Thinking Of Returning To a K100RS
I know most BMW riders interested in an older BMW gravitate to Airheads. Has there been any renewed interest for the original K's? I've always admired the original K100RS and regret selling both my 1987 and 1991 years ago. (The K1100's, while perhaps better, don't do anything for me.) I figured if any group would know the trends it'd be here.
Two thumbs up on your idea from me
There are a lot of us who have had airheads (and still do) but have gravitated back to early Ks. I bought a K100RS the first year they came out and loved it (despite a terrible stock seat and a fair amount of vibration).
I now ride a very smooth K75S and will probably never part with it.
I wouldn't mind having another 1985 K100RS though; they all came with the hotter European cam and additional horsepower. What a blast to ride, especially at 112 to 120 mph (sweet spots).
Go for it!:dance
Renewed interest in the K-bike(s)
After decades riding airheads, I bought a K100RS. I'll be the first to admit I was unsure whether I'd made the right move, but after some rides and wrenching I have come to hold it in very high esteem. I'd always liked the look, but the test ride I took in the 80's put me off. The bike seemed heavy and it buzzed a lot.
Fast forward to the present. My K100RS, in a sharp state of tune is pretty smooth. It's handling reflects a giant leap over the old airheads. The bike just loves high speed travel. I've slipped insulated jackets over the fuel lines and reduced substantially the tendency of the fuel tank to grow hot. As for riding in hot weather - and believe me, where I live it is hot in the summer - I've found that I simply need to pull my legs out from the sides of the tank and into the airstream a bit and the heat is tolerable.
In short, my bike is a keeper; we've bonded!