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2005 BMW K1200 LT

BMW K1200 LT

The BMW K1200 LT - five times winner of the MCN tourer award BMW was prepared to navigate uncharted water when it entered the luxury tourer market. Avoiding preconceived ideas and notions it tore up the specification sheets and started with a blank piece of paper. Waving the rules has resulted in the 13,335 (on-the-road) K1200 LT - not so much a ponderous battleship but more the surprising and nimble frigate.

It has never been mandatory for a luxury tourer to be weighty and cumbersome, difficult to handle in traffic and hard work on twisty country roads. Despite its role as a luxury tourer, the K1200 LT retains all the advantages of two-wheels. It vindicates BMW's design philosophy by being relatively nimble in urban environments and dynamic and agile on British back roads. The choice isn't simply between traditional and modern though - the LT can provide the best of both worlds with unheard-of versatility. The K1200 LT is able to be whatever the rider wants it to be.

The driving force

The BMW K1200 LT's driving force is the relentlessly reliable 1171cc 16-valve, liquid-cooled, in-line four-cylinder engine. Redesigned for 2004, engine output has now been boosted by 15 per cent to 116 bhp (85 kW). Maximum torque has also increased by 5 Nm to 120 Nm or 88 lb ft at only 5,250 rpm. With high-rise teeth on all gears, the improved five-speed gearbox now runs even more smoothly and comfortably, with noise reduced to a minimum. A 23.4-litre fuel tank ensures that petrol stops are few and far between.

Specially modified Motronic MA 2.4 Digital Motor Electronics handle engine management, enabling the use of an automatic choke and featuring an electronically controlled throttle butterfly adjuster. A traditional choke lever is, therefore, not necessary.

The exhaust system and engine are equipped with a regulated catalytic converter and MoDiTec respectively. The latter is a multifunctional diagnosis component that allows the entire electronic and electrical system to be monitored. This results in easier and more precise maintenance.

Suspending belief

BMW's exclusive Telelever front suspension system - arguably the most significant suspension development of the modern era - has been incorporated in the K1200 LT's set-up. A luxury tourer traditionally (and practically) requires softer and more comfortable suspension and damping, and although conventional telescopic forks would be adequate, a consequence might be unpleasant dive effects under heavy braking. Employing the Telelever system negates machine destabilisation and improves safety.

New for 2004, the ride quality of the K1200 LT has been improved even further by extending the castor by 15 mm which results in even greater stability and smoothness on the road, and improves slow speed handling. The rear spring strut has 130mm of travel and incorporates the successful progressive damping system first introduced on the R1150 GS Adventure where the damping effect increases as a function of spring action. It can be set to appropriate load conditions by hydraulic adjustment of the spring base. A hand-wheel adjuster is easily accessible beneath the seat.

The K1200 LT's slightly longer Paralever (80mm more than the K1200 RS) also contributes to a better standard of rider comfort and control. In conjunction with the machine's longer wheelbase, the Paralever helps to ensure superior straight-line stability.

To add to the LT's manoeuvrability, when parking, it is fitted with an electrical reversing aid. This is activated by the electric starter motor, which is connected to the gearbox drive shaft.

Light by luxury tourer standards, the 378.5 kg (unladen, road ready with a full fuel tank) K1200 LT is a dynamic motorcycle for its class. The balanced characteristics of the suspension set-up enable the LT to show agility other machines of the genre will find difficult to equal.

A beautiful body

One of the original design concepts of the K1200 LT was to create, for the first time, an all-inclusive motorcycle body. This means that the fairing, fuel tank, seats, luggage and even the exhaust system have blended into a single unit instead of being individual components all grouped around an engine and frame.

The engine is not rigidly connected to the frame as a load-bearing element but is, instead, housed in a central ultra-stiff, cast aluminium frame. This prevents vibration being transmitted to the handlebars, seat, footrests and body of the motorcycle.

The steel tube rear sub-frame has additional extra-strong base supports that hold the floor section of the integrated luggage cases firmly to the motorcycle itself. This rigidity is combined with special impact strips on the case covers to provide efficient protection should the machine topple over. These impact strips are duplicated at the outer extremities of the LT's main bodywork. The engine is not rigidly connected to the frame as a load-bearing element but is, instead, housed in a central ultra-stiff, cast aluminium frame. This prevents vibration being transmitted to the handlebars, seat, footrests and body of the motorcycle.

