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Two Wheels Better

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Some years ago I rode a K75C. I had owned a black '02 K1200RS earlier, but this was my first 'original' Brick. I only had it for a summer, but what a long, hot, enjoyable summer it was. We rode all over Washington state together, with nary a problem, not even a velocity award from the coppers. It was a sweet-running machine, as smooth as you need, a tourer, sportsbike, and offroad companion. These photos recently popped up to me on the website known as Shutterfly. I had forgotten I was a member there. There's a motherlode of photos contained there from my other rides on various Beemers over the years in Australia, the UK, and in North America, which includes Mexico. A pictorial of memories.
My First (early) K Bike. A Retrospective. K75_2010
K75C along Highway 12 near White Pass, Western Washington.
My First (early) K Bike. A Retrospective. Mtrain10
The classic view of snow-covered Mt Rainier (Tahoma) from Highway 12, east of Packwood, WA.
My First (early) K Bike. A Retrospective. K75_bu10
A coupla miles of unimproved gravel, off Highway 12 near Bear Canyon and the junction of 12/410. I came upon a park ranger in his 4WD out there who stopped to enquire if I was lost. "Yep", I told him. "Just as I intended."
My First (early) K Bike. A Retrospective. Hwy41010
Americana. Near Naches, WA.
My First (early) K Bike. A Retrospective. Doglak10
Dog Lake, east of White Pass, on Highway 12.
My First (early) K Bike. A Retrospective. K75_hw10

Near Chinook Pass, Highway 410, Mt Rainier National Park.
My First (early) K Bike. A Retrospective. Hwy12f10

Clear Creek Falls, off Highway 12, east of White Pass.
My First (early) K Bike. A Retrospective. K75_mt10
Snow in summer, Highway 12.
My First (early) K Bike. A Retrospective. Americ10
Almost glacial, Skate Creek swim. I'll spare you the nuddies.  Wink
My First (early) K Bike. A Retrospective. K75_wa10
Bear Canyon, off Highway 12.
My First (early) K Bike. A Retrospective. Rimroc10
Man-made Rimrock Lake, Highway 12.
My First (early) K Bike. A Retrospective. K75_ri10
Rimrock Lake curves, Highway 12.
My First (early) K Bike. A Retrospective. K75_ch10
Chinook Pass, glacially scoured valley, Highway 410.
My First (early) K Bike. A Retrospective. Mtrain11
The classic Mt Rainier National Park entrance, near Crystal Mountain turn off, Highway 410.
My First (early) K Bike. A Retrospective. Daz_k710
The rider in his younger daze.


I might have to get me another K75 one day. Pop in a rack of three, 38mm K12 throttle bodies, a sweet-sounding slip-on exhaust, a paralever final drive & compatible gearbox, Marzocchi K11 forks, later wheels for running radial tyres, and four piston Brembos over larger diametre discs. Ah, a smooth, modern classic.


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1977 R75/7-100, 1995 R100 Mystic, 1993 & 1996 K1100RS, 1993 K11/K12 Big Block, 2 x 1998 K1200RS, 2006 K1200R & 2009 K1300GT
    

Dai

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Nice one TWB. I enjoyed looking at those.


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1983 K100 naked upgraded to K100LT spec after spending time as an RS and an RT
1987 K100RT
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Two Wheels Better

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Ta, Dai. It's good to look back sometimes. Who said "We can't know where we're going unless we remember where we've been."?

BTW, cheap as I can be, I still own, to this day, that HJC full carbon helmet, the OZ Andystrapz courier bag, those vented gloves, and that BMW touring jacket, albeit, with some repairs done.


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1977 R75/7-100, 1995 R100 Mystic, 1993 & 1996 K1100RS, 1993 K11/K12 Big Block, 2 x 1998 K1200RS, 2006 K1200R & 2009 K1300GT
    

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Here's a fairly thoughtful 'review' of the Brick, but specifically the K75, done by Canada's FortNine website about 5 months ago. Some will argue a few of the points made, no doubt, but overall it's a pretty good story about BMW and previous marketing/engineering methods they used. It can be said that those days are truly dead. Witness 215hp M1000RR engines, Chinese-built parallel twins, Indian-built singles, and six cylinder luxo-barges. Common parts between models might be a crush washer or oil filter nowadays. 

Long live the Brick.


