Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Oakland, CA, USA
k100rs to k100 naked
I edited and rewrote this post because I think my first request for advice might have been too broad.
Here is some background and what I am planning. I have had this bike for about 15 years/70K miles and I am ready for a change. I can only have one bike so I considered selling it and trying a Triumph but I am having a hard time letting the k bike go. It has always run great and Iíve never had any real problems with it. I also have learned to maintain it and work on it and feel confident in digging into it when something does break. So, I am now considering keeping it but customizing it somewhat and turning it into a different bike. At this point my customizing ideas are pretty modest but Iíve never done this sort of thing before so I am trying to research it and figure out if I can do it. I joined this group and wrote to this forum because in searching the internet Iíve only been able to find small bits and pieces on stripping down an rs.
Here is what Iíd like to do:
Add Headlight, mirrors and turn signals
Replace speedometer/tachometer unit with something smaller.
Move ignition key and remove the big plastic pad to expose handlebars
Remove seat and plastic tail section and replace with a custom seat.
Polish or paint aluminum (wheels, engine, gas tank, etc)
Right now I am just focusing on the first step and this is what I am thinking:
To replace the headlight I would need to buy some aftermarket headlight ears and a headlight. Iím not sure if it is easier or better to buy these new or to try to find used ones off another bike. With the ears the headlight seems easy to mount. I am not sure what will happen with the electrical. Is it just a matter of cutting the wires and putting them into a new connector?
To protect the radiator there seems to be the option of installing a shroud off a k100. I assume it would fit my RS and mount onto my tank but finding a used shroud might be difficult. Iíve seen them left without any protection but I would probably try to strap on a metal grill at least to protect it from rocks and bugs.
Also, there is the plastic ďtubeĒ that leads the air through the fairing into to the air filter box. I am assuming it is not a problem to leave this off.
Any comments or tips or warnings would be very much appreciated.
The photos are the two bikes that I am using for inspiration:
Last edited by kringb; Oct 13th, 2010 at 2:21 pm.
Reason: clarification of question