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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old Dec 10th, 2010, 9:38 pm Thread Starter
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Hi all. I'm Stephen in the W. Mass hillls, a mason, sailer and fiddle player and this is my first post.
Bear with me for my history? I wanted to ride a BMW motorcycle cross country in '76, when I was 27 and living on Cape Cod. I bought a clean, black '70 R75/5 with Vetter fairing and touring tank from Dunbar Cycles and did the trip in that Fall. Spent 2 wonderful and memorable months on the road camping and staying with friends. I sold the bike (for roughly what I paid for it) in LA (don't ask me why..) and took a "Drive-away" car back, thinking I'd gotten motorcycling "out of my system".
And I had - until this summer, when my 19 year old son decided he needed to take a semester off from college and drive a m.c. cross country (where did he get that idea?) Once I realized he was serious, I insisted he get a K bike (an old friend has been riding one in recent years and convinced me of their superiority). Well, he bought a nice '91 K100RS, did his vision quest trip, came home and when he returned to school, the bike sat in the garage....calling me. I passed by countless times, until one nice day, I decided I better start it up to charge the battery. The helmet was sitting there and the bike sounded sweet. "I'll just go down the road a ways". Not bad. A few days later, I went for an hour ride. By September I'd gone for a half dozen rides and wanted my own bike. Didn't like so much weight on my hands and, at 5'8", the seat's a bit high. I found a low seat LT (dark blue/green, tan seat) 15k on the clock...and my favorite color: Perfect! I couldn't pass it up, even though my wife said one bike was enough. It went from my buddie's trailer directly into a neighbor's garage until I could screw up the courage (a month later) to tell her. Of course, I go visit my ride nearly every day, imagining warmer weather and maybe a trip to PEI...
In the meantime, the battery's inside on a trickle charger. I have fluids/filters and fork seals to replace, good bonding time. Thanks for the great support and for listening. Look forward to reading and learning - and riding!
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old Dec 11th, 2010, 2:19 am
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gidday steven from the land down under
i am only a recent newby too ,and a k100rs a 1985 model owner
like you allways wanted one ,had classic jap bikes in the 70,s up till now got talked out of buying a k last year ,finally got one and love it
you,ll enjoy this site ,good luck with the missus and the k
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LOL, what a great story.
thanks and welcome.

Let me give you some un-asked for advice and suggest you take a refresher rider's course to get the old sea legs back.
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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old Dec 11th, 2010, 7:38 pm
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Welcome to the forum from Central MA. (Holden). Lots of knowledgeable folks here to help you with your K-wrenching, certainly this forum has helped me. Did you know the MA based Yankee Beemers mc club has a "western mass" social group? Take a look at www.yankeebeemers.org.
Welcome back to riding.
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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old Dec 11th, 2010, 10:02 pm Thread Starter
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Thanks, Steve. I looked at the site, but frankly only have time for one bike forum and this one has a wider audience. Most shorter rides are spontaneous with me anyway. Thanks for the tip Dave. The only thing I had trepidation about with my son's K100 was the weight, but its rock solid on the variable road qualities out here. Like they say, "its like riding a bike: once you learn, you never forget". I recently read "the Pace" and sent a copy to my son. What I lack in reaction time, I make up for in anticipation...
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Hey...I've seen that band...it's Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. check them out on Youtube.
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Ha, ha! [IMG]I promise I'll send better pics in the Spring!
file:///Users/stephenbushway/Desktop/K100.JPG
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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old Jan 6th, 2011, 2:05 am
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Great post Steve. It appears you and I are about the same age and within one inch of the same height, so I can appreciate your issues with the K100RS. I bought a 91 K100RS a little over two years ago after being out of the saddle for 25 years. My only issue with the bike is the seat height (wish it was a little lower), other than that I love it. Hope you enjoy the return to two wheeling as much as I have.....
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I too just bought a 89 K 100RS SE, bike is sweet, but like yours it is sitting in the garage, but it is now in a pile of pieces, bodywork out for fix and repaint, so as long as it is naked, spine lube, fluid changes are in order. Fun to work on, I know it will be fun to ride, but I am a little taller 6 feet so the seat did not feel that short to me. Am going to have to do something about the windscreen though.

This is a great source of info on tech side!
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