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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Aug 29th, 2013, 3:15 pm Thread Starter
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Talking 1994 K1100lt Starting issues:(

Hello All... I'm new to the forum and a new 1994 K1100LT owner... so first off I'd like to thank you in advance for any help you can give me. Hopefully I can return the favor as I learn more.

I'm having trouble getting my bike to start. I put new plugs in it and even took it to the BMW dealer, but unfortunately they couldn't find any issues. They started it something like 20 times (both cold and warm starts) with no issues (on the center stand... not sure if that's relevant). The problem is that when I have it sometimes it'll start up and sometimes it won't.

Thanks again for your time and effort.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old Aug 29th, 2013, 5:33 pm
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Suggest you also query the folks at motobrick.com and k11OG.org; there are some folks up in your neck of the woods there.

There's also a BMW rally scheduled for September 6-8 at the Chula Vista resport near Devil's Lake. http://wiscbmwclub.com/


I was struck by your location: 50 years ago, my mother would take us to visit her aunt who was a Dominican nun in Little Chute.

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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old Aug 29th, 2013, 11:29 pm
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The bike has a side stand cutoff switch. Sometimes those get flaky.
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old Aug 30th, 2013, 7:34 am
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The bike has a side stand cutoff switch. Sometimes those get flaky.
Good call - that was one of the first things my BMW mechanic told me to "fix" (i.e. disconnect)...

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Good call - that was one of the first things my BMW mechanic told me to "fix" (i.e. disconnect)...
If I remember correctly, disconnecting it will certainly not allow the bike to start. You have to jump across the pins of the bike end of the connector to allow starting. Does the engine spin without firing?

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Thanks Larry... I'll check out those sites and thanks for the ride info as well.

Pretty small world with regards to you coming to little chute when you were younger. It's a pretty neat little town.
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Hi Frank and FlyingDuck... the side stand switch has been disabled and the jumpers were installed by the BMW dealer, so that should be ok.

I guess what puzzles me... is that when I can't get the bike to fire within 3-4 cranks I have very little chance of getting it started because (per the BMW mechanic) he then instructed me to use the choke and then if that doesn't work... turn the throttle... then it ends up being flooded if it doesn't start.

I don't know if I'm doing something wrong, but what puzzles me is why it won't start within the 3-4 cranks as I've seen many bikes fire up within this range?

PS: I really love the bike, but with this issue it's hard to have confidence to take it very far without worrying I'll be stuck.

One quick question if I may... I'd like to get a newer BMW in the next two years (maybe a 2005-2007)... what model would you recommend that has a very narrow tank (I have hip issues and can't ride on wider tank bikes) that is reliable and a good tourer (I need the bags)? I really like the K1200r naked... is that reliable?

Thanks again guys for all your help and effort... I really appreciate it.
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Jiggle the connector for the fuel tank. Also known to get flaky and not get power to the fuel pump. Under right battery cover.
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Good call - that was one of the first things my BMW mechanic told me to "fix" (i.e. disconnect)...
That surprises me. (Liability-wise.)
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Thanks FlyingDuck... I'll give the jiggle a try.

As for the kickstand liability issue... I agree. I'm assuming it became such an issue that it may have been the last resort?

PS: I called the BMW dealer and they recommended installing new plugs (I just bought new ones from them less than 3 weeks ago...ugh). I've taken them out twice now to dry them out, but it still wouldn't start.
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