I just joined the forum and recently started driving a 1996 k1100 rs with 22K known miles on it. This is my first bike and I am new to riding. I bought it on craig's list in 2008 as a project. It was in a collision and was essentially an onion as the parts came off, it made me cry. After two years of browsing ebay and beemer boneyard for parts and lots of time invested I have it back on the road with a clean title (:
I came across this forum and figured I'd put up some pics to see what everyone thought. This is it when I picked it up.
I paid 2500$ for it and 200$ for a spare engine and fork assembly with the front wheel. Now I know I got screwed... so please no negative comments. The guy laughed all the way to the bank and I was left with an insane project that took two years. The story the seller fed me was that the bike was rear ended and only the fairings were damaged. He supplied replacements, which simply needed to be installed and painted. I rode it around the neighborhood before buying and it ran beautifully (hard to kill a bmw). So I got it home and started ripping it apart and found the frame was bent... TERRIBLE. I was stumped for a few days then after much gogleing found The Frame Man Frame Man
. Which by the way, all k-bike owners should know about. They have a factory frame jig and can straighten frames, rims, axels, and do fork rebuilds. Part of the process removes all fatigue from the metal as well. I also sent them both rims and my front axel (which were all tweaked).
Here you can see the frame before taking off. It is not so apparently bent in this pic and only the rear cowling portion was noticeably bent. The technicians at frame man later told me that the engine mount portion, tree assembly housing, and rear were all off from factor spec. No biggy, they straightened and strengthened it and sent it back. Voila, now to reassemble it. Now, another thing I did was to paint the frame orange. EVERYONE has given me crap for this and whatever, I like the way it looks. I can appreciate if you don't but before you complain just know I've already heard it.
After the frame was assembled I was in a little over my head. I am no mechanic, I am pretty handy with machines but I was stumped with reassembly. I had problems getting the wiring harness and hydraulic lines back exactly and the chlymer wasn't very helpful. I actually called in a favor with a mechanic friend who helped with reassembly and he painted it as well. and after words this is what it looked like.
What i didn't include pictures of was changing the air filter, gas tank (sucker ended up leaking and had to get a new one and have it painted as well), front brembo caliper, odometer gears, oil change, led kit for instrument cluster, front master cylinder, and front fork seals (which still leak so that is another project). So that is my bike and I LOVE it. BMW makes a product few can touch. I have more invested in it than its worth. I should have parted everything out, but the more time and money I put into it the more it became personal to finish it and get it back on the road. There still is some work I'd like to do on it, but it will have to wait for free time and money. I'm now saving for grad school so it may go to the back burner, especially since its on the road running quite well at the moment. By the way, I am new to posting on this forum so I am not sure the pictures are going to come up where i wanted them.