1995 K75: What fairing is this?

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  1. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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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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  2. duck

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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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  3. jdiaz

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    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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  4. Canuman

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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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    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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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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  6. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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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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  7. duck

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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.
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  8. kraven

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    Oh, goddamn. You hit the nail on the head. :clap
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  9. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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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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  10. hammick

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    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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  11. hammick

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    Yes and the main confusion to me was because the owner of the bike thought the S in K75s meant "standard". I didn't figure out that it was originally a standard until I ran the VIN.
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