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1Back to top Go down    1998 K1200RS Purchase on Sat Oct 03, 2015 9:14 pm

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Hi Guys

This one goes out to all of the very wise BMW K series owners and mechanics out there who may be able to help / advise

Question: I am about to purchase a 1997 k1200rs.


  1. It has 45k on the clock and has had a new clutch fitted (I don't know why yet).
  2. Is there anything I need to be aware of about this model of machine.
  3. eg. What do I need to be looking for specifically


Here is the link for the one I am buying if you wanted to check it out

http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=928152093

And here's the link for the one I want but cannot afford

http://www.motorcycletrader.co.nz/detail/motorcycles/motorcycles/bmw/k-1200-rs/221372

Thanks a heap for any responses

Regards

keith



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2Back to top Go down    Re: 1998 K1200RS Purchase on Sat Oct 03, 2015 10:10 pm

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You will probably find that the rear seal was leaking due to age and the clutch was replaced while the gearbox was out. The friction plate was most likely oiled and the steel pressure and drive plate often warp and need replacing when a new friction plate is installed. Make sure the rear main seal was replaced when the clutch was done.
Other than that it appears to be fairly representitive of its model and age but it is a 18 year old bike that will have some issues.


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3Back to top Go down    Re: 1998 K1200RS Purchase on Sat Oct 03, 2015 11:50 pm

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Be sure the brake fluid was flushed regularly or the ABS pump will be toast. Also, the early clutch slave cylinders had a tendency to leak and there was no weep hole for the fluid to go so onto the disk it often went. If the timing chain is rattly there's a 60K interval plastic guide which needs to be replaced. Otherwise, well, I've three of the buggers in my garage. I guess I like 'em.

You can have my yellow taxi cab 2000 RS with a mere 20,900 miles on the clock for only US$4300!


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4Back to top Go down    Re: 1998 K1200RS Purchase on Thu Oct 08, 2015 9:41 pm

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Purchased 1998 k1200rs on Tuesday and did a 950k ride home wed / thurs

Its done 55000 ks, not the first one I looked at *(that had been seriously tampered with)

Stunning model BM have produced here. An effortless ride, tons of roll on power, tons of torque, 6 speed box and NO VIBRATIONS !!! YAY !!!

And, NO carpel tunnel problem or numbness of hands at all

Amazing

Cheers guys

    

5Back to top Go down    Re: 1998 K1200RS Purchase on Thu Oct 08, 2015 10:32 pm

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Score! That's why I'm up to three of them now. I love my red RS back home in OZ, don't get me wrong, truly, but I'll put up with the additional weight of the K12 for the freight train-like power and supple Telelever/Paralever suspension.

I'm gunna build me a K12 with modded K100RS bodywork, 'cause I like the look of the earlier K better.


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6Back to top Go down    Re: 1998 K1200RS Purchase on Thu Oct 08, 2015 11:30 pm

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Two Wheels Better wrote:. . . . freight train-like power and supple Telelever/Paralever suspension.

I'm gunna build me a K12 with modded K100RS bodywork, 'cause I like the look of the earlier K better.
Yep. You can say that again. Freaking awesome power, handling, stopping ability etc. I think this time beema finally got it right

My dream too is to do the 1200 like a standard K100 body work

The reason the first bike I looked at was dodgy was, on the speedometer, the bike had done 70k and been re powered with another engine which (he said) went with it's the original clock of 45k. At least thats what he said. Mine is a GEN 55000ks

Big project. Maybe next year. Right now I'm off to do that legendary 155 MPH

Cheers

Keith

    

7Back to top Go down    Re: 1998 K1200RS Purchase on Fri Oct 09, 2015 8:21 am

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sounds and looks great keith ...have fun !!!


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8Back to top Go down    Re: 1998 K1200RS Purchase on Fri Oct 09, 2015 10:06 am

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I phoned a guy in Toowoomba about a K1200RS on our Gumtree today. Repairable right off - front right damage to fairing plus indicators and front brake lever etc. 178k km
Anyone have experience as regards their reputation for longevity as compared with K100?
I'm also interested to know how BMW over ame the 4 cylinder vibration issue?


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9Back to top Go down    Re: 1998 K1200RS Purchase on Fri Oct 09, 2015 11:54 am

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rawdonball wrote:Anyone have experience as regards their reputation for longevity as compared with K100?
I'm also interested to know how BMW over(c)ame the 4 cylinder vibration issue?
I regularly see K1200RS/GT/LT come through with close to 200,000 miles on the odo, but perhaps they're prone to output shaft troubles which tend to get rattly at higher miles due to the increased power output (of the RS/GT at least). There are a few more Paralever pivot bearing and internal bearing final drive failures as compared to the Monolever back end as well.

Rubber mounting the entire engine/gearbox underneath an aluminium mainframe and isolating the rider and chassis from the vibes is what does it.


