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2004-06-15 12:44

The technical highlight is the electro-hydraulic main stand, as well as an engine power boost to 85 kW and featuring high-rise gears for low running noise. Modification of the camshaft, the throttle butterflies (increased in diameter to 36 mm), intake funnels and intake manifold help to boost output by 15%, with maximum torque increasing by 5 Nm to 120 Nm.

With high-rise teeth on all gears, the improved five-speed gearbox now
runs even more smoothly and comfortably, noise being reduced to a minimum and gear mesh improved to an optimum.

Extended by 15 mm, the longer castor gives the K 1200 LT even greater stability and smoothness on the road. A new spring strut with travel-dependent damping (TDD spring strut) now provides enhanced suspension on the rear wheel, introducing a concept which has already proven its merits on the BMW Cruiser models and the R 1150 GS Adventure.


With the damping effect increasing as a function of spring action, the spring strut ensures comfort on the road but still offers substantial reserves when carrying a heavy load or riding over large bumps

The seat is also a new development: consistent re-design of the seat shell and seat geometry integrates the rider even better into the machine and allows the shorter riders to reach the ground more easily and comfortably.

The electro-hydraulic main stand developed by BMW Motorrad is a brand-new feature offering unprecedented comfort as well as unique safety on a heavy motorcycle of this calibre. Even when fully laden and with a passenger at the rear, the rider is able to automatically raise up
the motorcycle simply by pressing a button on the right handle, without even getting off the seat.

To provide this function an electric pump builds up pressure in a hydraulic system, the process reliably moving out the main stand without any further manual intervention being required.


The bike's looks have been redesigned to feature a new headlight, which is now split into two separate sections. Below the new free-form headlight for the low beam there is now a separate high-beam headlight unit integrated into the fairing.

Also featuring free-form technology, this high-beam headlight comes with a clear glass lens, like its low-beam counterpart. As a result, light intensity is about 10% better than on the previous model.

Another new feature is the front mudguard, larger and extending further down than before.

The special design of the K 1200 LT is upgraded by the twin-tone concept, technical areas and components being finished in magnesium-coloured metallic paintwork.

There are also additional chrome-plated components, including:

  • Footrests and footrest supports.
  • Bumper strip surrounds front and rear.
  • Mirror housings,
  • Cover flaps on the windshield support,
  • Grab rail on the topcase,
  • Covers on the brake and clutch controls,
  • Brake and clutch handles,
  • Air vent and logo plate at the side.
  • A particular highlight of the newly designed cockpit is the new flat-screen info unit with its wide range of information for the rider ensuring a significantly higher standard of clarity and superior looks. The high-resolution display presents the following important data:

  • Mileage (overall) as well as two trip counters (Tripmaster)
  • Coolant temperature, air temperature
  • Gear selection indicator
  • All functions on the on-board computer
  • Radio information
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  • Fuel level
  • Time
  • Other standard equipment:

  • The anti-theft warning system comprises an alarm and immobiliser
  • Central locking is now available. Pressing a single remote control button locks the top case, the side cases and the storage compartment.
  • The ground illumination safety feature is activated when the new anti-theft alarm is released (before sitting on the motorcycle) or if preferred, when the ignition is switched off.

    It illuminates the road surface around the parked motorcycle, to make boarding and dismounting it easier. When the motorcycle is ridden away, the road surface lighting goes out.

    Other standard features

  • CD changer
  • Double power socket
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  • Railing and brake light strip on the topcase
  • Rider/ passenger heated seat and backrest with soft touch
  • Height-adjustable sideboards for the passenger, chrome-plated
  • The K 1200 LT is available in the following colours:

  • Light Yellow metallic (Black seat)
  • Ocean Blue metallic (Black seat)
  • Dark Graphite metallic (Black seat)
  • Price

    The K 1200 LT will retail at R174 900.


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