I've had my '03 K1200GT for about two weeks now, and I'm beginning to get used to it, so when I smelled fuel this past Saturday, I thought it might be some overflow out the vent following a top off. However, when I was stopped at a traffic light, I happened to look down, and I saw a fine mist coming out of the R/H side louver area of the fairing and the smell of gas. I pulled into a gas station to take a closer look, and I saw that the leakage was at a black plastic fuel fitting. Rather than do the prudent thing and have the bike hauled, I elected to ride it the 10 minutes to my dealer here in Little Rock, and I made it there without setting myself or the bike on fire. I was going to take it in Tuesday for fluid changes anyway, so if something like this was GOING to happen, I was very lucky that it happened:
1. On a Saturday morning when the dealer was open.
2. Within a short distance from competent tech assistance.
3. When I had already scheduled some work to be done anyway.
I showed the service manager the problem, and he told me that he'd seen this same thing happen to several other K series bikes, and the plastic fitting/elbow would be replaced with a metal one.
May a "newby" recommend to y'all out there in Beemerland that you should check your own fuel line fittings and have them replkaced at your next service with metal ones as well. This could have ended very badly.