Hey, I am having problems getting my K1200rs started. I have checked all fluids..it will turn over but won’t start. Anyone else run into these issues or suggest what the problem could be?
Without being on-site, it would be helpful to know about
- year of your K1200RS ?
- any recent maintenance ?
- was the fuel tank disconnected OR removed recently ?
- ANY previous issues related to this problem (did you install a new battery recently...).
When I have an unknown history K1200RS / K1200LT with a similar problem , MY checklist is always the same. Do not laugh at item 1 and 2 as you would be surprised how often I have seen these on forums - start with the VERY BASIC and go upward to more complex causes.
It helps to be aware of weak points of these K1200 "brick-engine":
1) Kill switch in center position, gear in Neutral ?? (no need for clutch being pulled in such condition)
2) Are you sure there is enough fuel in tank ?? (do NOT trust what gauges says although these Float + Gauges are quite reliable)
3) Check fuel priming sequence (do not attempt to start right away): too much moise from ABS modulator on ignition ON sequence, so you should move Kill-Switch from left to center ONCE (10 sec after ignition ON) to listen for the 2 seconds fuel pump priming by itself (can you hear this ?)
4) after ignition ON sequence (with kill switch in center AND gear in neutral): can you see the RED engine temp warning as ON (it should , otherwise the ECU is off the line). See attached picture.
5) If all the above is OK (pump priming and Engine temp ON), then we need to check for ignition function AND fuel pressure at injectors: one loose or defective spark plug is not enough to stop engine from doing some kind of sign of life.
IN YOUR CASE , IF there is just nothing happening except starter cranking noise (at a good rate), then history of these K1200 shows the next most probable is a cracked (or disconnected) fuel hose inside tank. There are 2 small fuel hoses between fuel-pump and fuel-filter. Symptoms are good cranking but nothing happening...
Failure of Coil OR ignition components (Hall effect sensors) are extremely uncommon on K1200RS-LT so this is not where I go first. Fuel-pump OR fuel-hose failure inside tank are a lot more common with age.