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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old May 11th, 2014, 9:50 am Thread Starter
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Purchasing 2008 K1200gt

Greetings,
My wife had been Eyeballing this 2008 K1200gt since last fall at Bentonville BMW,
We had a K1200LT (light truck) for 2 years & I sold it & went to an R1100rt she was happy with the RT except she thought it had to many miles on it.
Well we were up around Bentonville about 250miles from the house & we stopped in and it was still there.
We finally took it for a test ride & then came back and took it for about a 100 mile test ride back roads & Super Slab
Came away extremely impressed
Made an offer & will be picking it up next Tuesday.
Then this weekend I started reading the Cam Chain tensioner & guard stories & costs.
Well, It only has 5695 miles on it & it has had it's 6000 mile check up, but I will double check about the tensioner & guard
I have ordered Suburban Machinery lower pegs Passenger & Driver, plus the Bar backs
It has some type of Slip on Pipe I think remus, but I will be putting the stock one back one.
We were going to take the R1100rt to Alaska in June, May take the K12 now.
What do you think?
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old May 11th, 2014, 10:37 am
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Once you get your verification on the chain jump guard and tensioner,( just look at the tensioner and you will be able to tell if it's the "upgraded" model. The crappier one has a flat plate on the outside. The upgraded one has a cylinder that protrudes externally). OR get an APE manual tensioner and leave your worries behind .
You may still have 10k-15k miles before the ABS motor craps out. Same for the fuel strip So you should be good to go for your trip.

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I think the '08 bikes had the upgraded cam chain tensioner installed from the factory.

It's part #9 in this pic:



The main difference is that it has a built-in oil reservoir, which is the large cylinder at the top (right next to the 12 in the pic).

If you look at this pic:



You can see the new tensioner in the top right corner, nestled between the frame rails. It's the black cylinder with a white sticker with a small BMW logo.

The old style tensioner was just a flat plate covering that same hole, with no upper cylinder, so it's pretty easy to tell just by looking at it.

Just remove the right side fairing panel and you'll know.

That upper pic also shows the cam chain jump guard as part # 17, but the lower pic doesn't show the jump guard installed.

One thing to do is to make sure that your bike has had all the appropriate Recalls and Service Bulletins done. A good dealer will already have all that sorted, but it's worth double checking when you pick the bike up.

As for fuel strips and ABS, I never had any issues with either in 138,000 miles on my '07 GT.

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And here is my 08 delivered with the original tensioner

http://www.k-bikes.com/forums/showth...sioner+install

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And here is my 08 delivered with the original tensioner
Good to know. That's why it's always worth checking on these things.

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First thanks for the replies.
So if tensioner & guard are in place then ride it & maintain it until something fails.
Enjoy riding it until something fails part
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First thanks for the replies.
So if tensioner & guard are in place then ride it & maintain it until something fails.
Enjoy riding it until something fails part
ZACTLY !

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I knew I forgot to ask something.
What is the clutch problem some have had?
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Enjoy your ride to Alaska on the K, my K has been over it a couple times. If you need
anything in Ak while you are here, let me know. I have a well equipped shop.
David

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Thanks for the offer, we may make contact & buy you a beverage & make conversation if nothing else.
Have you changed the tires on your GT yourself?
What tire do you recommend?
Next question is : Has anyone put a luggage rack on their Top Case?
Thanks again
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