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10Back to top Go down    Re: 1998 K1200RS Purchase on Fri Oct 09, 2015 1:22 pm

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I can readily imagine being happy with the power and smoothness of those bikes, but the weight?! Shocked
If the redesigned frame is aluminum, why do they weigh so much more than the earlier k-bikes?


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11Back to top Go down    Re: 1998 K1200RS Purchase on Fri Oct 09, 2015 9:16 pm

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brickrider wrote:I can readily imagine being happy with the power and smoothness of those bikes, but the weight?! Shocked
If the redesigned frame is aluminum, why do they weigh so much more than the earlier k-bikes?
Having just got the bike and done less than 1000k on it my maiden voyage, from Christchurch in the south Island, to Central Waikato in the North Island, we went across a good variety of terrain. There was some gravel hill, steep tarseal, highway and passed through a lot of towns, a lot of stopping and starting.

To be honest I found the bike a little ungainly at walking pace, at first, but once I adjusted to the ergonomics of the bike everything was great. Now I just get on and ride as usual

The weight does not bother me and I do not notice it at all. We travelled 2 up with 20kgs in each pannier = my 70kg lady had an extra 10kgs on in her back pack

Total weight is anyones guess but it's the heaviest ride I have ever done and I managed it with ease

I am 5'9" and weigh 85 - 90kgs so I am not a big frame or especially strong

If I can do it I assume anyone at least as big as me can too

As for the bike weight on its own there is a lot more going on in a K1200 than a K100

The K100 tubular frame is small tube compared to the 1200's flat box section alloy. Aside from this I dont know where the extra weight is coming from but I can tell you the 1200 is EXTREMELY well balanced in all respects. The point of balance on the main stand makes getting the bike on to it an absolute breeze. The stop start capacity and the acceleration more than makes up for any of the here-say in regard to negativites

If you are happy on a K100 then, for the price and conventionality and spares availability etc, stay there but if you want to upgrade (a LOT) then get yourself onto a K1200. This is one move that, for me, I can not speak highly enough. Just to get rid of the vibes was a good enough reason for me to do it

Hope this helps

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12Back to top Go down    Re: 1998 K1200RS Purchase on Sat Oct 10, 2015 5:26 am

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I have gone from a K100LT, through a K1100Lt, to a 1997 K1200RS, and while I do miss the weather protection offered by the LT fairing, it is the K1200RS that I like the best.

The smoothness of the motor is so much better than the others; the other Ks are not rough in themselves, but the 1200 is like a turbine. The 6 speed box is useful, and on mine the change is really sweet.

The ergonomics are not as suitable for me with my arthritis, but they are in the process of being sorted. I have fitted bar risers, and am now tackling the footrest position. I do not find the weight to be an issue, as it seems to have a lower c of g than the LTs.

The 1200 is a very undervalued bike at present, just like the other Ks, and it represents an opportunity to buy a lot of machine for a small amount of money. For me, it is among the last of the bikes that BMW built up to a standard, rather than down to a price.


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13Back to top Go down    Re: 1998 K1200RS Purchase on Sat Oct 10, 2015 4:00 pm

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xpc316e wrote:I have gone from a K100LT, through a K1100Lt, to a 1997 K1200RS, and while I do miss the weather protection offered by the LT fairing, it is the K1200RS that I like the best.

The smoothness of the motor is so much better than the others; the other Ks are not rough in themselves, but the 1200 is like a turbine. The 6 speed box is useful, and on mine the change is really sweet.

The ergonomics are not as suitable for me with my arthritis, but they are in the process of being sorted. I have fitted bar risers, and am now tackling the footrest position. I do not find the weight to be an issue, as it seems to have a lower c of g than the LTs.

The 1200 is a very undervalued bike at present, just like the other Ks, and it represents an opportunity to buy a lot of machine for a small amount of money. For me, it is among the last of the bikes that BMW built up to a standard, rather than down to a price.
Well stated man. I , too will probably be looking at (at least) bar risers and maybe footpeg positions. Never really liked the crouch-like racing stance on any bike even though my 2nd machine, at the ripe old age of 15 was a Suzuki T500 which had Z bars on it. Forum members may have watched my last conversion. I am SO tempted to do the same to this machine, knowing this one will be my last

    

14Back to top Go down    Re: 1998 K1200RS Purchase on Sat Oct 10, 2015 9:57 pm

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If you enjoy the K1200RS (any year) then the K1200GT version you'll like even more. It is the same driveline but with standard cruise control, an electrically operated 'screen with quite a raked, larger area, side fairings that extend hand, upper body and leg protection, 'bars that are 30mm or so closer to the rider, a plusher heated dual seat, colour matched pannier lids, and footpegs that are 30mm lower and further forward.

Immediately upon straddling my RS as compared to my GT I can feel that my feet are in a position that's higher and further back (themslves with two positions) and that I'm reaching for the 'bars (also with some fore and aft adjustment).

What don't I like of either machine? Pushing them backwards out of the garage with one hand on the bar and the other holding the subframe. They're top heavy and possess the length of the sunken Bismarck and her sister ship, the Tirpitz. That's about all, however.


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