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1977 R75/7-100, 1995 R100 Mystic, 1993 & 1996 K1100RS, 1993 K11/K12 Big Block, 2 x 1998 K1200RS, 2006 K1200R & 2009 K1300GT
    

firstle

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first K very very high miles , was a great bike , loaded in france 
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Dai

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@TWB: Yeah - I watched that when it was first posted.

@Firstle: ouch my ar$e!!! That's a Suzuki TS-series tail light, yes?


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1983 K100 naked upgraded to K100LT spec after spending time as an RS and an RT
1987 K100RT
Others...
1978 Moto Guzzi 850-T3, 1979 Moto Guzzi 850-T3 California,1993 Moto Guzzi 1100ie California
2020 Royal Enfield Bullet 500
    

firstle

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not sure about the tail light as it was just lying around , the seat was ok  and a lot better than my british hard tails at the time , but i was a lot younger and skint  Crying or Very sad

    

dbier

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Two Wheels Better wrote:
Here's a fairly thoughtful 'review' of the Brick, but specifically the K75, done by Canada's FortNine website about 5 months ago. Some will argue a few of the points made, no doubt, but overall it's a pretty good story about BMW and previous marketing/engineering methods they used. It can be said that those days are truly dead. Witness 215hp M1000RR engines, Chinese-built parallel twins, Indian-built singles, and six cylinder luxo-barges. Common parts between models might be a crush washer or oil filter nowadays. 

Long live the Brick.
Great pics - thanks for posting!  Also loved the FortNine video!

    

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Glad you enjoyed it. Winter inspires memories. It's been between 10F (-12C) & 20F (-6C) here for daze and daze now with a threat of snow that never really materialised. It is finally above freezing today, with some cold sunshine, before a week of rain, but 50F arrives! That sounds like heaven for a change, but one does yearn for warmer times. I am Baja bound on the 8th or 9th of February for two and a half weeks of riding. Roll on springtime.


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1977 R75/7-100, 1995 R100 Mystic, 1993 & 1996 K1100RS, 1993 K11/K12 Big Block, 2 x 1998 K1200RS, 2006 K1200R & 2009 K1300GT
    

dbier

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Two Wheels Better wrote: It's been between 10F (-12C) & 20F (-6C) here for daze and daze now with a threat of snow that never really materialised. It is finally above freezing today, with some cold sunshine, before a week of rain, but 50F arrives! That sounds like heaven for a change, but one does yearn for warmer times. I am Baja bound on the 8th or 9th of February for two and a half weeks of riding. Roll on springtime.
I can relate - here in southeast Wisconsin we've been below 0F for most of the last several days. Plus we had about 10" of snow just before the temps plunged. I'm alrady tired of winter!  Smile

    

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It's back above freezing today, with a soft, cold rain falling steadily. 100%, say the weather seers. By the weekend it'll be 10c/50f again. One benefit is that everything is green (and mossy, including my car which hasn't moved in two weeks) in the Pacific Northwet.


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1977 R75/7-100, 1995 R100 Mystic, 1993 & 1996 K1100RS, 1993 K11/K12 Big Block, 2 x 1998 K1200RS, 2006 K1200R & 2009 K1300GT
    

JiiPee63

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Thanks TWB, great pictures in your first post  Very Happy . They remind me of what to look forward to - summer and motorbike tours.


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JiiPee63 wrote:Thanks TWB, great pictures in your first post  Very Happy . They remind me of what to look forward to - summer and motorbike tours.
Thanks, mate. Some of us need a reminder of why we like to ride, now and again. I am currently fortunate to be able to ride 'most' of the year, where I am living. Recently stumbling upon an archive of my travel photos online, and the memories contained there, has given added impetus to get a move on as regards riding this coming warmer season. Much to see and do. Much to do and see.
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1977 R75/7-100, 1995 R100 Mystic, 1993 & 1996 K1100RS, 1993 K11/K12 Big Block, 2 x 1998 K1200RS, 2006 K1200R & 2009 K1300GT
    

fishboy316

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I sure do miss the beauty of the "Great Northwest!" The summers were worth the rainy winters.

    

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fishboy316 wrote:I sure do miss the beauty of the "Great Northwest!" The summers were worth the rainy winters.
And the winters are shorter, the summers longer and drier, and neither are quite as rainy, bar this winter so far.


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1977 R75/7-100, 1995 R100 Mystic, 1993 & 1996 K1100RS, 1993 K11/K12 Big Block, 2 x 1998 K1200RS, 2006 K1200R & 2009 K1300GT
    

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