Started riding after a 10 year break (kids and too many close calls in the state of MD.).Got back into it 3 years ago with a R1150RT.Wanted to tour this new state, to me,od MO. Hit several Rally's each year and loved the wind protection on the cold days.But the heat and HUMIDITY of this state was getting to me.
I decided I wanted a Naked for the summer heat waves,but my better half said "keep it cheap"
. I figured I could pick up a damaged "faired" bike and strip it down to its bones and have a cheap Naked.I looked at diff. brands but kept coming back to BMW.I have always studied before I bought anything because I keep it long term.I dont buy things because its the new fad,I buy because it will last.
I kept hearing about the K's and checked into the diff. models,1200s,1100s,and then the older "flyin bricks".I was so smitten (can a guy say smitten?) with the look of the K100s and the ability of so many diff. looks (LT,RT,RS:affraid:,C) that it was time to track one down.I found one in Tennessee.The plastics were worn out but the orig.owner had put over 6 thou. into the bike before again letting it sit and finaly selling it to a kid who wanted to try touring.The kid came to realize he did not like touring.I bought it from him and in the midst of stripping her down.
I dont think I could have bought a bike with this kind of reliablity and modern features (fuel inj.,shaft drive,rear calipers)for the $ I spent to buy it.And the fact that it only has 11,000miles on the odo means the motor is not even broken in yet.
This is another keeper.