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1Back to top Go down    Hi Mileage K75 issues... on Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:31 pm


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I'm looking at a one-owner K75RT with c. 250,000km on it. It has been well maintained since new (engineer-owner) and it looks and runs very well. Are there any things in particular I should 'worry' about with such high mileage?
Thanks (I'm still a newbie!)


2Back to top Go down    Re: Hi Mileage K75 issues... on Wed Jun 14, 2017 12:48 am


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One of the members of another forum recently retired his K75 from cross country touring and now only uses it for day trips and commuting.

His bike has about 180,000 miles(300,000km). He rides hard and fast and the bike has had no issues other than the fact that the exhaust valve clearances are below spec and there are no thinner valve shims to open the gaps. The problem is that the valves have hammered the seats down to where they can no longer be shimmed.

Even at that, a low miles used head would get the engine back to good running for under $250.

Beyond that, drive shaft splines, clutch friction disc, rear master cylinder, steering head bearings, and all the rubber bits are some other areas where time and miles add up. If the bike has sat unused for any long time there will be issues with dirty connectors and varnished fuel. Most of these items will probably be in good condition if indeed the previous owner had a good maintenance regimen and used the bike frequently.

1994 K75RT
1994 K75S
1992 K100RS

1982 Honda FT500
1979 Honda XR185
1977 Honda XL125
1974 Honda XL125
1972 OSSA Pioneer 250
1968 Kawasaki 175

3Back to top Go down    Re: Hi Mileage K75 issues... on Wed Jun 14, 2017 1:22 am

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250,000km is high for what we usually see but it would not stop me from buying provided that the maintenance had been done correctly. There are heaps of bricks about with lots more than that and still going strong.

"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

4Back to top Go down    Re: Hi Mileage K75 issues... on Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:28 am


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I really don't see a problem as long as the price reflects the mileage and the servicing is documented. Hearsay doesn't do it for me, but one owner is a HUGE plus

Current rides:
2002 K1200RS. Owned from new. Pacific Blue, Ohlins, Speiglers, Fiamms, HID. 167,000km
1991 K1. Schwartz metallic black, 18 month frame off restoration. 74,000km
1987 K100RS Style. Black, Ohlins, Race Tech springs, Braided lines. Fully restored. 53,000 miles.
The family history:
1951 AJS 500 single - my Dads ride
1953 Triumph Terrier - my Mum's ride
1916 Triumph Type H, Battle of the Somme, France WW1 - my Grand dads ride

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