Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia
The 02 is the first model to do away with the separate speedo drive and use the ABS ring instead.
I have lots of experience with dirty starter gremlins. The load shed relay earths through the starter and if the armature gets too dirty all sorts of problems occur.
In my case there were the following:
Head light flickering immediately after start up when the load shed relay had done its job
Indicators not working, or self canceling after 2 or 3 flashes when riding
Head light flickering around 3,750 revs
Speedo needle moving by itself while stationary at start up.
Failure to start. This was sorted in the short term by tapping the starter with a screw driver.
Eventual failure to run.
I had the fault diagnosed by a general auto electrician and it took him about 30 minutes to give me the bad news - the starter. By the book, removing the starter is a huge job requiring the complete dismantling of the drive, and raising the frame to remove the starter. Both H96669 and I (I was first mate) have come up with similar ways to remove the starter with out all the fuss.
If you have any of the above symptoms I would spend a little cash and get the electrics checked professionally. I spent countless frustrating hours searching for the fault only to have the shop find it literally in minutes.
2002 K1200RS Owned from new. Pacific Blue, Ohlins. 183,000kmís
2016 K1300R Black, Remus hexacone. 6000kmís
The family history
1951 AJS 500 single - my Dads
1916 Triumph Type H, Western front, France WW1 - my Grandads