View Full Version : K1200LT Brakes?

11-28-2003, 01:10 AM
I've never really followed the K-bike line. I assume that the new K1200LTs have the linked/power brakes. What was the last year that K1200LTs came with just plain old ABS brakes?


11-28-2003, 02:29 PM

12-01-2003, 12:11 AM
They were "perfected" in 2003!

12-01-2003, 05:02 AM
So what was 2002?

12-02-2003, 01:28 AM
I spoke to the BMW demo crew at the WV rally.

From what they said, the brakes got updated some time in 2002. I am not sure what the updates all were but one.... The sample rate I understood is now 8/100 second!.

The 2003 I rode was nice. Kinda liked the linked, yet would still prefer the partials like the K1200RS.

One word of warning from one of the crew....don't use the foot brake at very slow speed. Also, slow speed control is best done with the clutch and throttle ---NOT the brakes. This, from what they saie, is apparently the cause of many drops.

12-23-2003, 01:11 PM
I always use the foot brake at low speeds, as this is "proper" technique as taught at the ERC. The thing that causes drops is to brake at slow speeds with the front wheel off of centerline. The inertia of bike, rider, and luggage will cause you to highside if you're not careful! With a little practice... the LT is just fine at low speed.

12-29-2003, 06:23 AM
They slightly decreased the sensitivity of the brakes for 2003, making them more user friendly. I have no problem with mine, although they are more sensitive than standard brakes. It helps with this bike if you make relatively quick stops, but that is not because of the brakes. The bike is tall, with a high center of gravity. Coupled with the fact that there is no "give" in the front fork, due to the unique suspension, it will tend to tip you over if the wheel is not straight when stopping. This is true to some extent on all bikes, but the LT is pretty unforgiving in this regard. I love the power assisted linked brakes since using them. Just one more thing you don't have to worry about in an emergency stop.