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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Apr 27th, 2011, 8:51 am Thread Starter
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Being a new owner of a K bike, 1986 K75S, I thought it might be time to come up on the radar.

I purchased this K from a little nondescript used bike shop in Dallas. It was the "wall flower" in the back of the lot full of metric cruisers. With a price tag of $1200, 12k on the clock and FULL service records it was hard to pass up. It had some glass damage that was easy to repair. The paint had to be refreshed; not my strongest suite, replaced springs and shock and just ride. The rear splines where well lubed, checked and I know that I will have to lube the clutch splines but that will have to wait until I replace the alternator with a 50W one.

[IMG] IMG_0058 by rudolf35, on Flickr[/IMG]


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2001 BMW 1150 GS
1999 Jeep Sahara
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1971 BMW R60/5
AR Trip http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=460195
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I know you guys love your guns in TExas but man you robbed the shop of that bike! Congrats on the find - the K75S is a fun and forgiving bike... ENJOY!

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Talking Update

Since I posted the pictures I made a few updates to the K. The shock was replaced by a YSS shock (best $$ spent), made a GPS mount, disconnected the clutch/side stand interlock (almost dumped the bike because of it).

As soon as I am comfortable with it in local conditions I will "test" it on a run to Little Rock (work has it's perks, mileage payed). If it passes that test I will again "shop it" and do the clutch spline lube and obtain the 50A alternator (Duck you reading?).

I have the build process documented at this URL:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=663660


2009 XR1200
2008 Triumph Scrambler
2001 BMW 1150 GS
1999 Jeep Sahara
1986 BMW K75S
1973 CL350 K5
1971 BMW R60/5
AR Trip http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=460195
2010 AR Trip http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...3#post12898123
2010 IA Trip http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=624916

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Now that there, see, that is the way to go. For 1200 clams, you can't go wrong. Don't tell me you can't pick these fine little bricks up for a song. You can.

One thing, though... This is the second time I have read someone make a remark along the lines of "replace the alternator with a 50W one". Fifty measly watts is a damn dim bulb, dude. Now, my R1200CLC has an 840 watt alternator. That's ample You coiuld light a minor league ballpark with that and still have juice enough to pop corn in the concession stand..OTOH, my KLR has a 180 watt alternator. Now that's wimpy. I had to put a volt meter on her because if I flip the grip heaters on low and sit at a stop, or run high beams, I will run the battery right down. I don't dare run grips and high beams simultaneously even under weigh. 180 watts ain't nothin, so 50 has got to be a misprint. Is it maybe a 50 AMP? At 12 volts, 50 amps would make 600 watts.

So. What's the story on the K75 alternator? I know I have good heated grips on mine, as well as a power outlet I never use. The battery is about the size you need to run an import hatchback (non-ABS model). So what's lacking that people want to replace the thing?

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Talking 30A vs 50A

For a more tech explanation you might do a search for one of Duck's more elaborate descriptions. Short version is that 50A is more than 30A. I have saved some watts by going for HID but added heated grips and eventually running lights. If I wanted to go nuts, I can go the way of some Guzzi owners who installed a car alternator via belt drive. Light up a small ballpark but the look would be way off. Besides that, if I wanted all that light I would ride my GS with HID in all 6 lights!

And yes, it should have been A not W.


2009 XR1200
2008 Triumph Scrambler
2001 BMW 1150 GS
1999 Jeep Sahara
1986 BMW K75S
1973 CL350 K5
1971 BMW R60/5
AR Trip http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=460195
2010 AR Trip http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...3#post12898123
2010 IA Trip http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=624916

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