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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old Oct 9th, 2018, 7:10 pm Thread Starter
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Question '87 K100LT Save it or Part it?

Howdy folks, I've just taken possession of an abandoned K100LT. After looking it over and researching, I'm trying to decide whether I should try to get it on the road or just part it out. I'd really appreciate your opinions on it.

The bike has ~22k on it, engine has good compression and will turn over when you hotwire the starter. The gearbox seems good, shifts through all gears no problem. The bike doesn't appear to have been wrecked.

She's missing most of the body work and saddle; no headlight, front turn signals, or fairings. It's missing the right hand controls and the left hand controls are rough but maybe operable. The wiring harness is mostly disassembled, the starter relay is missing as is the starter/kill switches as mentioned previously. The wires for the handle bar controls appear heat damaged (partly melted). The electronics box is missing as well.

Beyond those electrical issues I noted, it seems like everything else is there. Needs tires, oil + filter, rear spline lube presumably, battery, fluids replaced, rear brake reservoir, etc. from sitting outside abandoned for about 7 years. I have everything I need to get it titled, so that's not a problem.

I've barely spent any money on the bike. If I had it running, I would be willing to spend the money on all the other necessities to make it ride. Seems like the next move would be to repair or replace the damaged wiring, buy a starter relay and starter/kill switch assembly and see if it'll run.

I'd like to hear the thoughts of experienced forum members here on what direction you would go with this? I'm willing to spend a few hundred dollars to see if it'll run, but I don't want to go too deep down a hopeless rabbit hole if that's what it is!

One thought I have is, should I be looking at a different solution for the engine wiring? My goal is not to restore this into original condition, it seems like it may be an opportunity to build a customized bimmer.

Thank you for your input!
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old Sep 6th, 2019, 7:43 am
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Sounds like a parts bike to me! Unless you have a second bike to steal all the parts you need from. And even then, the second bike is probably the better one to get on the road. These bikes have SO MANY parts, trying to buy them one at a time on ebay is a fool's errand.

But if you find a complete, local bike with no title and a blown motor, then you might be on to something. Good luck either way!
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