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    K1200gt

    Ride to Kettle falls 2005
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    Geoff May
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    My Sonic ÔÇ£KÔÇØruiser

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    Chrism3... K 75 looks great. I have 87 K75C, and she is in need of a new tank bag. I like the looks of what is on your bike. What is it. Thanks !

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    Talking 1 of N...

    Already presented the mistress, now for the ol'lady... <<<)))
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    My 1988 K75 with Hannigan fairing.
    Bought the bike new in 1989.

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    ...and another.

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    Red Rocket.....

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    "Old Smokey - May 2005"
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    "Smokey II" - March 2006
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    Hey Paul, I see a few parts on Ol Smokey that I can use. Dang!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdiaz
    Hey Paul, I see a few parts on Ol Smokey that I can use. Dang!!
    Lookit all that neat wire and stuff.
    BMWMotorcycles, fun when they're running...
    My other bike is a BMW.
    Jack Hawley MOA and RA #224, KE9UW ("Chuck")

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    Jack,

    That bike had a hundred or more feet of extra wire, 6 added relays, 4 driving lights, 5 power outlets, and I can't even remember what all else added to it - and that's just the electrical stuff. But it took 18 years to get it perfected
    Paul Glaves - "Big Bend", Texas U.S.A
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves
    "Old Smokey - May 2005"

    Wow, I hadn't seen photos before. Pretty impressive. Would you mind telling the story again?
    Greg Feeler
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    1972 R75/5, 1990 K75, 1990 K1, 1992 K75S, 2003 K1200RS

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    Greg,

    Typical interstate highway weave section where the entry point is just before the exit point. People handle them successfully a million times a day - literally. Not this time! I was pulling onto the interstate. She - in the minivan - was originally in the left lane. At the last minute she headed into my lane - probably for the exit. I don't think she saw me. I barely saw her. The van struck the front forks / handle bars which tore them off the bike. They were mostly found in the fence 190 feet down the road. The van tore the radiator off the front of the engine but missed the block. Everything came off the bike: front end, tank, saddle, trunk, bags. So what was left was a mainframe bent at the steering head, with a 370,000 mile engine, transmission, and drive train attached. Our speed differential was probably 30 to 35 mph.

    The front end absorbed a lot of energy coming off and apart. The bike flopped down right hard - it may have tumbled. I flopped of to the right - hard. Landed with my bony elbow tucked in to my rib cage - the elbow lined up perfectly with one broken rib. Then I bounced at least once and wound up standing up.

    I looked down and said out loud, "Sh&#, I don't think I can fix it this time."

    I saw that the few oncoming cars were getting stopped. There was stuff from the bike scattered all over both lanes. The big pieces were in the right lane, so I moved the little stuff out of the left lane, and was standing there in my black bib-topped Aerostich pants and a blue shirt directing traffic when the Sheriff, Highway Patrol, fire truck, and ambulance arrived.

    I took the ambulance ride to get checked out. I told them I thought I had broken a rib. Sure enough!

    My helmet, boots, and Aerostich suit were none the worse for wear except a little dirt on the suit. I had that broken rib, a big bruise on my right thigh and a big bruise on my left hip. Oh, and a little scratch on my cheek from my glasses frame.

    I was very very lucky. A few inches different and she would have hit the block. There would have been much less energy absorption from stuff bending/breaking and a much more violent hit. A bit further back than that and she would have been into my leg.

    So we had to scrub our 49 State ride at 40 states. Rented a car to drive me home. Hauled all the "stuff" that was in the bike for a 49 State ride in what was left of two saddlebags and my big Harley trunk. Left Voni's bike and went back to get it two weeks later.

    I toyed with buying the whole thing from the insurance co. - but they wouldn't let me cherry pick the hulk. It was all or nothing. And the storage charges were going to be mine if I kept it. And I wasn't feeling too spiffy right then anyway and didn't feel like a long trip with a trailer. So I turned my back and walked away from it.

    19 years - 370,000 miles I owned that bike. Hated to see it die! But it was running good till the last split second.
    Paul Glaves - "Big Bend", Texas U.S.A
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    K Bikes Complex by Choice cjack's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves
    Jack,

    That bike had a hundred or more feet of extra wire, 6 added relays, 4 driving lights, 5 power outlets, and I can't even remember what all else added to it - and that's just the electrical stuff. But it took 18 years to get it perfected
    That's the thing I don't like about getting a new bike. Takes time and work to get the stuff on it. I bought a new KS the other day and it even needs a center stand. I hated having to do that last year, cut the belly pan (perfectly) to put on a center stand, put an outlet right off the battery, install a BMW blinky led brake lite, RAM ball for the GPS, tankbag mounting hardware, bag mounting hardware, etc.
    I don't add extra wire easily these days. I am thinking of FRS radios, Viki wants to let me know when I do something dopey before she forgets about it when we stop later. I'm sort of waiting for Bluetooth preinstalled in helmets or something. Wireless...heh.
    BMWMotorcycles, fun when they're running...
    My other bike is a BMW.
    Jack Hawley MOA and RA #224, KE9UW ("Chuck")

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