Hi all....my first post here as a BMW owner. Im Greg in Canberra, Australia.
Thanks to the K bike thread on the ADV forum I got interested in K bikes and started reading up on them. I have a always had Japanese bikes and projects and currently have a few on the go but wanted something practical, tough, classic, sporty and maybe European. So a K bike looked very interesting and seemed to fit the bill.
I thought a nice K75S or RT would be the go but they seem a bit rarer over here and prices are pretty good for even an average example. There are certainly more K100s out there, and more in various states of repair with a good range of prices. I really wanted something I could work on and restore and then get on the road.
So after some research and feedback on ADV I located 2 possible K100RSs. One was about 1 hour away from me, but had a fair few kms (140 thou) and had busted fairings a bad blue paint job, and a badly ripped seat. It was a runner (good) but had been neglected and left in a shed for a while. The price sounded a bit high for what it was too.
I then spotted another K100RS about 3 hours away. This was a 1 owner bike with 50 thou kms. After talking with the owner he seemed a dedicated BMW fan that had bought the bike new and then after 15 years of limited riding had parked the bike in the garage and left it hoping to get back to it one day. He never did. So after some discussion I bought it based on his description and a few photos by email. (Yeh its a bit of a gamble but the price was good. If it's a total disaster I'm sure I wont lose that much in the scheme of things and learn a lot about K bikes along the way). Cosmetically it sounds OK, (is the original black paint job) with a few extras. It was left with fuel in the tank that varnished over time so I am expecting the pump, lines and injectors to be the starting point on this one.
So I'll make sure to get some pics on arrival and before the clean up starts to get it back on the road.
Oh yeh...thanks to Duck and any other K bike fans that posted on ADV to provide advice to date and direct me here!
And first question..if I need new injectors what's the best and best value for the K100? US ebay or can I get something similar at a decent price locally?