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1Back to top Go down    Why the K100? on Fri Mar 08, 2013 7:33 pm

JOINYMAN


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I will post a picture of my bike soon, however, at the moment I am far too busy learning about what makes it tick. As it is new to me, I am following the recommendation on the portal of the forum. One question to all you bikers is I know why I chose this bike, but what made you buy the K100. Answers on a post card please as to why you thought this make was the bike for you.
Cheers.
Joinyman


2Back to top Go down    Re: Why the K100? on Fri Mar 08, 2013 7:42 pm

Saxon7


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I bought mine sight unseen off the internet because I was looking for something with decent horsepower and shaft drive to drag the sidecar about. It could have been anything with those two attributes. As it turns out, I was extremely lucky, as this bike does that job exceedingly well. The motor is remarkably good, with good power all the way through the rev range on the 8 valve and is unquestionably reliable. It will take a good thrashing and always come back for more! The RT version, which is what I have, also has a very good riding position for both sidecar riding and touring. The addition of a home made sheepskin seat cover makes long days in the saddle ( 700km+) a breeze.
Sean.


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1985 K100RT with sidecar and Zorst. Vin: 0028997K100RT.
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3Back to top Go down    Re: Why the K100? on Fri Mar 08, 2013 8:19 pm

RicK G


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Why not?


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4Back to top Go down    Re: Why the K100? on Fri Mar 08, 2013 10:01 pm

blaKey


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A locomotive on two wheels. Strong. Chunky. It's all about the engine.


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5Back to top Go down    Re: Why the K100? on Fri Mar 08, 2013 10:06 pm

beanoldboy


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Wanted a Tourer with some storage and a screen , purchased k100 as a test of the style and weight.
I won't part with this K

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6Back to top Go down    Why the K100? on Fri Mar 08, 2013 11:19 pm

RT


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I just wanted to pull the chicks.





Doesn't work.


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7Back to top Go down    Re: Why the K100? on Sat Mar 09, 2013 12:11 am

groverK


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reliability , functionability, practicality, versatility, economobility, rideability

oh, and by the way did I mention colourability, goes so well with my eye colour.

any other itty's I missed ( nothing Sh................................ity about it)
Damned good bike allround.


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1989 K100LT
and "Kart" the Kamper trailer.

8Back to top Go down    Re: Why the K100? on Sat Mar 09, 2013 10:09 am

AJ.Valente


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Horsepower is a strong motivator. If you look at some typical bikes of 10 years ago there were none even approaching 100 HP.

http://www.chuckhawks.com/cruiser_motorcycle_chart.htm

Many of the super bikes of today are well over 100 HP, which is something of a benchmark.

http://motorcycles.findthebest.com/ (click "Advanced Tab" to sort on horsepower).

The BMW K100 was at its introduction a super bike. The amazing thing, of course, is its durability such that 20-odd years later there are so many still on the road.

Cost is a major factor. I wish I had $20K for the latest and greatest, but can still afford a somewhat aging K100 in the low four figures. That's the real attraction. Here's a high horsepower machine, slick faring, disc brakes, advanced suspension, electronic fuel injection and ignition, shaft drive, etc. and parts abound because it was so popular in the past. Finally, as others have written here, these bikes still look modern even by today's standards. All one need's is a shop, a wrench, a good manual, and viola--you're riding a super bike!


9Back to top Go down    Re: Why the K100? on Sat Mar 09, 2013 12:30 pm

frogy


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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"Sad. 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.


10Back to top Go down    Re: Why the K100? on Sat Mar 09, 2013 3:15 pm

tio Jaimito


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One of the best forums in terms of support, documentation, attention, humor, cameraderie, seriousness and technical prowess. Just no equal. That is what your K has gotten you. Welcome and don't be afraid to pitch in or ask any questions.
UJ


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11Back to top Go down    Re: Why the K100? on Sat Mar 09, 2013 4:03 pm

K-BIKE


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Good to have you with us Joinyman, for me the look was the thing that sold me on the K100RS it just looked "right" good to have you with us.
Regards,
K-BIKE


12Back to top Go down    Re: Why the K100? on Sat Mar 09, 2013 5:05 pm

MT350Explorer


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Hi Joinyman and welcome to the forum.

