Any K bike riders out there?

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

  1. duck

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    Hopefully it goes fast enough so that nobody has to look at it for very long.:lol3
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    Electric ... 2 - 3 psi boost. Low pressure supercharger would be a closer description. But seeing as how the pressure enters before the filter ... how many leaks does the standard airbox now have ?



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  3. SanK

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    The seats a Hannigan, the fairing is a Parabellum Scout.
    And yes, she looks wonderful in green. Original paint job was blue but I'm happy the PO painted it green. Still trying to get the Fox twin clicker adjusted correctly. Being short + hannigan seat + aftermarket suspension = waddle parking:cry

    Serious question though: are the front forks supposed to be recessed into the top triple tree a little? She handles fine and eats up the occasional pothole like a champ, but i cant find any information as to why the front forks would be recessed into the triple tree.... only about 1/8" recessed... any idea? :huh
  4. SanK

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    Yeah, that seems like a funky (read: bad) design.
    That's much closer to a ram air system...
    But hey.... that might not necessarily be a bad thing for a brick?
    Usually its a bad idea without tuning since a ram air duct causes a hyper-lean condition. This causes a drop in power but better mileage, BUT without an O2 sensor the fuel delivery remains the same increasing horsepower due to more complete combustion. (albeit minutely generally). All in all the bike should have a scoop, not a "turbo".
  5. duck

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    On every K bike I've ever owned the tops of the forks have always been more or less flush with the top of the upper triple tree or maybe just a hair above. I've heard of people with shorter inseams dropping the triple trees down the forks a bit but have never heard of, and can't imagine why, someone would go the other way - especially since it would be a great way to trap puddles of rain to induce corrosion in the tops of the forks.
  6. SanK

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    Thanks for the info, and yes water does occasionally get trapped in the recession. I'm going to call my local BMW shop and tell them whats up.
    I'm short and i'm tire of going tippy toed through parking lots, hopefully fixing this will help a bit. Shouldn't be too hard to shimmy the forks up a tad, i just want to know the exact measurement of how far (not covered in a hanes manual) To the phone i go! Thanks.
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    It's not rocket surgery to put them back where they should be. Very easy to do yourself.

    Jack up the front end under the oil sump.

    Loosen the pinch bolts in the upper and lower fork trees.

    Twist/rotate the upper fork tubes while pulling up on them until the tops of the forks are flush with the top of the upper fork tree.

    Re-tighten pinch bolts.
  8. xaman

    xaman Been here awhile

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    Got a new to me 86 k100, and was having fun for a few rides, until the clutch cable snapped today...

    I ordered the part already, does anyone know if a mechanical dufus can do the job at home?
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    Tie a piece of wire to the rear end of the old one, pull it out from the front and then use the wire to pull the new one through.
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    got my K1200RS ('Klaudia') back together enough yesterday to fire her up let her run for a few minutes. I still have to put the bodywork and luggage rails back on, but I've been missing riding her.
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    Got the part today, and it seems to work :clap

    The only problem is that the indicator reads 3 in first gear :huh


    Thanks for the advice, the string definitely helped.
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    A. T. T-W Can't be bothered.

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    Sounds as though the gear position switch is about to give up the ghost. They can be stripped and cleaned but it's means the swingarm needs to be off and the switch pulled apart.

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  13. duck

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    Wednesdays suck. There's hardly any traffic and I have to spend the rest of the day breaking in my new Russell Day Long on Hwy 1.

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    Man, that just triggered a massive amount of envy Duck! Still, I hope you have an awesome ride.

    Let me know what you think of the new saddle for long distance. I ride the stock Corbin on my K75 and after a couple hours, it cuts into the bottom of my legs and is a bother.
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    Saw you on the freeway heading south on Tuesday. Federal Way area. Have a great trip!
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    Seems like BMW made a zillion 93 KLT`s & a few later on, then went right to the 1200`s. Or is it that the 93`s were the best year & the rest sit in garages (like my 94 until tomorrow) :clap
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    Oh my. My 93 LT is running better than ever. I gave it a full Level II service about a year and a half ago. The last thing I did was replace the coolant and wouldn't you know it some oil floated to the top so I knew I had to do the water/oil pump seals which really pissed me off. Since I have a bunch of other Ks I put it on the back burner until a few weeks ago because I hadn't ridden it for so long.

    I'll be honest. I think it's a really ugly bike. The retro-upgraded K100RT barn door fairing is hideous IMO. Not to mention the androgenous/ghey Pine Green paint scheme. (which I think has saved me a ticket or two because nobody, even a LEO, can imagine it being fun to ride an ugly turd like that)

    It seems BMW built and sold a lot of those in the US in 93. That said, I don't have to look at while riding it and, with PR2s and an Ohlins, it's an absolute hoot to ride. The main reason I bought was that my crashed and parted K75RT needed to be replaced so I'd have something to ride - and I found this one with <14k on the clock.

    I cringe every time I look at it but it gives me wood when I ride it.:lol3
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    I've put lots of miles on various Corbins, Rick Mayers and RDLs. The RDL is by far the most comfortable. I think the old RDL I used before this one was a tad more comfortable but I only have about a thousand miles on this one so it may need a little more breaking in.

    Of course all of this depends upon your personal butt ergos but the general consensus is that the RDL is the best for LD riding.
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    If it was at about 1pm or so on Tuesday then, yeah, that was me.:deal
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    Fridays suck too.

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