Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: San Antonio, Texas, USA
K1200R Idle-please move thread to maitenence
I have found other threads pertaining to this known issue however my problem is similar; what I am experiencing is different than i found. In the threads that I have read(which is similar to my issue) the K1200R at some point in it's life shuts off whilst riding down the road. It is very difficult to start back up and the idle is not normal. Its very rough and has trouble starting.
When this issue first happened I was in Illinois on my way back to Texas when I pulled off at the fuel station and the bike shut off. It had a difficult time starting. It would not atay on at idle speed (1150 rpm). I managed to get going and made it to a motel before I had to haul it back in the back of a truck.
It would not accelerate normally and have trouble shifting through the gears. At the time, I was not able to do much of anything but wait.
Now I have read and discovered the potential culprit to be a myriad of things. I've tried resetting my throttle and that helps. It starts but won't stay on unless I give it some throttle. When I let it idle it shuts off. The display reads red warning indicator+battery symbol and also yellow warning light+engine symbol. The manual reads that for 1) battery charge insufficient and 2) engine electronics.
Now, originally I had thought it might be a fuel issue (which I read in previous threads) but ruled that out as I use only Shell 93 VPower but only twice this trip 91 and 92 octane(only fuel available At the time). Other than Shell, it was BP, Sunoco, Marathon or Speedway. But with those fuels there were no issues.
Now I have put octane booster in and hasee made a slight dideference but problem persists.
As of today, August 9th, the bike will start but shut off at idle. The matter of pertaining to the battery. I have charged and tested it however it (test device)recommends I change it. Because of this, it could simply be the battery but when I take it out the bike and test it, it has lost voltage. This leads me to think it could be the alternator. Either bad alternator not charging the battery or battery not taking charge from good alternator. When I took it for a quick spin around the block it had trouble shifting through gears, 1st to 2nd. Like the engine wanted to shut off, or there wasn't enough juice.
I called and asked the stealerahip, describing my problem was told "there's a start-up motor that keeps it running at idle." Maybe the dealer lingo is different than what I know bit I know of mo start up motor. However this is a fairly new hike to me, so I am learning and would not be surprised. Like when I learned it is return less system fuel.
In the other threads, I have read that it was not fuel issue, air box issue, not air filter issue, not valve and throttle body issue, but the air temperature sensor. It's plausible that it could be it.
All in all, with the display reading battery and that I have charged it, determined it need replacing and or the alternator plus the air temp sensor.
My question overall, has anybody had a particularly similar experience? With the battery and engine electronics. Thank you for the patience you took to read this thread...even if there is another few; but like I said I don't believe my answer was found to my specific situation.
"Hold yer line..."
Last edited by Thunderhead308; Aug 10th, 2015 at 9:09 pm.