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Re: 08 K1200S build/questions/mods

I picked up the large soft bag today. I can use it for longer trips and for really long trips I can include my smaller soft bag.







Does anyone know if the K1300s quick shift can be fitted to the k1200s? I see that there is a Dynojet quick shifter option but I'm curious if the BMW quick shift will fit our bikes?
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Re: 08 K1200S build/questions/mods

Isn't there some ECM programming with the quick shift?
The hardware is a bolt on.
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Yes..Im wondering if our ECM is programmable for the Quickshift? Any of you gurus know ?
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I actually looked into this and found nothing and no one that has a program for a quickshift on the K12. Looks like Power Commander (which replaces much of the ECM) is your best option.
I did not ask Brentune although I am sure they can do it. They usually shy away from custom programming except fuel/ignition/rev maps.
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It seems that the bike responds better at higher rpms. If you start out from a stop comma it seems better if the engine is revved slightly higher otherwise it tends to bog down or stutter. I also noticed that the idle is not particularly smooth. Maybe the throttle bodies need balancing

I had a 2005 s And a 2007 the same as yours and all I did to make both run fine was unhook the oxygen senser. It will set a code that the dealer can see with his equipment but won't show anything that you can see. Also you need to contact Beech about riser plates to make it handle like it should. My .02 I also had a 2009 1300s and put a REXXER map in it and changed its life
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"Also you need to contact Beech about riser plates to make it handle like it should"

Although this is a popular choice, make up your own mind. Riser plates with Michelin Pilot Power 3's were too nervous for me. I went with lowering plates. If you do a lot of tight turns and run tires that have slow turn in, risers are the way to go to mask the weight and wheelbase.
If you want stability on rain grooves and rock solid in the 100 MPH sweepers you will need tires and lowering plates to match that style of riding.
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I actually like the way the bike handles alhough Ive heard that 190 55 tires are better overall for the bike.

This morning, the small tank bag came in. Its a nice low profile and doesn't disrupt the sleek lines of the bike too much and the Navi will be visible.

The lower Navi brackets came in to the dealer so Ill get those this afternoon. The top mount will be in this afternoon also. If someone can give me measurements as to where the holes for the Navi are in the battery cover, that would be great. Pictures would help too.
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I have all the parts to mount the Navi. If anyone has Navi mounted on the battery box, Id love to see pics from underneath to see where the center hole is drilled. The four mounting holes should be obvious. Also, my battery box is carbon fiber so I will have to be careful how I drill the holes, especially the larger hole for the harness.
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I saw a helmet on clearance that was a great match for my bike. Let me know what you think.



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I got the factory Navigator III installed today. My battery cover is carbon fiber so that posed an additional concern. What I did was put some masking tape over the areas where I was drilling holes. I put the tape on both side of the battery cover and I put the cover on top of A2 by 4 so that when I drill the holes it would go through the carbon fiber and into the wood and hopefully minimize splintering of the carbon fiber resin. Another problem was that I needed to mark four blind holes. I got a piece of chewing gum and shoot it for a few minutes and then broke it up into 4 pieces and flattened it out over the area where the holes were. Event positions e mounting bracket of the Navigator and press down on the bracket which made an impression on the chewing gum. I've been marked the chewing gum with a marker and took a small drill bit and drilled pilot holes. Instructions call for 5.3 millimeter holes and the closest that I had was something like 7 /32. The center hole had to be 1 inch diameter. I used a step bit after drilling a pilot hole.

After the holes were drilled, I assembled the brackets and wired the Navi and then plugged it into the factory plug that was already present near the battery. It all worked well and I am very pleased.




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"...having a K-bike is a serious life treat..."

If I get forgetful, I'll just twist the throttle and head on down the road.
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I installed the BMW tank bag made for the K12S equipped with factory Navi. The bag clips on to a bra with in turn is fastened to the bike. The rear of the bra has a piece that is wedged between the seat and the gas tank. The front straps work really long and I was trying to figure out the best way to attach it. I ended up shortening it by quite a bit and had it looped around the front suspension.

