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Offline gerhardipad89

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2013 BMW 1200 LC vibration
« on: February 09, 2020, 08:50:40 am »
Hi everyone, I'm new to Adventure Riding and only got my ride (30 500 km odo) yesterday. Very excited!
I've read that vibrations on 1200s are not necessarily a major issue, but would appreciate your thoughts.  The bike drives great, but when I let go of the throttle there is a definite vibration, which I can feel on the handlebars and seat,  between rpm range 5000-4000. Above and below it's not really noticeable. The vibration seems to be greater in higher gears. But if I open the throttle or pull in the clutch, it disappears. So I'm thinking it's engine related (and not necessarily the drive shaft). Should I just accept it as 'normal', or is there something that can be done about it? Any advice would be appreciated!
 

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Re: 2013 BMW 1200 LC vibration
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2020, 09:36:39 am »
Welcome to the forum and to adventure riding. May you have many safe and adventurous miles. I trust one of the knowledgables on the forum will help you with your enquiry.
 

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Re: 2013 BMW 1200 LC vibration
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2020, 08:03:40 pm »
Check your suspension settings.
If set to the highest setting without actual pillion or luggage these kind of vibrations occur.
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Re: 2013 BMW 1200 LC vibration
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2020, 08:20:41 pm »
Thanks Ysterballas and JABO. I did check the suspension settings. Adjusted correctly (light load) and still the same vibration.
 

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Re: 2013 BMW 1200 LC vibration
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2020, 08:31:04 pm »
Then I would say take it to a Dealer to have checked out and if they tell you its normal you can make your peace with it and enjoy the rest of the miles without worries in the back of your head.
PS: Also ask them to check the drive shaft as they sometimes are left unattended after water crossings or run dry and then corrosion may have its way on it.
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Re: 2013 BMW 1200 LC vibration
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2020, 08:51:47 pm »
Driveshaft serviced recently. But will get in touch with a dealer, thanks!
 

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Re: 2013 BMW 1200 LC vibration
« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2020, 06:55:54 am »
I am going to go with tyres, more often than not, the tyres cause these kind of issues
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Re: 2013 BMW 1200 LC vibration
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2020, 07:06:22 am »
Also a possibility.
But will pulling the clutch eliminate tire vibrations?
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Re: 2013 BMW 1200 LC vibration
« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2020, 07:44:07 am »
I have seen a number of LC driveshafts that era not lined up (phased) correctly.  This will cause huge vibration issues.  Check it and, if it is out, get them to replace it.
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Re: 2013 BMW 1200 LC vibration
« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2020, 08:03:26 am »
I also took my LC to BMW after hearing and feeling things.  Couldnt actually pin point it but similar to yours was almost completely gone, regardles of gear, rpm or surface.

Took it to the dealer and had the head mac take it for a spin and it turns out all good all normal, they did however pic up that the fork recall had not yet been done so they ordered the parts and did the retrofit + service FOC.

Bike was a lot smoother and did not dive as much in the front (ride the bike on the low setting as my wife is only 3 bricks high or else she cant get on).

After I got it back from BMW I had peace of mind and now whatever I feel must be normal. 51K on the clock and running like a swiss watch. :ricky:
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