Any K bike riders out there?

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Tall_Canuck, Jan 23, 2008.

  1. ducfer2112

    ducfer2112 Been here awhile

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    I have a '03 K12GT in the stable. I find it fairly comfortable on long rides. The bike has good power and is very stable (thoug heavy and slow-turning) in the corners. I plan on keeping it.......... but have been tempted to add a Ducati ST3 for the "sport" half of the sport-touring equation.
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  2. NJjeff

    NJjeff Long timer

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    To answer your gravel road (or worse) question.

    It's fun and it will do fine. Just some pointers I learned along the way.

    I have an 85' RS. It's been on things not called a road.
    I even ended up on a hiking path once, by accident. The hikers way down the trail were not happy with me.

    On rough stuff I find you should keep up the pace. Bike is too heavy to paddle it around. Stay off the seat and take some of the movement up with your knees. You'll find the soft suspension + big weight can = trouble.

    Gravel roads you can haul on. The heft keeps things smooth just watch out for deep tire tracks. Front tire will follow..."ouch" is next.

    Trouble I find.
    *As with any road bike If your tires load with mud, things get ugly.

    *Watch going over large rocks and logs. There's no skid plate down there!

    *The front fender causes the mud to churn around and it will pack up the brake rotor holes. Than you have no brakes and it gouges the hell out of them. (don't ask how I know)

    *The front wheel will not take huge hits. (don't ask how I know) Watch for sharp edged holes. Wheel can be fixed.

    *If your taking saddle bags, the sand/mud and water will get into the latches and hanger points. It grinds things up. It's ok just things will be looser in the future. I have an aluminum brace at the back of the bags just below the tag plate. Keeps everyting tight.

    *I put foam between the switch pad and the instrument pod. Bounces too much for me.

    *I extended the rear drives vent line way up on the frame and topped it with a filter.
    Orginally it comes with an un filtered black plastic cap. You'll see it at the top of the housing. When I blew the rear drive a few years ago I noticed on the inside around the vent cap hole there was lots of dirt. That crud was in the oil (along with some water and yes I change it yearly) and may have contributed to my bearing problems. So I used part of the crank case breather hose (the first elbow part) and than connected it with tubing. The tubing follows the speeodometer cable and up the frame to a filter.
    Ahhh much better.
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  3. Kbike

    Kbike Mountain Adventurer

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    I was going to sell the K after I bought a R1100RT but sold the RT, bought and sold a R1150GS, then bought a FJR 1300 and a KTM990. The K is still too much fun to sell. I've done 40 miles of dirt roads, 2 up, when the pavement ran out and I didn't want to turn around.
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  4. RideOn2

    RideOn2 Been here awhile

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    I just bought a 1994 K75. My last street bike was in the early 70's a 1971 Kawasaki 500 H1.

    Riding the K75 makes me feel like I just woke up from a time warp.
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  5. RocketJohn

    RocketJohn Hook em' Horns!

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  6. sfarson

    sfarson On a Ride

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    I can assure you I don't look cool. Fool is more like it :lol3 The pic is from Loveland Pass.

    The I-4 KS would be a fine Bologna complement. Keep me posted.
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  7. slowrider_nh

    slowrider_nh Adventurer

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    Add me to the list of happy owners. I think its a great long distance bike.

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  8. Tall_Canuck

    Tall_Canuck Been here awhile

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    Wow!!! Thanks for all the great replies guys.

    My K is in the shop getting the splines redone right now but I will have to take a good photo once I get it back to compete with all of the others.

    Glad to hear that the K is still loved in the midst of all the GSers out there.
    TC
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  9. Off the grid

    Off the grid Seeker of the Unf

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    20 degrees here, couldn't wait to ride.

    2 more, just because......

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  10. Bert

    Bert Fair / Balanced

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    Before my Wing I owned a 2003 K1200RS, it's still my favorite bike. Seamless power, fantastic build quality. I sure wouldn't take it off-pavement though.
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  11. Cat0020

    Cat0020 El cheapo

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    I knew somebody on ADVRider has gotten air with the K12RS:

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  12. cmack

    cmack Been here awhile

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    I'm new to the K family with an '07 K1200R Sport, but I just can't get enough of this bike! I picked it up in early December and have managed to put 1500 miles on it despite a 3 week out of country trip and below freezing temps. If you rode one of the early new K releases ('05 or '06), and walked away unsure, I would strongly recommend taking a second ride on one of the newer '07 or '08 models. With airbox/mapping changes, a revised steering damper, non-servo assist partially linked abs, and a lot of other subtle changes, the newest K's are pretty much flawless in execution.
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  13. DELTATANGO

    DELTATANGO Motorcyclist and Dog Walk

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    I have one. Munches miles...quickly. Handles great, although slowly but very planted. The faster you go the better it rides.

    Easy to clean. Have to take off body work to service. I wouldn't take it of road either. The bodywork is $$$$.

    Did I mention its pretty fast. It won't run with the Gixers, Busas or the new K's but its still pretty fast.

    Oddly enough it idles like a coffee can full of rocks.
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  14. rockyj

    rockyj Rocker Boxer

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    I've love the yellow/black KS.... Here's mine stuck in my garage with 10 degree weather outside:


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  15. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    I put many miles on this:

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    Great bike, even for a heavy 750!

    Jim :brow
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  16. RocketJohn

    RocketJohn Hook em' Horns!

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    You on a K? blasphemous! :lol3
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  17. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    :lol3 My first two BMWs wer K75 bikes, then I came into the light!:evil

    Jim :brow
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  18. Bert

    Bert Fair / Balanced

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    My first bike was a K75. Toured up and down the west coast for 5 years on it. Wonderful memories.
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  19. Bert

    Bert Fair / Balanced

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    Pretty bike. The riding position is virtually identical to the previous generation K12RS, but yours is much lighter and much more powerful.
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  20. DELTATANGO

    DELTATANGO Motorcyclist and Dog Walk

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    I like seeing the engine on the pre-RS K bikes.
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