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1Back to top Go down    new to K series - back to biking on Sun Sep 03, 2017 5:07 pm

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After a 5 year gap I am back on two wheels with a 1988 K100 RS - brilliant bike.

    

2Back to top Go down    Re: new to K series - back to biking on Sun Sep 03, 2017 5:17 pm

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Welcome from Ireland

I also took a gap, 15 years in my case, and started back with a 1989 K100RS.


They can be addictive ...


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3Back to top Go down    Re: new to K series - back to biking on Sun Sep 03, 2017 5:56 pm

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@bimbler wrote:After a 5 year gap I am back on two wheels with a 1988 K100 RS - brilliant bike.
Mine was a 30 year gap before I got back on BMW K100.
Mine is the late 88 model.
Oh yea, Welcome to the Knuthouse.


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4Back to top Go down    Re: new to K series - back to biking on Sun Sep 03, 2017 6:30 pm

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Similar story, with 20 year gap. Never regretted it for a minute, with the bonus of the help and Kameraderie of this forum.

WelKome.

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1985 K100RT Blue. VIN 0029036K100RT    ENG 104EA25852071
1990 K100LT Black. VIN WB105060310190452
1984 K100RT White. VIN. 0023022K100RT  ENG 104EA32848523
    

5Back to top Go down    Re: new to K series - back to biking on Sun Sep 03, 2017 7:08 pm

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Lots of us on here had a break. K's are superb to start back on!


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Bike: K100LT 1988. 0172363. AKA the Bullion Brick! Mods: k1100 screen and stands.
K1: 1990. 6374189. Custom Stealth Black paint.
    

6Back to top Go down    Re: new to K series - back to biking on Sun Sep 03, 2017 9:35 pm

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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)
    

7Back to top Go down    thanks for your welcoming words on Mon Sep 04, 2017 5:30 am

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glad to see I made the right choice. I was a tad worried when, having parted with the cash, I rode away on what is a very old bike (53k miles) went to adjust the mirror and it fell off. The ride is so much better than I expected. Smooth, comfortable and really stable. I have given it a good clean, changed the oil (after reading the threads on oil choices) and fixed the mirror.
looking forward to many happy miles and a lot of tinkering.

    

8Back to top Go down    Re: new to K series - back to biking on Mon Sep 04, 2017 6:51 am

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Be very careful or you will catch the dreaded K-POX. Start with just one and the bikes just seem to grow in number. If you look at the signatures of many members you will see multiple K bikes in their stables... In this thread alone four members have 12 K bikes between them. Very Happy


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2002 K1200RS. Owned from new. Pacific Blue, Ohlins, Speiglers, Fiamms, HID. 165,000km
1991 K1. Classic Black metallic, restoration in progress. 74,000km
1987 K100RS Style. Black, Ohlins, Race Tech springs, Braided lines. Fully restored. 53,000 miles. 
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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
    

9Back to top Go down    Re: new to K series - back to biking on Mon Sep 04, 2017 7:45 am

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WelKome!


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Current stable:
86 Custom K100 (standard fairing, K75 Belly pan, Ceramic chromed engine covers, paralever)
K75 Frankenbrick (Paralever, K11 front end, hybrid ABS, K1100RS fairing, radial tires)
86 K75C Turbo w/ paralever
94 K1100RS
93 K1100LT (x2)
91 K1
93 K75S (K11 front end)
91 K75S
14 Yamaha WR250R
http://www.ClassicKBikes.com
    

10Back to top Go down    Re: new to K series - back to biking on Mon Sep 04, 2017 12:47 pm

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Welcome!  53.000 miles is just broken in.

I sold my last bike and quit riding in 1994 so it just made sense to get a 1994 bike when I started riding again.  Always wanted a Beemer and the K75 was priced right. 

Now I can add three more bricks to this thread.


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1982 Honda FT500
1979 Honda XR185
1977 Honda XL125
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1968 Kawasaki 175
    

11Back to top Go down    Re: new to K series - back to biking on Mon Sep 04, 2017 1:10 pm

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@bimbler wrote:After a 5 year gap I am back on two wheels with a 1988 K100 RS - brilliant bike.
5 years is barely a gap...but welcome back anyway.
 
Glad to hear that you've picked the right bike for your re-discovery of the pleasures of riding and becoming acquainted with the K series at the same time.

Lots of help hereabouts, some healthy banter and the odd meet up too for those that are willing and able.
Enjoy


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"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 Insurance write-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)
    

12Back to top Go down    dumb question about the toolkit on Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:50 am

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er... where is it?