The tank bag is not particularly large but seems big enough to carry plenty of miscellaneous items. I like that it is sleeker than a lot of bags so that it does not interfere with the beautiful lines of the bike. I can easily see the navigation.

I got a good chance to check out the navigation on a 50 mile round trip ride yesterday. I initially the Navi said no detection of satellites. It was a little disappointing but eventually it did detect satellites and I was toying with some of the functions. I can't see how it could be a bit distracting but also it could be helpful when there is no traffic and you are riding on a boring section of Highway.
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Re: 08 K1200S build/questions/mods

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Does anyone know if the K1300s quick shift can be fitted to the k1200s? I see that there is a Dynojet quick shifter option but I'm curious if the BMW quick shift will fit our bikes?

Hi Mark

As Duke DOA commented, no BMW Quickshifter option for K12.

IMO Powercommander is the best option and you can also remap the engine

http://www.powercommander.com/powerc...mdl=77&yr=1435


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Has anyone installed the PC Quickshift?
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Has anyone installed the PC Quickshift?
Search with " powercommander in K1200 forum. There are interesting threads like this:

"K1200S Powercommander" http://www.i-bmw.com/showthread.php?t=48393
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Looks like the bike responds well to the PC. I heard the PC cannot be sold in Calif, so Ill have to figure a way around that....
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Looks like the bike responds well to the PC. I heard the PC cannot be sold in Calif, so Ill have to figure a way around that....


I've read Power Commander is illegal in California.

Look for another places
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Looks like the bike responds well to the PC. I heard the PC cannot be sold in Calif, so Ill have to figure a way around that....


Look up REXXER. You send them your bike Brain and they modify it and send it back in about a week or so and it costs about what a PC does and is better all around. And no one can tell anything has been done. pick a dealer outside of CA.
Or unplug the oxygen senser and go for a ride, if you like it leave it unhooked.
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Rexxer is an option, I went for the Brentune.
I think any non-stock remap is illegal in CA, but I have never seen that stop anyone.
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Guys... the OP ask for a quickshifter , see post #61
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I did inquire about it. Looks like PC and QS is the best way to go

Anyone ever figure out if ESA can be retrofitted to the bike??
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Anyone ever figure out if ESA can be retrofitted to the bike??

I think yes

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/show...diagId=77_0308
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That refers to ASC. However, my gut instinct tells me that ESA also could be added and then the stealer would activate the ECU. Im just not positive this would work.
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That refers to ASC. However, my gut instinct tells me that ESA also could be added and then the stealer would activate the ECU. Im just not positive this would work.
You must to buy the spring strut and this part, new switchgear and software, Is a dealer job and I'm not sure is possible. IMO Is a Factory option

IMO is expensive and no so necessary, except you need to change the setting on the fly, not common, as example I have ESA and I used it few times because usually I ride solo
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Anyone ever figure out if ESA can be retrofitted to the bike??

If you have the ESA button on your left switch pod then you might have the correct wiring harness. If you don't have the button then it's most likely that you don't have the correct harness to plug the units into. BMW had several different wiring harnesses for each bike specification, with ABS without ESA, with ABS and ESA, Without ABS or ESA and who knows what else. Or, you can find the wiring harness part # you have and cross reference it that way. If you're really serious then you'll have to buy the correct wiring harness, take the bike apart and replace it. It can be done but it's a PITA. You'll also have to have the ZFE and Khombi (gauges) reconfigured to make it work because the ZFE controls the units and that talks to the Khombi and they need to be able to listen to each other on the LIN-Bus.
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I do not have the ESA button on my left switch.
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I do not have the ESA button on my left switch.