The steel tube rear sub-frame has additional extra-strong base supports that hold the floor section of the integrated luggage cases firmly to the motorcycle itself. This rigidity is combined with special impact strips on the case covers to provide efficient protection should the machine topple over. These impact strips are duplicated at the outer extremities of the LT's main bodywork.

A luxury tourer provides the greatest protection against wind and other inclement weather when compared with other two-wheeled machines. BMW's extensive and advanced wind tunnel testing revealed new solutions and refinements to many of the traditional aerodynamic problems associated with motorcycling. One of these is the use of transparent, adjustable wind deflectors that control the side flow of air along the motorcycle. This solution not only allows the rider to exercise some control over the environmental elements but also provides enhanced stability in strong and variable wind conditions.

New for 2004 is a two-piece headlight, with high and low beam units harmoniously integrated into the fairing. Featuring free-form technology, both the high and low beam headlights come with clear glass lens, offering about 10 per cent better illumination than on the previous model.

Yet another new feature is the front mudguard. Larger and extending further down than before, the new mudguard takes up and continues the lines of both the side fairing and the engine spoiler.

On the 2004 K1200 LT the following components are now finished in high-gloss chrome:

  • Footrests for the rider and passenger
  • Footrest supports for the rider and passenger
  • 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
  • New instrument cluster with a flat-screen info unit

    The instrument cluster has also been thoroughly updated and enhanced in its looks. A particular highlight of the newly designed cockpit is the new flat-screen info unit with its wide range of rider information. The high-resolution display presents the following important data:

  • Mileage (overall) as well as two trip counters (Tripmaster)
  • Coolant temperature and air temperature
  • Gear selection
  • All functions on the on-board computer
  • Radio information
  • Tank level
  • Time
  • The comfort factor

    The extensive standard fittings of the K1200 LT scarcely leave anything to be desired. There is 70 litres of storage space in the integrated pannier cases with a unique locking system, and 50 litres in the topcase. A lockable compartment in the tank cover makes sure that smaller items (such as a mobile phone, sunglasses etc.) are easily accessible.

    For greater individual comfort, the rider's seat can be adjusted in height and the topcase with backrest for the pillion passenger can be adjusted in length.

    For 2004, the K1200 LT's seat has been redesigned to integrate the rider even better into the machine and allow the somewhat shorter rider to reach the ground more easily and comfortably. As a result, more riders than ever before will be able to appreciate the benefits of this motorcycle.

    Electrohydraulic main stand

    The electrohydraulic 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 his seat.

    To provide this function an electric pump builds up pressure in a hydraulic system, which raises the stand automatically, without any further manual intervention required.

    Braking with convention

    The BMW K1200 LT has been conceived to make riding as pleasurable and stress-free as possible. To compliment ergonomics such as the naturally canted handlebars, comfortable seat and tailored riding position, BMW has fitted one of the most advanced, motorcycle safety developments of recent years. Standard equipment on the K1200 LT is BMW's Integral ABS.

    The fully integrated version is fitted to the LT and maximises the efficiency of the powerful EVO front wheel brake system. The combination of the servo-assisted, integral action of the handbrake with dynamic brake force distribution and the very latest ABS technology is unequalled by any other motorcycle. The integral function ensures that when either the hand- or foot-brake, or both are actuated, braking is applied across both wheels. This enables - not only more convenient, but also - safer riding.

    Desirability by design

    A host of technical innovations and luxury equipment make the K1200 LT one of the most desirable machines currently available. Anyone who wishes to make their luxury tourer even more personal in design has a wide range of features to choose from.

    In addition to the plethora of standard equipment available, customers can specify an SE version of the K1200 LT for 14,195, which includes a soft-touch seat, heated seats, heated grips and cruise control. For 14,815, a K1200 LT Lux version offers all of the above, with the addition of a CD multichanger, high windshield, and topcase luggage rack with high level brake light. Effortless control is a characteristic appreciated by long-distance riders. Arriving at a destination fresh and alert after an all-day ride tells an observer more about a motorcycle than any specification sheet could.

    The 2004 K1200 LT is available in Light Yellow metallic, Ocean Blue metallic and Dark Graphite metallic colour schemes . The seat comes in either black or grey. With the new K1200 LT, BMW has again re-defined the luxury tourer genre and without a doubt, the new K1200 LT is a "7-Series" among motorcycles.