I am not sure if my K100RS had one when I bought it and having looked under the saddle etc, should I expect it to be in the seat cowl under the top box?

Embarassed

    

13Back to top Go down    Re: new to K series - back to biking on Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:04 am

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@bimbler wrote:er... where is it?

I am not sure if my K100RS had one when I bought it and having looked under the saddle etc, should I expect it to be in the seat cowl under the top box?

Embarassed
It'd be a rare beast that still has the original tool kit, though I think you can still buy a new replacement. 
Just as easy to make a roll of the items needed for roadside repairs, including spares. If you ask the question of what should be in the kit, opinions will be many and varied, up to almost a spare bike and enough tools to replace everything. affraid

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1985 K100RT Red.  VIN 0028991K100RT    ENG 104EA248523386
1985 K100RT Blue. VIN 0029036K100RT    ENG 104EA25852071
1990 K100LT Black. VIN WB105060310190452
1984 K100RT White. VIN. 0023022K100RT  ENG 104EA32848523
    

14Back to top Go down    Re: new to K series - back to biking on Fri Sep 08, 2017 11:16 am

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@bimbler wrote:er... where is it?

I am not sure if my K100RS had one when I bought it and having looked under the saddle etc, should I expect it to be in the seat cowl under the top box?

Embarassed

Or in the tail cowl.

A replacement is available from BMW - part 71112300060


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Current stable:
86 Custom K100 (standard fairing, K75 Belly pan, Ceramic chromed engine covers, paralever)
K75 Frankenbrick (Paralever, K11 front end, hybrid ABS, K1100RS fairing, radial tires)
86 K75C Turbo w/ paralever
94 K1100RS
93 K1100LT (x2)
91 K1
93 K75S (K11 front end)
91 K75S
14 Yamaha WR250R
http://www.ClassicKBikes.com
    

15Back to top Go down    Re: new to K series - back to biking on Fri Sep 08, 2017 3:27 pm

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@indian036 wrote:....It'd be a rare beast that still has the original tool kit....

All 3x K100 LTs I have bought had the original tool kits (not bad result for 5 owner+ bikes) - usually stowed in the duck tail. 

Whilst it is not the most sophisticated tool kit in the world, it pretty much has everything you need for a road side repair to keep you going...just add a roll of duct tape, some white zip ties, a pack of spare fuses and a spare bulb kit and you're laughing!

If your tool kit isn't present, then there are a few on eBay for about £80
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-K100RS-8V-1984-12-220-miles-tool-kit-/152678549386?hash=item238c59c78a:g:9KcAAOSw7GRZAyaQ

or new from the likes of James Sherlock for a few quid more
http://www.james-sherlock.co.uk/shop/k75-k100-k1100-k1200/tools-1123/tool-kit-and-roll-3499-detail


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"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 Insurance write-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)
    

16Back to top Go down    Re: new to K series - back to biking on Fri Sep 08, 2017 3:35 pm

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@KiwiK100 wrote:Be very careful or you will catch the dreaded K-POX. Start with just one and the bikes just seem to grow in number. If you look at the signatures of many members you will see multiple K bikes in their stables... In this thread alone four members have 12 K bikes between them. Very Happy
i had or have same prob with bm cars have 11 of them mostly old girls

    

17Back to top Go down    Re: new to K series - back to biking on Fri Sep 08, 2017 4:00 pm

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@88 wrote:Lots of us on here had a break. K's are superb to start back on!
Agreed... 
I always rode R bikes and said I would never ride a K. After taking nearly two decades off of riding to focus more on raising my son, I'm now back on the saddle. He left for college, so I decided to give a K an chance (as early model R's were getting rare and expensive). I love the K Bike! So much fun to ride and tinker with. I fear that I might come down with a case of the K-Pox.


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1975 R90S
1982 R65LS
    

18Back to top Go down    Re: new to K series - back to biking on Sat Sep 09, 2017 11:53 pm

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@bimbler wrote:After a 5 year gap I am back on two wheels with a 1988 K100 RS - brilliant bike.
Hey there. You have a fine machine there. I took a K100 and "made it my own" so to speak but stock standard is brilliant too. If you treat it right and do the necessary refreshers in liquids, filters, plugs and valve clearances etc you should get pretty much trouble free running out of it from one year to the next

welcome to the forum and cheers from a fellow beemer lover

    

19Back to top Go down    Re: new to K series - back to biking on Mon Sep 11, 2017 6:06 am

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@indian036 wrote:
@bimbler wrote:er... where is it?

