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1Back to top Go down    removing fairing on k100rt on Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:09 am

lowboyjimmy

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im a new owner of a 85 k100rt im 74 and have a awful time maneuvering it in and out of the garage for one there is too much space between me and the ground-shocks are at low setting, its really top heavy , otherwise it drives nice, How hard is it toremove the fairing ? , I am a classic triumph restoration guy , and know nothing about these bikes the other day the switch by the start button was on off and I didn't know it ,it wouldn't start ,I felt completely helpless so im treading lightly jim

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2Back to top Go down    Re: removing fairing on k100rt on Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:40 am

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Welcome, What kind of seat does your bike have now? Is it a Russell? Russells are really comfy on long trips, but can make reaching the ground, even for tall riders, pretty hard.

Is it a low seat? That is something you might want to look for. While they are a bit scarce and pricey, you can recover some of the cost by selling your present seat and battery covers.

There is only so much you can do lowering the bike with a shorter shock and raising the forks in the clamps. Additionally, for us old guys, shortening the shock can make getting the bike up on the center stand a lot harder if not impossible.


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1994 K75RT
1994 K75S
1992 K100RS

Past:
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: removing fairing on k100rt on Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:47 am

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The fairing can be removed and it will reduce the weight about 20-25 pounds, most of which is up high on the bike. You will need a replacement headlight. The fairing also covers a rather funky looking radiator. You may or may not like the way it looks.

You will also have to add turn signals and replace the mirrors. Neither of these are a problem, there are lots of aftermarket signals and mirrors on eBay.


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1994 K75RT
1994 K75S
1992 K100RS

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

4Back to top Go down    Re: removing fairing on k100rt on Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:05 pm

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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 (K1 front end)
14 Yamaha WR250R
http://www.ClassicKBikes.com
    

5Back to top Go down    Re: removing fairing on k100rt on Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:51 pm

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thank you for the sugestions , I thought the weight might be heaveier ,,the seat is the stock one , I will check out the site for step by step removal , and think all this over , I recently rearranged the garage wich slopes down a bit so I can drive in and back out with the help of gravity and see how that works thank you so much for the help jim in Rochester ny

    

6Back to top Go down    removing fairing on k100rt on Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:27 pm

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get some high heel cowboy style boots ( and learn to go yahoo ) or go with the lower seat option.....love the old Triumphs ..had a T110 as a teenager and a Speed Twin with the full rear bathtub (didn't go much on the distributor timing set up tho) and bro fitted E3134 cams and twin amal monoblocs to his T110..cheers

    

7Back to top Go down    Re: removing fairing on k100rt on Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:47 pm

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@lowboyjimmy wrote:... I recently rearranged the garage which slopes down a bit so I can drive in and back out with the help of gravity and see how that works...
Jim,

That's exactly what I do. Sitting on the bike while manoeuvring it in/out of the garage makes it much easier to keep upright and both hands on the bars certainly helps avoid inadvertent oversteer and allows the use of the front brake to control speed. I don't have a problem getting my feet on the ground, but have a 90 deg turn into my garage from a slightly sloping gravel drive which certainly doesn't provide a good footing.

The RT/LTs do feel top heavy, especially when getting used to them in the first few months of ownership, and allowing them to get more than a few degrees off upright can quickly turn into an unwanted lie down. If she falls towards you, you might be lucky to be able to brace yourself and force her back upright (risking hernia, slip disc and all other manner of those manual handling injuries). If she falls away from you, there's not much you can do to stop her going over apart from hope that she doesn't do too much damage.

Good luck.


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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 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)
    

8Back to top Go down    Re: removing fairing on k100rt on Tue Jun 19, 2018 4:36 pm

duck

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@norton71 wrote:get some high heel cowboy style boots ( and learn to go yahoo ) or go with the lower seat option.....love the old Triumphs ..had a T110 as a teenager and a Speed Twin with the full rear bathtub (didn't go much on the distributor timing set up tho) and bro fitted E3134 cams and twin amal monoblocs to his T110..cheers

If you do get cowboy boots then be sure to have them resoled or they'll be very slippery with leather soles up front. (I have some elephant skin ropers that I wear riding sometimes and they work much better for riding after I had them resoled.)


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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 (K1 front end)
14 Yamaha WR250R
http://www.ClassicKBikes.com
    

9Back to top Go down    Re: removing fairing on k100rt on Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:04 pm

lowboyjimmy

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thanks for all the help guys , im glad to hear that im not the only one with my problem , im used to the smaller triumphs and when parking I back them from the front using the bars which I cant reach with the fairing on im gonna leave as is and get used to it again many thanks jim

    

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