‘Early models have agricultural engines’
“I’m seriously considering buying a used K1200R as I think they are brilliant – more than fast enough to have fun but great for churning out the miles. They are also reliable, as long as you get one that has been properly serviced.
“Early models have very agricultural engines and everything is a bit loud and clunky. The camchain tensioner takes a while to get oil pressure, which makes them very noisy, but you can fit the K1300’s tensioner to alleviate the problem and that’s a simple swap. The clutch basket has six springs at its back to remove that bang when you engage first gear, but the whole unit wears and rattles. We have seen one with 60,000 miles on it that rattled like hell but worked perfectly, so it’s nothing to worry about. The gearbox can be a bit fragile, especially if a quickshifter has been fitted, so never try and retro fit a K1300 gearshift assist package or aftermarket quickshifter and always check it doesn’t jump out of gear on a test ride.
“The radiator can be a bit of a problem if the bike isn’t cleaned regularly. It is very exposed and gets full of crud, causing it to rot from the bottom upwards. They don’t leak, but they stop being efficient and the bike’s fan will come on and stay on, especially in traffic. Swapping the radiator is very expensive as the system needs careful bleeding and the radiator itself costs £463. Speaking of servicing, the valve clearances need checking at 18,000 miles, which is quite an involved job as it requires the radiator to be removed.
“Just like a bike with head bearings, the K1200R’S Duolever’s ball joints wear. You can feel this as a gentle weave at 30mph and changing them costs over £400. You can check them by putting the bike on its centrestand and feeling for some movement – never do this by resting the bike on its sidestand.
“The K1200R isn’t as solid as the K1300 as it is a first generation and had teething issues, but as long as they are serviced regularly they are very reliable. BMW issued a lot of updates, recalls and mods through the dealer network and if the bike isn’t serviced by a BMW dealership it may have missed these. If in doubt then get the VIN number checked by BMW.”
‘Early models had agricultural engines and were loud and clunky’
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