Then go get yourself a good set of Wilbers shocks and ride the snot out of it. You are approaching the diminishing returns part of your build up where your going to spend a lot of money for very little gain in performance.
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Does replacing the lower arm of the duolever with one from a K1300S help in the handling of the bike significantly? I think the only suspension difference is the lower arm only?
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Actually I would like to see an answer for the quick shifter as well, but on a 2005 k1200s
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It seems that the only quickshifter available for any K12s is from Powercommander. The actual k13s quick shift linkage will fit.....but the ECU is not likely to recognize the bmw shifter.
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Ur welcome...its a shame too because someone is selling a shifter in the classifieds
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Well maybe one day I will splurge and get the whole kit from PowerCommander, but the first thing is an exhaust.....
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The hard bags lock to the bike but the soft ones can unclip easily. How you guys are securing your soft bags?
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I just found a used K13S tail light and bought it. It should be here by next week. I know the wiring has been an issue for those retrofitting the K13S tail light to the 12. Hopefully I can figure it out. Its coming from Canada, so I think the wiring is different there than the US spec K13S light.
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The K13S tail light arrived yesterday in perfect shape. Its more modern looking than the K12S unit. Here is a side by side:



Here is a pic of the back side of the lights:


I installed the light just to see if it made an appearance difference:

Before:


After:


Before:


After:



I re-installed my original light because the connectors are completely different and I need a K13S wiring harness. I ordered a wire harness from my local BMW dealer which will be here on Tuesday. I believe the dealer needs to reprogram my computer so it recognizes the light as an LED so I dont get the lampf warning...correct?
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It's 2 wires ? Could you not have just tried using some wire to temporarily connect to see if it would work, unless there is more to this that what I see ? Hope it works ok I would like to do this as well
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I suppose I could temporarily hook it up but Id hate to do it wrong and blow a computer. Ill try to patiently wait until Tuesday and connect the harness to the light.
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Wire harness is in. Ill pick it up after work. I think what I need to do is to hook up the light and then take the bike down to the stealership and have them activate the LED tail light on their magical computer. I just hope they know what Im talking about when I ask them to do that.
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surfing E-Bay and came across this....

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ALL-NEW-2016...6 ifw&vxp=mtr

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Nice find. Has anyone used this Quickshift?
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May be worth reading.

http://www.healtech-electronics.com/products/qse/
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Good thread with a lot of good info. In my opinion though, all the talk of steering geometry, adding toys and parts swaps etc; the single most important and biggest change I did on my K12s (in fact just about every bike I've owned) was the suspension. Don't bother with the ESA, get Ohlins or Wilbers Etc, get them dialed in and it is beyond game changing. Keep in mind at any given time while riding you have maybe 4 inches square of rubber touching the road and one thing keeps it touching the road. Don't underestimate the importance of the shocks. It improves everything from tire wear to braking and obviously safety, handling and confidence.


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I picked up the wire harness from BMW the other day. I cut off the lugs and soldered the wires to the existing wires. I did this because I have the option of using the original tail light, or, if I sell the bike, the new owner would have that option.

I have the lampr! light of course. I believe the dealer can change the light setting in the ECU to LED so the warning light goes off? Ill call the dealer in a moment and see if they know what Im talking about. UPDATE - I just called the stealership and they charge $75 to change the setting in the ECU...a bit steep I believe. I think Ill try the resistor method or maybe Ill hook up the original light bulb. SECOND UPDATE - Another stealership will charge $55. I have an appointment at 2:30. The joys of owning a beemer (or however its spelled).

Pic with K1300S light actually installed:


Next Id like to install clear front and rear turn signal lenses.
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looking good.....

did you take pictures of the wiring by chance ?
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looking good.....

did you take pictures of the wiring by chance ?

Thank you. I didnt get a pic of the wiring but its super easy. The K13S wiring harness is the exact colors of the K12S harness. I cut a section of insulation from the K12S harness and stripped the end of the K13S wires. Then I wrapped the K13 wire around the corresponding K12S wire and soldered it and wrapped it with electrical tape. The light functions properly. Shortly, I will be getting rid of the warning light with an ECU reprogramming
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Does replacing the lower arm of the duolever with one from a K1300S help in the handling of the bike significantly? I think the only suspension difference is the lower arm only?
Try riser plates being sold by Beech in our classifieds.


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Yesterday, I went to BMW of Riverside and dropped the bike off to have them change the ECM parameter to recognize the LED tail light. At first the service advisor was not sure that the bike was capable of having the tail light parameter changed. I suggested to him that it was highly likely that it could be changed. I d not believe he had seen this done before.

