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1Back to top Go down    New Member on Sun Nov 01, 2015 4:53 pm


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Hi there, I'm a Kiwi living in Canada along with my family and a stable full of Moto Guzzis
What am I doing on here?
For a couple of years I have been planning a trip back to NZ and needed a bike to ride.
Hiring a bikefor a month is not viable option so I started browsing Trademe,I noticed the K series BMWs
seemed to be selling at quite reasonable prices so I added themto my watch-list.
Last night I was able to win the auction for a nice red 1988 K100RT with 120,000 km on the clock, I haven't
laid eyes on the bike, that won't happen until next February.

I have never ridden one of these machines, it can't be any quirkier than a Guzzi I reckon.

I will be lurking on here trying to gather as much knowledge as I can, I may contribute to electrickery threads,
I know a bit about magic smoke.

A couple of preliminary questions
At 120k how is that in the life of one of these old girls?
Should I be looking for anything to break?
Should I source any parts in Nth America before I leave?
Any good sources of help in Aotearoa?
What's different about an RT?

Thanks for letting me join

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2Back to top Go down    Re: New Member on Sun Nov 01, 2015 6:57 pm


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You will want to make sure your splines are well taken care of- plenty of info here about that.

Toys don't make the man - Man makes the toys....

3Back to top Go down    Re: New Member on Sun Nov 01, 2015 8:51 pm

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Welcome Kiwi-Roy,

Good to hear you've got yourself a K100RT - even if you aren't going to see her for another 3 months. Hopefully she'll be rideable from the outset and you won't spend all your time getting her running. Much depends on her recent history - if she has been regularly ridden, then that is a good thing. If she has stood for a few years, then you tend to get more problems.

120k km (74k miles) is certainly not deemed to be a high mileage for these bikes and should not be an issue for you at all. The usual problems are associated with dirty earth connections (a can of Deoxit will be your best friend), a tired battery or perished rubber components. What will need attention really depends on how the previous owner(s) treated the bike. The tyres are the most obvious bits of rubber that dramatically affect the handling of the bike (plenty of posts on the subject), but other bits (fork seals, oil seals, fuel hoses, brake hoses and air intake hoses) can all affect how (or sometimes, if) the bike runs and handles.

There are several other forum members that are Guzzi aficionados too - please DO NOT encourage them!Evil or Very Mad



"Heidi" K100LT 1991 (Grey) (VIN 0190172 Engine No. 104EB 2590 2213) - 5th owner. January 2014 (34,000 - 61,000 miles and counting....)
"Gretel" K100LT 1989 (Silver Grey) (VIN 0177324 Engine No. 104EA 2789 2211) - 4th+ owner. September 2015 (58,500miles and counting....). Cat C Insurancewrite-off rebuild Feb 17
"Donor" K100LT 1990 (Red) (VIN 0178091 Engine No. 4489 2024) - 6th & final owner (crash write-off now donor bike). June 2012 (73,000 miles) to November 2013 (89,500 miles)

4Back to top Go down    Re: New Member on Sun Nov 01, 2015 9:39 pm


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A word of encouragement from across the ditch. - bigger or smaller depending on where you are.

I bought my K100RT on eBay at a good price, sight unseen. Functionally, not much needed doing, but I sorted a few minor things and checked and lubed driveshaft splines. Changed all liquids.

It's been an enjoyable ride in all senses, made better by the Krew on this forum. Any issues, there will be good advice and answers here.

For those needing advice, the quickest success usually comes because of the most detailed description of the problem.



1985 K100RT VIN 0028991 My original Very Happy (Historic rego)
1985 K100RT VIN 0029036 BOB the Blue Old Bike (Historic rego)
1990 K100LT VIN 0190452 Work in progress
1984 K100RT VIN 0023022 Work needing lots of progress

1986 K100RT VIN 0090542 Work needing lots and lots of progress
1993 K1100LT VIN 0183046 Work in progress
1993 K75S VIN 0213045 Newest toy, slightly non-original

5Back to top Go down    Re: New Member on Mon Nov 02, 2015 12:15 am

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Hi Roy good to have you along for the ride.
Go to the portal page and you will find a link to "So you've just bought a BMW Motorcycle". Have a read it will give you a good guide as to what you are likely to find when looking for or buying a K100.

"Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats." from Mencken's 1919 Prejudices

Bikes 1993 K1100 LT, 1998 K1100 LT, 1993 K75 RT, 1996 K75RT, 1986 K75 GS, 1979 Z1300 Kawasaki X 2 for now

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