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Old 11-02-2009, 03:16 PM   #1
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Ever bought a bike and immediately realised your mistake?

I did so this year. Always loved the look of the BMW K1, though had never ridden one. Spent quite a bit of time looking for one and came up with a near-perfect example. 1989, owned by a retired gentleman for 17 years, 19k miles, a roomful of history.

Got a flight from London to Dundee, Scotland, which cost a small fortune and there were only six passengers. Arrived to a sodden Dundee, did the deal and set off for the 550-mile trip back to London in the rain. Joy.

I hadn't even reached the end of the seller's driveway before thinking, 'Oh Jesus...'

Kept it for a few weeks, rode it a couple of times and sold on eBay to a man who breeds huskies and has 42 of them.... Huskies, not K1s.





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Old 11-02-2009, 03:19 PM   #2
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If by " bought a bike " you mean sleep with a chick ......then yes. Why the sudden change of heart ??
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Old 11-02-2009, 03:20 PM   #3
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If by " bought a bike " you mean sleep with a chick ......then yes. Why the sudden change of heart ??
It was so heavy and buzzy, and with only 100bhp it was like riding a clapped-out diesel.
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Old 11-02-2009, 04:08 PM   #4
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The K1 is more amusing to look at than ride. I'd buy one though because it's so absurd looking.
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Old 11-02-2009, 04:09 PM   #5
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my 03 ducati monster,it was a winter day and i was wearing a puffy jacket and a full face lid, i looked like the Michelin man on a moped ,before i was half way home i knew i made a mistake.
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Old 11-02-2009, 04:12 PM   #6
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Old 11-02-2009, 04:12 PM   #7
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I love the strange looks of the K1, always have. So, they are THAT bad huh?
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Old 11-02-2009, 04:26 PM   #8
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When I bought my '97 TL1000S, I thought I had made a serious mistake when I rode it home. Turned out to be one of the best motorcycles I've ever owned. Kept it 9 years. I wish I had not sold it.
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Old 11-02-2009, 04:28 PM   #9
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I have actually.....I bought an Italian bike. First ride on it revealed the rear brake didn't work. Aprilia thought it would be a wise idea to mount the reservoir on the engine block just ahead of your right foot. Cooks it and instant no brake. For an encore they have a tip over switch, that works back to front as well...so if you like to wheelie at say (100mph) the bike cuts off , LIKE SHUTS OFF, and you come smashing down on yer wedding tackle, in the dark, with no lights....it all shuts down. The there is the Frame, which you can literally COOK your legs on. Too hot to touch in the summer, makes a great winter bike though. Othe than the stalling issues and rough idle....it was stunning to look at.
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Old 11-02-2009, 05:13 PM   #10
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I bought a brand new Honda Rubicon ATV in 2001. I had never even sat on one, but I plunked down $8k and had it delivered. I didn't ride it 1/4 mile before I knew I made a mistake. I rode it 600 miles over the next three years and tried to pretend that I was enjoying it.
Then one day I was over my brothers and I swung my leg over his Harley and said "You know, I'm thinking of getting rid of the ATV and getting one of these." The wifes eyes lit up and she said "You are! Can we get a red one with a back rest?"
So after taking a 25 year break, I'm back into motorcycles.
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Old 11-02-2009, 05:48 PM   #11
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Are my eyes having "a moment" and that K1 has a BT45 bias ply front and a Pilot Road rear?

The only POS I've owned was an RD400, but I knew it was a POS going in and couldn't afford anything else. Then again I'm looking hard at Buells, and I have a feeling I'd have a good bout of self-loathing for a good while if I came home with one
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Old 11-02-2009, 05:55 PM   #12
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I sold my beloved 83 Honda CB1100F so i could buy a new 91 Harley Softail. I knew it as soon as I rode that POS out of the parking lot.
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Old 11-02-2009, 05:56 PM   #13
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Are my eyes having "a moment" and that K1 has a BT45 bias ply front and a Pilot Road rear?
Yoinks! Maybe it is a fantastic bike, after all. If only I'd noticed the tyre thing...
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Old 11-02-2009, 06:34 PM   #14
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uhhh...yeah...my K1200RS. Never rode or even sat on one before driving 5+ hours to pick it up. I could learn to deal with the heavy weight, even its appetite for premium fuel, i hated that it idled low, the FD input was leaking, i could tell it was going to eat tires, and every time i rode it i wondered what would break next. Oh, and the headlight sucked balls. That sublime power, awesome brakes, and good suspension just weren't worth it to me.
Sold it after 6 months with just over 3k miles put on it. I'd have sold it sooner, but Chicago BMW wouldn't send me the title (that a whole other can of worms...)
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Old 11-02-2009, 06:44 PM   #15
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I sold my beloved 83 Honda CB1100F so i could buy a new 91 Harley Softail. I knew it as soon as I rode that POS out of the parking lot.


That's apples and oranges.....2 different riding styles altogether.

So, what did you expect from the H-D as opposed to the Honda?
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