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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old May 16th, 2012, 8:51 pm Thread Starter
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03 RS New owner and need owners manual

I have a shop manual but am looking for a owners manual for my 03 K1200RS. New to BMW and trying to learn all the quirks on my bike. I'd like to change the oil and filter and just get to know her a bit. Putting it on the center stand about killed me, my Voyager and Bandit were much easier, i'm sure it's just me getting used to it. I'm also on my 2nd tank of fuel and it seems to get poor fuel mileage, hits 142 and the light comes on. Not sure how far it will go but i've been refueling around 160 miles or so. Could be my riding and not using 6th gear enough? I do have the BMW hard bags and a GIVI Maxia3 trunk, so that may not help with aerodynamics? Just looking for friendly advice on the bike.. 38100 on the odometer at this time and climbing...

I live in Independence, MO and would love to meet up with anyone in the area..

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Finding an owners manual could be a challenge - try eBay, try dealers, and try places like Beemerboneyard.com

Your mileage should be around 40 MPG, meaning you should be thinking about getting gas somewhere around 160 miles out.

As to what gears when, for casual, "jus' gettin' down th' road" riding, shifting somewhere around 2500-3000 will do the job. Expect to see mileage drop in short-haul local riding with traffic. If you're doing 50-60 MPH on good roads with no traffic, 40-42 MPG makes more sense.

It sounds as though you're in the low-mid 30 MPG range. That suggests the engine is do for a checkup and tuneup.

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Thanks

I'm used to doing my own tune ups and such, is there anything I should be aware of as being much different than my Metric cruisers? I will review the shop manual for 'Tune-Up' info and see if I feel comfortable, if not I can take it to the dealer...

Gotta get my feet wet sometime with this beast..


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Had a difficult time getting my K12RS on the centre stand when I first got it. Now smooth as silk.(I'm 150lb soaken wet). Check out this video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDNqC...eature=related
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Had a difficult time getting my K12RS on the centre stand when I first got it. Now smooth as silk.(I'm 150lb soaken wet). Check out this video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDNqC...eature=related
Thanks, i had seen that video but his bike seems a bit lighter and less bulky than my K1200RS. I will keep practicing and I'm sure i will find my groove...

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When you have the center stand down with you foot on it, are you grabbing the shall handle (metal loop) just under the seat directly over the foot pedal for the center stand and lifting? The video on the GS shows him grabbing the handlebar and the back rack and pushing down on the pedal. I usually am holding the handlebar and give the handle a little tug with my weight on the foot pedal and it pops right up. I had a Honda VFR and found it harder than the KRS.
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That video is still the way to go on your bike, even though it weighs a bit more the physics of it are the same. Be sure to pull the clutch in as you do it. Most of the force is through your leg but you are also pulling up with your right hand on the rail. It takes some practice but I've don't this with a fully loaded ('03) GT, so it is the way to go....

HOWEVER, I've never SUCCESSFULLY, taken the bike off the center stand using the BMW method. I always break the rules and roll it off of the center stand while I am sitting on the bike...

Also, I've seen somewhere where there are ONLINE Owners Manuals at BMW's site. Maybe someone will be good enough to re-post that link?

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There are 2 of them booklets for the K1200RS, Operation and Technical. No problem finding them they are still available. Check there:

http://www.maxbmwmotorcycles.com/fiche/fiche.aspx


01 47 7 676 917 OWNERS HANDBOOK K1200RS, OPERATION - AB MJ.03, US (from 10/02) $21.42

01 47 7 676 927 OWNERS HANDBOOK K1200RS, TECHNICAL DATA - AB MJ.03, US (from 10/02) $21.42

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If you are doing it as the video, it should pop right up on the stand. Notice the instructors left foot---just about right off the floor, all weight is on his right foot.
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Finding an owners manual could be a challenge - try eBay, try dealers, and try places like Beemerboneyard.com

Your mileage should be around 40 MPG, meaning you should be thinking about getting gas somewhere around 160 miles out.

As to what gears when, for casual, "jus' gettin' down th' road" riding, shifting somewhere around 2500-3000 will do the job. Expect to see mileage drop in short-haul local riding with traffic. If you're doing 50-60 MPH on good roads with no traffic, 40-42 MPG makes more sense.

It sounds as though you're in the low-mid 30 MPG range. That suggests the engine is do for a checkup and tuneup.
Well, I may have spoke too soon on my fuel mileage issue. Just checked it at fill up and got 38.25 mpg on this tank. I will adjust my riding habits to fit the RS and I'm sure I will bring the mileage up.. I had been running it past 4k on shifts and did not ever hit 6th gear, now that you mentioned the shifting ranges and such, my riding habits are toned way down and the bike seems to react better also.. I guess I don't have to use the power all the time but it's good to know it's there when you need it... Thanks a ton for the advice. I was used to my Magna 750 and running the shifts up into the 6 or 7 grand ranges to build power, that's where it likes to really run... I now need to learn how to pull the 'tupperware' as I read off to see if the PO has put the metal fuel clips on or not... I guess that's a 'must do for these bikes'... Phil
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