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1Back to top Go down   2005 K1200S GOOD BUY? Empty 2005 K1200S GOOD BUY? Mon Jun 25, 2012 3:39 pm

RSMITH

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HI All,



bloke I know is selling a 2005 K1200S with low mileage.

are they good bikes- i am considering it can raise the cash to get it,



do any of you knowledgeable chaps have any advise for me about this ?

ups and downs on these bikes?

thanks


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2Back to top Go down   2005 K1200S GOOD BUY? Empty Re: 2005 K1200S GOOD BUY? Mon Jun 25, 2012 4:05 pm

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Hello, K 1200 S is reliable bike says bigest european bike magazin Motorrad. On the list of 30 bikes on 50000 tkm supertest k 1200 s was sixts bike. The list:

1. harley road king

2.yamaha xj 6 diversion

3. honda cbf 1000

4. suzuki bandit 1250

5. triumph sprint abs

6. bmw k 1200 s

At the botom was bmw k 1300 gt (broken engine) 29. th place and ducati 1098 30. th place

This test for 50000 km here in Europe considered very reliable. Average consumption of k 1200 s was 6,6 liters/100 km

    

3Back to top Go down   2005 K1200S GOOD BUY? Empty Re: 2005 K1200S GOOD BUY? Mon Jun 25, 2012 4:21 pm

RSMITH

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Thanks for that.

doing some surfing here to see. hmm dont know still havent made my mind up yet?

anyone else, any other ideas?


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4Back to top Go down   2005 K1200S GOOD BUY? Empty Re: 2005 K1200S GOOD BUY? Mon Jun 25, 2012 4:42 pm

Inge K.

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It been issues with cam chain tensioner and guides on these models.

Also a guard have been aftermounted at the bottom end, preventing the chain jumping over a tooth.

Check that these is taken care of, I think it was a recall.

Could be that it only affects early models??
Search the K-Bikes forum, a lot of info.


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I bought a lightly dropped 2005 K1200S in August of '05 with just 85 miles on the odo from a customer, repaired it and by October of '07 had ridden it nearly 37,000 miles. I rode it fairly easily for the first thousand miles, changed the oil then gave it cane on a regular basis. I switched to full synthetic oil after 6,000 miles. All the services were done per the book, by me. In that time I replaced an ignition coil (there are four), had the airbox recall done, and replaced a broken petrol cap hinge under warranty. Nothing else went wrong. I spent a month riding it in Chihuahua & Baja Mexico and the US desert South West, travelled across the Rockies and the Cascades and rode it daily to and from work near Tacoma/Seattle, Washington as I didn't own a car.

The Canadian I sold it to (when I returned to OZ to live full time) has it still and has covered well over 100,000 miles all up. We email one another a coupla times a year to keep up. He has since replaced two more ignition coils and had an ABS fault. It doesn't burn oil. That's our experience with it.

There have been minor issues with the steering dampers feeling tight, and ball joints binding, causing the steering to feel slightly 'weavy' in the Duolever front suspension, as well as the few that Inge mentions, and some early models had balky gearbox/clutch basket issues, as well as a rear suspension linkage 'dogbone' recall which is paid for by BMW. They are not bulletproof but I'd load one up and cover some miles or kilometres, no worries, and I did.

As much as I like my '87 K100RS the K12S will accelerate far harder, run incredibly smoother, brake so much better and just feel sweet
over-the-road as compared to any older K bike from the first years to the
last K1200RS/GT. I'm going back over to the States for several months and might just try to find another one to ship back home to OZ, they're that
good. I'd like a K1300S this time since the mods done to them have refined the machine over the original across-the-frame-engined K12 series.

2005 K1200S GOOD BUY? Lolopa12
Lolo Pass, Idaho/Montana.


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1970 R60/5, '77 R75/7-R100, '85 K100'87 K75C, '87 K100RS, '93 K11-K12 Big Block, '93 K1100RS, '95 R100-Mystic, '96 K1100RS, '98 K1200RS, '00 K1200RS, '02 K1200RS, '03 K1200GT, '04 R1150R'04 R1150RT, '05 K1200S, #1 '06 K1200R, #2 '06 K1200R, '07 K1200R, '09 K1300GT, '13 R1200RT-P & 2022 S1000XR

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6Back to top Go down   2005 K1200S GOOD BUY? Empty Re: 2005 K1200S GOOD BUY? Tue Jun 26, 2012 3:00 am

RSMITH

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Thanks all.



will have a look at the web forum re Inge K mentioned and do some more looking up.

will decide soon enough.


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Set phasers to "fail"........................ If I were Britianna I would waive the rules.........

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7Back to top Go down   2005 K1200S GOOD BUY? Empty Re: 2005 K1200S GOOD BUY? Thu Jul 05, 2012 6:04 am

RSMITH

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Hi All,



bought the bike - it is AWSOME. brakes like ship anchors, acceleration so your eyeballs tear and it is very very nimble.



I rode my old K today to work after having the rear shock redone and it is still a very cool bike. It is a bit more comfortable than the 1200s , but I can feel now not as fast - ha ha ha,

the gearbox on the K100 is much better and the clutch lighter - I know the gearboxes and clutch designs are different, and the braking systems are chalk and cheese, but both bikes are excellent and have merits.



it is going to be extremely difficult to decide which bike to ride on my trips from now on??


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1984 K100RT (Trans Karoo Express)


Set phasers to "fail"........................ If I were Britianna I would waive the rules.........

chasing echo's mostly.................
    

8Back to top Go down   2005 K1200S GOOD BUY? Empty Re: 2005 K1200S GOOD BUY? Thu Jul 12, 2012 7:43 am

Ned

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you made a good decision. I have a K100 and K1200 and like them both for different reasons. Yes, the 1200 is smoother, faster and generally better to ride, but 100 is often my choice because it is raw, noisy and just a lot of fun Smile


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05/1986 (K55) K100RS Motorsport (Europe), Production Code: 0503, 110k km, VIN:0140519 (SOLD)
1976 Honda Goldwing GL1000 (naked)
1997 BMW K1200RS red, VIN: WB10544A1VZA22667
    

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aye ! ned ...lots of fun


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10Back to top Go down   2005 K1200S GOOD BUY? Empty Re: 2005 K1200S GOOD BUY? Thu Jul 12, 2012 12:30 pm

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...and while the K1200S (and its sisters K1300S/R/GT) are not quite an evolution of the species (more like a quantum leap), they're still within the K family of K75, K100, K1100 and first generation K1200LT/RS/GT.

I miss my K12S. Though it was electronically complicated, had frustrating ABS (would switch off when ever momentarily airborne) it went like the showers of sh*t, had phenom brakes, near-perfect ergos for my frame, supple, easily-adjustable ESA suspension, could do high-speed touring from Central Baja Mexico to Sacramento, California in one day, and was one bike I just should not have sold. But I've got my eye open whilst I'm here in the Land o' Cheap & Plenty.

2005 K1200S GOOD BUY? Androi10


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1970 R60/5, '77 R75/7-R100, '85 K100'87 K75C, '87 K100RS, '93 K11-K12 Big Block, '93 K1100RS, '95 R100-Mystic, '96 K1100RS, '98 K1200RS, '00 K1200RS, '02 K1200RS, '03 K1200GT, '04 R1150R'04 R1150RT, '05 K1200S, #1 '06 K1200R, #2 '06 K1200R, '07 K1200R, '09 K1300GT, '13 R1200RT-P & 2022 S1000XR

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