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Hey cool, a board for the old K bikes! I have a 1989 K100rs the blue and white 1st ABS special edition. I love this bike. There are some things about it that I like even more than my K1200GT. It feels rock solid like it is on a mono-rail at all times and all speeds. It is well designed with under the seat storage and easy to access everthing. Pull the clutch and watch the side stand go up automatically. Flip out handle for lifting onto the sidestand.
In 5th gear the tach and speedo needle move almost exactly the same. It's nice when you're doing 80mph and the two needles are both pointing forward at 12:00! My K1200-GT smokes when left on the side stand. My 1989 K100rs doesn't! It has pinned rings or something which took care of that old problem. WHy doesn't the K12 have that?


Anyone else have one?
 

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K100rs Se

I too have (had) a K100RS SE. I gave mine to my son when he passed his test couple of weeks ago.

A super machine, which I still like a lot. Whilst I love my K1200S there is still a lot to be said for the earlier machines... so I agree with you 100%.

 

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Sweet looking bike!!! Nice! I'll hvae to get a pic of mine up here. they really were the nicest of the 8 valves IMHO

-Jack
 

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Hey thats my 'old' Bike :) ..had one exactly same...what a great Tourer. After that one I got myself a K1100RS SE, same color and all....That color was so nice on those old ones...thanks for the picture..brought memory-flow..
 

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k100rs Special Edition

Here is my 1989 Special Edition. She's a dirty girl right now but she cleans up well.

66,000 miles and never a problem.



 

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My BMW dealer is a combination dealer. He sells Triumphs and BMW. There was an old K100 parked for service and the triumph salesman was walking by with a customer. The customer asked about the k100 saying "isn't that an older bmw"? The triumph salesmans reply was, those things last forever. if you take care of them.
 

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They had alot to live up to and alot to prove when the came out with the K series. Remember they were supposed to eventually replace the boxers. It had to be much more advanced but still retain some of the qualities that people loved about BMWs. Most of all they had to be as reliable if not more than the boxers. I think they were way ahead of their time. When I tell people that this bike is a 1989 and it is fuel injected and has ABS it blows them away!

And they do last forever. I've seen early Kseries with over 200,000 miles without even a top end rebuild. Over engineered and understressed. I think even the cylinder walls are made of some kind of nickel imbedded with silicon graphite. ( or something like that ) Supposedly never wears out.
 

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My baby has 202,750 miles on it and it runs almost perfectly. Only problem is a leaking rear main seal, which has now contaminated the clutch. So clutch and seal will be my winter project. Next summers plan is to do an IBA "bun burner" ride to Indiana from California. Summer after that... Prudhoe Bay Alaska!!
 

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I bought mine last winter, I love it, easy to work on, runs like a dream and plenty of power, not the rock you back in seat kind, but the Oh shit am I really going that fast.
 

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That was my first BMW and I loved it. Would still have it, if the pick up truck hadn't run the stop sign and killed her at a young 88,000 miles. :(
 

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I have an 88 SE as well. Picked it up with only 12k on the clock. Runs like a top and comfortable enough for 800-900 mile days if needed. The price is right as well..
 

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Happy boy!

Lucked into a K100RS SE yesterday! 17,057 on the clock and perfect! Joins the stable with Rockster Edition 80, '75 DO R90S, "80 R100T, and my wife's F650GS. This is my new IBA bike. My first bike was a '85 K100RS Rat bike. Nice to finally own the cream of the crop!
 

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supertankerm60a3 said:
My baby has 202,750 miles on it and it runs almost perfectly. Only problem is a leaking rear main seal, which has now contaminated the clutch. So clutch and seal will be my winter project. Next summers plan is to do an IBA "bun burner" ride to Indiana from California. Summer after that... Prudhoe Bay Alaska!!
I also considered this on my old K100RS. I was pursuaded against it by others and did THAT trip on an 1150GS.

The Haul Road can be ridden on an old K, but the available tires, higher gearing, torque curve and propensity to be shaken apart on that road..literally..argue for a GS designed for that kind of riding.
 

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K100RS sooty exhaust

K100RS; sooty exhaust heavy on fuel and running rich - PLEASE HELP !
ADVICE PLEASE thanks Grant








jack69boots said:
Hey cool, a board for the old K bikes! I have a 1989 K100rs the blue and white 1st ABS special edition. I love this bike. There are some things about it that I like even more than my K1200GT. It feels rock solid like it is on a mono-rail at all times and all speeds. It is well designed with under the seat storage and easy to access everthing. Pull the clutch and watch the side stand go up automatically. Flip out handle for lifting onto the sidestand.
In 5th gear the tach and speedo needle move almost exactly the same. It's nice when you're doing 80mph and the two needles are both pointing forward at 12:00! My K1200-GT smokes when left on the side stand. My 1989 K100rs doesn't! It has pinned rings or something which took care of that old problem. WHy doesn't the K12 have that?


Anyone else have one?
 
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