I am not sure if my K100RS had one when I bought it and having looked under the saddle etc, should I expect it to be in the seat cowl under the top box?

Embarassed
It'd be a rare beast that still has the original tool kit, though I think you can still buy a new replacement. 
Just as easy to make a roll of the items needed for roadside repairs, including spares. If you ask the question of what should be in the kit, opinions will be many and varied, up to almost a spare bike and enough tools to replace everything. affraid

Bill

after a "well Duh!" moment when I realised you get into the seat cowl by removing the unfixed and easily removable plastic cover under the saddle, instead of having to remove the top box and rack - I found a complete original tool kit, puncture repairkit, owners handbook, spare bulbs and white zip ties - previous owner must have been a forum member!

    

20Back to top Go down    Re: new to K series - back to biking on Mon Sep 11, 2017 6:39 am

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A real bonus, if unexpected from my experience. cheers

Bill


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1985 K100RT Blue. VIN 0029036K100RT    ENG 104EA25852071
1990 K100LT Black. VIN WB105060310190452
1984 K100RT White. VIN. 0023022K100RT  ENG 104EA32848523
    

21Back to top Go down    Re: new to K series - back to biking on Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:59 am

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If you look up your bike by VIN number on the RealOEM parts site there is a list of what tools were in the original toolkit and as BAE pointed out that kit will cover almost anything you will need by the roadside.

With that list of tools most can be obtained at local tool stores at reasonable cost except the rear wheel spanner and its extension handle. A "C" spanner for the shock can be made up using someone else's as a template.

Cheers


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22Back to top Go down    my clean K100 on Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:42 pm

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23Back to top Go down    Re: new to K series - back to biking on Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:52 pm

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If you don't have the original rear shock, you won't be needing the C spanner....sort of. Its also used for checking the gearbox oil level. Make one out of a piece of plastic or use a screwdriver with a painted ring on the shaft to tell you how far to drop it in.

If you do have the original rear shock you won't have it for very long as they don't last.

You didn't ask on the forum about tyres yet....... Worship

Jury is still out on what are the best tyres.....

As for K pox......I went on holidays and someone mentioned a local K1100LT was for sale, also a member on the forum. I had the owner's contact details in my phone so expressed interest. We finally got to meet up a week after I got back.........K pox did the rest.


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

24Back to top Go down    Re: new to K series - back to biking on Wed Oct 11, 2017 1:08 pm

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actually, I think it might be the original shock. Shocking!

What is a good replacement?

I also think that as it has been down the road on the right hand side, (missing crash bar and scrapes on engine) that the fairing is not mounted quite straight - ideas? It looks ok from the front and seems to be equally matched on the tank etc, but the screen appears to be slightly raised on the right from the cockpit and the clocks don't look quite central when viewed from the outside

I thought about taking it all off and checking the fairing mounts, or just putting the screen under pressure on the top right (ratchet strap to brake pedal) to see if it would pull it down if left like that for the winter

As for replacing the crash bar - trying to find one seems a bit of a challenge, let alone fitting it as the original mounts dont seem to be there

    

25Back to top Go down    Re: new to K series - back to biking on Wed Oct 11, 2017 1:14 pm

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86 Custom K100 (standard fairing, K75 Belly pan, Ceramic chromed engine covers, paralever)
K75 Frankenbrick (Paralever, K11 front end, hybrid ABS, K1100RS fairing, radial tires)
86 K75C Turbo w/ paralever
94 K1100RS
93 K1100LT (x2)
91 K1
93 K75S (K11 front end)
91 K75S
14 Yamaha WR250R
http://www.ClassicKBikes.com
    

26Back to top Go down    Re: new to K series - back to biking on Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:32 am

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I like the colour , is that 617 Diamond Grey ?

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27Back to top Go down    new to k series on Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:50 am

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Hi Bimbler 

I too took a long break from riding, due to finances and family etc.

I had owned three R bikes before inadvertently coming across a guy selling a 1989  k100 LT.

Having been away from biking for a while , I had never heard of the K series , but after a very short test ride I just had to buy the bike.

I enjoyed my first foreign road trip on her to Switzerland through France and loved every minute.

Bike had full BMWSH so was in good fettle from the start and she drove accordingly.

I had to sell her but after  gap of 18 months, but I knew which bike I wanted again.

So a second 1989 K100 lt in the garage, and after a fair bit of routine maintenance  she runs really well with bigger TB,s and a timing tweak .

