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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old Aug 25th, 2012, 11:08 am Thread Starter
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Japanese conversion

Hello all.
I recently bought a 1989 K100 rs 16v after always riding Japanese bikes.
Its been a revelation as I bought it without seeing it off ebay.
In the Uk BMW is a brand which has a reputation for being suitable for sensible old men.
I have found the experience interesting and very nearly got rid of the thing for being to heavy, slow and heavy on fuel.
I only get 120 miles to a tank, is this normal?

I have become used to the odd handling and the weird power delivery and find myself becoming enthusiastic about the heavy old beast even to the point where I enjoy surprising CBR riders away from traffic lights and out weaving them through the traffic (I live in London, former despatch rider, 6 years) so that they pull up along side and slightly behind me to look at my bike seemingly unsure what it is?

So to the point of this post, Am I alone in being amazed by how good these old bikes actually are? And can anyone tell me what kind of oil, tyres, and bits and bobs I need to keep the thing in good order?
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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old Aug 25th, 2012, 2:27 pm
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I only get 120 miles to a tank, is this normal?
No.....and Yes at 6,000+ Rpms.

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I think it needs a service
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post #4 of 20 (permalink) Old Aug 25th, 2012, 4:29 pm
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and thats a older beemer ,imagine the newer generaition beemers

i've spent most my money on bike's boat's and broad's the rest i've wasted..
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I think it needs a service
Good for you, in the mid 70,s I had a cb350, but it died at a very young age
I also had use of a 900 Bol D, Or, the frame behaved like a spilt pot of cooked spaghetti,

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One of my first bikes was a 250n superdream(wetdream) my overriding memory was falling off every time it rained.
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I, too, am a Japanese convert. Had numerous crotch rockets and a Goldwing since 16. I ended up going through my mid-life crisis at 28 and bought the '06 K12GT I have my hands on now. Now I'm just trying to figure out how I explain to my wife what stage I'm going through to get a '13 K16GT

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Fuel economy resolved

It turns out running around on 20 psi front and rear can have a terrible affect on fuel economy.
It doesnt do much for handling either.
I returned from a trip to Sheffieldand including the 175 miles to get there the last tank of fuel lasted 194 miles.
Not bad I reckon and although I would never exceed the speed limit of 70 mph I imagine crusing at 90-100 would have been comfy as well.
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It turns out running around on 20 psi front and rear can have a terrible affect on fuel economy.
It doesnt do much for handling either.
I returned from a trip to Sheffieldand including the 175 miles to get there the last tank of fuel lasted 194 miles.
Not bad I reckon and although I would never exceed the speed limit of 70 mph I imagine crusing at 90-100 would have been comfy as well.
Not to mention that it is not good for the tires. Underinflation can overheat your tires, leading to excessive wear and possible catastrophic failure.

If this issue is likely to happen again, consider buying a third-party tire pressure monitor.
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Its on my list of thinks to buy.
I have however just got 120 miles from this last tank of fuel.
This is all town riding however.
Should I expect this kind of fuel useage?
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