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Hello All,

Just joined recently on prompting from Dai when I announced I had finally taken delivery of my long awaited '88 K100LT on the BritChopper forum.

Don't laugh but it took me about a year after purchase to get it transported from ZummerZet. Laughing 

What a kafuffle that was, kept trying to give smaller companies the opportunity to make a few quid rather than give the big boys my money, like to support the small businesses when I can. Finally got it moved by a 'lady with a van' who did an outstanding job.

Never owned a Beemer before and to be honest it was a bit of an 'impulse' buy, bored and ebay are a dangerous mix, hazardous to the wallet. Laughing 

It was a combination of trundling through ebay whilst thinking of a way to transport my granddaughters in a better mode of conveyance than a tin box on wheels, bike and sidecar or trike sort of thing, that caused my bidding finger to twitch. Rolling Eyes 

Before I knew it I had bought a K100, who knew it was so easy? Laughing 

Anyhow, a bit about me, as seems to be the standard requirement. I'm 61 years young, been riding since I was in single figures, had too many bikes to list or remember, with almost all my grey matter having migrated to the outside of my head in the form of hair and beard material. Rolling Eyes Laughing  It started with a Greeves Hawkstone scrambler with a 250cc Villers lump in it that I and two friends chipped in to buy. It had an insatiable appetite for woodruff keys, which I had to keep repairing and whilst I cleaned my hands one of the other two took the opportunity to go off and ride it. I got fed up with this arrangement and eventually bought them both out so I could get a ride on the flippin' thing. Rolling Eyes Laughing  I currently have a mixed stable of bikes, in varous stages of restoration, including a couple of Honda CB750sohc's, an '88 Gixxer 750 and various Yamaha 2 stroke twins. I have always had an eclectic taste in bikes but I just love the old 'stink-wheels'.

Have been an engineer for over 45 years in automobile, motorcycle and various engineering disciplines and currently work as a Mechanical Design Engineer.

As the K100 has been 'stored' for a number of years, last MOT in the accompanying paperwork ran out in 2007, I shall be hoping for a little advice from those willing and able as I 'restore' her to her former glory. I am thinking I will go for restoration as opposed to the other lines of thought that occurred, such as a cafe or trike conversion, although having said that, I may change my mind, keep doing that lately. I used to be indecisive but now I am not so sure. Laughing 

Unfortunately before I can start work on two wheeled tinkering I have to rebuild my shed and a large chunk of fence that were damaged, along with the bikes I was restoring, when some kindly soul decide to modify them by the use of matches and accelerant. I wasn't kidding about the 'wilds of Kent'. Rolling Eyes  If you listen carefully on a quiet night you can hear the sound of banjos Shocked

All the Best,

Rob54.

    

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Hi Rob54
WelKome to the KrazyHaus. You'll find all th info and help you need here to restore your machine.


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1988 K100RT     VIN No.  0094680
1989 K100RT     VIN No.  0097367 (naked)  
1996 K1100RS   VIN No.  0451808
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Engine Oil: Nulon Full Synthetic 15W50
Gear Box Oil:  Nulon Synthetic 75W90
    

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Hi Rob and welcome too.

Seems another lover of the SOHC Hondas [though some of us were on the 500-4]........but did you have one at the time? As you have found Dai is quite an interesting character and a pleasure to meet.

The K is a fantastic bike and soon you will come across 88KE who also has an 88 K100LT which travelled to France with us during the summer!

Lots of threads and posts here but everyone is very friendly and willing to share information so don't be afraid to ask any question, no matter how daft it may seem. We all had to start somewhere with these Ks.


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1984 K100RT 0022575 Baja Red bought 36,000 now 89,150 miles
1997 K1100LT 58,645 now 60,500 miles
    

Rob54

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Hello Kaptain Holister & 92KK 84WW Olaf,

Thanks for the greetings.

I have been perusing the forum a little Kaptain Holister and the knowledge base seems to be quite extensive.

Oh! I have some quite exotic bits for the Honda's 92KK 84WW Olaf, just think Russ Collins and his Cobra  spec motors, piqued your interest maybe?

I haven't had the privilege of meeting Dai in person as yet, I live in hope, having only conversed with him via forum contact.


As far as daft questions are concerned, I have asked plenty of them in my time and I still have a load of them in reserve, watch this space. Rolling Eyes Laughing

All the Best,

Rob54.

    

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I'm actually embarrassed I missed this. Must crawl off to BritChopper and apologise to Rob.


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'83 K100 upgraded to K100RS spec
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@Dai wrote:I'm actually embarrassed I missed this. Must crawl off to BritChopper and apologise to Rob.
Hello Dai,
I should hope so as well, especially after your veritable insistance that I join the forum. Shocked lol!

All the Best,

Rob54.

    

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a great intro rob

welcome aboard

interested to hear of your progress on the restoration "back to the road" ...as a starter

a pretty wise decision to get a feel for the things that it could be doing, rather than guessing at what might have been or could be .

cheers


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Welcome from across the pond, Rob.  Good to have you with us.


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Rob54

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Hello charlie99 & brickrider,

Thanks for the welcome.

It may be a while until I can make a start on the Beemer as I have to carry out the requisite repairs as I noted before I can get a workspace. I don't fancy working out in the open, been there and done that when I was younger but too many old injuries (and bones) to consider it, what with the 'cooler' weather being imminent. Rolling Eyes Wink 

Rest assured, as soon as I have a workspace that can keep the 'liquid sunshine' off me and the colder weather from turning me into the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz (Happens whenever it gets cold, I seize up and have trouble moving about. Rolling Eyes ), I shall be getting stuck in. The plan is to make myself a stove to fit in the shed from an old Colour Gas bottle, keep the old bones a little warmer. Very Happy

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Rob54.

