo calipers. If you take your bike to the dealer for everything, then I guess it doesn't matter. If you like to do everything yourself (like me) then "less is more", especially when it comes to the extremely complex brakes on the later bikes. You will get arguments either way, but I Iove mine just the way it is.

EDIT: The GT was introduced in 2002 and has the same features as the RS with the addition of more stuff, like saddlebags, larger windshield, etc.
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That's really cool of you to take your time with that info for me.
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Quite simply, the 2000 model is way better looking.

Aside from the power brakes on the later model, and a couple of
minor odds and ends, the bikes are essentially the same.

Get the one that strikes your fancy ( or budget ) the most.

tim-----still on the right side of the frostline

you can't stop the signal
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The 2000 may look good, but the Cruise Control is a VERY VERY nice feature (and black isn't such a bad color)

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The 2000 may look good, but the Cruise Control is a VERY VERY nice feature (and black isn't such a bad color)

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I'll give you that one... black is the very best color of the non-yellow colors
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My 2000 K12RS came with a 180/55 – 17 and a 5.5” wheel. The owner’s also manual confirms the tire requirement in 180/55-17. To the best of my knowledge the signals are not removable. I have seen no mention of it in the manual and have seen no clasps.



I have test ridden later models with the integrated braking and non-Brembo hardware and I am unimpressed with that system. The ABS intercedes far too early compared to my bike and they lack of user control over how much braking goes to each wheel is also a disappointment. They’ve pretty much ruled out spirited riding IMO. That kind of system seems better suited to something like a 1000 lb full dress touring rig that won’t see a lot of high speed canyon carving.



Another difference on the GT is the addition of cruise control which is handy for avoiding tickets while freeway droning.
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My 2000 K12RS came with a 180/55 – 17 and a 5.5” wheel. The owner’s also manual confirms the tire requirement in 180/55-17. To the best of my knowledge the signals are not removable. I have seen no mention of it in the manual and have seen no clasps.

Another difference on the GT is the addition of cruise control which is handy for avoiding tickets while freeway droning.
The 2002+ RS bikes also have electronic cruise. At least some of them do, I thought they all did. My friends does.

My 2001 manual lists the 5.5 and 180 rear as "optional".

Does your fairing look like the one in this picture? If so, the black front signal pods pop off. They must be removed to get to to some of the side panel bolts. If your fairing is not like this one, then your bike is not a 2000.

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