Vintage K Bike Luv

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by ricochetrider, Jan 30, 2012.

  1. 390beretta

    390beretta Long timer

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    My bike has the S fairing. I'm wondering if anyone has had problems with wind noise? I wear a modular Nolan helmet. But I get a whistling noise in my helmet. Has anyone tried the laminar lip as a remedy? Suggestions?
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  2. davorallyfan

    davorallyfan Commonist

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  3. Beater

    Beater The Bavarian Butcher

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    That'll buff out.


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  4. jings

    jings Been here awhile

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    bet that woke you up
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  5. ThatVikingDude

    ThatVikingDude Been here awhile

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    Very Nice
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  6. ThatVikingDude

    ThatVikingDude Been here awhile

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    Very Sharp, Love it!
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  7. England-Kev

    England-Kev Long timer

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    Really it is, so I bought myself a present....:clap

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    Sorry for the phone picture, but that was all I had on me at the time. The guy with the bike is Nate, from Colorado, who is over in the UK at this time. He usualy hangs out at Britbike, but he also owns a K-bike.

    The bike is a 91 K100-RS, my first K series.:freaky
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  8. England-Kev

    England-Kev Long timer

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    Here are a couple more pictures of my new K100-RS

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  9. limeymike

    limeymike Who Me?

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    Happy Birthday Kev!! :freaky
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  10. England-Kev

    England-Kev Long timer

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    As you may have seen in the Eurojumble post, I bought a new bike while there, well it was delivered today, so my first chance to really get to see what I bought, and as you can see it is a stunner.
    Sure there a couple of small items that will need sorting, Rear indicators, weeping master cylinder, being the most urgent at this time, it also smokes quite badly when it starts, but that soon dissapears when warm, I have heard this is quite common though, although I am not sure to what extent.
    I intend to to get it booked into the garage though, and get them to give it the once over, just to be sure all is well. They can also fit a new seal set to the master cylinder while it is there.

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    Also there was a surprise in the storage area, Tool kit, new disk lock, new cable lock, and the service pack.:clap:clap:clap
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  11. Nailhead

    Nailhead Free at last!

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    I rode a buddy's K75S on some mountain twisties the other day:

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    and came away with some distinct impressions: first, it is really short after riding a 990. Second, for such a petite-looking bike, the slow speed handling is truly ponderous, but once it gets above parking lot speed, it rides like its on rails. Third, that straight-line stability makes it hard to turn in, but commit to the corner, roll it on, and it completes the turn nicely. Fourth, it reacquainted me with false neutrals.

    It was a fun little ride, but I came away a little disillusioned-- I had wanted a ride on that bike for years & it wasn't quite what I was expecting.
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  12. doc moses

    doc moses fearlessly flatulent

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    first, it is really short after riding a 990. Second, for such a petite-looking bike, the slow speed handling is truly ponderous, but once it gets above parking lot speed, it rides like its on rails. Third, that straight-line stability makes it hard to turn in, but commit to the corner, roll it on, and it completes the turn nicely. Fourth, it reacquainted me with false neutrals.

    The brakes suck also, and tire selection is limited to bias tires which slip and slide. The K75s can't keep up with modern 600 sport bikes and the 1000s put out a measly 90-100 HP on their very best days. So I would advise everyone to avoid these old German bikes altogether, especially if a lower mileage k1100RS come up for sale.


    Seriously, if the K-bike is full of neutrals there are issues with that specific trans. The rest is just part of the fun of riding a bike made over 20 years ago. I can't used to the lack of suspension when I switch from a modern bike to one of my K's- they turn expansion joints into whoops!
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  13. ricochetrider

    ricochetrider a certain something

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    Might as well sell off your K bikes bro- you come off like a hater. At least you pointed out they're 20 years old (at least). I never disliked my 88 K100RS, which is more "advanced" than my 93 airhead RS. They is what they is.
    Coming out of 70s BritBikes, the K100 is AMAZING. Speaking strictly for me & my personal M/C experiences.
    YMMV.