    

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@Rob54 wrote:from an old Colour Gas bottle
Blue, pink or green? Very Happy


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'83 K100 upgraded to K100RS spec
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'78 Moto Guzzi 850-T3, '79 Moto Guzzi 850-T3 California,'93 Moto Guzzi 1100ie California,
'03 Suzuki Blandit GSF600SK3 (NFS any more because wifey has claimed it)
    

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@Dai wrote:
@Rob54 wrote:from an old Colour Gas bottle
Blue, pink or green? Very Happy
Hello Dai,

More of a sort of faded Orangey, Red really, with scrape and chip highlights. Shocked 👅 Laughing

I am a bit indecisive what colour to paint it after it's modification though, any suggestions?

All the Best,

Rob54.

    

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Greetings from another yank. Unlike you I have almost no hair on my head.

If pressed hard my wife will admit that I know my s***,  but will then qualify it by saying that it's part and parcel of being a perfect a******.

Look forward to your restoration and pics


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@Rob54 wrote:
I have been perusing the forum a little Kaptain Holister and the knowledge base seems to be quite extensive.
If it CAN be known about K-bikes it's in here somewhere or will be if you ask. Super crew of technical contributors here.

Good intro and enjoy the K!

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Rob54

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Hello Brad-Man & RicK G,

Thanks for the greetings Brad-Man. I am willing to let you have some of my hair if you would like, the ash blonde highlights cost me a mint but I won't charge you for them. Shocked lol!

Yeah, wives know everything, or so they tell us. At least she admits you're perfect in some way, mine won't even do that. It's why I stopped listening to her four or five years ago. Since then I have been concentrating on spending my money and effort on my two wheeled loves, well those and my daughters and granddaughters.


You obviously haven't met my wife RicK G, according to her she's perfect. I believe her as well, a perfect pain in the ars*. Evil or Very Mad

All the Best,

Rob54.

    

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88KE wrote:
@Rob54 wrote:
I have been perusing the forum a little Kaptain Holister and the knowledge base seems to be quite extensive.
If it CAN be known about K-bikes it's in here somewhere or will be if you ask. Super crew of technical contributors here.

Good intro and enjoy the K!

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Hello 88KE,

That's the impression I got, very extensive knowledge base on the forum. Just as well 'cause I will be needing it, for sure.

All the Best,

Rob54.

    

92KK 84WW Olaf

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Well rob you have a bit to get sorted....

As for Russ Collins and those motors they are something else.

If you do need hair I can spare lots and its the right colour for this time of year......


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Rob54

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@92KK 84WW Olaf wrote:Well rob you have a bit to get sorted....

As for Russ Collins and those motors they are something else.

If you do need hair I can spare lots and its the right colour for this time of year......
Hello 92KK 84WW Olaf,
               
I worked for the place that originally started the importing of Russ Collins kit into Britain and when they decided to stop I bought their remaining stock. I have two 1000cc and two 1080cc kits, a selection of cams including three of the 327 spec and a bunch of other 'stuff' as it's technically known. Wink I am thinking of making the ultimate street sleeper, a completely standard looking old sohc K2 with a full 'Cobra' lump in it. Shocked That should surprise a few crotch-rocket jockeys. Twisted Evil If I remember correctly, I think they quoted around 140bhp for the fully kitted 'Cobra' engine. Mad The 'Sorcerer' was two 'Cobra' units joined by a common crankcase. Just need a new standard 4 into 4 exhaust for the Honda now to complete the deception. Need a few more bits than that to be honest but it would be a major start.

It wasn't me that needed the hair I have plenty both on my head and boat, it was Brad-Man who said he had almost none, which is why I offered to let him have some of mine. Perhaps between us we can get him a decent head of hair. lol!

All the Best,

Rob54.

    

92KK 84WW Olaf

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This is a good thread.

Only place I know for those pipes is David Silver. Might have to sell the K for them though. The idea of the Q bike is of course a good one and I am a believer in the same.

Boat trips now could be good........and Dai can loan us a hair or two.


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1984 K100RT 0022575 Baja Red bought 36,000 now 89,150 miles
1997 K1100LT 58,645 now 60,500 miles
    

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@92KK 84WW Olaf wrote:This is a good thread.

Only place I know for those pipes is David Silver. Might have to sell the K for them though. The idea of the Q bike is of course a good one and I am a believer in the same.

Boat trips now could be good........and Dai can loan us a hair or two.
Hello 92KK 84WW Olaf,

You're up bright and early, not as the result of a nocturnal accident cheers I hope. Embarassed Shocked lol!

The cost of the pipes is what I was hinting at. I have always liked street sleepers, a lot of fun to be had with one. Smile

I think the boat trip will have to wait until I have summat' to ride. I take it you mean I should be the one taking the boat ride as I have noticed a pattern throught other posts where you Irish fella's invite the flotsum and jetsom of the worlds K riders to the Emerald Isle and then proceed to both astound them with the beauty of your homeland and get them as plastered as you can on the local hootch. drunken Wink Laughing

Sooo...........if Dai has green hair we can supply Brad-Man with a ‘Tricolour’ barnet. I take it when you said yours is the right colour for this time of year you were referring to the 'Autumnal' hue (Orangey-red, like the leaves) that occurs to your flowing locks. As mine is predominately white I recon his locks would then  would match the Irish flag perfectly. cheers

All the Best,

Rob54.

    

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