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Old 05-18-2006, 05:49 AM   #1
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1987 K75

So I have decided not to buy a new touring bike, but will go with the old models that I can safely pay hard cash for. I have a lead on a 1987 K75 with 21k miles on the clock. Haven't looked at it yet, but the price (3k) and pictures look pretty good. I don't know anything about the bricks, what should I look for and are they fairly bulletproof to maintain?
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Old 05-18-2006, 05:57 AM   #2
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They are mostly bulletproof. Will probably need some maintenance on the driveshaft and clutch spline (if the bike doesn't downshift well, it needs some greasing on the clutch spline), and all the other stuff that goes along with buying a 20-year old bike like cables, brake hoses, coolant hoses, etc.

It better have a ton of aftermarket goodies for $3K, because you can get a '95 model with the 700-watt alternator for not much more than that.
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Old 05-18-2006, 06:07 AM   #3
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I bought my 1987 K75 with 36,000 mile on the odometer a year ago for about the same amount, but it did come with a Ohlins rear shock, Progressive fork springs, heated grips, full set of luggage (side and top box), and a big windshield.
Now at 42,000 miles on the odometer, I replaced a clutch cable, front and rear tire, oil/filter, brake fluids/pads and a clutch/drive spline lube job.. bike's running like a champ every single day, no matter if it's 20 degrees or 80 degrees out. I even took it on hardpack dirt trails once in a while.
K75 engines are as low maintenance as they get. I have seen a few K75s running into 300,000 miles on the odometer.



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Old 05-18-2006, 06:08 AM   #4
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I would look for an airhead, but that's just me.

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Old 05-18-2006, 06:50 AM   #5
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I would look for an airhead, but that's just me.

Chris
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Al
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The K75's are nice bikes BTW, and they sound pretty good with an aftermarket muffler.
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Old 05-18-2006, 06:55 AM   #6
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The K75's are nice bikes BTW, and they sound pretty good with an aftermarket muffler.
I'm not saying I wouldn't ride a K75, they are nice.
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Old 05-18-2006, 09:07 AM   #7
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If I was riding cross country, I'd take a K75 before an airhead.

I've owned both, put a bunch of miles on them and have an R100 in the garage. For big touring, it's nice not to have to carry a spare rotor.
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Old 05-18-2006, 09:10 AM   #8
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If I was riding cross country, I'd take a K75 before an airhead.
Did you own both at the same time? The K75 feels like a luxury liner compared to even the last Monolever Airheads.
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Old 05-18-2006, 10:02 AM   #9
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Did you own both at the same time? The K75 feels like a luxury liner compared to even the last Monolever Airheads.
Yeah. I still had my R100RS when Tina bought her K75S. I felt like a caveman seeing fire for the first time or something.

The funny thing is that now, when I get an opportunity to ride a K, it feels crude compared to the oilheads or the oilheads.
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Old 05-18-2006, 10:42 AM   #10
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I've had a K75S and an R100RS (overlapping ownership), the K was great, but compaired to airheads it lacked soul and was kind of vanilla (IMHO), and frankly I was bored by it's complete reliability and lack tinkering it provided.
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Old 05-18-2006, 10:50 AM   #11
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I've had a K75S and an R100RS (overlapping ownership), the K was great, but compaired to airheads it lacked soul and was kind of vanilla (IMHO), and frankly I was bored by it's complete reliability and lack tinkering it provided.
Pretty much my take on it as well. Everybody knows Kbikes have no soul.

You're absolutely right, though, the Kbikes require just about no tinkering. If you like to spend some time in the garage with a cup of coffee and some Miles Davis on the boom box, you're going to need an airhead if you want to wrench and a Kbike if you just want to polish.

When I sold my Kbike, I really never regretted it, but I still regret selling my R100RS. To that end, I bought an R100CS, but probably will never buy a K75 to replace my K75C.
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Old 05-18-2006, 11:00 AM   #12
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The only bike apart in our garage right now is a K bike. No tinkering my ass.

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Old 05-18-2006, 11:01 AM   #13
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I regretted selling my Alaskan Blue 1983 R100RS so much that I bought another 1983 R100RS after I sold my K bike, unfortunately it was way overrepresented by the selling dealer and when I pulled it out of the shipping container it led me down a long trail of heartbreak before I finally sold it... I would love another RS, and if I had the space and the $$ I would buy one in a second... honestly I like my GS more, the my RS is the reason I am a BMW airhead diehard now... I'd only buy another K bike if I had a sizable amount of slab riding to do on a frequent basis.....

oh, and they are top heavy too.

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When I sold my Kbike, I really never regretted it, but I still regret selling my R100RS. To that end, I bought an R100CS, but probably will never buy a K75 to replace my K75C.
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Old 05-18-2006, 12:10 PM   #14
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Hey, thanks for all the opinions. I'll go up tonite and try to weasel him down a grand. Doesn't have many aftermarkets, but does have luggage (incl. top box) and new windshield. 3rd owner after two brothers. I do know how you feel about the airheads - got one in the garage ('71 75/5 with Velorex - that's my in-town/kid/pimp daddy ride) so I have enough tinkering and really don't want any more. Even have the KLR apart 'cuz the winkers decided not to work! What I want is a slab slut for doing some distances this summer (well, distances in comfort) that does not require anything more than routine maintenance and gas. I'm getting old I guess. I will look for the stiff downshift - thanks much.
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Old 05-18-2006, 12:25 PM   #15
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I regretted selling my Alaskan Blue 1983 R100RS so much
That's exactly what I had. Had the heads ported and flowed and it was plenty perky.
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