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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Jul 27th, 2019, 2:48 pm Thread Starter
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Considering an 06 k12r. What to look for?

Hello. I am coming to you from the world of R bikes. Type 247 (airhead) and type 259 (oilhead) specifically. My baby just broke my heart when the connecting rod umm... disappeared... and I now have to opportunity to score an 06 k1200r for a great price. I know nothing about the k bikes aside from the impressive specs. What should I look for with this bike? What upgrades would you recomend?

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old Jul 27th, 2019, 5:45 pm
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Make sure there is no timing chain rattle, if it's low miles you can add the jump guard and chain tensioner. Also those had some trouble with the early ABS if it's equipped. Other than that it's a great unique bike that is tons of fun that turns a lot of heads.

Good luck and let us know if you move forward with it.

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Make sure all the Recalls have been done. Contact your local BMW and give them the Vin number. They can tell you what recalls were done and if there's any open recalls that need to be addressed. Also the Timing chain jump guard was a recall campaign.
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Considering an 06 k12r. What to look for?

I had an 06 K12R for 2 years, loved and hated the bike. Yeah it turned heads and was fast...... it depends what you want to use the bike for. For around town riding, the clutch is very heavy and will wear your hand out quickly. For touring it was comfortable and could handle lots of miles, but the engine is so strong that it's constantly trying to rip your arms off haha.

I can't remember off the top of my head but there's a sensor or fuel strip or something inside the gas tank that is prone to going out..... so much so that BMW warrantied that particular part for 12 years from the date of sale. Mine had had that same part replaced 6 times by the time I got it!

I also paid very little for this bike and it had very low miles. Approximately $4,500 for an '06 K1200R with 11,000 miles on it.

I can't really recommend this bike for the following reasons:
Extremely expensive to maintain. Changing out the brake fluid was $450 alone
Eats fuel. Not fuel efficient
High curb weight.... not very "flickable" in the twisties
VERY clunky gearbox. This is common on BMW's so you might be OK with it
Not many aftermarket parts

Pros are:
Extremely uncommon
Fast as hell

Good luck with purchase!!!

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Another major reason I picked this bike is the size, at 6'7" 260 lbs there are not many bikes that fit and this one does. Not sure it's a concern but for me anything else needed serious mods to be this comfortable.

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Another major reason I picked this bike is the size, at 6'7" 260 lbs there are not many bikes that fit and this one does. Not sure it's a concern but for me anything else needed serious mods to be this comfortable.

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How many miles? Are you prepared to do your own maintenance? My thoughts immediately replcae the came chain tensioner with a manual one (APE) for instance and you should be fine. These bikes should be a performance bargain if you buy them right.
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dodgeem, I'm also about 6'6" and 280, but I find the seat-to-peg distance a bit short. Should mention my bike is a 2010 K13GT but expect similar considerations will apply to the K12.

A pal was going to get me a Corbin seat until they admitted all their seats are 2" shorter... I need on at least 2" taller. If I could find a used pan I'd have a go at constructing my own seat, how hard can it be? Some polyethylene foam and a softer top layer, some vinyl, pop rivets... if it fails I get to reconstruct it using another foam. And it doesn't have to be black, cuz my bike sits in the sun all day at work.

I've seen drop pegs advertised and though they look nice, they aren't inexpensive. I suppose it may depend on the condition of your knees and tolerance for the bend angle the bike imposes. Mine are a bit stiff from sitting at a desk all day.

Parts aren't cheap, bike likes gas. But on the open road it's an ICBM.
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I must have short shins and long thighs! I tried everything around before I got mine and it was a Suzuki Bandit 1200, a Yamaha R1 (which was horrible on the wrists and upper body) or the K12R. It was the best of all...minus the maintenance.
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Selling an 07 K1200 R located in CT. Asking 4,500.00 perfect condition with 12K on the clock. I agree with some of the comments regarding the bike, a bit bulky, fuel mileage is dreadful but beside that I have found it and other variants quite reliable. Chain tensioner upgrade a must, good luck, let me know if you have any interest
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