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Old 01-24-2008, 06:59 AM   #16
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I did about 100k miles between my 85 k100rs and my '98 k1200rs, they are both great bikes that can be had at reasonable prices, and lots of spare parts available. Got spoiled real quick with the k1200s though, which i don't regard as good a touring bike as its predecessors, even if it addresses most of the issues the early models had. Touring favors the r12gs over any of them for a multitude of reasons.

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Old 01-24-2008, 08:24 AM   #17
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Old 01-24-2008, 08:46 AM   #18
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I did about 100k miles between my 85 k100rs and my '98 k1200rs, they are both great bikes that can be had at reasonable prices, and lots of spare parts available. Got spoiled real quick with the k1200s though, which i don't regard as good a touring bike as its predecessors, even if it addresses most of the issues the early models had. Touring favors the r12gs over any of them for a multitude of reasons.

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Old 01-24-2008, 08:58 AM   #19
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My brick in the tow yard after an a**hole came over 3 lanes on an impulse to get to a Taco Bell. He put me into a pole - straight on.

I miss that bike

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Old 01-24-2008, 09:34 AM   #20
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What kind of seat bag is that? Is it this Marsee http://marseeproducts.homestead.com/...r%20Zipp%20Bag

I know that's a BMW bag on the rack. I'm looking for a big seat bag that straps securely to the seat.
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Old 01-24-2008, 10:40 AM   #21
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I have a '03 K12GT in the stable. I find it fairly comfortable on long rides. The bike has good power and is very stable (thoug heavy and slow-turning) in the corners. I plan on keeping it.......... but have been tempted to add a Ducati ST3 for the "sport" half of the sport-touring equation.
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Old 01-24-2008, 11:55 AM   #22
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To answer your gravel road (or worse) question.

It's fun and it will do fine. Just some pointers I learned along the way.

I have an 85' RS. It's been on things not called a road.
I even ended up on a hiking path once, by accident. The hikers way down the trail were not happy with me.

On rough stuff I find you should keep up the pace. Bike is too heavy to paddle it around. Stay off the seat and take some of the movement up with your knees. You'll find the soft suspension + big weight can = trouble.

Gravel roads you can haul on. The heft keeps things smooth just watch out for deep tire tracks. Front tire will follow..."ouch" is next.

Trouble I find.
*As with any road bike If your tires load with mud, things get ugly.

*Watch going over large rocks and logs. There's no skid plate down there!

*The front fender causes the mud to churn around and it will pack up the brake rotor holes. Than you have no brakes and it gouges the hell out of them. (don't ask how I know)

*The front wheel will not take huge hits. (don't ask how I know) Watch for sharp edged holes. Wheel can be fixed.

*If your taking saddle bags, the sand/mud and water will get into the latches and hanger points. It grinds things up. It's ok just things will be looser in the future. I have an aluminum brace at the back of the bags just below the tag plate. Keeps everyting tight.

*I put foam between the switch pad and the instrument pod. Bounces too much for me.

*I extended the rear drives vent line way up on the frame and topped it with a filter.
Orginally it comes with an un filtered black plastic cap. You'll see it at the top of the housing. When I blew the rear drive a few years ago I noticed on the inside around the vent cap hole there was lots of dirt. That crud was in the oil (along with some water and yes I change it yearly) and may have contributed to my bearing problems. So I used part of the crank case breather hose (the first elbow part) and than connected it with tubing. The tubing follows the speeodometer cable and up the frame to a filter.
Ahhh much better.
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Old 01-24-2008, 12:03 PM   #23
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I was going to sell the K after I bought a R1100RT but sold the RT, bought and sold a R1150GS, then bought a FJR 1300 and a KTM990. The K is still too much fun to sell. I've done 40 miles of dirt roads, 2 up, when the pavement ran out and I didn't want to turn around.
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Old 01-24-2008, 04:06 PM   #24
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I just bought a 1994 K75. My last street bike was in the early 70's a 1971 Kawasaki 500 H1.

Riding the K75 makes me feel like I just woke up from a time warp.
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Old 01-24-2008, 05:26 PM   #25
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Rocket,
What kind of seat bag is that? Is it this Marsee http://marseeproducts.homestead.com/...r%20Zipp%20Bag

I know that's a BMW bag on the rack. I'm looking for a big seat bag that straps securely to the seat.
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It's actually not that one... its this one http://marseeproducts.homestead.com/...0Mr.%20Pockets

Great all purpose strap anywhere bag...
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Old 01-24-2008, 07:26 PM   #26
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Well first of all, let me begin by gushing over the well executed photography. You are good sir... good...

I really like that K... the stealth color with the angles of the panels really give that bike a menacing but classic look. I am definitely going to go test ride that model when it gets warmer. I need something with some longer legs than my 998, as you know. I can do 250 miles, but anything longer and I get too tired...

I'm also looking at the older 11S... 12S might be difficult to find and I would like some limited two up capabilities...

after seeing so many of your photos, I want to see someone taking a pic of you taking a pic of the bike to see the scrambling across the roads, dodging traffic, fully geared up, big camera in hand, all the while acting cool...

I can assure you I don't look cool. Fool is more like it The pic is from Loveland Pass.

The I-4 KS would be a fine Bologna complement. Keep me posted.
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Old 01-24-2008, 09:59 PM   #27
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Add me to the list of happy owners. I think its a great long distance bike.
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Old 01-25-2008, 12:20 PM   #28
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Wow!!! Thanks for all the great replies guys.

My K is in the shop getting the splines redone right now but I will have to take a good photo once I get it back to compete with all of the others.

Glad to hear that the K is still loved in the midst of all the GSers out there.
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Old 01-25-2008, 07:07 PM   #29
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Old 01-26-2008, 07:18 AM   #30
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I would like to get a GS Adventure eventually but until then I have been riding an 87 K100RT since last spring.

It is not the most glamourous of bikes but so far I have enjoyed its power and reliability. It definitely throws a lot of heat in the summer though.

This spring I may take it off the pavement a bit to try some gravel roads with it.

Anyone else own a brick and enjoying it and care to share their experiences?

Thanks guys.
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Before my Wing I owned a 2003 K1200RS, it's still my favorite bike. Seamless power, fantastic build quality. I sure wouldn't take it off-pavement though.
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