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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old Jun 21st, 2009, 1:39 am Thread Starter
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Questions about a new K1200GT

Today I picked up a new-to-me 2008 K1200GT with < 700 miles. It seems like the gearbox is a little clunky. I really know when I've dropped it into 1st.

Also, I'm taking the bike in for its first service soon. Are there any specific questions I should ask the service dept? My history is a couple of Ducatis and this is my first BMW, but holy balls does the K move.
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old Jun 21st, 2009, 4:53 am
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If it's only a little clunky you have a good one. Mine sounds like it could do dual duty as a rock crusher, or a pile driver.
Seriously mine seems a little better if I pull in the clutch and wait a few seconds before dropping it into first.
The other clunky shifts can be made smoother somewhat with practice and patience. You'll still crush the occasional rock though.
Not really unheard of with BMWs though. The brand is attracting new owners (like you) who aren't familiar with these little party favors that the long-term BMW people have grown to accept as a normal BMW thing. I guess the new 1300 is better, but I don't let it bother me, it'll be clunkily shifting just fione 20 yrs from now.

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These are like butta compared to the early gear boxes. LOUD TRANSMISSIONS SAVE LIVES!

On the early R bikes you HAD to preload the shift lever to get a smooth and fairly quiet shift. With lots of practice the transmission was fairly smooth for a BMW.

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There are things that you should TELL the service dept to do, not ask if they should be done. The one glaring thing is the final drive. Change the oil in it now, and then every tire change after. Some will differ on the interval but it's so easy while you're doing new rubber anyway and a very cheap semi-insurance policy.

Also, does the bike have the new airbox? Software? Don't remember exactly but I don't think all the 08's did...could be wrong though it's easy enough to double check.

Other than that if it's running well.....ride.

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My 06 shifted better and was quieter after I switched to Amsoil 20W-50 synthetic motorcycle oil. The clutch chatter also went away.

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There are things that you should TELL the service dept to do, not ask if they should be done. The one glaring thing is the final drive. Change the oil in it now, and then every tire change after. Some will differ on the interval but it's so easy while you're doing new rubber anyway and a very cheap semi-insurance policy.

Also, does the bike have the new airbox? Software? Don't remember exactly but I don't think all the 08's did...could be wrong though it's easy enough to double check.

Other than that if it's running well.....ride.
Thanks for the input. Taking it to Santa Cruz today.
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The first service happened without problems and I got the final drive fluid changed. Can't really say enough about the bike. Working on planning a quick trip to Bryce Canyon for the end of the month.
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The first service happened without problems and I got the final drive fluid changed. Can't really say enough about the bike. Working on planning a quick trip to Bryce Canyon for the end of the month.
Did it take 15 days for Santa Cruz to get it fixed? Just wondering about when you said you took it in on 6-21 until today 7-6 and if they ordered stuff like a new airbox too?

Inquiring minds stuff as mine took about 4 weeks with a week to get it in on an appointment (5 weeks). They are insistent on calling it an "intake muffler" per the parts diagram.


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I should've clarified. I took the bike for a ride from San Jose to Santa Cruz, then up to Half Moon Bay just for a ride, with the gf on her Bonneville.

Regarding service, I dropped the bike off for its first service last week Tuesday and got it back same day. There was a recall on the EWS antenna that was also resolved.
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It IS a clunky box. I had mine replaced with revised bits n bobs under waranty. Maybe it's a bit better. And practice can make it smoother but it will still catch you out.
I went for a ride on my old Guzzi LeMans on Sunday. 30 year old gearbox which would be fine on a tractor... it's like silk ! Although the induction, exhaust and tappet noise will drown out most things
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