R1200CLC Project. Yeah, I know...(Corny name: Night Dragon)

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by JimVonBaden, Aug 20, 2017.

  1. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Hi,

    This may surprise some of you but I have always liked the R1200C variants. Tomorrow I will pick up my first, a 2003 R1200CLC with 81K miles on it. It is physically a little rough, but runs well.

    My plan is to make it mine by doing a HD thing. I am going to murder it out (I always hated that term, but it fits.) Black out everything. The chrome is too rough to salvage, and the polished parts are all pitted.

    So my "Chromehead" is going to become a Blackhead. :eek:

    Here is what I am starting with (not my photos):

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    Stay tuned, I pick it up tomorrow and will add more photos.
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  2. bhinton77

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    I've always like the C....had a black 2003 Montana edition, just couldn't ever get comfortable on it. Really excited to see your murdering of the CLC


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    "Popcorn" ....

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  5. Kai Ju

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    I'll be watching this one. I've always wondered whether you can take one of these and make it look like (somewhat) a modern day version of an R69.

    Is the fairing staying or going ? Ditto with the bags ?
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  6. JimVonBaden

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    The R1200R is a better fit for the R69.
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    The bags and fairing are staying. We shall see what all I need to do to make it look cool, or as cool as possible.
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  7. Kai Ju

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    this is what I had in mind, not an R90S.

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  9. lesman

    lesman Live easy, Brake Hard

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    Do you ride the bike before you bought it? A buddy had one. It was 8 1/2 ft of terrorizing fury. I think it topped out at 90. It was his first bike.
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  10. JimVonBaden

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    Nope, but I did today. It is a heavy bike at 52hp. It tends to drop over into turns and takes a fair bit of muscle to control it compared to my GS.

    Home now.

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    Bedliner the whole thing.

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  14. lesman

    lesman Live easy, Brake Hard

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    Were the "C" motors detuned massively from the "R" "RT" and "GS" motors? I've ridden a R and RT bikes. They ran great. The C would not keep up with my GSPD nor my Sporty 1200R.
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  15. JimVonBaden

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    Quite a bit. The power is moved to lower in the rev range too, for the cruiser feel.

    Displacement: 1170.00 ccm (71.39 cubic inches)
    Engine type: Two cylinder boxer, four-stroke
    Power: 60.34 HP (44.0 kW)) @ 5000 RPM
    Torque: 98.00 Nm (10.0 kgf-m or 72.3 ft.lbs) @ 3000 RPM
    Top speed: 165.0 km/h (102.5 mph)
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    ..and yet you slapped your distracting logo on all of them?
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  17. cide1

    cide1 Been here awhile

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    The R1200C series used an oilhead motor (like the R1100 and R1150 bikes), all the other R1200 models used either hexhead, camhead, or wethead motors. There are a few things that brave people have done to get more power and better gearing:

    - Cams from an R1150* bike are more sporty, and get more power out of the motor.
    - The R1200C series had a single throttle body, replacing this with dual throttle bodies and ECU from another oilhead gets more air flowing
    - The flywheel is way heavy. Having it lightened by a machine shop will help throttle response.
    - The transmission is only 5 speeds, it really needs a lower 1st gear, and an overdrive for highway cruising. Swapping in a 6 speed from another oilhead achieves this.

    Looking at these issues, and not loving my feet out front, I ended up trading mine on a '12 R1200R that has all these issues addressed.
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  18. JimVonBaden

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    Actually, the CL is a 6 speed, at least the 03 is.
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    I'll bet that helps a lot. Mine was an '04 R1200C, which had a 5 speed.
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  20. JimVonBaden

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    Yeah, it comes off the line smoothly, and cruises at 75 pretty nicely.
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