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Old 05-02-2008, 02:47 PM   #61
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I owned an eggplant-purple '91 K75s from '95 to 2006 - it was a fine machine and even though I replaced it with a nice comfortable Futura, I still think the Ks' seating position/bars (with a corbin saddle) is the best I have ever ridden - a perfect balance for me. Even living on an island I managed to pile 40K onto it, - and it wasn't my only bike, it just wanted to GO !

The guy I sold mine to has a set of them he's picked up cheap and is mass-rebuilding: his plan is to paint all the body-work identically (at the same time) , re-register & insure one of them and move the plate around ( shipping some of them to other islands ! ) - pretty funny if he pulls it off - he's got enough parts to make 3 or 4 complete bikes now.
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Old 05-02-2008, 03:19 PM   #62
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good stuff

dave2,i agree with u about saving my 00BMWK1200LT for the good riding.i commute on my 97 valkyrie.
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Old 05-02-2008, 05:49 PM   #63
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Here's my new (to me) K! I just bought two days ago. Compared to my old R65 this thing is a dream on the road!
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Old 05-02-2008, 05:58 PM   #64
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wow

isleofman86,wow looks brand new.how many ticks on the clock?
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Old 05-02-2008, 06:02 PM   #65
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24k miles, its a beauty. I was running back and forth between getting another old R something and this bike and i'm so glad that i went for this one. Its amazing on the road, so solid and so smooth! here's a closed pic of the engine. I love this picture!
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Old 05-02-2008, 09:45 PM   #66
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first Brick - first BMW

our - 2003 K1200LTC
shown with trunk removed for ballistics testing
Love this bike - I see a K12GT in my future

Cheers!
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Old 05-03-2008, 04:30 AM   #67
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Don't forget Eddie. The uber K75 adventurer. He's ridden his K all over the world.
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Old 05-03-2008, 07:18 AM   #68
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I too have begun to like the look of the older K bikes and am contemplating buying one to commute on. I currently commute on a 95 R1100GS but hate having her revving at 5k all day long. My commute is part open freeway at 80mph and part lanesplitting. I love the GS for lane splitting, very nimble at low speeds.

How do the K bikes handle? Are they as nimble as a 1100GS? What would cruising speeds be on the open road?

Are there K models and/or years to stay away from?
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Old 05-03-2008, 10:19 AM   #69
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Brought the K home today.

Future farkles-
New Corbin seat, high.
Is there a peg lowering reward kit available? If so, on it goes.
Navigation system.
iPod remote.
Hundreds of liters of gas coupons.
ADAC training and membership.
FYYFF and ADV decals.
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Old 05-05-2008, 09:00 PM   #70
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K1200lt

deangs,my 00BMWK1200LT is a really well balanced bike.i bought it in august last year with 18K on it and you can ride it really easy with no hands and the cruise on.its really balanced better than any bike ive ever owned.with 100 horsepower its got enough for me.heated grips and seat.monoshock rear suspension,6 channel cd.its hard not to like it.the biggest thing i read was its hard to handle at parking lot speeds but ive NEVER found it to be a problem.
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Old 05-06-2008, 12:32 AM   #71
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Originally Posted by Shoganai
This fellow that goes by Flying Duck is AMAZING in his knowledge of these bikes
Nah, I wouldn't trust him. He's a hack.

The worst year for Ks was 96 - when they stopped making a triple. BMW should've pushed the K75 design up to a 900. It would be S-M-O-O-T-H and have some of the power the K75 was lacking. Although K75s are not really that slow if you just run em up above 4000 rpm - which they LOVE.

Ks I've owned and loved:







This one was named Kato. I built it taking the best parts from three different K100RS4Vs.



And I've got these two as my riders now:


(As you can tell, my green K1100LT looks MUCH better than that braggart off the grid.)

Then I have the K75S I've restored around a 24k engine that will have a silver 32:11 paralever final drive. When I get off my ass and call my painter to get my tank, bodywork and hard cases back, it will be pimpin' in this bad-assed 3 stage red.



Did I mention that I like K bikes?

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Old 05-11-2008, 12:32 AM   #72
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Come over here with me http://www.k11og.org/forum/index.php and read, ask questions and hang out. This fellow that goes by Flying Duck is AMAZING in his knowledge of these bikes
I've tried. Registered, sent emails, but my account has not been activated. Could you HABU and PM a mod or something?

Thanks,
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Old 05-20-2008, 08:38 PM   #73
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I took a picture with my neighbors. Everybody is admiring a K12S.
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Old 05-21-2008, 05:29 PM   #74
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New to me k1200rs

I recently bought this 1999 k1200rs with 22,000 miles from a 70 year old mechanic. It is an unbelievable ride.
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Old 05-21-2008, 05:38 PM   #75
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