Riding solo she is really fun winding her up through the gears, and is more than adequate two , and is so smooth and comfortable on long trips when you need her to be.

Enjoy your RS and hope you get her fettled soon .

Bob


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28Back to top Go down    Re: new to K series - back to biking on Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:03 am

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@bimbler wrote:actually, I think it might be the original shock. Shocking!

What is a good replacement?

I also think that as it has been down the road on the right hand side, (missing crash bar and scrapes on engine) that the fairing is not mounted quite straight - ideas? It looks ok from the front and seems to be equally matched on the tank etc, but the screen appears to be slightly raised on the right from the cockpit and the clocks don't look quite central when viewed from the outside

I thought about taking it all off and checking the fairing mounts, or just putting the screen under pressure on the top right (ratchet strap to brake pedal) to see if it would pull it down if left like that for the winter

As for replacing the crash bar - trying to find one seems a bit of a challenge, let alone fitting it as the original mounts dont seem to be there

The fairing spider mounting bracket is bolted on to the front of the headstock and it has 4 mounting points on to the main or front fairing. In a drop this spider can get bent and/or some of the 4 mountings get damaged. There are also mountings for the main fairing to the frame tubes left and right of the radiator. These can also get bent but can be straightened. Its a 2 man job to take it off only because you need 2 hands to support it while you unbolt it. Ideally a beer buddy sharing a beer while you do it. Both my K100s were off when I got them, I was able to rejig them and get them aligned.


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

29Back to top Go down    Re: new to K series - back to biking on Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:30 pm

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Thanks OLAF 

I have checked the Haynes manual about removal of the fairing,  doesnt look too difficult. best not indulge in too many beers though as there are quite a number of bits to take off!

    

30Back to top Go down    Re: new to K series - back to biking on Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:10 pm

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Welcome from New York. I have the same bike and just started using it yesterday .So far I love it and am pretty sure you will feel the same about yours.Ride safe.


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31Back to top Go down    Re: new to K series - back to biking on Sat Oct 14, 2017 1:56 pm

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@bimbler wrote:Thanks OLAF 

I have checked the Haynes manual about removal of the fairing,  doesnt look too difficult. best not indulge in too many beers though as there are quite a number of bits to take off!

Patience is important and double check you have all the screws. The panels come apart very easily so if something isn't coming do a recheck.

I only mentioned one beer shared........The rest are for after you have it off.

While you have it off is a chance to look at the headlight. I just bought a brand new reflector for my K100. The headlight comes apart and you can clean the glass but do not touch the reflector, you can't clean it and will destroy it. If the reflector is dirty just get another one, cost me £25 and well worth it.


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32Back to top Go down    Re: new to K series - back to biking on Sat Oct 14, 2017 4:40 pm

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@bimbler wrote:What is a good replacement?

I also think that as it has been down the road on the right hand side, (missing crash bar and scrapes on engine) that the fairing is not mounted quite straight - ideas? It looks ok from the front and seems to be equally matched on the tank etc, but the screen appears to be slightly raised on the right from the cockpit and the clocks don't look quite central when viewed from the outside

I thought about taking it all off and checking the fairing mounts, or just putting the screen under pressure on the top right (ratchet strap to brake pedal) to see if it would pull it down if left like that for the winter

As for replacing the crash bar - trying to find one seems a bit of a challenge, let alone fitting it as the original mounts dont seem to be there
bimbler - RAM shock are good (UK made and the guys at Realm are responsive and helpful)

Removing the fairing is not a big deal - quite a few jobs need sections of the fairing off, so you will get used to it. It is not so common to need to take the top fairing off, but if your mounting spider is bent (easily done in a lie down) then you are much better off removing it and checking the spider than you are trying to force it using ratchet straps etc. Besides, what is this "left like that for winter" thing? Some of the nicest riding is had during winter - on a cold, crisp day and not a Hardly in sight!

Crash bars - unless you really want them, just remove the left one (don't throw it away though). The Kommunity is divided on the pros and cons of crash bars...my personal opinion is that they don't do a lot of good, except perhaps in a static lie down. You can normally get the crash bar to engine mounts from the normal UK dealers (e.g. James Sherlock, Motoworks, Motobins) and individual bars often come up on eBay - unfortunately in the UK, our bikes often go down on the right side (perks of driving on the left?), so the right crash bar can be harder to come by. Several on eBay from US and Europe...but silly prices!


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"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 Insurance write-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)
    

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