It's all been said - the RS fairing to me is an all-time great looker (even if functionally the benefits of the screen design can be questioned Very Happy) so I had to have one. I do also love the solidity, which is quite a lot to do with the engine; it's like an express train or maybe a juggernaut.

On a practical note (which had nothing to do with why I bought it) spares are plentiful and it is generally good to work on for the home mechanic.

Enjoy your K, look forward to seeing the photos

Cheers
Dave


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13Back to top Go down    Re: Why the K100? on Sat Mar 09, 2013 10:53 pm

AL-58


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My first one:
I lost all the points on my licence in 2 speeding fines in 6 months on my 1100 Suzuki. It had to go, I bought a K100RT to slow down.
Once you've had a good K its hard to let them go. Comfort, handling, capability. Mine have mostly been sidecar tugs but thaey are just great machines.

Al


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An '86 K100 frame and a bunch bits from either an '87 K100RS or a K1100LT that will one day be a bike again (with knobbies)
'92 K100RS-16v (an ongoing renovation project, registered and on the road with original patina)
2010 Yamaha XT1200Z

"money cannot buy happiness, but it can buy another K and that's the same thing"


14Back to top Go down    Re: Why the K100? on Sun Mar 10, 2013 5:11 am

k100virgin


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Needed more grunt than my R80, rock bottom prices at the minute in the UK, why would you buy Jap when these are so cheap, great fairing (LT), taught handling, engine and trans are the frame. Had mine 12 months, love it. John


15Back to top Go down    Why K100? on Sun Mar 10, 2013 12:27 pm

motocol


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I saw a photo of a K100/2 on the BM Bikes site and thought it looked cool! Very Happy


16Back to top Go down    Re: Why the K100? on Sun Mar 10, 2013 2:38 pm

TacKler


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Was working in the Middle East and wanted to buy a bike and tour Europe. Test rode a Ducati 900 SS from the garage of Steve Wynne in Cheshire(?). Fell in love but knew that being on the road for three months I had no storage capability. My R65 sort of made me see the practicality of a BMW. So bought the '91 K75S from the factory in Germany and have kept it ever since.

Love - maybe.
Practicality and reliability - definitely.

And less chance of killing myself than on a UJM.


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17Back to top Go down    Re: Why the K100? on Sun Mar 10, 2013 8:34 pm

AuntieBB


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My K was bought for me as a 21st birthday present. I probably would have preferred a GSX-R1100, but hey, I think the BM worked out to be the much better option in the long run.


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18Back to top Go down    Re: Why the K100? on Sun Mar 10, 2013 8:53 pm

RicK G


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I must say Carolyn that there are not too many fathers who would buy their daughter a motorbike let alone for a 21st birthday present, you are truely blessed to have one.


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19Back to top Go down    Re: Why the K100? on Sun Mar 10, 2013 10:35 pm

the.postman


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I was getting to the age when the cbr1000 scared the crap out of me and the srx just too small for anything other than a fun scratch along the country lanes.
Was looking for something around the 1000cc mark and was offered the k100rs taxed and tested for 50p a cc.

Jumped in with both feet and bought it without even viewing... Not a smart thing to do I know but hey, Got a lift to pick it up, helmet and 500 in hand and rode it home.
Noticed a little clutch slip on the M/way. Got it home and spent the next few weeks replacing crank and gearbox seals,clutch, swing arm bearings, brake discs etc. etc.
Wow what a learning curve that was... Thanks to this great forum

Use it daily for my run to work now

cbr and srx not been out of the garage since


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