Author Topic: Long time K75S owner, new to MOTOBRICK  (Read 224 times)

Offline kurtk75s

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Long time K75S owner, new to MOTOBRICK
« on: September 26, 2020, 08:55:39 AM »
I bought my K75S in early 1995 from the BMW dealer in Syracuse, NY.  It was a '91 that looked brand new and only had about 2500 miles.  I installed the bag mounts and bags, bought a tank bag, added heated grips - and then rode it like crazy for the next 9 years.  Stayed on top of maintenance with help from IBMWR.org tech pages - always changed fluids and lubed splines.  replaced the driveshaft once and added a Fox TC after a trip to Colorado for the 1995 MOA rally. 

In 2006, I bought an R1100S and the K75 became the 'second' bike and didn't get a ton of use so I considered selling it BUT I love that bike.  When I was a poor college kid in the mid '80s, the K75S was my one object of lust.  My girlfriend, now wife, had a framed picture of the 'legendary motorcycles of Germany' with a K75S and helmeted rider hanging in our apartment living room.  I still think it is an awesome looking bike - and I enjoy riding it - but the highway speed limit increased, my friends (and wife) all got 'big' bikes and I was left in the dust. 

In 2010, we took the K75S and an R1100R to the MOA rally in Redmond, Oregon and then rode down the coast to San Diego and left the bikes with my family there.  For 7 years we kept those bikes in California and flew out to ride for a 2 week vacation every year.  The first day of the vacation was maintenance and hanging out with the family, then we were off touring.

In 2017 we rode the bikes back to the east coast and the K75 went on the lift for a 'refresh' - and hasn't come off!  I have too many bikes now and just didn't get around to it.  But now I have a hankering to bring that bike back to life and try to get the mileage to 100k.  It is currently at 75k. 

I'll start up a thread where I document the process.  I've already started and forgot to take pictures so I'm already behind the 8 ball.  It ran great when parked in October of 2017 but needs a full 'going over' with coolant, fuel and brake lines needing replacement, splines checked and greased, etc. 

Here is what it looked like in 2017 right before it headed back from its stay in California:

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Hopefully that attachment worked.  OK, I previewed it and it didn't work.  I just get 'invalid attachment'.  Hmmm.

So I hope to have more interaction with you folks:  this site looks like a great resource.  Now I'm off to a Eurobike ride in on the R11S. 

Regards,
Kurt in Syracuse
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  • 1991 K75S

Offline kurtk75s

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Re: Long time K75S owner, new to MOTOBRICK
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2020, 08:56:52 AM »
OK, the attachment doesn't show up in the preview.

Also,  what the hell are tragkorbs?
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  • 1991 K75S

Offline The Mighty Gryphon

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Re: Long time K75S owner, new to MOTOBRICK
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2020, 02:04:18 PM »
Welcome!  Nice looking bike! 

Is that the meetup at the diner in Oswego?  I have to get there one of these days.
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  • '94 K75RT Mystic Red, '91K100RS White/Blue, '89 K100RS Special edition White/Blue
Current:
'94 K75RT "Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS"
'91 K100RS "Moby Brick Too
'89 K100RS SE

Offline Laitch

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Re: Long time K75S owner, new to MOTOBRICK
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2020, 02:58:05 PM »
. . . what the hell are tragkorbs?

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  • 1995 K75 80,000 miles
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Re: Long time K75S owner, new to MOTOBRICK
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2020, 04:26:58 PM »
ahh, the rare and much sought after CC Products spark plug cooling cover plate!  Cure for the dreaded overheated K spark plugs!
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1987 K75S    VIN 0231
Original owner, Original litter
200,000 miles (plus or minus) and 5 paint jobs
2012 Ural 2WD sidecar (BMW's bastard step child)

Offline kurtk75s

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Re: Long time K75S owner, new to MOTOBRICK
« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2020, 05:20:24 PM »
1.  The ride in is normally at Rudyís in Oswego but this year it was at a private residence in Baldwinsville.  Great day and about 45 bikes showed up.  That is about normal, unfortunately.  Like most bike events, it is dominated by the chronologically advanced.  It is too bad kids arenít into motos.  Photo below is a 1967 Enfield next to a 2020.

2.  The bug funnel was on the bike when I bought it.  I never had the original cover.  It is now a conversation starter.   
  • Syracuse, NY
  • 1991 K75S

Offline kurtk75s

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Re: Long time K75S owner, new to MOTOBRICK
« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2020, 05:29:00 PM »
Thanks for the German lesson.  30 years of riding these bikes and I hadnít seen that before.  I guess it was on the German section of the bag installation instructions - but I donít even read the English ones 😀
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  • 1991 K75S

Offline The Mighty Gryphon

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Re: Long time K75S owner, new to MOTOBRICK
« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2020, 06:36:29 PM »
Holy Mackerel, a '67 Enfield!  Be still my heart.
  • In my garage in Marilla, NY
  • '94 K75RT Mystic Red, '91K100RS White/Blue, '89 K100RS Special edition White/Blue
Current:
'94 K75RT "Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS"
'91 K100RS "Moby Brick Too
'89 K100RS SE

Offline Laitch

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Re: Long time K75S owner, new to MOTOBRICK
« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2020, 08:48:14 AM »
30 years of riding these bikes and I hadnít seen that before.

Attaching that word to the side cases was the result of a scrum here one night in 2016. :laughing4-giggles: 
  • Along the Ridley in Vermont.
  • 1995 K75 80,000 miles
I wept because I had no radials until I met a man who had no splines.
https://tinyurl.com/RillRider

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