    Doc's take on the slow speed handling is spot on, and yeah maybe you have to muscle them into the corners a bit but what the fuck. Nobody ever said the older BMWs are the best handling bikes ever made. Their reliability is undeniable tho, and if you gotta have some 80s vintage iron, nothin' wrong with an older K. I personally love 'em. There's an older couple on the BMWMOA site that's ridden hundreds of thousands of miles on theirs. So not everyone hates the original Flying Brick.
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  14. doc moses

    doc moses fearlessly flatulent

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    let's read that again, it might not be clear enough. If a guy writes that he has several K-bikes, it might be that he is joking about the less enjoyable characteristics of the bike; and that he really likes his K-bikes. That would also explain why the guy (me) said don't try and buy a K-bike, because it was implied (but not strongy enough evidently) that I was looking for the bike I said to stay away from. That would make it less expensive for me to pick up. K1100s are harder to find at a nice price that the k100, and I am planning on adding an 1100 to my garage collection.

    Fact is I understand that if a person has not ridden older bikes, the K does feel a little weird. The rear shock has very limited travel and the forks (even the S forks) need a cartridge emulator to keep the wheels on the ground. The single piston brake calipers are scary compared to modern brakes. And the bias tires can make life interesting at speed if a rider is used to modern radials.

    But, if you realize (as I do) that the bike is 20 years old and if you can appreciate it for being a really cool 20 year old bike (as I do) then you can ride the bike alot (I do) and enjoy it.
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  15. ricochetrider

    ricochetrider a certain something

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    My bad dude. Sometimes I find it hard to get tonal inflections, true meanings, and sarcasm from Internet posts! :deal
    Guess if I'd thought about it more I coulda figured it out. But who has time for all that? :1drink

    Ride on my man.
    Cheers.
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  16. vernon dent

    vernon dent Been here awhile

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    guy posted this up on local cl. he picked it up along with a k100rt and a 90 gs-pd. had to buy everything in the garage to get a 68 mustang fastback he wanted from the deceased original owners family.
    starts, runs, rides, everything works.needs a little post hibernation servicing love.
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    bought the wrecked pd too.

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  17. ricochetrider

    ricochetrider a certain something

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    WOW, the K1 always was an intriguing motorcycle for me! I've read they are none too comfortable, tho I wouldn't know that from personal experience. You sure don't see many around out in the "real" world, but I see them come up for sale every now and again. Come to think of it, I have NEVER seen one anywhere EXCEPT on line. Talk about being ahead of its time... Not really certain the times ever DID catch up to the K1, actually. Or time caught up and passed it all in a brief (very brief) flash moment.... BIG points in the "design ethic" category but practicality is where it counts.

    :lol3 OOPS!

    On further looking (NO, I do NOT always take a second look before hitting "submit")

    that isn't a K1... Looks like a full-on Hannigan (?) fairing + bodywork, tricked-to-the-hilt K100? Double WOW and one WTF.

    Second opinions on this, please? Anyone seen this get-up before?
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  18. ricochetrider

    ricochetrider a certain something

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    I was just looking around the internet and found that a guy bought the above Red Sled. It was pictured in the BMW MOA Flying Brick K forum's "show us your Brick" Pic thread, posted yesterday Sunday 11/25 !

    Still wondering who made all the body work on the thing, tho.
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  19. vernon dent

    vernon dent Been here awhile

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    pichler fairing/body kit. indeed, a precursor K1 look about it. the tail cowl come off and exposes the passenger seat, the lower rear panels have bag mounts underneath.
    these came with the deal, brand new in the plastic.
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    edit: the contraption mounted on the handlebars held a self contained am/fm-cass./speakers stereo system.
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  20. ricochetrider

    ricochetrider a certain something

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    Cool bike. Someone at the K forum on MOA posted a vid of someone with the same Pichler bodywork, so I guess it's not the ONLY one out there- tho I haven't seen one in my own little world.
    Thanks for the info!