Greetings from Northeast Nebraska. After hearing all the good stuff about a K75, I began looking to buy for one with under 50K miles. To my surprise, one would come up all the time on Craigslist. I have come across many that report fewer than 10k and even under 5K miles. Am I missing something here? How could there be that many 25 year old bikes with that low of miles?
Thanks for reading my first post,
Not knocking this site but the best site is motobrick.com for older brick k-bikes. There is a wealth of information on that site.
Even an low mileage K-Bike could have issues with old rubber bits, hoses for fuel lines, crankcase vents, and fuel lines in the tank. The fuel filter may be fouled or not but the retainer can disintegrate. look inside the tank. Figure on an extra $500 to bring all that up to speed. If you have the time and patience to do this yourself you'll grow tired of the bike before you wear it out. The splines could be worn on higher mileage bikes and you really need to lube them every 10K or so. Inspect the rubber brake lines and check the color of the brake fluid.
They are least likely to have worn splines and I'd do all the fluid changes along with the coolant. A low mileage bike is seldom used but a 30-40K bike is likely more maintained and has a lot more miles to go. They can get really high mileage well maintained.
They have a really unique George Jetson flying car kinda sound and make a subtle whining noise but are really smooth riding and ride like it's on a rail.
People either really love them or prefer boxers. They are blistering fast like later model K-Bikes but the sweet spot is 4-5K. You'll always look for 6th gear although it's a 5 speed but it revs high.
In my opinion the style itself has held up over the years. Some people unfamiliar with them seem amazed they are 20+ year old bikes.
Here's my 92 K75S with 40K.
EBC floating disks
Spiegler Steel Braided brake lines