Just wanted to report back on my experiences so far as a new K1200rs owner, 2002 K1200rs total miles on speedo 29,600 and climbing!
After 2600 miles I feel very comfortable at the helm of this old girl, she has been running flawlessly since my purchase, with the only repair needed so far was the headlight bulb which I'm glad I did it with an experienced mechanic watching me, so I didn't break anything as the wire bail seems pretty frail. I am blessed with living on the front range of the rocky mountains so my fun rides are on some awesome twisties, and I gotta say, this old girl handles those pretty well, although I think I could be a bit more aggressive with different tires (I have the Metzler tourings on her now)
I am riding daily to work 34 miles round trip mostly on the highway, my gas mileage flunctuates with my throttle use but close to the 40 mpg many of you have posted.
I had my first experience with smoke coming out of the muffler after sitting on the side stand for a few days, It still freaked me out, but luckily I had read a post that discusses this so I knew it wasn't a major problem. I had her sitting for a week when I was deployed for hurricane Issac and this time I put her up on the center stand, and when I came home and went for my first ride, not a puff of smoke!
I had an issue with the oil sight glass yesterday, I hadn't checked it my last couple rides( 100 miles each) so I was checking tires and oil as I will be doing 140 miles a day for a few days, and it looked like I had no oil in the sight glass, once again a slight freakout, so I added a little oil through my funnel and couldn't see the oil come up. I stopped adding and decided to start the engine. I ran the engine for a few minutes, and I could see oil in the sight glass, now up 2/3's instead of half. I don't know if it was the shadow, my flashlight being too bright or what, but that was the first time I had an issue seeing oil in the sight glass.
My wife followed me home a couple weeks ago and was not happy with the tail light/brake lights and wants me to add something more visible. I was looking at the pirates lair and saw a couple options, I road with some friends last week and one guy has a R1 and when he puts the breaks on they flash for a bit then stay on. Sure seems to grab your attention.
The past post where I read to use spray silicone on the windshield..... awesome advice, it really does buff up nice and hide some of those scratches.
wondering how long the battery should last? The previous owner had her for 4 years, never replaced the battery and kept it on a tender, I keep my bike on a tender and so far no issues, but do I wait for failure, or should I think of replacing over the winter? I'm leaning toward a new battery.
No complaints or buyers remorse from this guy, I'm sure when I take the tupperware off in another month or so and start taking care of maintenance and repairs, I may have some other things to say!
Thanks for all the well informed and excellent advice, it has really helped.