Any K bike riders out there?

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

  1. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze I keep blowing down the road

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    You should jump on that Blake. I think the K75 is one of the best bikes any body ever built.
  2. bmwblake

    bmwblake upside down parker

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    you buying?
    there are days that i miss mine. that's a great engine. i love what many people call a lack of soul.


  3. Off the grid

    Off the grid Big Meanie

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    I agree the bike is bulletproof and has great lines, but it need more hp...it's a bit punchless.

    I prefer the 4-banger version of the brick engine. :D
  4. Bert

    Bert Fair / Balanced

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    I thought the original 4 was too buzzy, especially for touring. When they rubber mounted it in the K12 that went away.
  5. GWHayduke

    GWHayduke SW Neanderthal

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    I heard lots of guys say this, but when I open mine up, it does everything I ask and more. You do have to use the upper rev band, but it's there if you need it. Don't make the mistake of driving it like a V-twin.
  6. OmegaRunner

    OmegaRunner The Total Package

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    I looked at the K1200S and K1200R today. I think I like the R better for my style of riding, but I need to be able to do an occasional 2-up trip on the next bike. Anyone have any experience they could share on this?
  7. duck

    duck Banned

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  8. bmwblake

    bmwblake upside down parker

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    exactly. most guys that complain are either 2up or aren't using whole rpm range. it's a fun bike and makes a neat sound when you wind it out.


  9. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze I keep blowing down the road

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    no not me. I am still pretty happy with the r11rl. Can't ride again until after Christmas anyway.
  10. Bert

    Bert Fair / Balanced

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    The K12RS really had oomph in the passing range, and pulled hard over 100 too although the new transverse K12 must blow it away with 40 more horses. But as I said, I really miss my 2003.
  11. GOT DIRT?

    GOT DIRT? Been here awhile

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    I looked at the K1200S and K1200R today. I think I like the R better for my style of riding, but I need to be able to do an occasional 2-up trip on the next bike. Anyone have any experience they could share on this?Look at the gt just take the hard bags off if you want the sport bike look.The bike is great 1 or 2 up.
  12. Off the grid

    Off the grid Big Meanie

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    Trust me, I wind the piss out of my bike every ride I take, I know the magic of a brick engine from 6-8k RPMs.

    But being a Shrek-sized individual I can't see that 750, 25hp less engine hauling my fas ass around.

    ...Unless of course it's 100lbs lighter than my LT.
  13. bmwblake

    bmwblake upside down parker

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    the specs from bmw show the k11lt as 66lbs heavier than a k75rt and over 100lbs in difference between the k75s and a k11lt.

    i had no idea there was that much weight difference. wow.


  14. _Tuf_

    _Tuf_ Been here awhile

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    damn I thought I was over the K Bike fever I had. I went out to where the demo trailer was set up and it was great. The tourers were booked up all day but I at least tried the K1200R and R12R (ridden the K12S before). Yeah the Ks are a tad heavy, the front suspension is a bit numb and they still shift into first gear with a pronounced thud (funny hearing a whole group of bikes thunk into gear when the opposing light goes yellow) but the engine is smooth and powerful, the suspension is very good over all, the bike feels stable and planted and the OBC, ABS, etc., spoils you so fast. I think I'll go back to beemer after I've had my fill of the Tuono.
  15. GWHayduke

    GWHayduke SW Neanderthal

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    I weigh about 240-250 lbs. and the K75 does the job every day. It may bog a little on takeoffs, but once it's barely moving the torque kicks in. Just lean forward, relax the arms and let the thrust push you back into the factory Corbin seat. The next time you check your mirrors, all is clear.

    It also had no problem cruising 70-80 mph coming back from Silver City, NM a couple of weeks ago. The tach was sitting on a minimum of 5k and it kept it up for about 3 hours. And the heat coming off the engine is real welcome right now.

    The K75 will almost do it all...commute or tour...like a lot of bikes out there.
  16. Off the grid

    Off the grid Big Meanie

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    You..you...have a black final drive.

    <quiver>

    /touches self
  17. FlagRS

    FlagRS Gone to the Dogs

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    Shogs, Congratulations on Baby Blue. :clap What happened to the white seat? I kinda liked it. :dunno
    K-bikes rock - FlagRS :super
  18. SheRidesABeemer

    SheRidesABeemer Go Big or Go Home.

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    Complete with classic K bike scratches on the bags and mirrors! It's a beauty!
  19. cmack

    cmack Been here awhile

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    My K1200R Sport has the shortest gearing of the lot, and it pulls so hard it's like getting handjob from a female bodybuilder! :huh I only took it to redline in top gear one time... A guy in one of the new Corvette Z06's was toying with me on a long 2 lane stretch of otherwise deserted highway, so I unleashed the fury. I literally left him for dead up until 120 or so, and then he started to gain on me. He only caught me when I hit the rev limiter in 6th. GPS had me pegged at 157mph actual. If not for the limiter, and lack of an extra gear (which the engine could have easily pulled) I doubt he would have caught me! When we slowed to a reasonable speed, he rolled down his window, and I could tell by the look on his face that he was in disbelief. He couldn't believe any bike, much less a stock BMW could run away from a 500hp car. He asked all of the usual questions, then went on his way. I've ridden full on sport bikes that were "faster", but I can't recall any that pulled with as much authority as the K12R.
  20. Yellow Iron

    Yellow Iron Long timer

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    85 K100RT racking up Garden State tag a rama I have 2 and looking for more :evil

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