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Hi all. I'm Stephen in the W. Mass hillls, a mason, sailer and fiddle player and this is my first post.
Bear with me for my history? I wanted to ride a BMW motorcycle cross country in '76, when I was 27 and living on Cape Cod. I bought a clean, black '70 R75/5 with Vetter fairing and touring tank from Dunbar Cycles and did the trip in that Fall. Spent 2 wonderful and memorable months on the road camping and staying with friends. I sold the bike (for roughly what I paid for it) in LA (don't ask me why..) and took a "Drive-away" car back, thinking I'd gotten motorcycling "out of my system".
And I had - until this summer, when my 19 year old son decided he needed to take a semester off from college and drive a m.c. cross country (where did he get that idea?) Once I realized he was serious, I insisted he get a K bike (an old friend has been riding one in recent years and convinced me of their superiority). Well, he bought a nice '91 K100RS, did his vision quest trip, came home and when he returned to school, the bike sat in the garage....calling me. I passed by countless times, until one nice day, I decided I better start it up to charge the battery. The helmet was sitting there and the bike sounded sweet. "I'll just go down the road a ways". Not bad. A few days later, I went for an hour ride. By September I'd gone for a half dozen rides and wanted my own bike. Didn't like so much weight on my hands and, at 5'8", the seat's a bit high. I found a low seat LT (dark blue/green, tan seat) 15k on the clock...and my favorite color: Perfect! I couldn't pass it up, even though my wife said one bike was enough. It went from my buddie's trailer directly into a neighbor's garage until I could screw up the courage (a month later) to tell her. Of course, I go visit my ride nearly every day, imagining warmer weather and maybe a trip to PEI...
In the meantime, the battery's inside on a trickle charger. I have fluids/filters and fork seals to replace, good bonding time. Thanks for the great support and for listening. Look forward to reading and learning - and riding!
 

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gidday steven from the land down under
i am only a recent newby too ,and a k100rs a 1985 model owner
like you allways wanted one ,had classic jap bikes in the 70,s up till now got talked out of buying a k last year ,finally got one and love it
you,ll enjoy this site ,good luck with the missus and the k
regards graeme :)
 

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Welcome to the forum from Central MA. (Holden). Lots of knowledgeable folks here to help you with your K-wrenching, certainly this forum has helped me. Did you know the MA based Yankee Beemers mc club has a "western mass" social group? Take a look at www.yankeebeemers.org.
Welcome back to riding.
Steve
1990 K75RT
 

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Thanks, Steve. I looked at the site, but frankly only have time for one bike forum and this one has a wider audience. Most shorter rides are spontaneous with me anyway. Thanks for the tip Dave. The only thing I had trepidation about with my son's K100 was the weight, but its rock solid on the variable road qualities out here. Like they say, "its like riding a bike: once you learn, you never forget". I recently read "the Pace" and sent a copy to my son. What I lack in reaction time, I make up for in anticipation...
 

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Ha, ha! I promise I'll send better pics in the Spring!
file:///Users/stephenbushway/Desktop/K100.JPG
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Great post Steve. It appears you and I are about the same age and within one inch of the same height, so I can appreciate your issues with the K100RS. I bought a 91 K100RS a little over two years ago after being out of the saddle for 25 years. My only issue with the bike is the seat height (wish it was a little lower), other than that I love it. Hope you enjoy the return to two wheeling as much as I have.....
 

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I too just bought a 89 K 100RS SE, bike is sweet, but like yours it is sitting in the garage, but it is now in a pile of pieces, bodywork out for fix and repaint, so as long as it is naked, spine lube, fluid changes are in order. Fun to work on, I know it will be fun to ride, but I am a little taller 6 feet so the seat did not feel that short to me. Am going to have to do something about the windscreen though.

This is a great source of info on tech side!
 

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Good luck with the make-over Orforester! I just did the spline lube as per the "Anton" method and it was straight forward and a good confidence booster. I used a chain fall and sling (I'm a mason contractor..) to get the bike at center stand up about 8", ratchet strapped to the front wheel to prevent it from folding up, which got the ass end up to a good working height. Put new rubber on (ME 880's) the back while the wheel was off. Good bonding time ( but really looking forward to warmer weather... :teeth )
 

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anton and which

What do you mean by "Anton method"? Largiader?
Which splines?

Drive shaft splines are a snap. I am heading toward clutch splines now. I'll go look at Largiader for clutch spline directions.

Nope. Didn't find nuthin.
 

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Geeezz.

I know that feeling.

Back in the 70s I filled a dream by taking a 65 Bonnie all over Europe. From London to Calais, up through northern France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Holland, across into Germany, down to Austria, up over Switzerland and down into Italy, finally over to France. I found the longest and most obscure roads and lanes through the most picturesque and beautiful places. Just because I was on a bike I suppose, (no full face helmets then) people approached me at red lights, pedestrian crossings, stop signs, fuel stations ... whereever I stopped. They bought me meals, took me into their homes, told me the histories of their towns and villages. I never found so many friends so easily before or since.

I left the Bonnie that had served me faithfully (not a thing went wrong the entire way - nearly 15,000 miles) in a car park in London, caught a cab to the airport and flew back home. I must have been nuts!

Somehow the experience just got over written by nearly 45 years of hum drum life.... wife, kids, job, mortgages, "the full catastrophe" as Zorba called it. Until about 6 months ago.

What started first as a chance find of a photo of my old Bonnie on top of the San Gottardo Pass (see below) turned, just a few weeks ago into the handsome K75s downstairs. The adventure is still coming.

I know how much you're going to enjoy that bike.
Thanks for the story.

 
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