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Since you guys are posting some very nice photos of your K100 RSes, here's my first and always BMW, a 1990 K75S in Titan Blue. It has 86,000 miles on it, most have which have been seamless. But it hasn't been bulletproof. Several years ago I was tooling up the NJ Turnpike on a Sunday afternoon in July, heading for Maine from NC, when a bearing on the jackshaft that drives the alternator gave way. Lunched the bottom end of the motor. But I bought a used motor and got the bottom half of that mated with my top end.

This bike has had a couple of incarnations also. About three years ago I decided I wanted to put a sidecar on it. Got a Champion sidecar out of California, and the whole rig looked great. But I did not put a leading link fork on it, and it was a struggle to drive: got headshake every time I took one hand off the bars. Plus nobody except my dogs wanted to ride in the car, so I took it off after one summer. I sold it back to the guy who had mounted it for me. The whole works had cost $5800, including a paintjob, and I got $3000 when I sold it. So I guess I have a $2800 paintjob.

Since then, to atone for the sidecar, I've tarted her up a bit, with a new shock, stickier tires, and the luftmeister pipe. She's ready for the next 86,000.
 

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My former 92 k75s

Sold it to buy my GT. The k75s was a good bike, but I'll never look back now that I have my GT.
 

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This shot was taken in 1989 in front of the Hotel de' Paris in Montreal on Sherbrook St.

One of the best years of my life.

She was a bartender from the Rat in Boston. She came fully equipped with her own bike. She had been riding for 7 years and had a motorcyle only license. Little did I know that within a year we'd be married and I'd be teaching her to drive a car!!!

This K75S is one bike that I'd love to have back but it has to be the exact VIN. Nice memories!! I only had the K75S for a couple of years but it was a sweet bike. I put about 33,000 miles on it. It ran better with 20,000 than it did new. She must have finally broken in. Traded for a 78 red-smoke R100S

By the way the padlocks around her wrist had no keys. A little cold under the sheets but worth it.

 

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another K75S

My first BMW and the one I will keep. Bought new in '92. Just over 80K trouble free miles. Made a few mods:
motolites
switch and relay to control accessory outlet
heated grips
leather corbin seat
works rear shock
powder coat wheels.
80/100 W headlight
hyperlites
front fender extension
dual tone horn

Not much in the way of unscheduled maintenance.
Final drive oil seal.
Alternator bearing mount failure but had alternator rebuilt locally.
Fuel tank leak due to corrosion. Left side of tank under fuel pump. Trash seems to collect here when on side stand and result was several pinholes. A session with Dremel tool and some JB weld made it like new. Only had to touch up 1/2 sq in. of paint.
 

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Good looking ride...

but then I'm prejudiced. I do like the 3-spokes better than my snowflakes. I had then on a K1, and they were much easier to clean, plus they look better. BWS offered me a set that he had, but because my K75 doesn't have ABS, it was going to be an expensive proposition to make them fit, so I'll keep the snowflakes, otherwise, my mods have been very much like yours. I really enjoy riding the 75 more than the K12, and like you, I'll hang onto mine.
 

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........ I really enjoy riding the 75 more than the K12, and like you, I'll hang onto mine.

Funny you should say that. Other K12 riders think I'm crazy when I say that there are time I prefer the K75 over the K12. After almost 2 years and 20K miles, I still can't get used to the force it takes to throw the K12 into a turn. The K75 is more nimble in the twisties, easier to handle around town and the bags hold more.

I keep hoping that the new-motor KGT will be the power of the KRS with the weight of the K75.
 

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That would be ideal.

george_in_KG said:
Funny you should say that. Other K12 riders think I'm crazy when I say that there are time I prefer the K75 over the K12. After almost 2 years and 20K miles, I still can't get used to the force it takes to throw the K12 into a turn. The K75 is more nimble in the twisties, easier to handle around town and the bags hold more.

I keep hoping that the new-motor KGT will be the power of the KRS with the weight of the K75.
However, I'm not sure I'll be in the market. I am recently (two years--feels recent) re-married and still divorced (i.e., paying alimony), so I'll probably sit tight with what I have for a while. Plus, I'm kinda interested in the GS type bikes, like the GS, the Multistrada, even the new Buell Ulysses. I have owned one Buell before, an S2, and couldn't sell it when I wanted to move on. Ended up giving it away. So probably won't go that way again.
 

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Yow!

I guess you don't worry about getting hit at night, do you?
 

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no......

i like to ride in the evening, when most of the traffic is off the road for dinner........

there are a lot of good 2 lane paved north of me, but traffic during day light hours spoils the fun.....

R.
 

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K75

I am thinking of getting one for the wife. She has a *&^%$# sportster now and it can't get out of it's own way. I was always getting on her about keeping up until I rode the thing. She is doing as good as it will go.
 

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Wow! Everybody's K75 looks awesome. As this is my first, I'm sure my opinion and view may evolve as time marches on, but these certainly are very beautiful, aesthetic machines, and I think BMW did a great job with them. I love this one... :)
 

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george_in_KG said:
Is that a reflective paint or just plain white that appears to glow under the flash?

it is black reflective

looks like flat black during the day....white at night when the light hits it

R.
 

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Looks like mine with different color.

 

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If only BMW would have 4 valved it ....

ROB said:
Since you guys are posting some very nice photos of your K100 RSes, here's my first and always BMW, a 1990 K75S in Titan Blue. ........
Our K75s went 101,000 miles until I sold her. Should have kept it. It was just getting broken in. Of all the bikes, the K12RS is the best, but just barely. The light weight of the K75s was nice, as was the extra ground clearance. We used to run Deal's Gap, exit a corner, smack the throttle full stop - and wait. :) Fun though. Lots of fun.
 

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Our K75s went 101,000 miles until I sold her. Should have kept it. It was just getting broken in. Of all the bikes, the K12RS is the best, but just barely. The light weight of the K75s was nice, as was the extra ground clearance. We used to run Deal's Gap, exit a corner, smack the throttle full stop - and wait. :) Fun though. Lots of fun.
Ah ha. CABNFVR, now I know who you are! Shoulda known. Hi! :)
 
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