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    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.
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    Thumbs up 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!
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    Cool Great Deals

    Some of the best deals for great bikes are the early K100s. For around $3,000. or so, you can get great low mileage K-bike. I like the K100RT tho.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 04gt4me View Post
    I like the K100RT tho.
    I bet that's because the RTs all came with a built-in heating system that can keep you warm in wintertime Detroit.
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    ex: K75S Berlina R100GS/PD , K100RS , R75/5 , R60/2

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    LOL yeah I remember how warm those K bikes were. Heck the tank itself even got hot from the heated fuel. Perfect for this time of year
    Actually I wouldn't rule out a nice K75S either. I guess my order of preference would be 1) 1990-1991 K100RS 16v. 2) K100RS 8v. later the better. 3) K75S. Looking for the right one will give me something to do this winter. Meanwhile I'll occasionally lurk here to keep abreast of various issues and fixes.
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    We have 4 K75s. One "S", one "RTP", and two "Standard" (low seat.

    Not the highest tech, and not the fastest, or the quickest, but still the best bike BMW ever built in my opinion.
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    This is a K100 for sale now on CL in tampa

    Quote Originally Posted by milo View Post
    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.
    Hey I just bought my K100rs and I paid 3k with 13000 miles, and just out of excitement for your post I found this bike on Craigslist in Tampa for you. I saw this and thought it was a great deal.
    http://tampa.craigslist.org/pnl/mcy/3400282105.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by tio Jaimito View Post
    Hey I just bought my K100rs and I paid 3k with 13000 miles, and just out of excitement for your post I found this bike on Craigslist in Tampa for you. I saw this and thought it was a great deal.
    http://tampa.craigslist.org/pnl/mcy/3400282105.html
    Sounds like you made a nice find, Jaimito! Thanks, I just went to your link and saw it's an RT. What I'd prefer (in order) is a 1990-92 K100RS 16V, K100RS 8V or K75S the later the better. All of these bikes I've owned in the past. In fact I had two different K100RS-16V. And yes, I should have just kept one :-).
    One thing I know to check with scrutiny on older K bikes is the mileage. Many had the Motometer speedometer/odometer replaced due to intermittent operation. The age these bikes are they're often on their 3rd or 4th owners making it difficult to tell for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by milo View Post
    Sounds like you made a nice find, Jaimito! Thanks, I just went to your link and saw it's an RT. What I'd prefer (in order) is a 1990-92 K100RS 16V, K100RS 8V or K75S the later the better. All of these bikes I've owned in the past. In fact I had two different K100RS-16V. And yes, I should have just kept one :-).
    One thing I know to check with scrutiny on older K bikes is the mileage. Many had the Motometer speedometer/odometer replaced due to intermittent operation. The age these bikes are they're often on their 3rd or 4th owners making it difficult to tell for sure.
    That is very possible, in fact i wouldn't doubt that is the case. However the machine looks and rides great. And it is a K so what's 50000 miles anyway? Gook luck I hope you find a good one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tio Jaimito View Post
    .... And it is a K so what's 50000 miles anyway? Gook luck I hope you find a good one.
    UJ
    Oh I agree, and I'm not suggestion yours has a replaced speedometer anyway. It's just that there's probably a higher chance on older K's than most other bikes. I recall the replacement speedo was *very* expensive so most that were replaced were done during the 3 year warranty, like on my 1988 K75S. The dealer noted the mileage at replacement in my owners manual and probably with BMW as well. After the warranty expired most owners probably just tolerated it. There were also do it yourself fixes which would leave the odo unchanged.
    Thanks, I'm in no hurry. Heck by the time I notice a nice one for sale I may have changed my mind again! :-)
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    [QUOTE=milo;845983] Thanks, I just went to your link and saw it's an RT.

    Ok Kid here is even a better deal and right down your alley. While you are still contemplating the idea. This one is $2200 and look like it has low miles. White. Best time in the world to buy one is now.

    http://daytona.craigslist.org/mcy/3502466869.html
    I hope you like it.
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    I guess I'm kinda picky but that one doesn't look to have been well cared for. But he does mention he'll consider a scooter or flat screen TV on trade.


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    60 mpg?

    Seriously? Pretty certain I've not gotten better than 40 MPG with my 88 K100RS. I mean, I do "ride" it, but don't flog it. Well, not very much anyway (honestly). If I'm distance riding on slab, I'll run 70-85.

    This sounds like BS.
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