New to me k75 / Champion

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by gsjo, Feb 15, 2014.

  1. gsjo

    gsjo Adventurer

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    Picked up a 1988 K75 20k on the odometer and a Champion Escort side car.
    Has a set of "Unit Forks" out of the UK. Handles like a dream.The dogs love it
    act as if they have always rode in one.The T.I.L.T. is not working so i will need to start chasing wires.
    Bought it just south of Flagstaff and drove it home to Silver City last week
    about 350 miles through the mt. I really like that the sidecar brake links
    to the front brake. My only other hack was a R100R with ural sidecar,no brake or leading link.
    My wife and I lurk here alot at Advrider,we both ride and always are great-full to
    the forum for the inspiration and knowlege here..Thanks all..
    Joe
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  2. davebig

    davebig Another Angry Hun !

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    I saw that rig on CL and Ebay and wished it had been available a couple years ago when I was first shopping, nice outfit.DB
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  3. gsjo

    gsjo Adventurer

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    I watched on Ebay and CL,for a few weeks,i got lucky no one really ever contacted the seller,. I was considering a newer Ural at the same price point.
    In fact i think i may do one of the Ural Demo rides in Phoenix area March 1st.Just to see how they handle.I will try to post pics. Forgot how much fun a
    Hack can be... Joe
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  4. SwampFox883R

    SwampFox883R Been here awhile

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    Congrats on the new rig. [​IMG]
    Looking fwd to pics from the road!
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  5. DRONE

    DRONE Dog Chauffeur

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    Congrats on your find. You might like THIS THREAD to see some of the K75 mods that are out there.

    One question I got--how's the power? Can you hit 75mph on the flats? Does it struggle up hills?
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  6. gsjo

    gsjo Adventurer

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    Drone that link is great,thanks,this is my first K bike..Hope you find away to resurrect another GS..Read your story, best of luck to you...Joe
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  7. High Octane

    High Octane Adventurer

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    Should be a nice rig. I have a Escort on a 81 honda 900. The honda makes a cheap tug and has a 10 speed trany to boot. But I'd rather have a k bike tug. But I have a question for you. How's the riding down around your neck of the woods in late Feb or early March? I'm thinking of trailering form South Dakota, picking up my SIL in CO and trailering someplace further south ride for a few days. I got a bad case of cabin fever right now and I gotta fin someplace warm to ride!
    Oh yeah, we'll be riding our road bikes (K1600 and Concours 1400). So I'm thinking we'll stick to the pavement.
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  8. gsjo

    gsjo Adventurer

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    High Octane
    We moved here for the great weather from the midwest. It has been unseasonably warm here and great rides.75 degrees yesterday we spent it on a day ride .If you plan on coming this way PM me i can give you some idea of great routes ..Joes
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  9. NitroMax

    NitroMax Been here awhile

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    Wow, it looks really nice, love the color too.......................






    ......................Oh wait, still no pics :D:deal
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  10. gsjo

    gsjo Adventurer

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  11. Steve In Ireland

    Steve In Ireland Been here awhile

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    I found my K75 was a lot happier with a fifteen inch wheel on the back - drops the gearing nicely. A few threads on here on getting an adaptor made up to allow a car wheel to fit. I have the front wheel from a Mercedes Smart car on the back of mine.
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  12. gsjo

    gsjo Adventurer

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    Steve in Ireland :

    My K75 is a drum brake i have heard that is a little bit of a trick.I have
    started to budget for one and have had a short conversation with Claude
    a Freedom sidecar. Thanks for your info.
    When i got the bike and the power T.I.L.T. was not functioning,found a lose wire
    yesterday and all is good today..Joe
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  13. WU7X

    WU7X The Old Fart

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    That is a really nice setup. Congrats!

    I'm envious of your nice weather. We have more rain/snow coming here for the next week or so. My poor airhead is sitting in the garage gathering dust and looking forlorn.

    More pics, please. :clap
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  14. halflive

    halflive Been here awhile

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    You can spin the drum down on a lathe and fit an adapter plate to it. Just as easy.
    I personally would search a spare wheel from a breaker, just in case. It has been done before, but not by me.
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  15. TouringDave

    TouringDave Tri Moto Veritas

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    Nice outfit, well done! :clap

    Oh, and happy hacking! :D
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  16. acejones

    acejones Long timer

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    I don't know anything......about hacks, but there is nothing like a K75. I had one for a while and probably shouldn't have sold it.
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  17. gsjo

    gsjo Adventurer

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    Ace i must agree...This is my first K bike even as a tug it has already gained my respect..I may be looking for another for my stable...As a solo..
    Getting ready to do the alternator upgrade 32 to 50 amp. Joe
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  18. Bobmws

    Bobmws Curmudgeon At Large

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    Be sure to replace the monkey nuts when you change the alternator
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  19. warkshop

    warkshop uncbob

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    Won't that really piss off the monkey?!:rofl
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  20. tony the tiger

    tony the tiger Long timer

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    Noice!
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