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Offline propav8r

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Re: 1985 K100RS Renovation
« Reply #100 on: December 20, 2017, 11:27:34 AM »
Well, it's finished, except for the fender that I forgot at the paint shop and some tank emblems.



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  • 1985 K100RS, 1978 GL1000, 1972 Kawasaki H2 750

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Re: 1985 K100RS Renovation
« Reply #101 on: December 30, 2017, 08:35:18 PM »
I guess I should check in and wrap this up since I've been done for a couple weeks now.

The bike looks and runs great. My rear master cylinder is weeping a bit, but I ordered up what I needed to do the aftermarket rear master conversion.  That stuff should be in next week.

I'll stick around, and if you're in the WNC area, you might see me out riding. Be sure and say hey, and I'll try to make it over to the K Kampout when that happens.

On to the next thing now, the H2 is ready for some lovin'. Thanks to everyone who helped out with this project with parts or advice. I'm sure I'll have many happy miles on the bike.

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  • 1985 K100RS, 1978 GL1000, 1972 Kawasaki H2 750

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Re: 1985 K100RS Renovation
« Reply #102 on: December 30, 2017, 08:39:14 PM »
Man, that is one sweet looking brick.  Are you going to leave the front mudguard off?
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Re: 1985 K100RS Renovation
« Reply #103 on: December 30, 2017, 08:40:43 PM »
Man, that is one sweet looking brick.  Are you going to leave the front mudguard off?


Thank you, and no. My buddy was just a little slow shipping it to me. Should be here this week.
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Re: 1985 K100RS Renovation
« Reply #104 on: December 30, 2017, 08:43:51 PM »
Is the windscreen white or is that just highlights?   The color scheme is really classy looking.
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Re: 1985 K100RS Renovation
« Reply #105 on: December 30, 2017, 08:47:38 PM »
Is the windscreen white or is that just highlights?   The color scheme is really classy looking.


I vinyl wrapped it with some pearl white 3m vinyl. I would have loved to find a clear one, but I'm really just not willing to pay what new or nos ones go for. I thought if I painted it black, it might look a bit like a pumpkin.


I didn't like it at first, but it's growing on me.


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  • 1985 K100RS, 1978 GL1000, 1972 Kawasaki H2 750

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Re: 1985 K100RS Renovation
« Reply #106 on: December 30, 2017, 08:48:57 PM »
 :2thumbup: :2thumbup: Nice restoration good to see rather than a chop job.
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Re: 1985 K100RS Renovation
« Reply #107 on: December 30, 2017, 08:54:38 PM »
Thanks Martin.


If anyone would like to check out a photo album with all the pictures from the rebuild, be my guest: https://imgur.com/gallery/xSDJ5


And if two strokes are your thing, I'm trying out a video series while I rebuild the H2. You can follow along with that project here:
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Re: 1985 K100RS Renovation
« Reply #108 on: January 10, 2018, 11:36:11 AM »
Man, I'm loving this bike. I put the fender and a fork brace on a couple days back and got a few miles on it yesterday. What a great sound and a great ride.


I'm planning a trip with Dad this summer and I think I'll take this bike. Should be about a week and a half on the road exploring historical sites in the Northeast, and the Allegheny and Catskill mountains. Can't wait.
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  • 1985 K100RS, 1978 GL1000, 1972 Kawasaki H2 750

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Re: 1985 K100RS Renovation
« Reply #109 on: January 10, 2018, 12:03:10 PM »
This is such a beautiful build. I first saw it on Reddit. Man, what an inspiration. The color is amazing on the lines of the brick.
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Re: 1985 K100RS Renovation
« Reply #110 on: January 10, 2018, 12:21:17 PM »
This is such a beautiful build. I first saw it on Reddit. Man, what an inspiration. The color is amazing on the lines of the brick.


Thank you man.
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  • 1985 K100RS, 1978 GL1000, 1972 Kawasaki H2 750

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Re: 1985 K100RS Renovation
« Reply #111 on: January 22, 2018, 11:17:14 AM »
Well that didn't take long.









I decided to take advantage of the moderate temps this weekend and get a few miles on the K. I had a nice, 300 mile ride planned. About 20 miles in, I decided to deviate onto a back road I hadn't ridden in awhile. I had a little voice telling me it was a bad idea, but I ignored it.

I was leading a friend and hit a pile of sand/grit from winter road treatment in the middle of my lane. Right, left, down, scraaaaaaaaape.

I'm fine. I had on an armored jacket and thick leather gloves. Just a scraped knee and a bruised ego.

The bike still runs and rides fine, but the lower fairing has turned into dust, and most horribly, my left mirror pod and NOS turn signal lens are crushed.

