1995 K75: What fairing is this?

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  1. hammick

    hammick Long timer

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    I'll be taking a look at this bike tonight. 1995 K75 and the ad describes the fairing as a 70s to 80s model RS fairing. I can't find any photos of this fairing using a google search. I'll probably convert it to a standard or S model but am interested in knowing about the fairing. He said he made the shield himself and also has a smoked sport shield. Also said he has a low fairing part that isn't installed in the photos.

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  2. A. T. T-W

    A. T. T-W Can't be bothered.

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    It's an Ongar K75 Special.

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    Ongar, a UK company used the R100RS upper and their own lower section.

    Rare and can be sought after.
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    Velocipede Been here awhile

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    R100RS minus the lowers plus homemade screen.:eek1
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    Thanks guys. The bike was in good shape rides well. However, its a cooker behind that RS fairing in the summer and he doesn't have the parts to make it back into a K75s. It has 70k miles with a new clutch and I offered him $1,900. He would sell it for $2,500 but getting the S fairing parts and having them painted is more than I want to spend.
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    Do this and then cut off the excess once the tank and side panels are back on. Double layer of automotive heat/sound insulation:

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    Oh great, an opportunity to post a foto of my K75RS. :evil

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    Lovely motor, ace fairing.
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  7. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    If you're going naked, I have a stock headlight and rad shroud along with the signals and various other bits from a red 95 "standard." I can pull it out and photograph it if you're interested. PM me if so.

    Shame she's a cooker, I actually like the look of the beast.
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  8. kraven

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    the S parts are dirt cheap and can be had painted, if you take the time to look.
    2500 is a fair price, even with that weirdo fairing setup. Some R bike nerd would beg you to sell them that fairing.
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    Good look finding one of these $310 parts used that isn't cracked - #6:

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    I know 70k miles is nothing for a K75 engine but doesn't that mileage effect the value? I don't want to find in a year that I can't sell the bike for what I paid for it, especially after I clean it up and make it nicer.
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    If you want a K75S, then buy a K75S. There are plenty of cheap ones around, and having done this whole fairing conversion dance myself a couple times, you want to buy one with all the parts.

    Just tell the folks at Engle's you are interested in one.....they always seem to have an '88 or '90 S model kicking around their used lot.
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    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    A '95 T or standard is an "S" without the front fairing and the delicate belly fairing. Same suspension, HUGE alternator. BMW put the final touches on in '95 and then discontinued the model. Too bad. It's my favorite K.

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    I think I might prefer a standard K75. I have spoken with Engles and they say they only get a couple in a year.

    I'm doing my homework on what it will take to turn this bike into a Standard. For sure the radiator cowling, round headlight, blinkers, mirrors and whatever brackets are needed. I have a set of RS mirrors that came on my '06 RT. I doubt they will work.
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    jdiaz is right about finding one whole.


    The mileage won't be a big deal functionally, but everyone who comes to buy the bike after you get it close to or over 100k will know it's no big deal but will whine about it to get a better deal.

    If you buy a K with miles, buy it because you're never going to sell and then rack the miles up like you don't care.

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    I don't worry about cracks. The German plastics are easy to mend and make new. Cracks = cheap.
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    Ah, ok. I've done this conversion too. :lol3 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.
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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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  17. hammick

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    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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    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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    ^ This.
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    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. :evil
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