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Thread: K75 ABS brake system

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    K75 ABS brake system

    Recently I have had a desire to move to a bike with ABS brakes. I know that some K75 bikes had ABS. I asked a local used motorcycle dealer who deals mainly with BMWs about ABS. He told me that his opinion of ABS on early BMWs is that they are not reliable. He was speaking of them being a maintenance problem with many repairs necessary. He also told me that in his opinion, one should buy a 2000 or later model to have reliable ABS on BMWs.

    I'm looking for opinions on K75 ABS brakes. I found a 1995 with ABS that looks interesting. Is ABS on K75 bikes worth having? Is ABS on later models better or any more reliable? Opinions appreciated!

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    You might add a response on your poll for "works well and is very reliable". I have put 64,000 of the 94,000 miles on my 91 75RT and that has been my experience.
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    I didn't vote because neither answer is correct in our experience. We currently have 4 K75s. ABS works and has always worked. We previously had two other K75s. ABS always worked without defect or failure. One K75T did not have ABS. The combined miles on the ABS equipped bikes was well over 700,000 miles with no ABS issues.

    So my vote would be worth having and works fine.

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    The ABS on my '92 K100 - probably the same system as K75's, - failed at around 20K and none of the cheap fixes (recommended by numerous folk on this and the IBMWR site) worked. Given the number of posts on this topic before I brought up my woes, I think Paul Glave's experience is probably not the norm. The "fix" I've used on my bike for over two years is a piece of electrician's tape over that blinking light on the dash.

    But if you want a K75 with ABS, I say get it! 1. It may not fail. 2. If it DOES fail, quite often there are simple and cheap fixes which will work. 3. If the failure is the "brain" which probably costs more than you paid for the bike, you can always use my system. My brakes are still excellent stoppers - just a little harder to flush than non-ABS brakes.

    I believe later generations of ABS systems pulse faster than the first generation. Surely somebody will know whether the second generation were available before they stopped making K75's.

    If you love K75's (and don't rule out the 4-valve K100RS from '91-92) get one. BTW, you cannot disable (intentionally) the ABS system on at least the earlier K-bikes, which is not a good thing if you ride a lot of gravel. But they are great road bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGLAVES View Post
    So my vote would be worth having and works fine.
    I agree Paul with having another response. I allowed the dealers bias to influence poll choices. Short-sighted on my part. Sorry. I have not yet figured out how to edit the poll. I'm still looking.

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    While all my bikes are pre-ABS, I've asked almost every owner of K75Ss with ABS that I've worked on, whether they've ever activated the ABS. Most have at least one story of when "it saved my ass".

    It only takes once for it to be worth it's weight in gold. While ABS1 is crude compared to the newer versions, it is still valuable in emergency situations. The cost to fix defective ABS1 has gone WAY down since the advent of a couple of companies that can now repair the computers for a few hundred dollars.



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    Much to my surprise, my insurance carrier offered me a discounted rate because my bike has ABS. Score!

    When I was looking for a K75, my goal was a bike without ABS. I found the perfect bike, right year, right color, and right price. However, it had ABS. I figured that it could be removed if I did not like it. Now I am glad it is there. Never have had any problems with it not working for the PO or myself. Almost 52K on the bike. I would willing to buy another bike with ABS. Maybe a K1100. Better brakes and better suspension.

    Check with the guys over at motobrick.com. All they do is K bikes.
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    We had two 1991 K75S ABS equipped bikes with approx 90,000 miles for 12 years and didn't have any ABS problems.
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    My last bike was a 2002 R1150GS with ABS and to be honest, the only times I find ABS that helpful were in the rain, which I tried to avoid at all cost anyways. In dry conditions, I rarely need to brake hard enough to get the ABS going and when it does get activated, I start pumping the foot brake anyways just as I would in a car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roncooper View Post
    You might add a response on your poll for "works well and is very reliable".
    Do you know how to edit a poll? Or delete it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by heejrbmw View Post
    Do you know how to edit a poll? Or delete it?
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    No I don't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cy7878 View Post
    I rarely need to brake hard enough to get the ABS going and when it does get activated, I start pumping the foot brake anyways just as I would in a car.
    If you have ABS, car or bike, why would you pump the brakes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    If you have ABS, car or bike, why would you pump the brakes?
    habit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cy7878 View Post
    habit.
    Bad habit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    Bad habit.
    http://www.msf-usa.org/imsc/proceedi...ngDistance.pdf


    On average ABS gives you shorter stopping distance. But sometimes non-ABS can stop even shorter. I bet most BMW riders are experienced enough that in the dry, ABS isn't as critical.

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