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New 2004 K1200GT owner

Hello all. I am in love again. On Friday I picked up a new to me 2004 K1200GT that only had 6300 miles on it. I feel like I just started riding motorcycles again. Fast, smooth as butter, comfortable. It looks great with the saddles and looks great with them off. All the creature comforts. It even is not that bad to drive around town.

When I test drove it, I am pretty sure I pulled the front wheel off the ground. What an engine, it seems like it does not matter what gear it is in. One of these days I will figure out how to shift smoothly into 2nd and 3rd gear.

About me. I am a 38 year old father of 2 who does not get to ride that much but won't put it up all together. I grew up in the Midwest and lived in Denver and Salt Lake and I am presently back in Iowa City, Iowa.

My last bike is/was a 2004 1200 Sportster. I felt this way about her, once.... Before that I had a 76 CBR 550. I had been looking for an ST style bike and boom, there she was.

After looking in the the oil fill area 3 or 4 times looking for the "spyglass" I read that section again and found the hole a few inches below that, now I can check my oil.

It looks like the metal gas connections have been done. They don't look as heavy duty as some pictures I've seen posted but they are not plastic.

Two introductory questions:

I have the stock exhaust, does anyone put a heat shield over the area where your heel tends to want to go? I have already melted a pair of tennis shoes. I know, I know, I was going running at the track.

What do you all favor for washing these bricks? S100? I am mostly concerned about bug removal on the front.

Lastly, I like to do my own maintainance, I apologize for my stupid questions in the future.

Glad to be here.
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I recently acquired a K1200RS and am just as you very happy with the bike! Even after riding Moto Guzzi, Ducati, R1100S and K1200LT. The BMW's could be sensitive to water around the rear swingarm bearings, and I am trying to use the minimum of water when cleaning the bikes. I'll spray the rims and the exposed parts of the engine with a mild detergent if necessary and then hose it off carefully, limiting exposure to the water spray. What works very well for cleaning the body parts is a furniture cleaner such as Pledge. I use it to clean body panels, windscreen, gauges, instrument panel and all plastics. It works great for bug removal. Spray the bug residue, leave for a few seconds and wipe off.

I don't have a shield over the stock muffler, but the kickstand lever and the rear footpeg mounting prevents contact with the muffler while riding. When using the centerstand though it is easy to touch the muffler and melt your shoes!
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