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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old Mar 10th, 2020, 7:19 pm Thread Starter
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So I Just Bought a Bike...

Hello All,

I recently happened upon a '99 K1200RS (only 13,xxx miles!) near me for what I hope is a decent price, $3000. I was sold on the test ride...it was just so smooth and powerful (I suppose many bikes are compared to my '86 K75).

Previous owner put very few miles on it (he never even transferred the title), which makes sense, this guy had about 12 bikes, a Porsche, and a '71 Dodge Charger.

I called the local BMW dealer (Mischler's in Beaver Dam, WI) and they said all recall work was done, but last work was in CA, so no service records. I figure I'll do a good service (oil all around, spark plugs, brake/clutch fluid, etc.). A couple of questions that I am having trouble finding answers to.

1) Does the exhaust look stock? It is decently loud, especially since many reviews talk about how quiet it is. Sounds nice...

2) Below the instrument panel, there are what look like ethernet ports. I can't trace the wires very far with the fairing on, but they look like they are going under the gauges. Any ideas?

Any tips or tricks or threads you think are important would be much appreciated! I love to do my own service and with the service manual, that should be pretty manageable.
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old Mar 10th, 2020, 7:41 pm
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Not stock for sure the exhaust.Phillips screws look a little pokey.....I wonder how they reattached the cap after cutting the end off?

One concern would be melting the sidecase with a shortened exhaust.

Ports aren't stock for sure.You'll have to follow the wiring and make sure it is wired correctly and tapped on power supply at the right place?I am always very weary of PO's electrical work but if done correctly that circuit would be useable.

Manual? Get the Clymer.

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Good call on the sidecase; I'll definitely keep an eye on that.

Again not sure on the port; I've included a closer picture below. Not sure what that would have been used for. Maybe there is power to it, I'll check it out later.

Other than that; loving this bike! If you even think about rolling on the throttle, you're over the speed limit!
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The Passport Radar Detector I had years ago used those kind of power ports. I'm sure you could adapt any kind of device to use those. I don't like that they aren't protected from water.

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Agreed, a lot of radar detectors used those network ports, I was going to say a K40, but I could be wrong.
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I see Red and Black wires from them ports going back to battery?Fuse box? Pull the seat you'll probably see them.

Riding salty roads? I also see telltales salt stains on your bike? Not the greatest for some of them BMW electrical components/connectors the salt.This is very good.....kills the green corrosion on contact amd protects for a very long time.Cheap too that little pump bottle will last for years:

https://fortnine.ca/en/acf-50-corrosion-block

Exhaust? That sure looks like a fresh cut....metal still shiny but the black coating on the cap is peeling off?Heat may be misdirected some.Pull the cap off and look.....I hope they didn't use sheet metal screws to hold the cap.....they'd probably rattle loose.

Even in factory form......do not put anything wrapped in plastic bags against the lower inner left bag,plastic may (will) melt.

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Thanks for the tips!

I've risen a couple of times now...what a pleasure, especially after reviewing the Master Yoda riding position. Also, if I even think about accelerating, I'm breaking the speed limit!

Those ports, upon some investigation, definitely seem like radar detector power ports...probably will need one!

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Well.....they didn't give me an award in Wisconsin last year.Too many cops on the road and morons were out just before July4th so I rerouted North and did not take the old SS Badger across the lake for old time's sake.

GPS average speed over 10 days/5000 miles runs West-East and back a comfortable 60Mph and not much slab if any! Mind you if I slab that's I-90 in Montana/Wyoming and +6000Rpms,gas up every 80 minutes?

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Well.....they didn't give me an award in Wisconsin last year.Too many cops on the road and morons were out just before July4th so I rerouted North and did not take the old SS Badger across the lake for old time's sake.

GPS average speed over 10 days/5000 miles runs West-East and back a comfortable 60Mph and not much slab if any! Mind you if I slab that's I-90 in Montana/Wyoming and +6000Rpms,gas up every 80 minutes?
Ha, that sounds like a good trip!

I hear ya on the slab riding. Luckily, I hail from the "driftless" area (western WI) with some beautiful twisty county roads (the alphabet roads, named with letters) that are "unregulated" so to speak. Not much other traffic either, just watch out for tractors and deer. If you are ever in WI with some time, there are some great rides to be had in this area.
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I came across the same great deal for a 2000, I
have lowered pegs, raised bars just a bit, cleaned off the bag mounts
as I don't use them. got a brand new windshield from BMW, as it was not perfectly clear
after 20 years.

You need to have stainless brake lines, as all the old rubber ones fail with time.

there is a specific place your BMW mechanic can drill a hole, so if your
main seal ever leaks a bit, it wont get all over the clutch. I took me a few dealers,
to find a senior tech, who would even work on a K bike, and knew just were to drill.
cost me $160 while I waited at the dealer one morning, would be good insurance as the clutch
is way expansive to fix.

yes its a smooth rocket,
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