They took the bike to the back and in about 15 minutes, the bike was back and he said that the tail light warning was gone. He charged me $33. So anyone who puts resistors or light bulbs in the tail light circuit does not need to do this. Its better to spend $33 to have the computer recognize the light.

While I was waiting for the bike, I remembered that when I got my Triumph Sprint ST, I had a windshield lip added to the bike that reduced wind and made it quieter when riding. The company is Laminar and they are located in Santa Ana, CA. I called them and they told me they had a smoked windshield lip in stock.

After I got my bike back from the dealer, I rode down to Laminar. They had the lip pulled and ready for me to make sure it fit - I have a Ztechnik windscreen. It looked like a good fit so I bought the lip. Interestingly, the lip tucked in my jacket really well.

I installed it this morning. Its super easy to install. First I removed the upper (rearward) windshield bolts. I put them in a bag to save them. Then I installed the composite screws, washers and rubber washer on the windshield loosely. I cleaned the existing windshield with soap and water and dried it. Then I used the supplied alcohol wipe to clean the existing windscreen. Then I removed the backing from the velcro tabs, tightened the screws more and pressed the top of the lip on to the existing screen. Then I tightened the screws until snug. Pics are forthcoming....
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Close up of mounting screw and washers:
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I have owned my 2006 K1200S for a year and love it. I highly recommend the following projects which make a large difference for not much money.

The first is an alternative to Power Commander / Rexxer remapping. I have an aftermarket pipe plus K&N filters and before this enhancement the bike would stumble and surge in the lower RPMs due to the motor running so lean. This is the stock setup due to emission concerns. The AF-XiED is about $200 (I bought mine from Beemer Boneyard) and not hard to install with modest mechanical skills. See the link below for details and photos. It is adjustable for richening the fuel mixture - I have mine set on 9.

http://www.i-bmw.com/showthread.php?...hlight=AF-XiED

The second project helps with the shifter action. It will still clunk going into first but that is the transmission. The stock setup has a plastic bushing in the shift lever which allows for some deflection in the action. I definitely missed a lot of shifts (especially 1 > 2) on the stock bike. Now I rarely miss any at all. I purchased the ball-bearing bushings on eBay, I think they were less than $20. This is also a relatively easy install. Link below for details and photos.

http://www.i-bmw.com/showthread.php?...ifter+bearings

Best of luck with your K Deus, it is beautiful.
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It seems that the bike responds better at higher rpms. If you start out from a stop comma it seems better if the engine is revved slightly higher otherwise it tends to bog down or stutter. I also noticed that the idle is not particularly smooth. Maybe the throttle bodies need balancing


Call Rexxer, I just did mine, totally different world. $300. Smoother engine all the way around, even helps the shifting feel better too.
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I definitely want to have the engine tuned. Its a bit incorrigible from the dig or at slower speeds.

Ill be spending some quality time with her Saturday as I am riding from LA to San Francisco. Ill be buzzing around in the bay area while Im there.

A couple more pics of the windscreen:


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The second project helps with the shifter action. It will still clunk going into first but that is the transmission. The stock setup has a plastic bushing in the shift lever which allows for some deflection in the action. I definitely missed a lot of shifts (especially 1 > 2) on the stock bike. Now I rarely miss any at all. I purchased the ball-bearing bushings on eBay, I think they were less than $20. This is also a relatively easy install. Link below for details and photos.

http://www.i-bmw.com/showthread.php?...ifter+bearings

Best of luck with your K Deus, it is beautiful.

This peaked my interest so I spent today looking for a bearing place to get these from, on the average a pack of 10 is just over 25 dollars plus shipping, one place was about 20 dollars for one, they were close by and I could have driven there but not for that price.

So I took a step back and thought about this a bit, thinking what would use such a small bearing, then it hit me.....radio controlled cars, planes, and so on,,,,,,and where to get those but a hobby store.....

so googled hobby stores near me, and just around the corner there is one, and he has the exact size of bearing I am looking for, and for the awesome price of

$3.99 per bearing......

Guess where I am going after work today.....

Just got myself a weekend project....since my slip on can has not arrived yet....

