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Old 04-28-2012, 06:16 AM   #1036
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Old 05-04-2012, 04:19 PM   #1037
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I'd like some suggestions/input

I now own an '88 K75 with 53000 + miles. I like it a lot. I put new tires on it a couple thousand miles ago, changed fluids, new spark plugs etc. It runs very well and is a sweet bike.

My favorite dealer (Motoghost) here in Phx has a K1200 RS that is also sweet. The bike has been gone through by the best BMW mechanics I've ever come across bar none. Here are the particulars:


Make: BMW
Model: K1200RS
Year: 2003
Mileage: 56814
Price: $6500 firm

Call (no texts please): 6 zero 2 - Three 2 four - 9 six 2 nine

Parts:

Remus Exuhast
Front and Rear Ohlins Shocks
New Michelin Pilot Road 2 tires front and rear
New Battery
Recent work all professionally performed at MotoGhost:

ALL NEW CLUTCH COMPONENTS (slave cylinder, disk, push rod, pressure plate,carrier spring)
Transmission Resealed
Final Drive Resealed
Drive Shaft Inspected
24k service and annual service
24k service and annual service included:

The bike was purchased by Motoghost because the previous owner became ill and had not ridden it for some time. They went through it completely and stand behind it. This seems like a helluva deal to me, although the asking price is a tad high given the average resale of this bike. I'm very tempted because I know the owner, the mechanic and the front end guy.....all top notch and extremely knowledgeable re: BMWs. Don't know it I mentioned, but they don't sell bikes; only work on BMWs and sell some gear. However, I have the utmost confidence in these gentlemen and this shop.

I guess my question is: Would I be perhaps better off putting a couple thousand dollars into my '88 (clutch and final drive spline lube, having the speedometer diagnosed, repaired (started acting up a little bit today), and a few other small things; or maybe biting the bullet and going for a newer, more powerful K that's probably good to go for another 75000 miles with only regular minor maintenance?

The other consideration is that my current bike has BMW saddlebags, which I use a lot; the K1200 does not, so those would need to be added at some expense.

Finally, I'd appreciate input from those with experience re: the "nature" of these two bikes and what implications that might have re: handling, cruising, power, whatever anyone would like to offer would be appreciated.

Many thanks in advance!
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Old 05-04-2012, 04:35 PM   #1038
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You sound like you are in the mood for a new bike. You should buy it and ride your k75 to Philadelphia for me to have. Win win.

See if you can get a test ride on the newer bike and I think your decision will be made.
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Old 05-04-2012, 04:57 PM   #1039
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Chico,

Fly out here and ride it back! I've no doubt it'd make the trip in a breeze. I would make it worth your while! (That is if I ride the K1200 and really like it.
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Old 05-04-2012, 08:38 PM   #1040
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Seriously, would still like your thoughts on the general riding characteristics of these two bikes, even without comments re: which one would be a good choice. Thanks!
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Old 05-04-2012, 08:43 PM   #1041
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Old 05-04-2012, 09:09 PM   #1042
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Bluegrasspicker, your point is? Love your stage name! Are you a banjo player? More info. please?
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Old 05-05-2012, 05:41 AM   #1043
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I.had my 94 K75 for three yrs and really liked it. I read about the K1200RS and thought it was a good move forward. I bought my 2000 RS 4yrs ago with 17K on it for $6500. It now has 45K on it, It honestly feels like twice the bike. Very glad I bought it and expect to keep it a long time.
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Old 05-05-2012, 06:56 AM   #1044
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Seriously, would still like your thoughts on the general riding characteristics of these two bikes, even without comments re: which one would be a good choice. Thanks!
You might ask this question on some BMW forums.

http://www.i-bmw.com/forumdisplay.php?f=6

http://www.k-bikes.com/forums/cmps_index.php?
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Old 05-06-2012, 08:46 AM   #1045
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Parts:

Remus Exuhast
Front and Rear Ohlins Shocks
New Michelin Pilot Road 2 tires front and rear
New Battery
Recent work all professionally performed at MotoGhost:

ALL NEW CLUTCH COMPONENTS (slave cylinder, disk, push rod, pressure plate,carrier spring)
Transmission Resealed
Final Drive Resealed
Drive Shaft Inspected
24k service and annual service
24k service and annual service included:
In parts/farkles alone, that's pretty well over half the price of the bike. Wanna see my invoices??? And that's not including time, not that easy to work on them clutches and tranny/RD seals.Lots of my time involved in that.

Bags do come up used once in a while, altough this is the wrong time of the year for that you can go look there:

http://marketplace.ibmwr.org/ads/kbas

Go for a test ride and watch them at low speed, they are heavy beasts. As for higher speeds well.....! It sure has the right tires/suspension.

Buy Buy Buy.....I am going for a ride on mine again today.
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Old 05-07-2012, 10:23 AM   #1047
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Shout out to big sur!
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Old 05-13-2012, 08:50 PM   #1048
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8,000 miles? Why don't you ride it?
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Old 05-13-2012, 09:43 PM   #1049
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I have put 4,000 miles on it in the last 5 weeks. The original owner barley rode it. I'm considering riding every mountain pass above 5,000 feet in the lower 48.

That'll do.


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Old 05-13-2012, 09:59 PM   #1050
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thats gotta be the worst stereo type ever. unless, of course, that photo was taken in jest.
I never understood why it is considered unrider like to go to a coffee house with your motorcycle... I ride about 10k mi a year and drink at least 5 gals of coffee when stopping before bustin out the twisties...
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