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THE ADVENTURES WITH A BMW K1200LT
« on: March 17, 2021, 10:44:55 am »
I will use this thread to post all our rides and trips with our newly acquired 2006 BMW K1200LT. 

A short explanation for this purchase of the LT.  The thinking behind it was to visit family and friends here in SA as well as in Nam.  We can visit them on short notice, we will still be on two wheels, it should be a quick ride and the cost on fuel will at least be 3 times less than with the cage.

Our current bikes were my wife's CRF250L and my CRF250 Rallye and then the BMW 1200GSA with a sidecar.  The two 250's is way to slow for long trips and we prefer them rather on gravel and all the back roads instead of the highways.  The sidecar is suitable but much slower than the LT and heavier on fuel than the LT.   The sidecar is great for touring, gravel as well as tar, but you need time. 

So, this came up,
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=249780.0

I was more on the lookout for a RT, but seeing this add we decided on the purchase as the price was right, the bike looked good and the previous owner assured me the bike was still in good nick, considering the year model of the bike.  Once again the thinking was, should there be any niggles on the bike, another R30/R40K over and above the purchase price, should short that out and then we had an almost new bike for around R100K. 

So, the deal was done and less than a week before my knee replacement I flew up to Gauteng and fetched the bike. 
My 1st impression when I got on the bike is that we made a big mistake.   :eek7: :patch:  The bike was huge and felt very very heavy. 
Now remember, I had to ride/wrestle this huge machine from a suburb somewhere in Gauteng, negotiating through the traffic all around me, onto the highway and then eventually on the road to King Williamís Town.   :eek7: 
The 1st three/four corners were a nightmare, then I realized, just ride the damn thing like any other bike, don't fight it, use the weight and use the throttle.   All of a sudden all came together, and I started to enjoy the ride.
Once on the highway, even with heavy traffic around, it was a breeze, the bike is super comfy and smooth, and she eats the kilometreís without any sweat.

My 1st stop was just before Grasmere Plazza.  Picture attached. 
Here I, with a huge smile on my face, phoned the wife and told her I am on the road and should see soon. 

The ride down, roughly 900 odd km, was just so easy with this machine.  I used the time to familiarize myself with all the gadgets on the bike.  Cruise control, radio playing while riding as well as the CD.  Adjusting the screen up and down depending on the weather and wind and plenty more.
This thing rides itself, you must just keep her on the road.  I am a smoker and stop roughly every 45min to 60min for a smoke break.  With this bike I light my cigarette while riding and carry-on smoking, as if you sitting in a car, so need to stop.  Must say, you save plenty of riding time. 

I stopped at the house, took the wife for a short ride and came back.  I did not feel tired at all.  The ride down felt more comfy than with my vehicle. 

Overall, we were happy with the purchase.  There were here and there some scratches and chip marks, nothing serious, but it was there, and we wanted it fixed. 





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Re: THE ADVENRURES WITH A BMW K1200LT
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2021, 10:50:28 am »
In the meantime, we did some short day rides, East London and back (120km), Port Elizabeth (500km), Catchart (160km), Queenstown (300km).  We enjoyed the rides, but it was time to make her ours.  We wanted all the scratches and dings sorted.  During our short trips I noticed that the is a slight clutch slip, nothing serious, but I thought it would be best to get that sorted before we do some longer distances. 

We took her to our local motorbike shop and they ordered a new clutch.  They removed all the panels for me, and I took them to a local spray painter.  We decided that a colour change would be a good idea and decided on a colour.  I left them in piece to carry on with their job. 

Two weeks later I was phoned that the bike is ready, all were good, and I could collect.  We were pleasantly surprised when we saw the bike, we were happy with the colour. 

The new look.

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Re: THE ADVENRURES WITH A BMW K1200LT
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2021, 10:52:14 am »
The 1st weekend after I collected her, we went for a sort 300km breakfast run.

The clutch is sorted, she felt like a new bike.  All niggles sorted and ready for some long-distance travelling.  We were incredibly happy.

She looks good out on the road.   :biggrin:

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Re: THE ADVENRURES WITH A BMW K1200LT
« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2021, 11:04:20 am »
Sjoe maar sy is regtig baie mooi! Ek sien uit om te hoor van al die avonture!