I will buy 5 of the bearings and do a bit of stress testing, just to make sure they are not some cheap alloy and will fall apart on me, but if they hold up, I am good to go, they are sealed and pre greased, so I think I am in business...

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Well the mod did not work, I don't have the correct washers....have to source those out and try another day...bearing seem to be OK, at least one part is good to go...
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I used Orings between the bearing and a larger washer. Holds the bearings center in place, and allows you to use any washer that fits the ID. Should double as a seal to prevent water into the bearing area as well.
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After installing my K13S tail light, I decided to ride the bike from Los Angeles to the San Francisco bay area, about 400 miles of slab riding straight up Interstate 5. This would give me a chance to see how the bike runs and how the improvements worked.

I packed the bike using the tank bag, the hard side bags and the smaller rear bag mounted on the rack. If the bag is on the rack, its easier to swing your leg on the bike but you don't have a back rest and the weight is further away making balancing a bit more difficult. I needed the smaller rear bag for my flight to Portland after I visited the bay area.

Impressions:

The first thing I realized was I should have mounted the center stand. Its easier to fill the tank more on the stand, than having to sit on the bike and fill it. Also, the tank bag is a bit awkward when I remove it for filling up. If you unclip it from the rear and pitch it forward to access the tank, the Navigation gets in the way. You have to unclip it from the front and pitch it backward, but then you cannot sit on the seat. With the center stand, it makes filling up much easier.

I went 210 miles on my first fill up with about 20 miles left according to the range setting. I went at a brisk pace. Also, the Navigation connection was not solid so my Navigator kept going on and off. The dealer messed with it when they set my computer to accept the LED tail light. I ended up taping the connector later and it worked good.

The Navigation was nice when it was functioning. I needed it a few times when riding around up there. It also provided good inf on a long trip. On the way home it could not acquire satellite signal about 70 miles from home and never did get a signal.

The throttlemeister throttle lock is essential to have. I have one on my Triumph and it makes long rides much more pleasant. I adjusted it right before I left and it never failed to hold. It does need minor fiddling depending on the terrain because its not an actual cruise control. I wish there was an electronic cruise control for this bike.

The Laminar windscreen lip reduces wind and does not interfere with the lovely lines of the bike. Its nice to duck behind the screen once in a while to stay out of the wind blast. You can look through the tinted lip during the day, but not when light is low.

At a stop light, a motorist next to me commented that my headlight was the brightest one he had ever seen. I said "Good. It makes it easier to see me." At first i thought he was talking about my LED tail light, darn it.

The engine clearly needs tuning as we have discussed. Its great on the highway at speed but its unhappy in parking lots and cruising at slow speeds. I guess a power commander is in order or an alternative.

I noticed that the engine occasionally stalls when I squeeze the clutch in. Hopefully an engine tune will solve that too.

Overall, this bike is great for 1-2 day trips. It may be a bit tiring for multiday trips or trips with high mileage days (600+). I wish the side bags were bigger. I know the lids extend but that sure looks goofy. The sound and the power is intoxicating and great for passing and maneuvering in traffic. The computer provides great info for trips. The outside temp came in handy as I traveled in 105+ degrees much of the time. The seat needs to be customized. Id like to widen the rear of the driver seat and put a softer layer of foam on it. A nice custom cover would look great too. Has anyone done a nice custom cover to their seat?
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I keep looking at this thread, knowing, just knowing that someday soon I will see an upgrade that improves the bike itself You've gotta be close now.

BTW no offence intended, mostly meant in jest.
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No offense taken. My goal is to accessorize the bike with factory parts, which I have done. The bike did not come with a throttlelock, so I added the Throttlemeister. I also added the Laminar lip which reduces wind on the rider, as discussed, supra. Finally I added the K13S tailight which improves the look as well as visibility and safety. The previous owner added HID headlights which are much better than stock.

My plan is to make more improvements by tuning the engine, adding K13S front control arms, K13S driveshaft, K13R bridge(possibly), shifter bushings and a better clutch slave. In addition to the 3 improvements I made, those 6 improvements should make the bike much better.

How is that plan?
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