The seat cowl and upper fairing can be repaired.

My nice new case is also damaged, but not too badly. The lower latch broke off, but it just pulled the rivets through the case. That can be mended. The cover is scratched, but I can spray it or vinyl wrap it and you'll never be able to tell.

Sigh. Back on the parts hunt.
  • Franklin, NC
  • 1985 K100RS, 1978 GL1000, 1972 Kawasaki H2 750

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Re: 1985 K100RS Renovation
« Reply #112 on: January 22, 2018, 11:34:54 AM »
It makes a good looking corpse, anyway. Glad you're relatively ok.
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Re: 1985 K100RS Renovation
« Reply #113 on: January 22, 2018, 01:54:39 PM »
Reminds me of the time in the early 1980's when I spent two years, fully restoring a 1963 Volkswagen Beetle. The finished product looked great.  I had it registered and insured for nearly a month when the backend got away from me and I started to fish-tale on a similar cold, snowy, sand and gravel covered asphalt road. The car rolled several times. (with me in it)  The car was utterly and completely totaled. The only salvageable item was the brand new Craig AM-FM Stereo Cassette that I put in.  The car had no seat belts and low back front seats.


I was ok, but the real pain was the total loss of the car that I had so carefully restored.  I still wince when I think about it to this day. I definitely feel your pain.


I'm glad that you're ok.
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Re: 1985 K100RS Renovation
« Reply #114 on: January 22, 2018, 02:35:32 PM »
My condolences, I guy I knew rebuilt a R90s back to better than new, right down to the original stickers. On his first ride hit some gravel and dropped it, as he lay there, he realised not too much damage. Then a large truck came around the corner. :yow No insurance no bike.
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Re: 1985 K100RS Renovation
« Reply #115 on: January 22, 2018, 05:13:17 PM »
Good to hear that you're okay!  All the gear all the time makes a lot of sense.

I doubt you can repair the amount of fairing that has been ground off.  There's a nice looking part on eBay:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-left-side-fairing-K100RS-05091703-p-n-46632300403/382077174452?epid=852661337&hash=item58f59302b4:g:bJAAAOSwdjNZEg1D&vxp=mtr

Seems like there is nothing like a new paint job to jinx a bike.  I dropped my new to me K75RT in the driveway the first morning after getting the fairing and mirrors painted.
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  • '94 K75RT Mystic Red, '91K100RS White/Blue
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'94 K75RT "Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS"
'91 K100RS "Moby Brick Too

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Re: 1985 K100RS Renovation
« Reply #116 on: February 09, 2018, 10:18:15 AM »
Well, insurance came back today. The estimated cost to repair my bike is just north of $7,600, so of course, they're wanting to total it. I'm going to have a salvage company look at it to determine scrap value, and then, I can retain ownership of the bike and fix it myself. I just get the agreed value ($5000) - salvage value (TBD).

I've already sourced a replacement lower fairing, mirror pod, and turn signal. I need to find a good condition windshield. The exhaust is scuffed up, but I can sand that smooth and have the Cerakote redone. I'll have to find a replacement valve cover too, but that shouldn't be hard.

All in, including paint, I should be able to get out of it for a few hundred.
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Re: 1985 K100RS Renovation
« Reply #117 on: February 16, 2018, 04:00:20 PM »
So the salvage appraisal came back...$25. Good for me, bad for Brick values.

So I kept ownership, and there's a $4975 check in the mail. I've already sourced 90% of the parts I need. Lower fairing, mirror pod and signal lens, replacement case, etc. Now it's just filler for the upper fairing and paint. Oh, and I need a valve cover.

So a couple hours to strip the bike, a few hours in the paint booth, and we'll be back in business. The bike will have a salvage title though, but meh.

I do highly recommend Hagerty's agreed-value policies though. The claims process was pretty hassle free, though a tad protracted. They never tried to pay out less than the agreed value.
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Re: 1985 K100RS Renovation
« Reply #118 on: February 16, 2018, 04:40:34 PM »
Damn! $25 sounds good to me.  I got mine back, but it cost me $750.  Insurance gave me over seven crumbs for it though.

Get rid of the salvage title by buying a good frame on eBay.  I bought one with clear Colorado title for $400 shipped to East Aurora, NY.  An old K100 frame should go for about $250 or so.
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  • '94 K75RT Mystic Red, '91K100RS White/Blue
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'91 K100RS "Moby Brick Too

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Re: 1985 K100RS Renovation
« Reply #119 on: February 16, 2018, 04:44:42 PM »
Damn! $25 sounds good to me.  I got mine back, but it cost me $750.  Insurance gave me over seven crumbs for it though.