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Re: THE ADVENRURES WITH A BMW K1200LT
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2021, 11:07:35 am »
Sjoe maar sy is regtig baie mooi! Ek sien uit om te hoor van al die avonture!

Baie geluk met 'n baie mooi fiets.

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Re: THE ADVENRURES WITH A BMW K1200LT
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2021, 11:22:41 am »
Fantastic colour change.

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Re: THE ADVENRURES WITH A BMW K1200LT
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2021, 11:47:25 am »
this looks a proper way to stay on a bike as much as possible. Congrats and safe mile!
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Re: THE ADVENRURES WITH A BMW K1200LT
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2021, 12:54:25 pm »
Sjoe maar sy is regtig baie mooi! Ek sien uit om te hoor van al die avonture!

Baie geluk met 'n baie mooi fiets.

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Re: THE ADVENRURES WITH A BMW K1200LT
« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2021, 01:05:24 pm »
Baie mooi kleur.

Kan nie wag vd ander reports nie.

Mag ek nog saam met jul ry nou dat jy 'n mooi bike het?   :deal:   :biggrin: :biggrin:
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Re: THE ADVENRURES WITH A BMW K1200LT
« Reply #9 on: March 17, 2021, 01:06:46 pm »
Sjoe maar sy is regtig baie mooi! Ek sien uit om te hoor van al die avonture!

Baie geluk met 'n baie mooi fiets.

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Re: THE ADVENRURES WITH A BMW K1200LT
« Reply #10 on: March 17, 2021, 01:07:48 pm »
Baie mooi kleur.

Kan nie wag vd ander reports nie.

Mag ek nog saam met jul ry nou dat jy 'n mooi bike het?   :deal:   :biggrin: :biggrin:

Dis net die bike wat verander, die eienaar bly lelik.   :lol8: :lol8:
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Re: THE ADVENRURES WITH A BMW K1200LT
« Reply #11 on: March 17, 2021, 01:12:54 pm »
Daai blou lyk stunning!
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Re: THE ADVENRURES WITH A BMW K1200LT
« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2021, 01:22:53 pm »
Baie mooi kleur.

Kan nie wag vd ander reports nie.

Mag ek nog saam met jul ry nou dat jy 'n mooi bike het?   :deal:   :biggrin: :biggrin:

Dis net die bike wat verander, die eienaar bly lelik.   :lol8: :lol8:

Jy het dit gese :-)
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Re: THE ADVENRURES WITH A BMW K1200LT
« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2021, 01:26:26 pm »
wow , that color chang did its job

looks blerrrry loverrrly
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Re: THE ADVENRURES WITH A BMW K1200LT
« Reply #14 on: March 17, 2021, 03:03:36 pm »
Nou kan ek weer foto's neem   :biggrin:

Toe ek die eerste foto van haar sien het die naam Trixie by my opgekom.  Ek ken nie 'n Trixie nie en weet nie waarom die naam op my tong kom val het nie.  Ek besluit toe om die naam se betekenis op te soek en Google sÍ toe die volgende

Trixie means "voyager", "traveller", "blessed" and "happy.  (Latin)
In Engels beteken dit "bringer of joy".

...... en Trixie is haar naam  :biggrin:

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« Reply #15 on: March 17, 2021, 03:26:07 pm »
Nou maar veels Geluk met TRIXIE

WOW daai BLOU is beautiful op daai bike.   Ek self sal so iets geniet teen daai prys
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« Reply #16 on: March 17, 2021, 03:48:49 pm »
Geluk en dit lyk regtig mooi! :thumleft:
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« Reply #17 on: March 17, 2021, 05:13:49 pm »
Trixie lyk mooi met haar blou rokkie! Daar was net iets wat so effens gehaper het. Iets wat nie by die yammie blou gepas het nie... Nou gefieks.
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« Reply #18 on: March 17, 2021, 08:12:07 pm »
Trixie lyk mooi met haar blou rokkie! Daar was net iets wat so effens gehaper het. Iets wat nie by die yammie blou gepas het nie... Nou gefieks.

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Re: THE ADVENRURES WITH A BMW K1200LT
« Reply #19 on: March 18, 2021, 11:14:17 am »
if i may ask
what did the spry job cost ?
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