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Old 07-31-2013, 07:06 PM   #16
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If I were me (which I am) I'd look at some ways of getting some wind through that fairing through additional "wind wings" or something. I find the price exceptionally fair.

The RT fairings ride very nicely, and are a true pleasure when things get cooler. The K75 even in standard kit tends to blow very hot air on you left calf. I stopped wearing a pair of KLIM mesh pants I'd become fond of because of this.
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Old 07-31-2013, 07:08 PM   #17
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Ah, ok. I've done this conversion too. Try looking at Gina's BMW.....she seems to get a lot of starter BMWs in.

Any +1 on getting a '95 model.....the three spoke wheels and big alternator are well worth the money.
I spoke with Gina's today. In fact, that is the dealer that did the RS conversion. I was hoping that they might have the original parts that they took off. Hopefully they will call me back.

After running the VIN decoder (http://www.bmw-z1.com/VIN/VINdecode-e.cgi) on this bike I don't think it is a K75s. Last seven of VIN is 0135797.

I ran a different VIN that I know is from a 1990 K75s (last seven of VIN is 0152317) and the VIN decoder identified it as an S model.

So I am leaning more towards purchasing this bike, turning it back into a K75 standard and keeping it the original color.

I'd like more opinions on whether this bike is worth $2,300 - $2,500 knowing it is the standard model.
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Old 07-31-2013, 07:10 PM   #18
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If I were me (which I am) I'd look at some ways of getting some wind through that fairing through additional "wind wings" or something. I find the price exceptionally fair.

The RT fairings ride very nicely, and are a true pleasure when things get cooler. The K75 even in standard kit tends to blow very hot air on you left calf. I stopped wearing a pair of KLIM mesh pants I'd become fond of because of this.
After my brief test ride on this bike I agree on the wind protection. However, I have other bikes with wind protection.

My goal when I started searching for another bike was a mid CC classic naked bike with good power, shaft drive, good looks, ABS brakes and inexpensive. I can't think of any other bike that fits these criteria other than the K75 or K100.
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Old 07-31-2013, 07:21 PM   #19
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If you want a K75S, then buy a K75S.
^ This.
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Old 07-31-2013, 07:34 PM   #20
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ABS brakes.
Having owned quite a few K bikes, I consider ABS vs. non-ABS a toss-up on these bikes and value them roughly equally.

ABS +'s: Some additional safety.

ABS -'s:

First gen - although it does work it is kind of clunky when it kicks in with a rather long cycle time. But it DOES work.

Weight - The modulators are pretty heavy.

Effectiveness - The front brakes on K75s/K100s aren't that great, especially 2-up, so, unless you're riding on a particularly slippery or unpredictable surface, a moderately skilled rider should be able to keep the ABS from ever kicking in.

Control unit failure rate: Though not extremely high, the failure rate is higher than it should be.

Maintenance: Bleeding is just a little bit more time but if you drain the entire system, (say, to swap in stainless lines) refilling the system and getting the air out is more work.

JMHO. YMMV. FYYFFs.
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Old 07-31-2013, 07:35 PM   #21
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To give you the benefit of my personal experience, which likely won't even buy you a coffee, here it is:

I've owned an "S" and what may have been a Standard or a "T", although if it was a "T", the stock windscreen had evaporated long ago. The S is a fun bike. The suspension is decent for a bike of this age, although the stock rear shock is very poor and will fail. Replacements aren't that expensive, and make a world of difference.

If you want to crouch over low bars and lay over the tank, the stock "S" bars are your huckleberry. In fact, if you don't lay over the tank, the S fairing has few benefits. You can add a taller screen or a laminar lip to cut the buffet, but for larger riders, it doesn't work very well. The S fairing was designed for a smaller rider well tucked-in.


The K75 is not a racer. It's an outstanding light touring machine with a smooth engine. You can take it about anywhere.

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After my brief test ride on this bike I agree on the wind protection. However, I have other bikes with wind protection.

My goal when I started searching for another bike was a mid CC classic naked bike with good power, shaft drive, good looks, ABS brakes and inexpensive. I can't think of any other bike that fits these criteria other than the K75 or K100.
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You can add a taller screen or a laminar lip to cut the buffet, but for larger riders, it doesn't work very well. The S fairing was designed for a smaller rider well tucked-in.
I'm 6-2. The Laminar Lip for S's is pretty worthless. The Aeroflow isn't particularly pretty but does work pretty well. I've done real miles with both.
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I'd like more opinions on whether this bike is worth $2,300 - $2,500 knowing it is the standard model.
Yeah, its easily worth that money. When I look at how nice all the black parts look, plus its already got a high seat and side panel conversion done....I can't believe it has 70k miles.
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Old 07-31-2013, 09:49 PM   #24
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I used to be 6'2', but last time I was at the doctor's, they told me I'm six foot even. Compression's a bitch. I agree. The laminar lip works for shorter riders, but does nothing for those over about 5'9".

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I'm 6-2. The Laminar Lip for S's is pretty worthless. The Aeroflow isn't particularly pretty but does work pretty well. I've done real miles with both.
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If I had the cash and was in the area, I'd certainly give $2300 for that bike. The RT fairing is a peach, and appears very well-done and clean. It looks like the PO wasn't skimping on anything. This is the kind of bike you want to buy.

If you want to make a profit, you likely won't. If you want a good ride, I suspect you'll be grinnin'
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OP and I had a conversation this afternoon. Bike is not an S, but a Standard. Confusion arose because many of the S improvements migrated to all other models in '95, and then BMW threw the towel in on what may be one of the best sub-liter touring machines ever made. If he wishes to put it back to stock, it's a much easier job.
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OP and I had a conversation this afternoon. Bike is not an S, but a Standard. Confusion arose because many of the S improvements migrated to all other models in '95, and then BMW threw the towel in on what may be one of the best sub-liter touring machines ever made. If he wishes to put it back to stock, it's a much easier job.
It doesn't matter what it was. The standard, C and S models all had the same tank and frame. (Though the Cs and early standards had a rear drum brake.)

IMO, where BMW really f'd up was not upgrading it to a 4V 900 triple. That would've been awesome.
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IMO, where BMW really f'd up was not upgrading it to a 4V 900 triple. That would've been awesome.
Oh, goddamn. You hit the nail on the head.
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Old 08-01-2013, 05:52 PM   #29
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I find the K75 power plant really adequate in most situations. It is a well-balanced and durable mill, and returns excellent economy. That being said, I am bald and fat, and mid-range old, and rarely sample the ton+.

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Oh, goddamn. You hit the nail on the head.
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It doesn't matter what it was. The standard, C and S models all had the same tank and frame. (Though the Cs and early standards had a rear drum brake.)

IMO, where BMW really f'd up was not upgrading it to a 4V 900 triple. That would've been awesome.
True but to me it does matter because I want to put the bike back to original. I bought the bike and am bringing it home tomorrow morning and looks like I'll be able to get it back to stock form a lot faster than I thought thanks to Canuman!

Thanks to everyone for their input.
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