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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old May 5th, 2014, 10:27 pm Thread Starter
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New guy here and I just picked up a 2006 K1200R from the original owner with only 2200 miles and the only thing Ive done to it so far is change the oil.
This is my first BMW and my previous bike was a ZRX1200.
My first impression is that the BMW is much more refined and feels more powerful.
I've made a few observations in the short time that I've had the K and just wanted to get others opinions on how these bikes are supposed to feel as I know every bike has its own little quirks. The first thing I notice when starting the bike in a kind of a Rattalee sound which sounds like it's coming from the top of the motor and pretty much stops immediately after the motor is running. Next, if I'm riding the bike hard and come to a quick stop it seems that the RPMs fluctuate almost like it's going to die so I give it some gas and it comes back an idles fine. Also when idling if I give it a quick stab of throttle it makes kind of a loose Rattalee sound in the clutch area. I would appreciate any opinions and some links on how to change some of these fluids I figured out the oil from the owners manual but I would like to change the coolant as well as the final drive. I know that the 2006 model does not have a final drive drain plug and was wondering if I could just suck the oil from the fill hole with my big mighty vac pump? Thanks and I look forward to hearing from someone. What a cool bike this is




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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old May 6th, 2014, 9:31 pm
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Very cool man. I'm getting mine Thursday, 7100 miles Black, silver motor. Can't wait. I'll be following your thread as I need to learn myself.
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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old May 8th, 2014, 7:08 pm
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Welcome - Nice looking bike!

The rattle on start up could be the cam chain tensioner. Fairly simple upgrade and it's under $200 for the parts if you're handy. There are plenty of posts regarding the procedure.
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Welcome - Nice looking bike!

The rattle on start up could be the cam chain tensioner. Fairly simple upgrade and it's under $200 for the parts if you're handy. There are plenty of posts regarding the procedure.
Very handy..ill look it up.. also, iv noticed that if I start the bike AFTER sitting on it there by leveling it.. no rattle. ??? Thanks for you reply
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I'm a new K owner after having a ZRX too. How you liking the K Now that you've had it a while? I still miss my Rex sometimes...lol

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Hey there, new guy here as well. Got the 2006 silver\black with 1000 miles last week and I absolutely love riding it. This is my first bike.
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heck of a first bike...hold on!!!
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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old May 17th, 2017, 10:08 am
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I too came from the ZRX1200 and holy shit this bike is the cats ass!
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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old May 17th, 2017, 10:09 am
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Madkaw is right though feel a bit nostalgic sometimes...
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Had a 2000 ZRX1100 and for retro looks you can't beat it. As for ride, handling, power and comfort - my K1200R Sport easily wins hands down. My wife liked the ZRX seat better just because of the width, but the K12200R ride is much better. Both are cool looking bikes but take different approaches. What I don't like about BMW bikes is the lack of customization options. Riders rig and customize (not always to the better) sport bikes in an amazing number of ways but BMW riders tend to leave their bikes pretty stock other than expensive accessories. Just my observation from 20+ other sport bikes that I have owned.
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