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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Oct 20th, 2009, 6:41 pm Thread Starter
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New owner of '08 K1200GT

I recently purchased a low mileage '08 K1200GT and am really enjoying this bike. It is replacing my 1988 Kawa Concours with 85,000 miles. I have 2 questions for you gents.

First, how do I loosen and rotate the clutch lever assembly to better fit my small hands? I need to rotate it up abut 1/4 inch.

Second, where is the best place to buy a shop manual?

Thanks for your help.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Oct 20th, 2009, 6:49 pm
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The only shop manual I know of is the "BMW RepROM" DVD manual. Depending on mechanical ability, you'll love it or hate it. I find it very handy. Make sure you get as updated one as possible for YOUR year bike- it will cover probably all the NextGen GT's,but CHECK.

Can't comment from memory about hother- make sure as you rotate, the brake lines don't chafe under the instrument cluster.
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Thanks. I guess I'll have to order the BMW CD for the manual.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old Oct 21st, 2009, 4:11 am
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Thanks. I guess I'll have to order the BMW CD for the manual.
Don't buy the CD, which is out-of-date. You want the current DVD. See this thread for part numbers, and more:

http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/showthread.php?t=50465
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I also looked into moving the clutch lever assembly after purchasing my bike but unfortunately there doesn't appear to be any easy way to do that since the grip assemblies are on a rubber bushing and are located in position by an arm that connects to the handlebar.

But... I just lived with it for a while and it shortly became natural, so much so that I don't think I'd want to move it now even if I could. You might try just going with it for a while and maybe you'll feel the same way.
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I think you're right. The more zi ride with it, the more it seems okay. I did a 200 mile ride today and it even felt more natural than when I rode last Sunday.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old Oct 21st, 2009, 10:55 pm
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I've heard it said that it takes a few hundred or even a few thousand miles to really bond with this bike. That seems to be true for a lot of folks. But when you finally do, it's awesome.

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