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1Back to top Go down    Original K Owners on Wed Feb 05, 2014 5:06 pm

92KK 84WW Olaf

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Today I saw we had a new member, Tgolden, who has a 1985 K100RS from new. It set me thinking about how many here have their K from new?

How about posting them in this thread, with photos and a little story about their shared ownership?


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2Back to top Go down    Re: Original K Owners on Wed Feb 05, 2014 6:16 pm

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G'day 92KK , I bought my 1987 K100RS as a European delivery plan , basically everything was ordered and payed forhere in Melbourne including model , colour , extra's , insurance , return shipping , flew to Munich / Frieburg to pick it up & headed off , it was mid march so to my delight we were greeted with a foot of snow on the road on the morning of pick up , travelled through Europe & Great Britain ( including Ireland ) for 7 months then made my way to Hamburg to the shipping agent , fast train to Frankfurt and back home , my bike arrived about 5 weeks later at my local BMW Dealer , did 26k when overseas & have now clocked 260k , still looks good for an old girl & still going strong

JR


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3Back to top Go down    Re: Original K Owners on Wed Feb 05, 2014 6:28 pm

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It is a real pity that you cannot do that anymore.


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4Back to top Go down    Re: Original K Owners on Wed Feb 05, 2014 7:58 pm

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I remember when they had the European delivery plan. BMW used to advertiseit fairly heavily. But, that was in the days when import tariffs on motor vehicles in Australiapeaked at 57.5%.

The money that you saved on import tariff more than paid for the airfare to Germany.

But, you still had to enough money and time available to be able to do it.


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5Back to top Go down    Re: Original K Owners on Wed Feb 05, 2014 9:43 pm

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Hey Olaf,

I am also the owner of a Euro delivery '91 K75S. Picked it up in Munich in July '91 and rode it around for three months before shipping it home. Europe and the UK includingthe Donnington GP, Hockenheim WSC and the Bol in the south of France. Oh, and also had a wedding in Newcastle to attend.

So much to see and do that I had to limit myself to about 300km per day, so I did not miss anything. Spent most of the time camping and staying with friends. Shipped the bike home after 15K. One major mishap was putting the bike down the road on a roundabout south of Perth, Scotland. Apparently in those days there was a big problem for bikes with spilt diesel on the roads from truck fuel tanks.

No job, a pocketful of cash and in need of a new motorbike. No other option butto ride Europe I suppose.

Part of my inspiration was a recently returned KRS rider showing his slides of a Euro delivery tripat BMWVIC club meeting in '88. Was that you JR?

Cheers, Dave.


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6Back to top Go down    Re: Original K Owners on Wed Feb 05, 2014 10:13 pm

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G'day Dave , no not me , took about 50 rolls of Ektachrome though ! , I was so broke when I got home I couldn't afford to get them developed right away , had to do it in batches , might get the good ones scanned so I can show here , I managed to survive the trip without dropping my bike although the bloke I travelled with dropped his on the 1st day doing a feet up U turn in a snow filled lane in Austria

JR


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7Back to top Go down    Re: Original K Owners on Wed Feb 05, 2014 11:07 pm

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Thanks JR.

I came back to no work during the recession we had to have. Not a happy time for me asit was hardto find permanent employment. Ended up labouring for a while and it taught me humility if nothing else.

I would be interested in knowing what type of scanner you use for the slides/tranies as when the first ones arrived on scene, the money they were asking was ridiculous.

Cheers, Dave.


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8Back to top Go down    Re: Original K Owners on Wed Feb 05, 2014 11:27 pm

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For 6 or so slides Dave I'll get them done professionally at a camera shop in town , about 5-6 dollars a pop for a medium size file , I have thousands of slides I'd like to scan in before the colours shift too much , a friend has an Minolta Dimage Scan Elite 5400 , the prints he made from the scanned neg was very very good and that was A1 size

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9Back to top Go down    Slide scanning alternative on Sun Jul 27, 2014 10:51 pm

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@JR_K100RS wrote:For 6 or so slides Dave I'll get them done professionally at a camera shop in town , about 5-6 dollars a pop for a medium size file , I have thousands of slides I'd like to scan in before the colours shift too much , a friend has an Minolta Dimage Scan Elite 5400 , the prints he made from the scanned neg was very very good and that was A1 size

JR
A late addition re digital copies of old slides.
If you have a quality slide projector and screen, even some professionals just project the slide and photograph it with a good camera.
You'd need to ensure that the projector is level and the screen is centred on the projection lens line and perpendicular to it.
Camera on tripod as close to the projection lens line as possible.

That Minolta scanner referred to must be good if prints are that good at A1. Wouldn't be cheap, I'd guess.

Bill


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1985 K100RT Blue. VIN 0029036K100RT ENG 104EA25852071
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1984 K100RT White. VIN. 0023022K100RT ENG 104EA32848523
    

10Back to top Go down    Re: Original K Owners on Tue Jul 29, 2014 11:14 pm

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G'day Bill , just looking back at the email that my friend sent me regarding his scanner , he scanned at 7800x5232 pixels @ 300dpi , he stated the scanner could go at higher dpi but produced a file that was 42mb , you would only do this if you intended to print something off , from memory it was very expensive , around the $700-$900 mark

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11Back to top Go down    Re: Original K Owners on Wed Jul 30, 2014 10:07 am

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Hi JR
7800 pixels wide on a 36mm wide slide is about 5500 dpi on the slide scan, so the 300 dpi is somewhere near the resolution of the final print.
A very impressive scan performance, even at the $900 price. You're lucky to have that technology available.
Bill


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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
    

12Back to top Go down    Re: Original K Owners on Thu Jul 31, 2014 12:59 pm

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My '85 RT was purchased new by my father, who in turn bequeathed it to me after he admitted to being gutted from tipping it over at the odd intersection (and the accompanying embarrassment of not being able to lift it solo). He's always been lacking the requisite leg length to plant both boots on terra firma while in the saddle.

So I'm not the original owner but kinda blood-related first owner. Sorta. Kinda.

Sidenote: he was horrified when he saw the bike stripped in my garage and was convinced I had 'ruined it.' More about his mechanical know-how than anything. Parents...


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13Back to top Go down    Re: Original K Owners on Thu Jul 31, 2014 1:19 pm

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My '85 RT was purchased new by my father, who in turn bequeathed it to me after he admitted to being gutted from tipping it over at the odd intersection (and the accompanying embarrassment of not being able to lift it solo).

We all get to that point sometimes. I have had mine over a few times, being 5' 8" doesn't help. I have lifted it a few times solo. But when it becomes age related a sidecar will be added rather than giving up. 'I could like this' my son said when he sat up on the LT one day but so far he is at an age when he 'wouldn't be seen dead on one'.


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

14Back to top Go down    K75RT.. Still in the family on Wed Dec 24, 2014 11:49 am

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I was cleaning the house and came across an old photo album with some photos of my dad, his friend and I on a trip to New England in 1990. The two bikes are 1990 K75RT's.

2 K's in the mist beside a rental cottage in New England.

On the way up Mount Washington.

That is me at about 11 standing beside my dad's friend's bike. I can tell which bike is which since my dad had a custom made aluminum tube on the front of his near the rad. It was used to hold fiberglass tent poles.

I now own my Dads K75RT.

Here it is today with about 240,000 Km on the clock.


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