Get rid of the salvage title by buying a good frame on eBay.  I bought one with clear Colorado title for $400 shipped to East Aurora, NY.  An old K100 frame should go for about $250 or so.


I frankly don't care that much. When the time comes to sell it, I'll just remember that it's already been "sold" for 5k once and disclose the cosmetic damage.
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Re: 1985 K100RS Renovation
« Reply #120 on: March 09, 2018, 04:25:10 PM »
Well, I shoved this bike back in the corner of the shop where I couldn't see the damage. After having it sit up a couple months, I got a wild hair the other day and decided to start fixing it.


I sourced all the bodywork I needed awhile back, so I disassembled the bike and took the parts that needed repair to the paint shop. Should be somewhere in the $400 ballpark to fix and paint those. Not too bad.


I also have a blown fork seal, so I ordered some replacements up. I'll deal with that here soon.


The exhaust is scratched, but you can't see it with bags on. I think I'll just hit it with some silver hi-temp paint and forget about it.


I did manage to find a NOS left Series III tragkorb, so that'll go on nicely. I'll also use this opportunity to recover the seat.


The rear master always leaked, so I did order a replacement. I'll be converting to the ebay universal master cylinder.


Anyhow, if I can find some time, It'll be back on the road within a month.
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Re: 1985 K100RS Renovation
« Reply #121 on: March 26, 2018, 11:17:32 AM »

Well, it's been off the road for a couple months, but it's almost done (again.)


I tracked down a new lower fairing and mirror, had the large upper fairing and seat cowl repaired, and the affected panels repainted. I still haven't found a replacement valve cover, but there's nothing really wrong with this one other than it's ugly. I'll probably just let it ride for a bit.


I also found a NOS GenIII side case to replace the one I screwed up.





While it was apart, I decided to address the leaking rear master cylinder. Using the info available on this site, I found and adapted a cheap universal master. Works like a chame.


I found a universal rear master on Ebay for $7. That, plus a Volvo wastegate adjuster clevis, a tack weld, and a sheet aluminum bracket gives me a nice, leak-free master. I already had the line and banjo fittings laying around that I needed to make this work.








I need to finish getting it dressed up, probably this evening, and then I can get it back on the road. I also ordered a nice little panel mount 12v to USB adapter so I can have some of that sweet, sweet juice as I'm headed down the road.


I plan on taking this down to Montgomery next month, and on a long trip with Dad at the end of May.


Still really bummed that I went down, but oh well. The only thing I really have left to fix is the exhaust. It got lightly skinned up, but it's pretty much hidden by the saddlebag, so I may just not worry about it. The worst part is that on the header part (that didn't hit the ground) you can see rust color coming up underneath the ceramic coating. I'm not sure why, but the only thing I can come up with is improper prep by the shop that did the ceramic coating. Maybe I'll run by there with it and see if they'll help me out with it.
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Re: 1985 K100RS Renovation
« Reply #122 on: March 26, 2018, 11:25:27 AM »
Looking good!   I need to get up the ambition to get to work on the damage Ilsa endured when I dropped her on an ice patch at the beginning of the month.
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  • '94 K75RT Mystic Red, '91K100RS White/Blue
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'91 K100RS "Moby Brick Too

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Re: 1985 K100RS Renovation
« Reply #123 on: April 02, 2018, 12:26:45 PM »
On Thursday, I picked up the freshly recovered seat from the local upholstery shop...I'm extremely pleased with how it turned out.





And Friday saw overcast, but acceptable weather, so we rolled out to Deal's Gap to cut it's teeth...





On Saturday, I rode it down to Greenville for Cars and Coffee, and then to check out the flat track races in Traveler's rest.





All-in-all, it was about 450 miles of riding in a couple days. The bike was flawless, and it's really starting to grow on me. Especially at the Gap, it's got SO much more potential than my GL1000.
  • Franklin, NC
  • 1985 K100RS, 1978 GL1000, 1972 Kawasaki H2 750

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Re: 1985 K100RS Renovation
« Reply #124 on: April 11, 2018, 11:26:50 AM »
Clutch cable snapped at the handle the other day. Got home and ordered a new cable, only to realize when it got here that there's a stupid brass bushing/holder that sits in the lever in such a way that when the cable breaks, it just falls out onto the road!! Geenyus, I tell ya whut.


Anyway, a few more days waiting for shipping for that little piece, and we should be back in business by the weekend.


(Could they really have not put a little lip or it so that it wouldn't just fall out? Geez...)
  • Franklin, NC
  • 1985 K100RS, 1978 GL1000, 1972 Kawasaki H2 750

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