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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old Jan 2nd, 2014, 6:52 am Thread Starter
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Exclamation THAT was not a ride I want to repeat any time soon!

This is my first post an I'm looking forward to getting to know you and the occasional ride-out.

After a 12 year break from riding - I picked up my 70k miler 2000 K1200 RS yesterday. Oh dear what a day to be saddled with a 150 mile ride in the torrential rain. The last 15 mile of which looked like this:

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and this:




But I don't regret my decision for a moment. My first commute today from Tunbridge Wells to Trafalgar Square in just over an hour, and unlike the train, I managed to get a seat the whole way.

Anyone got any thoughts on why my heated grips don't work (neither of them on either setting). They would have been VERY useful yesterday.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old Jan 2nd, 2014, 7:02 am Thread Starter
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I should add a few quick follow up Q's

1: Rear tire is a bit squared off. Maintenance history is very exacting though. Any thoughts on riding on squared tires. TBH it feels pretty squirmy when maneuvering.

2: The bike is fitted with a professionally fitted ABS by pass. Why would somebody do that? I'd never ridden a bike with ABS before so I don't feel I'm losing out as long as it's otherwise safe. Is this deeply weird / concerning?

3: The one thing I need most is an iPhone holder / bracket. Any suggestions?
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This is my first post an I'm looking forward to getting to know you and the occasional ride-out.

After a 12 year break from riding - I picked up my 70k miler 2000 K1200 RS yesterday. Oh dear what a day to be saddled with a 150 mile ride in the torrential rain. The last 15 mile of which looked like this:

But I don't regret my decision for a moment. My first commute today from Tunbridge Wells to Trafalgar Square in just over an hour, and unlike the train, I managed to get a seat the whole way.

Anyone got any thoughts on why my heated grips don't work (neither of them on either setting). They would have been VERY useful yesterday.
About your heated grips NOT working:
you will get some good tips to troubleshoot this if you read a post (with detailled pictures included) on the other K1200 forum:
http://www.i-bmw.com/showpost.php?p=498255&postcount=7


P.S.: Congratulations on your new K1200RS, but please next time check the weather report forecast before such a ride ;-)

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John (Montreal, CANADA)
K1200RS (2002 IceBlue/Red - 96,000 miles)
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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old Jan 2nd, 2014, 2:22 pm
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Hi and welcome.

Once you get through the next couple of months of bad U.K weather, things will soon pick up. There are many 'careful owners' who won't even take their Beemer out in rain! These bikes are made to be ridden.

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2: The bike is fitted with a professionally fitted ABS by pass. Why would somebody do that?
The ABS pump module costs a horrendous and disproportionate amout of money to replace when faulty. Particularly for an older bike with a lower write down value. Somebody has therefore bypassed the hydraulic unit. But they must also have disabled the dash warning lamp and relay which clicks away. In addition, if the speedo is working normally, they have left the ABS electronics in place on the bike. I doubt that a professional BMW shop would have done the bypass work as it is frowned on by the mothership and probably U.K insurance companies once declared.



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Hi and welcome.
I doubt that a professional BMW shop would have done the bypass work as it is frowned on by the mothership and probably U.K insurance companies once declared.
This little gem is entertaining on so many levels.. thanks. made my day.


Who do you think supplies the parts that are required to perform this bypass?

BMW.

Insurance won't care. Unless your crashing history is epic.
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P.S.: Congratulations on your new K1200RS, but please next time check the weather report forecast before such a ride ;-)
Thanks Sailor. I'm afraid I just didn't have a choice on this occasion. It was an eBay purchase and a strict condition of the sale was that the bike had to be picked up immediately. On the plus side - it did inspire to watch The Long Way Round when got home and dry!
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Welcome to the Forum. Good to see a fellow all weather biker
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I should add a few quick follow up Q's

1: Rear tire is a bit squared off. Maintenance history is very exacting though. Any thoughts on riding on squared tires. TBH it feels pretty squirmy when maneuvering.

2: The bike is fitted with a professionally fitted ABS by pass. Why would somebody do that? I'd never ridden a bike with ABS before so I don't feel I'm losing out as long as it's otherwise safe. Is this deeply weird / concerning?

3: The one thing I need most is an iPhone holder / bracket. Any suggestions?
Hi

I have fitted two different sat nav set ups to my K1200RS:

1) I drilled through the windscreen (I have got a spare shiny new screen in the garage) and secured a bracket there just above the clocks for an old Garmin street pilot 3, the GPS is easy to see and stays nice and dry.

2) I used a bit of 22mm copper pipe between the comfort handle bar mounts, flattened the ends, drilled and bolted the pipe to the handle bar mounts, sprayed black and attached a waterproof case which came with a handle bar mount.

I am unable to upload any photos, but could possible email you a couple.

Other options are:
a) You can buy a bracket that attaches to either the brake or clutch fluid reservoir.
b) A substantial BMW bracket that goes around the top yoke.
c) One Ingenious Forum member managed to fabricate a bracket that fitted in the fork stem mount, however in our bike there is only a couple of millimetres under the cap, therefore a normal fork stem mount will not fit/work
d) You could buy a tank bag with a built in sat nav holder, fitting could be awkward.

Hope this is of use.

Mark

PS I had a interesting ride out today, with lots of puddles, but none quite as big as yours!
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We had the storm surge prior to Christmas up North so we know just what you Southern folk are suffering now!
Junk the square tyres and put on Michelin Road 3's - best wet tyre by far and excellent wear rate too.
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'used' ABS set

I no longer remember the mileage at which my ABS 'clutches' failed internally. I priced a new piece and immediately pursued a used unit from a dismantler private party (I think Jerry Finley at Pirates Laire gave me a lead there, this was before the days of flEbay etc.) I think I spent about $400 at the time (at least 8 years ago), and had my dealer install it when I had it in for a 'warranty' fix on a seal job they had done. I would have tackled the job myself if didn't know they would be 'in there' already. New the unit was around $1500 USD at the time, I believe it is $2000 USD now. The bike has great brakes, and obviously many bikes exist without such a safety device as ABS. But, it is a very effective unit. If you can source a used one and have it installed or install it yourself, it would be of benefit, especially in your climate. It is not a bike that would normally be ridden to its extreme by someone that is better at the limit than the system, so I am inclined to believe that the ABS unit failed and was bypassed. If it were me, I would get the ABS up and running.

Have Fun with this....BTW...mine is the same year and color as yours, a bit more worn, though.

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