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    '85 K100RS -- leave bottom fairing off for summer?

    Hi all,

    Just picked up a '85 K100RS this week and completed changing the oil for the first time moments ago. Quick question...how about leaving the bottom fairing off for summer?

    I had a R100RS previously and I know several folks who would leave off their RS airhead's bottom fairing in the summer time.

    Thanks,
    Brian

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    Quote Originally Posted by brainep View Post
    Hi all,

    Just picked up a '85 K100RS this week and completed changing the oil for the first time moments ago. Quick question...how about leaving the bottom fairing off for summer?

    I had a R100RS previously and I know several folks who would leave off their RS airhead's bottom fairing in the summer time.

    Thanks,
    Brian

    '85 K100RS
    '76 R90/6
    They came without bottom fairings. I think in about '88 or so, the bottom fairing came out and folks installed them. I didn't notice much difference in the heat on me with or without it.
    Actually I was thinking of the belly pan...lowers missing may well be cooler.
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    I take my lowers off each summer from my '92 K75RT.....really kills that heat that pools in behind the fairing as long as you're moving. Here's a couple of photos in a previous thread............
    http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/showthread.php?t=10023
    Drop the lowers and enjoy the summer!

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    Thanks

    Thanks for your replies. I left it off and probably will for good. Here's a pix. I might wind up riding it to Gillette while my R90 is down for repairs. Hope to see you all there.

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    Yesterday I removed the lowers from my '87 K100LT. I rode 260 miles today with the air temp reaching into the low 90s. My feet and calf area was definitely cooler, BUT. At speed under 60 mph the heat under the tank was sucked up by the low pressure area created by the windshield and seemed to settle on my chest and face. It was very uncomfortable. My upper body was really hotter than with the lowers on. The bike seemed more sensitive to cross winds, also.

    All in all I believe the bike is more comfortable with the lowers on. These girls are hot. Why am I trying to cool down a hot girl?

    Ralph Sims

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    Quote Originally Posted by brainep View Post
    Thanks for your replies. I left it off and probably will for good. Here's a pix. I might wind up riding it to Gillette while my R90 is down for repairs. Hope to see you all there.

    Cheers, Brian
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    Oh. So it is the belly pan...
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    Bottom Fairing

    As a matter of personal taste, I think they look better without the bottom fairing.
    I have a K100RS that I run with and without. I've never noticed a difference in rider cooling but then I live in Minnesota and to much heat is generally not a problem. Bruce

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    Wow, Nice

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    The '93 K1100RS we acquired last Fall is a convection oven on wheels- HOT!

    Once the weather warmed up this Spring, I removed the fairing lower section to cool things off. I have since found a good alternative from the K11 Owner's Group:

    http://www.k11og.org/forum/viewtopic...oil+insulation

    This mod has dramatically reduced heat to my legs. So I painted the fairing lower at the very bottom (we live on a gravel road and have lots of stone chips already) with Krylon Fusion paint- good product- and have put it back on.

    John
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    '92 K100RS (gone- '04 R1100S Boxer Cup)
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