    Standard factory equipment

  • Catalytic converter
  • Evo brake and integral ABS (touring)
  • Competition fairing with integral lights and lockable storage compartment
  • Innovative wind deflector systems
  • Panniers and top case integrated into body with innovative locking system
  • Luxury top case design
  • Chrome package
  • Continuously variable windshield position
  • Clutch lever adjustable to three positions, brake lever to four
  • Single key system for ignition, steering, fuel tank, storage compartment, pannier cases and top case locks
  • Tool kit and tyre service set
  • Multi-function instrument display
  • On board computer
  • Hazard warning lights
  • Two power sockets
  • Electro-hydraulic centre stand
  • Side stand with start inhibit circuit
  • Fuel level and temperature gauges
  • Map reading light
  • Gear indicator
  • Integral ignition and steering lock
  • Twin-tone horn
  • Integral front and rear bumper systems
  • Headlight beam angle adjustment, separate main beam
  • Hand lamp
  • Sound system with radio, single CD player and four 20-watt loudspeaker units
  • Height adjustable rider's seat to two positions
  • Hydraulic rear spring strut adjustment
  • Needle roller throttle butterfly pivot bearings
  • Factory fit options

  • Navigator preparation kit - 40
  • Central locking - 205
  • Floor lighting - 30
  • Top case luggage rack with high-level brake light - 170
  • Soft touch comfort seat - 90
  • Seat heating (including pillion backrest) - 350
  • Heated grips - 175
  • Cruise control - 345
  • High windshield - No cost
  • Anti theft alarm - 215
  • CD Changer - 450
  • Double 12 v power socket - 22
  • Passenger foot plates chrome - 290
  • Inner bags for panniers (each) - 95
  • Inner bag for top case - 75
  • Tank bag - 50
  • Additional power sockets, side and rear, mounting kit - 35
  • Drink can holder - 61
  • * Prices current as of 1 January 2004.

    Specifications

  • Engine Capacity - 1,171 cc
  • Bore/stroke (mm) - 70.5/75
  • Max output -(kW/bhp) - 85/116 @ 8,000 rpm
  • Max torque -(Nm) - 120 @ 5,250 rpm
  • Engine configuration - Inline
  • No of cylinders - 4
  • Compression ratio/fuel grade - 11.5/premium
  • Valve/gas management - DOHC (double overhead camshaft)
  • Valves per cylinder 4
  • Intake/outlet dia (mm) - 26.5/23
  • Fuel supply - Motronic MA 2.4
  • Alternator (W) - 840
  • Battery (V/Ah) - 12/19 maintenance-free
  • Headlight (W) - H 7/55 W
  • Starter (kW) - 0.7
  • Clutch - Single-plate dry clutch, dia 180 mm
  • Transmission - Five-speed gearbox with dog-type shift
  • Primary ratio - 1.889
  • Transmission ratios - I, 2.045, II, 1.600, III, 1.267, IV, 0.970, V, 0.806
  • Final drive - Driveshaft
  • Transmission ratio - 2.62
  • Frame - Cast aluminium frame
  • Wheel suspension, front - BMW Telelever
  • Wheel suspension, rear - BMW Paralever
  • Spring travel, front/rear - 102/130 mm
  • Castor (mm) - 117
  • Wheelbase (mm) - 1,627
  • Steering head angle - 63
  • Brakes, front - Double-disc brake, dia 320 mm, rear - Single-disc brake, dia 285 mm BMW Motorcycle Integral ABS fitted as standard (fully integral)
  • Wheels - Light alloy
  • front - 3.50 x 17 MTH 2
  • rear - 5.00 x 17 MTH 2
  • Tyres - front, 120/70 ZR 17, rear - 160/70 ZR 17
  • Length, overall (mm) - 2 502
  • Width, overall, with mirrors (mm) - 1 080
  • Width, overall, without mirrors (mm) - 826
  • Seat height (mm) - 770/790
  • Weight, unladen, with full tank (kg) - 387
  • Max permissible weight, overall (kg) - 600
  • Tank capacity (ltr) - 23.4
  • Acceleration - 0-100 km/h, 5.0 sec
  • Top speed - 210 km/h