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    which one to buy?

    decided it's time for a road bike again, been riding dirt bikes alot for the last 25 years, haven't had a road bike for 20. want the bike for touring with the wife, plan on 2-400 mile days a few few times a year ( I have a few other hobbies as well) I'm thinking a k series. Are there certain years that have been better then others? please feed me with some good ideas. Thanks Bruce

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    I'm partial to the boxers, so I would tell you the RT. I think it is more fun to ride than the four-cylinders. They just seem to be - well - Japanese. Of course, I have the GSA and I will tell you it is actually a very fine road bike. And it comes without all that plastic, and it can go 400 miles between fillups. Don't know of any other bike on the market that can do that. My wife loves to ride on the back too.
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    '77 Honda 750A. Holding at six til I get new garage built - need more room for more bikes!

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    Japanese? Really? How much time have you spent on a K bike? You get more bike for your buck with a K bike. Feature for feature and cost to buy one put the brick on top.

    Bruce, Currently I own a K75 and do not think I will ever sell it. It is just to good of bike. Super smooth. Many people think it is the best bike BMW has ever made. Period. I would place it in the top five, but I would not go as far to say it is the best. It is a little small for two up. With what you have told us, a 1100 would be a nice bike for you. As far as what year is best? They made some minor improvements on the Ks as time went on, most changes were done by 1990. I would start there. K bike or boxer, make sure you buy a machine with side cases. If not, plan to spend an extra $500-900 for those.

    And the Boxer? I learned to ride on a boxer and I have a soft spot for them. I have owned a boxer and will buy another if I get the chance. When I was looking at K bikes, I was looking at boxers also. Both would work for me. With that said, I bought a K bike. That should tell you something.

    Bottom line, they are both great bikes, but very very different. Try a K75, then try a K100 and a K1100. Maybe even a
    K 1200. Then go ride some boxers. Start with a R75/6 and go up from there. See what fits you and your wife.

    When I was looking for a K bike, I looked for price and features. I passed up up some great buys because they did not have this or that feature, or the color was wrong. If I had to do it again, I would look more for what fit me and what needed to be fixed.

    Half the fun is looking. Good luck.

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    I appreciate the input, I thought there might be a few others who also had opinions. I'm looking to find a bike in the sub $6k range, am not yet sold on a particular as I'm not well informed as to which is going to be my best choice. BMW sure builds some pretty machines. Ease of maintenance is important too. I've worked in the automotive industry as a BMW and Mercedes shop owner for many years.

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    You should be able to find a very very nice K bike for less than 6K. I came into some
    money (40K) so I could get just about what ever I wanted. I knew that if I bought a
    K bike it would be a K75. Most of the time, you can get a nice K for about $2500-3000.
    $3500- 4000 will get you a great machine. Maybe a little more if it is from a dealer.

    Don't be in a super hurry to buy. You would be amazed at what you can find at the end of the riding season. If everything was equal, (1990 K bike,'90 Boxer, etc.) Boxers seemed to go for more. Straight across the board. I picked up a clean, nicely loaded 1995 K75 for less than $2800. I found stuff all the way down to $1400 and up to $3750.

    As you shop, ask the owner about the splines and when they were lubed. That is one of the main things to worry about on K bike. Your local BMW dealer should be able check over any K before you by for about $150. I think I was quoted $135. Having them check the splines may cost you extra.

    Go check out motobrick.com. Ask those guys. They will be happy to help.

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    It does matter: How big a boy are you? -and your sweetie? Then you can pick bikes that haul you & your stuff. If you put me @ 215#'s & my wife @ 135#'s you soon reach the loaded point on my R1150R, which is a popular bike for touring from the past. Also, you make no mention of $$$ which helps people like me decide.

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    Welcome, Bruce.

    My experience is with both K1200LT and the RTs- 1150 and new 1200 (among other BMWs but not what you're asking about). My opinion is they are both great tourers. LT will feel heavy, but rock-solid. The Ks and the RTs both handle very well, like smaller, lighter bikes. Handling these bikes on long trips will not tire you out, your limit is you. (and the seat. Some of the newer model RT seats are torture to a lot of us)

    If you will only do a few long tours a year AND ride it around town and shorter rides, then the RT is a better all-around choice. There were times I did not want to haul the LT out of the garage for a short hop. If you're mostly only using it for long tours, then the edge goes to the LT series. It is as solid as a car on the interstates. - I realize you're also considering older K bikes which are not as heavy as the LT is. The bottom line is you have to decide what the two of you and your gear need out of a ride - weight and handling wise- and start to limit choices from there.

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