Since we’ve got a week-long trip coming up where we’ll be on the road all but one day, it’s time to start doing just a bit of checking and maintenance. Our K1200LT is a 2002 model with 59,617 miles on her. She seems to be coming into her prime about now.
I found a neat little trick about rejuvenating the preload adjuster for the rear shock on bmwlt.com that is really pretty easy to do. It takes a minimum of tools and effort, time and just a little oil. I use hydraulic jack oil. I have no idea where the oil goes but topping it off makes a real difference. The first time I did this I had added quite a bit of oil. This is the third time I’ve done this now and have added less oil each time. I know it works for K1200LT, GT and the GS series of BMW motorcycles and probably works on more. Take a look at the directions here and you’ll notice if it will work on yours too.