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Offline tswea1

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First Bike and New to Me K75
« on: May 06, 2019, 09:23:30 PM »
Hello everyone, just bought my first bike, a K75.  Does not run but I am looking forward to getting it running again.  Would love to meet up with anyone in the Richmond, VA area.  Looking forward to joining the "flying brick" community!
  • Richmond VA
Richmond, VA
1990 K75RT

Offline Laitch

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Re: First Bike and New to Me K75
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2019, 09:49:35 PM »
Welcome! Thanks for the photo. How many miles on the odometer?
  • Along the Ridley in Vermont.
  • 1995 K75T 72,000 miles
I wept because I had no radials until I met a man who had no splines.
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Offline stokester

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Re: First Bike and New to Me K75
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2019, 10:12:26 PM »
Welcome!

Just down the road in Yorktown.  Is it currently not running?
  • Yorktown, Virginia
  • '94 K75S - '93 K75S - '91 R100RT - '78 R100S

Offline tswea1

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Re: First Bike and New to Me K75
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2019, 10:22:53 PM »
@ Laitch, it has approximately 38K

@ Stockester, correct, it is currently not running.  Haven't had any time to start trouble shooting yet, literally got her this morning.  Plan to start doing some trouble shooting this weekend though!
  • Richmond VA
Richmond, VA
1990 K75RT

Offline The Mighty Gryphon

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Re: First Bike and New to Me K75
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2019, 10:59:16 PM »
Welcome!  Looks to be in pretty good shape.  Any idea of how long it's been idle?  38,000 miles on a K75 engine is just barely broken in, your bike will be running for a long time once you get it sorted.  The brain trust here has dealt with many bikes in similar situations. 

Do you have any riding experience? 
  • In my garage in Marilla, NY
  • '94 K75RT Mystic Red, '91K100RS White/Blue
Current:
'94 K75RT "Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS"
'91 K100RS "Moby Brick Too

Offline natalena

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Re: First Bike and New to Me K75
« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2019, 06:46:09 AM »
Great looking brick. With the info you'll find here and some patience, it should be running soon. I'm in S. MD.
sidebar: Awesome classic van!
  • East of Joshua Tree
  • 1987 K75s #0919
On Holy Quest seeking Techron equivalent for splines.

Offline tswea1

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Re: First Bike and New to Me K75
« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2019, 07:08:21 AM »
My best guess is that it was last really run in 2004 as that was the last inspection sticker. I bought it after extensive lurking on here and seeing the extensive amount of information on problem solving. I do not really have any riding experience, this is my first bike.

Natalena, the classic van is for sale. You yourself could own that fine piece of equipment haha
  • Richmond VA
Richmond, VA
1990 K75RT

Offline natalena

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Re: First Bike and New to Me K75
« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2019, 07:33:41 AM »
It's heavy for a first bike, and once you get it running, lot's of slow speed practice at a school parking or DMV lot will build confidence. My inseam is 30", and if I don't wear heeled boots, it's tip-toey at stops, so paying attention to the road camber is important. There might be MC Safety/Beginner/Refresher courses at a local college, which I recommend ... I've ridden since the 70's and still take a course now and then to stay up on skills.
Hmmm, any pics of that van? ;)
  • East of Joshua Tree
  • 1987 K75s #0919
On Holy Quest seeking Techron equivalent for splines.

Offline The Mighty Gryphon

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Re: First Bike and New to Me K75
« Reply #8 on: May 07, 2019, 09:04:11 AM »
The riding course is great advice.  In New York, passing an approved course will get you a motorcycle endorsement on your driver's license.  These are heavy beasts and a bit clumsy in parking lots and heavy traffic, so learning from a good teacher will help prevent embarrassing moments.

One thing I have learned with mine is that I NEVER want to coast through an intersection while looking for oncoming traffic.  That quick stop when I see a car I didn't expect will put me off balance almost every time.  I ALWAYS stop at intersections to check for traffic.
  • In my garage in Marilla, NY
  • '94 K75RT Mystic Red, '91K100RS White/Blue
Current:
'94 K75RT "Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS"
'91 K100RS "Moby Brick Too

Offline rdivy725

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Re: First Bike and New to Me K75
« Reply #9 on: May 07, 2019, 12:15:44 PM »
Welcome! You will have it running (with help here) in no time!
  • Greater Pittsburgh Area
  • 1994 K75, 2013 Triumph Thunderbird
1994 K75
2013 Triumph Thunderbird

Past: 71 R75/5

Offline Laitch

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Re: First Bike and New to Me K75
« Reply #10 on: May 07, 2019, 12:19:01 PM »
The riding course is great advice.  In New York, passing an approved course will get you a motorcycle endorsement on your driver's license. These are heavy beasts and a bit clumsy in parking lots and heavy traffic, so learning from a good teacher will help prevent embarrassing moments.
Download the Ride Like A Pro tutorial. There's one for Indians but the others are for Americans. :giggles   Get the one entitled The New Ride Like A Pro.  The tutorial will give you an excellent understanding of the techniques involved in riding before you start on the moto. There are abbreviated versions of some of the RLAP techniques on YouTube.

You can even use a bicycle to practice some of them.  :yippee:
  • Along the Ridley in Vermont.
  • 1995 K75T 72,000 miles
I wept because I had no radials until I met a man who had no splines.
http://www.motobrick.com/index.php/topic,296.msg53303.html#msg53303

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