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Old 01-30-2012, 09:54 AM   #1
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Vintage K Bike Luv

the 80s K series BMWs broke ground. they shifted the paradigm and stirred up much dirt. no one believed it would last.
it was the first big step away from BMWs long hold on the old technology. away from Airheads. there were haters. doubters. nay-sayers. but BMW had it right, and today, the K series not only perseveres, but stands strong. the K is fast, fun in the twisties, stable on the Interstates, a great tourer, solid commuter. all around great bikes.
so let's see 'em.
Show Us Your Vintage K Pix. here's mine, a 1988 K100RS
with the Ohlins rear shock, Corbin seat, and Parabellum windscreen:





it is painted an official BMW color, the Dark Graphite- tho this color wasn't offered on a K back then. the original color of the bike was that funky brown. then it was painted some off color of blue by another owner... then i had it painted the color it is now... i probably have more money in paint alone than the bike is worth.

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Old 01-30-2012, 10:32 AM   #2
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Took mine out to Bonneville from Atlanta, GA and back. It was a 1985 k100 that a guy had pulled the engine from, put a new (4k miles) engine in, swapped all the controls for jap bike ones and sold to me for like $1200. I bought it, rode it for a couple weeks, changed the oil and headed out on a 5,000 mile trip without a SINGLE issue.
Bike was ugly as sin, and took a looong time to bond with and get used to but I wish I could have afforded to keep it at the time. I'll have another one, some day.

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Old 04-23-2013, 12:13 PM   #3
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BH (if you're still looking into this thread), do you know what that screen is - or does anyone else know please?
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Old 04-23-2013, 12:59 PM   #4
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BH (if you're still looking into this thread), do you know what that screen is - or does anyone else know please?
Don't know what it was. It was pretty generic but did a killer job. Sorry mate :(
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Old 05-23-2013, 10:00 AM   #6
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Today I bought this 86 K75. It runs perfectly, surprised how much power it has. The aluminum needs polished and the paint has a few chips. I will slap a historic plate on it tomorrow and ride it some more.
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Old 01-30-2012, 12:48 PM   #7
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Classic, Classy, and Capable. What else could you want?
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Old 01-30-2012, 01:05 PM   #8
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Old 01-30-2012, 05:18 PM   #9
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Gah! What is it about these bikes in white that gives me so much WANT?! I've been wanting a K75 for some time now and this thread is not helping!!
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Gah! What is it about these bikes in white that gives me so much WANT?! I've been wanting a K75 for some time now and this thread is not helping!!
what's not to love? sweet lines and a reliable ride that still has that classic appeal...
it ain't all bad.
go for it.

don't know if the K75 was ever released in white but nothin sayin you couldn't find a decent body shop/painter and have one painted your way in a BMW color...
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what's not to love? sweet lines and a reliable ride that still has that classic appeal...
it ain't all bad.
go for it.

don't know if the K75 was ever released in white but nothin sayin you couldn't find a decent body shop/painter and have one painted your way in a BMW color...
I keep coming back to the K75 and have no doubt it'll end up in my garage someday. I had a chance for an RT @$1200 but passed as the big fairing wasn't what I wanted. I'm still kicking myself on that one.

Ugh. So many wants, only a finite amount of $$$. But the simple lines of the K75C calls to me, listen to its siren song...
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Old 02-01-2012, 09:41 AM   #13
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I keep coming back to the K75 and have no doubt it'll end up in my garage someday. I had a chance for an RT @$1200 but passed as the big fairing wasn't what I wanted. I'm still kicking myself on that one.

Ugh. So many wants, only a finite amount of $$$. But the simple lines of the K75C calls to me, listen to its siren song...
i gotcha. i'm not a lover of the RT either...
all good things in all good time.
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what's not to love? sweet lines and a reliable ride that still has that classic appeal...
it ain't all bad.
go for it.

don't know if the K75 was ever released in white but nothin sayin you couldn't find a decent body shop/painter and have one painted your way in a BMW color...
You can definitely get a cheap K75 that is solid mechanically (I suppose they all are: Just check the splines), but rough around the edges. Have it painted for ~$700 or so, and you have a sweet bike that is exactly what you want.
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Old 01-30-2012, 07:03 PM   #15
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that white is sweet! what kind of bags are those?
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