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Old 01-15-2008, 04:49 AM   #16
Gernick OP
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What were some of the improvements that the K1100 had over the K100?
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Old 01-15-2008, 06:46 AM   #17
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Apologies for the length of this....The K1100 had 16 valves, so service is more expensive paralever FD, better front brakes (Brembo 4 piston) and cartridge front fork. They also had more horse power though the few I've ridden don't feel quicker than my '85 maybe because they weigh more???

The '85 is often called the "best year" K due to the euro spec cams (90HP) and bullet proof nearly everything else. To learn more go to and check out all the K tech articals.

As for the everlastiang vibes complaints... my other bike is a DR 650, when I ride the K it always feels like a sewing machine by comparison YRMV.

I also like the RT better than the RS, the seating possition is more comfy, and the RT faring fits me better than anything I've ridden. The heat issue is real, I rode with a cut down windshield for a few years but if you have a summer bike that is the best option.
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Old 12-29-2012, 01:36 AM   #18
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old RS

I'm looking at an old 85 K100RS.
It's got low mileage, and has been sitting in my friends garage for years.

What do I want to look for in regard to maintenance issues?


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Old 12-29-2012, 02:09 AM   #19
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"finest year K" is a tongue-in-cheek term used to describe the '85 model.

Have a look here...
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Old 12-29-2012, 04:09 AM   #20
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Location: Mountain Corners North Jersey
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best bike I ever owned.

never really had any problems. Only the tank electric plug. I installed a new spedo and other maintance.
Heat issues sometines on a hot day when the fan comes on but that was all.
I had mine up for sale a few times ( no serious offers) Price on these bikes shoud be running on $2500 to $3500
If your intersted I may part with mine.
(damm Photobucket is Down ) Post pics later
Here it is

Baja red metallic the best color in 85
Back in the day the first thing to do was off the buzzy bumble bee exhaust and up grade> I installed the newest and best I could get at the time Luftmister canister.
Everyone was running a corbin seat I had to have a Crobin caynon duel sport.
Dive problems Progressive springs a must followed up with a progressive in the rear.
A set of sticky Metzlers (99s no longer avabile) and these were one of the best bikes on the street.
Bigger Better Faster More----4 non blondes
Feel the Power of the Wheel

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