New to me 2007 K1200GT - K-Bikes.com - Excellence in Motion
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old Oct 7th, 2012, 8:24 pm Thread Starter
Noob
 
DCNKGT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Houston, Texas,
Posts: 9
New to me 2007 K1200GT

Hi there,

Just picked up a K1200GT, I like most everything about the bike, especially the handling, however the wind noise is pretty bad. I am 6'2" with a long torso and the bike is fitted with Heli bar adapter that moves the bars closer and higher, so I think my head ends up above the protected area of the screen. If I take the adapter off and go to stock do you think it will be a big enough difference in height to quiet the ride down. On a separate note this bike has 30K miles, the ABS pump has been replaced as has the ring antenna. There is an occasional chain rattle on start-up so I trying to figure out if I should instill the later tensioner?
DCNKGT is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old Oct 7th, 2012, 9:16 pm
Addict
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: , TX, USA
Posts: 752
For lowest noise you want to either be behind the screen or above it. If you are in the range where the turbulence off of the top hits your helmet directly (and it sounds like that might be the case for you with the bike in its current configuration) then it's going to be noisy. The K-GT isn't considered particularly noisy by most so I think you'll be able to find a sweet spot.

Regarding the noise at startup, sounds like you may not have the upgraded tensioner installed. I'd get that and install the jump guard pronto.
smiller is offline  
post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old Oct 8th, 2012, 4:03 am
Veteran
 
GillyWI's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Evansville, WI,
Posts: 1,256
Is it the stock windshield ya think?
You should be able to move around to be able to tell what direction you need to go, at 6-2 you might need a taller windshield. Also the seat can adjust up/down, see what position it is at now. Also at your height you might need a peg lowering kit.
Yeah get the engine work done soooon.

"No problem is so big or so complicated that it can't be run away from"

Dark Graphite: Making bikes faster for over 40 years.
GillyWI is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old Oct 8th, 2012, 6:54 am Thread Starter
Noob
 
DCNKGT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Houston, Texas,
Posts: 9
The seat is set on high, the windshield is all the way up, it is the stock shield. About the chain rattle it does not do that all the time, I was under the impression that it is kind of normal? The jump guard seems like a good idea and I will go ahead and do that really soon regardless, the upgraded tensioner seems easy to do as well. I am a half decent wrench so I guess these two items are really not that hard to do from what I saw on the youtube video.
DCNKGT is offline  
post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old Oct 8th, 2012, 7:30 pm
Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Moyock, NC, USA
Posts: 357
Did it a while back..

http://www.k-bikes.com/forums/showthread.php?t=25399

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Message sent from my Radio Shack TRS-80 using a keyboard and electricity.
moymurfs is offline  
post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old Oct 9th, 2012, 7:00 am Thread Starter
Noob
 
DCNKGT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Houston, Texas,
Posts: 9
Is there a preference regarding the manual adjuster or the automatic one that is oil filled
DCNKGT is offline  
post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old Oct 9th, 2012, 8:50 am
Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Moyock, NC, USA
Posts: 357
The preference is that the manual tensioner isn't going to let the chain produce slack (noise and the potential to jump a tooth or two and cause you $$$$). The BMW units need the oil pressure to build to produce the tension. There have been instances of even the "updated" BMW tensioner also letting the chain jump. Make sure you install a jump guard while you have the panel off. That part is like $8 (yes I know, "It's a BMW part and it's only $8 ????!!!!"). It's also very easy to install.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Message sent from my Radio Shack TRS-80 using a keyboard and electricity.
moymurfs is offline  
post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old Oct 9th, 2012, 11:37 am
Addict
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Morgan Hill, CA, USA
Posts: 590
Quote:
Originally Posted by moymurfs
That part is like $8 (yes I know, "It's a BMW part and it's only $8 ????!!!!"). It's also very easy to install.

It was $6....BMW should have upped it to at least $45 by now.
kbmwrs is offline  
post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old Oct 9th, 2012, 3:16 pm
Veteran
 
GillyWI's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Evansville, WI,
Posts: 1,256
I haven't had the chain rattle with either the old or new/updated tensioner. I know I did read somewhere (MOA mag possibly) about some of the new style tensioners being bad out-of-the-box. You won't find a complaint like this about the Ape manual tensioner. I am happy having the updated BMW tensioner.
Lots of info on the net about the new tensioner.

"No problem is so big or so complicated that it can't be run away from"

Dark Graphite: Making bikes faster for over 40 years.
GillyWI is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the K-Bikes.com - Excellence in Motion forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome