K1200LT WRITE-Off

Club and BMW related

K1200LT WRITE-Off

Postby BillB » Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:30 pm

Insurance write-off : sold my LT for $2500 at Pickles salvage auction today. It was a great bike until it caught fire and just about burnt my house and everything in it while in my garage.
Image
Image
Image
BEWARE .... I'm looking at your teeth .....
R1200 GSA 2009, K1200 LT 1999 "insurance w/off", Suzuki DR 650 2012, C650GT "gone" 2018 R 1200 RT
BillB
 
Posts: 369
Joined: Fri Jun 26, 2015 2:28 pm

Re: K1200LT WRITE-Off

Postby Goldie1 » Wed Aug 01, 2018 7:00 am

Hi Bill good to here no one was hurt hope your home isn’t to badly damaged. Was it an electrical fire, pity that was a great looking bike
Goldie1
 
Posts: 73
Joined: Tue Aug 04, 2015 7:58 pm

Re: K1200LT WRITE-Off

Postby spacey1 » Wed Aug 01, 2018 10:13 am

Geez Bill, lucky that neither of you or the house was damaged.

Hope you bought a lotto ticket!
Himalayas Royal Enfield Tour 2017; Camp Cook-Off Winner 2017; Kennedy Ranges; Three Oceans Tour Australia; Hyden-Norseman Breakaways; R1200 series final drive repair; Mt Augustus; Bimbijy Station; Around Oz
spacey1
 
Posts: 569
Joined: Tue Aug 10, 2010 8:08 pm

Re: K1200LT WRITE-Off

Postby BillB » Wed Aug 01, 2018 10:17 pm

I have had the unfortunate experience of my 1999 K 1200 LT CATCHING FIRE.
I hadn’t used the bike for about 8 weeks and decided to start it up to go for a ride.It was a bit sluggish to start which I put down to the battery having lost some charge but fired up and I left it idling for a few minutes to give the battery some charge. I probably had let it run for 4-5 minutes and got on it to reverse down the drive to take it for a ride. I gave the motor a final rev and then noticed white smoke coming up thru the fuel tank regions. I immediately got off the bike to see what was happening as initially I wasn’t Sure if it was steam or smoke. Checking the space immediately under where the smoke was coming from on the left side panel grill I could see flames flickering inside. I had a small fire extinguisher close by and gave it a blast thru the grill into the flames and a follow up blast thru the front of the bike and this seemed to get rid of the flames which were getting more intense and sizzling sounds were now sounding louder. The bike was in my garage with 3 other BM bikes and my car , fuel containers and stuff everywhere as was a typical untidy males garage and I could see all this also catching fire if the flames from the bike took to the fuel lines or tank. It would have ended up with a catastrophic whole house fire.
I rolled the bike down the driveway following the extinguisher success and got the garden hose out to finish off the smouldering reminant smouldering.
The end result following the bike being carted to my Bmw technician was a total write-off. This was quite a disappointment as I liked riding this bike it had only done 56k and I had only had it serviced with new tyres 300kms back. They couldn’t work out the cause of the fire.
BEWARE .... I'm looking at your teeth .....
R1200 GSA 2009, K1200 LT 1999 "insurance w/off", Suzuki DR 650 2012, C650GT "gone" 2018 R 1200 RT
BillB
 
Posts: 369
Joined: Fri Jun 26, 2015 2:28 pm

Re: K1200LT WRITE-Off

Postby BillB » Thu Aug 02, 2018 10:14 pm

Image

:cry:
BEWARE .... I'm looking at your teeth .....
R1200 GSA 2009, K1200 LT 1999 "insurance w/off", Suzuki DR 650 2012, C650GT "gone" 2018 R 1200 RT
BillB
 
Posts: 369
Joined: Fri Jun 26, 2015 2:28 pm

Re: K1200LT WRITE-Off

Postby wightman » Fri Aug 03, 2018 7:03 pm

Wow, Bill. That would've shaken up anybody. Will you be looking at getting another cruiser?
wightman
 
Posts: 517
Joined: Wed Aug 13, 2008 8:37 pm

Re: K1200LT WRITE-Off

Postby BillB » Fri Aug 03, 2018 7:41 pm

Signed contracts for a new R1200 RT with AC today. Gone off K bikes that catch Fire :mrgreen:
BEWARE .... I'm looking at your teeth .....
R1200 GSA 2009, K1200 LT 1999 "insurance w/off", Suzuki DR 650 2012, C650GT "gone" 2018 R 1200 RT
BillB
 
Posts: 369
Joined: Fri Jun 26, 2015 2:28 pm

Re: K1200LT WRITE-Off

Postby jono » Fri Aug 03, 2018 8:56 pm

Glad you averted a potential disaster Bill, did your technician have any theory as to what went wrong?
User avatar
jono
Site Admin
 
Posts: 653
Joined: Sat Mar 08, 2008 9:25 pm
Location: Perth, WA

Re: K1200LT WRITE-Off

Postby Bozo » Fri Aug 03, 2018 9:08 pm

Bill

Sorry about the drama. I am confident that you will be very happy with the new RT.


Bozo
Bozo
 
Posts: 1310
Joined: Mon Nov 14, 2011 7:48 pm

Re: K1200LT WRITE-Off

Postby BillB » Sat Aug 04, 2018 9:19 am

jono wrote:Glad you averted a potential disaster Bill, did your technician have any theory as to what went wrong?

jono wrote:Glad you averted a potential disaster Bill, did your technician have any theory as to what went wrong?

Thorsten couldn't see anything obvious when he initially had a look when he removed the bikes panel and without forensically taking the bike apart which would have been complicated, time consuming and very expensive. He wasn't confident if he did that he could be 100% sure that he would still be able to determine the cause as the fire had done quite a bit of damage to the wiring harness. If he still couldn't find the cause and along with the need for a new wiring harness which would have cost $3+ K. and he wasn't confident it wouldn't happen again after he had replaced this. He and the insurance assessor determined it would be uneconomic to go ahead with trying to fixit and decided to write the bike off.
Thorsten had only serviced it 300 km ( a Bozo Sunday ride) prior to the fire and I had asked him specifically to check the fuel system fittings at that service. I had been noticing prior to that a trail of fluid drips when I had been backing the bike down my driveway which is fairly steep and I wasn't sure where the trail of drips were coming from. I couldn't smell petrol from the fluid drips and they seemed to evaporated fairly quickly. The dip line length was about 10 m after I had backed the bike down the driveway to when the drips stopped . I was a bit concerned with this that had occurred for the 2 previous outings and I decided to take the bike in for its 60K service and have this checked. Thorsten had said he checked all the fittings and everything was fine and couldn't see any fuel leaks.He couldn't explain where the fluid was coming from or what it was and said he couldn't do anything at this stage about it.
I now suspect it must have been fuel related as when I started the bike up after not riding it for about 8 weeks or so, it started fine and I had let it run for 4-5 mins to give the battery some charge as it was a bit sluggish on starting. After I let it run I got on the bike with the intention of backing out down my driveway and I gave it a bit of a rev-up this was when the smoke started coming up thru the fuel tank region. I got off the bike and could see flames thru the left side panel l grill and they were now making sizzling noises and getting more intense with more smoke as the seconds passed. Luckily I had a fire extinguisher care of KEN AND TONI BUTLER's leaving Perth disposal sale. I gave it a blast thru the grill opening and from the front of the bike and managed to subdue the flames to smouldering. As I was very concerned that there was 25 l of fuel in the tank and the flames had been right under the fuel tank and there was a potential risk for this to explode and start a catastrophic fire in my very cramped garage which had containers of fuel ,other bikes my car and lots of other stuff. If this caught fire it would have spread to the rest of the house. I got back on the bike and coasted down the driveway and got the garden hose out and gave everything a good soaking with the smoke and smouldering finally drenched and out.
I emptied the fuel tank took the battery out and organised the RAC to take the bike to Thorsten who sent me back the photos and that was the last I saw of the LT. It was sold at Pickles salvage auction for $2550
BEWARE .... I'm looking at your teeth .....
R1200 GSA 2009, K1200 LT 1999 "insurance w/off", Suzuki DR 650 2012, C650GT "gone" 2018 R 1200 RT
BillB
 
Posts: 369
Joined: Fri Jun 26, 2015 2:28 pm

Re: K1200LT WRITE-Off

Postby pspencer » Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:25 pm

Bill so sorry to hear the demise of your great tourer. But as Bozo said I am sure you will be very happy with the twin pot RT. They are a great bike.
pspencer
 
Posts: 15
Joined: Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:19 pm

Re: K1200LT WRITE-Off

Postby Kots » Sat Oct 06, 2018 6:17 pm

Wow Bill I’ve only just seen this. I’m glad to hear you and Doris are ok. Sorry to hear about the bike. Very lucky in regard to the house and the rest of your gear. Kots
Kots
 
Posts: 58
Joined: Wed Nov 19, 2014 12:10 pm

Re: K1200LT WRITE-Off

Postby BillB » Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:52 pm

Kots wrote:Wow Bill I’ve only just seen this. I’m glad to hear you and Doris are ok. Sorry to hear about the bike. Very lucky in regard to the house and the rest of your gear. Kots

Kots keep up with it,traded in C650 GT and write off INSURANCE PAY OUT and put it into a new 1200RT. And loving it :P
Image
BEWARE .... I'm looking at your teeth .....
R1200 GSA 2009, K1200 LT 1999 "insurance w/off", Suzuki DR 650 2012, C650GT "gone" 2018 R 1200 RT
BillB
 
Posts: 369
Joined: Fri Jun 26, 2015 2:28 pm

Re: K1200LT WRITE-Off

Postby Goldie1 » Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:02 pm

Hi Bill that looks a very nice unit,thought that was your scooter at the dealer
Goldie1
 
Posts: 73
Joined: Tue Aug 04, 2015 7:58 pm

Re: K1200LT WRITE-Off

Postby BillB » Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:26 pm

BEWARE .... I'm looking at your teeth .....
R1200 GSA 2009, K1200 LT 1999 "insurance w/off", Suzuki DR 650 2012, C650GT "gone" 2018 R 1200 RT
BillB
 
Posts: 369
Joined: Fri Jun 26, 2015 2:28 pm


Return to General

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest