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1Back to top Go down    Interesting discussion on Tue Mar 15, 2016 8:12 am

AL-58

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My 16v RS was due for its annual pink slip (roadworthy inspection), so I booked it in at a workshop where I normally go.

The young mechanic got all interested when he went to record the odometer reading; "Has it really done 204,000kms?" Now we know that is nothing special in K terms but he'd never seen a bike that had travelled that sort of distance before.

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2Back to top Go down    Re: Interesting discussion on Tue Mar 15, 2016 8:46 am

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Many people still have the idea that a bike will only do about 50 to 60K. I had people ooh and aah over the Z1300 at 237K.


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3Back to top Go down    Re: Interesting discussion on Tue Mar 15, 2016 8:56 am

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My K75 has close to 265K on it and the original engine. It still running and doesn't use oil.
The shame is that I haven't used it for a couple of years. I mostly use the the sidecar and occasionally the k100 solo.
It's kind of hard to justify 3 bikes for one person.


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4Back to top Go down    Re: Interesting discussion on Tue Mar 15, 2016 9:20 am

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I take it one is talking k km and another's reference is to k miles....


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5Back to top Go down    Re: Interesting discussion on Tue Mar 15, 2016 9:38 am

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I have usually used K for 1000 either kilometers or miles and k for a singular kilometer, but I suppose it depends on which part of the world one is from.


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6Back to top Go down    Re: Interesting discussion on Tue Mar 15, 2016 9:41 am

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@Crazy Frog wrote:My K75 has close to 265K on it and the original engine. It still running and doesn't use oil.
The shame is that I haven't used it for a couple of years. I mostly use the the sidecar and occasionally the k100 solo.
It's kind of hard to justify 3 bikes for one person.
I don't even try to justify it as a matter of fact I don't even have a reasonable excuse.


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7Back to top Go down    Re: Interesting discussion on Tue Mar 15, 2016 10:33 am

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@Crazy Frog wrote:It's kind of hard to justify 3 bikes for one person.
You can't justify 3 bikes for yourself? You should be ashamed man! I manage to justify 7 although the pressure is on from the Fun Police (Wife)
I kind of got myself into trouble while chatting on Sunday. I told her that I really enjoyed having a utility K1100lt that we can use all weathers, anytime. Her reply was that if that's the case, I should sell my new R1200RS if I like the old bikes so much......oh bollocks!! I'll keep quiet next time!!

    

8Back to top Go down    Re: Interesting discussion on Tue Mar 15, 2016 11:44 am

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@rawdonball wrote:I take it one is talking k km and another's reference is to k miles....
People here (in the US) often just say, for example, 75K miles in reference to the distance accumulated. Canada is metric so CF is talking kms, as are Rick and Al, we assume.

My '77 R75/7 (now an R100) has over 500,000 total MILES on the odo. I've owned it since new and have had plenty of time to cover that distance. I've done the big end bearings twice, the second time from a failure of the forward bearing carrier retainer pin dislodging, and the gearbox is on its third go round, but it's the original crankshaft! It's now a 10:1 Nikasil 980cc, dual plugged, frame braced, 40mm carb'd, 40mm exhaust'd with a K1200S fairing fitted, resting in my storage shed in Beenleigh.

My R1150RT just passed the 140K mile mark, still not an oil burner. My RS in OZ has a mere 145,000 kms on it.

I worked with a colleague in a now-defunct Portland, Oregon Beemer shop who, last tally, had just over 300,000 miles on '85 K100RS, a daily rider except for the rare occasion when it snowed. It had the original head gasket, a timing chain at 190,000, and was on the second clutch. The gearbox had never been apart and didn't sound like a bagful of antlers. Jim is a smooth and steady operator.

With some luck the young mechanic may remember that 'high mileage' K bike and find himself an older Beemer to tool round on.

I was told by a school mate, back in '77, to buy a Yamaha XS750 triple instead of "that old man's bike". I wonder if I'd still own the Yammie!?


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9Back to top Go down    Re: Interesting discussion on Tue Mar 15, 2016 8:06 pm

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Those XS750 Yamahas were around when I was working in the game and many were considered lucky if they actually got to 25,000 kms and even more were hidden for fear they would be laughed at.
They are still considered to be one of the all time heaps ever to come out of Japan.


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10Back to top Go down    Re: Interesting discussion on Tue Mar 15, 2016 9:44 pm

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I suspect you are actually referring to the yamaha twin of that era. The triple was actually a well engineered machine, ahead of it's time in many respects. It had a reliable driveshaft, was the first to use cast wheels (which were incredibly heavy) and was a nice looking machine to my eye. My only serious gripe was the CV carbs, which were also in the pioneering stage in those years. They were extremely sensitive to twist grip inputs. In those years I parked in an underground garage with very slick concrete floors. Despite my best efforts, I'd routinely break traction riding up the corkscrew exit to the street level. I finally had enough and swapped the CV carbs for some Amal MkII concentric models and was very pleased with the improvement in on/off throttle control.

    

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