Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: Calabasas, CA, USA
2003 K1200rs Test Ride Questions
I'm looking for a 2000ish K1200rs I'm hooked after test riding one this week. The Brick engine is just fantastic, turbine like power, but is it really necessary for all those gears, it seems first, second and third are redundant. The owner was very generous, letting me ride it on California Hwy 1 up around Moro Bay, he said take it up to Big Sur, I did go further than I intended, what a difference from my current Buell XB9s. A couple of things bothered me about this bike was that I could feel a knock in the rear suspension when riding slowly on the patched up city streets, I mentioned it to the owner (2nd owner) he knew of it but said it's always been that way and normal, would anyone have experience with that? Also when first starting the bike the red ABS light continued to flash and the owner said, "once I start riding it would go off, (which it did) and that was normal, they all do that", is that true? The bike had 19,600 miles on it and he said the valve adjustment interval was 30,000 miles but what I've seen on this forum is that it's 20,000 miles, can someone confirm that and what is the cost for the valve adjustment. Cosmetically the bike looked pretty good some minor scratches on one side where it must have tipped over looks like it could be touched up but I've never done much of that. I think the bike has been a bit neglected maintenance wise as far as flushing brake fluids and such. I've ordered the Clymer Manual to learn more about the bike but are there any other recommended books, I'm an engineer and love to get into the technical details of the engine and drivetrain. I'll still be looking for a cleaner example and know of some of the typical things to look for, leaks from the cam chain cover and driveshaft, really hard to inspect though with the cowling on and any leaks in general. I know a new clutch is expensive $2,000 and replacing shocks are expensive. Also look for plastic fuel line quick disconnect. Has someone put together a simple checklist that would be handy to inspect future bikes? I want to avoid purchasing a bucket of expensive problems.
Thank you in advance for your help