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    Am I looking in the right place?

    Hello,
    I am currently in the market for a new bike. I have owned bikes before yamahas and suzukis, and have put a tremendous amount of miles on them. When I looked for a new bike the k series made by bmw jumped out at me. "what a good looking bike" I gasped. Now I am a cheap s.o.b. always looking to save a buck. I am not bothered by spending more for a bmw than a japanese bike because I feel im getting what I pay for ...quality. Now does this bike have any design flaws, or common problems that arrive? Also these bikes how easy is it to work on yourself and what would I be spending on parts.
    I really like these bikes I just want to know more about them. Anything you can help me with is appreciated.
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    There's a thread about "Choosing a K75" that might help you here in the Kbikes forum.

    But generally, Kbikes are pretty good.
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    git you one, it'll change your life

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    I bought my 99 k12rs in December of 99 and put 27,000 miles on it in the first 3 years I had it. (wrecked a shoulder last summer falling off a horse, just starting to ride more now). The bike is completely stock with heated grips and bmw bags, and the only change I have made is a louder horn. I have had no maintenance problems, but am just about ready for a new shock.

    I love it. It is not as fast as a pure sportbike, nor is it as plush as pure touring bikes, but it does everything very very well IMHO. A fast rider on the K can embarrass a less-than-fast rider on a sportbike and even a relative wimp like me can string a couple of 750 mile days together in some really lousy conditions. I can easily load it with enough gear for a two-week camping trip (Helen2Wheels bags on top of the cases). It's big, heavy, and underpowered compared to the new Yamaha FJR, but is extremely smooth, predictable, and rock-steady at any speed. I will admit that I am biased- my last bike was an '85 K100RS that I bought as a basket case and ended up trading with over 100,000 miles.

    The new GT is supposedly even better, believe it comes with bar-backs and a better seat, also the heated grips, cruise, and bags are standard (I think). The accessories make up the difference between the RS and GT prices.

    If I had it to do over again, I would get a marsee tank bag instead of the bmw set-up (too small, lousy raincover & map case). Other than that I am personally very very happy with this bike. Other common gripes are lack of nimble-ness, low power-weight ratio compared to others in the class, some are dissatisfied with the headlight, and some here have mentioned a rear-wheel wobble in newer bikes and some rear-drive failures in the LT.

    Search this forum- there was a good discussion about the K1200GT vs. FJR1300. here: ON Article: K1200GT vs. FJR1300

    It includes opinions from some people who love it, and some who are nowhere near as happy with the K as I am. YMMV.

    Hope this helps, good luck
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    Interesting article in current "BIKE" comparing GT-FJR-ST1300-R/RT. GT was the least favorite. Loved the FJR, but most bike mags love the most recently introduced bike.
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    Re: Am I looking in the right place?

    Originally posted by ps6000
    Hello,
    I am currently in the market for a new bike. I have owned bikes before yamahas and suzukis, and have put a tremendous amount of miles on them. When I looked for a new bike the k series made by bmw jumped out at me. "what a good looking bike" I gasped. Now I am a cheap s.o.b. always looking to save a buck. I am not bothered by spending more for a bmw than a japanese bike because I feel im getting what I pay for ...quality. Now does this bike have any design flaws, or common problems that arrive? Also these bikes how easy is it to work on yourself and what would I be spending on parts.
    I really like these bikes I just want to know more about them. Anything you can help me with is appreciated.
    Thanks
    p.
    What K-bike are you talking about? old, new? what?
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    well i was looking for something in between 85-93 . but im beggining to move towards an airhead because of the ease of repair, but ive heard that k bikes dont break down as much. Ive also read this stuff about final drive failure, should this be a worry of mine, any way to check out the problem before I buy. So i an admitidly a little unsure about what model I am after, this will be my first bmw. Also I am 6ft2in tall and alot of bikes cant handle me. Any suggestions?

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    oops, sorry, when you said you were looking for a new bike, thought you meant NEW bike...

    The rear-drive failures you hear about are mostly on newer LTs, some GS's. I think the jury is still out on that problem. Older K's need periodic spline lubes but I personally know of no chronic problems, especially considering the miles that some of them have. My '85 K was a rat-bike, rescued from a barn after 3 years in solitary confinement, and I got 4 years and around 40,000 miles out of it, for a total between 100 and 120k on the bike. The early K's have a good reputation for longevity if you keep the maintenance up.

    It really comes down to what kind of riding you are looking to do. I have been looking at the IBMWR marketplace classifieds, IBMWR classifieds , and lately I have been lusting after another 2-valve K100, either standard or RS... those look really cheap to me, and if my bike were paid for it would be getting company in the garage.

    By the way, I'm 6'1", 36" inseam, and my '85 was a better fit for my legs than the '99 is.
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    I want to use the bike for everything. I have a 1980 suzuki gs850 which is a great touring bike but when I hit the city I feel like I might as well get a goldwing or a station wagon. My previous bike was a 1981 Yamaha Virago which was great in the city, but with a passanger on the back and a bunch of gear, riding through Montana's highways at the reasonable and prudent speed limit reminded me of my days on a 50cc scooter. I am very demanding and I want a bike with the best of both worlds. I know I will have to sacrifice a little but I think its worth it. Any suggestions that can be made would be appreciated. Im going to buy a bike this fall/winter and I want to enter into it knowing all I can.
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    You need a GS, son.
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    Originally posted by KBasa
    You need a GS, son.
    Everybody needs a GS.

    So where's yours?
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    Your talking about the RxxxGS? I dont see any with a fairing, are they generaly available like that?

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    Big fairings are for girly men.
    just kiddin'

    There is more wind protection on my 1150GS than there was on my K75s. It is less than what you'd find on a K100RS. Some folks fit them with Huge fairings, some, like me, cut their windscreens down.

    What kind of protection are you looking for? what kind of seating position? upright? leaned back?sport-touring leaned forward (not to be confused with the sport bike pretzel position)?
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    Originally posted by knary
    Everybody needs a GS.

    So where's yours?
    Some dude's out riding it around depreciating it for me right now.

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    I dont feel like leaning forward too much. I just want to be comfortable.

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    Plenty of protection

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