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Old 10-20-2007, 05:55 AM   #1
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I'm off to go take a look at a 93 that is supposed to be in "stunning" condition. Priced well above MCN's guide. Everything I've read about the K75 is very positive. Anybody got any personal experiences they care to share? Any ideas on mpg at 10 over on the interstate?
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Old 10-20-2007, 07:51 AM   #2
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I rode a K100RS for about 5 years/65k miles. They're basically trouble free with routine maintanance. The K75S is supposed to be a little smoother and better balanced than the K100RS, in fact I was looking for one when I found my Bandit. The only thing to watch out for are ensuring the clutch output splines have been greased as perscribed, it can get spendy if they haven't. With the early K's the instrument cluster could fail though a lot of them got tossed erroneously because of the magnetic pick-up on the rear hub. Moisture could get in there and cloud them up too.

Also the oil/water pump ran off a common shaft, on mine it developed a minor oil leak. It's an easy fix to replace the gaskets. If the bike has been left on it's side stand it can smoke a little on start-up, this is normal and is caused by the inverted cylnder head angle, oil can pool in the combustion chambers, again this is normal for that engine.

Other than that, in my experiance it was one of the funnest and most reliable bikes I've owned, I'm always on the lookout for another one. As I recall it averaged around 42 mpg +/-
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Old 10-20-2007, 12:16 PM   #3
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Unfortunatly they wouldn't budge on the price, very swank place that dealership. Had a nice talk with the mechanic though.

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Old 10-21-2007, 03:53 PM   #4
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A friend of mine has one (along with 5 other Beemers). It's a nice enough bike but was never a contender even in it's own time. BMW is experiencing a lot of inflation in old bike prices now, including for the K75s. I'd say they aren't worth buying unless you really really like them and are willing to shell out the cash for a heavy underpowered 80's era 750.
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Old 10-21-2007, 05:44 PM   #5
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I was suprised at the reaction when I tried to ****er... Didn't bother me too much though as it was a bit of a whim. Next 1982 Yamaha Vision with touring screen.....

Ok try to substitute the word haggle....

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Old 10-22-2007, 06:49 AM   #6
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I was suprised at the reaction when I tried to ****er... Didn't bother me too much though as it was a bit of a whim. Next 1982 Yamaha Vision with touring screen.....

Ok try to substitute the word haggle....

Now yer' talkin' !!

The Vision was a cool bike but rare as hens teeth.........


A couple of years ago you could pick up K75's in all their variations for $2500 all day long. As the Dr. said the prices are climbing on all used Beemers and dealers would really rather not sell the ones they have judging by their behaviour
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Old 10-22-2007, 12:40 PM   #7
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The splines in the drive shaft at both ends should be inspected for wear before the purchase. If those are fine and the clutch plate (yep- only 1 and it's dry) looks good the bike will go like the energizer bunny. I have a 87 k100rs that I truly dog compared to the previous two owners. Never had a problem out of it. I just finished the 40k service and the tech didn't even have to adjust the valves. It's been quite the bullet proof ride, so far. I heavied up the oil and changed to Progressive springs- also changed the rear shock out for a used Works shock and it handles dead on. Since I go 260lbs and tend to ride aggressively for the style of bike I'm a very happy BMW owner.
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Old 10-22-2007, 03:35 PM   #8
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I talked to the owner of the K75 he was happy with it just ran out of room for bikes. We should all have such troubles.

I saw a Vision recently, that's what got me started on that kick. If I see it again I'll chase it down. It's tires were worn and it looked a little bedraggled. On the off chance that the owner is on the Vision forum I'll post there.
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Old 10-23-2007, 05:36 AM   #9
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That particular model is very desireable amoung the BMW cognoscenti. If you're loking at a low mileage example, I expect the price to be ridiculous.

Wait until you have to adjust the valves on the Vision. HAHAHAHA!
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Old 10-23-2007, 07:59 AM   #10
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I had an '80 XS1100 Vision, complete with bags, floorboards, windjammer & am/fm cassette. Great bike, very fast for such big motorcycle, but it ran very hot (needed an aftermarket oil cooler) and the brake pads only lasted about 3,000 miles before they were toast. Soild as a rock on the freeway.

I use to lay down, with my feet on the tank, head propped up on the luggage with the cruise control on, and blow by gaggles (herds?) of HD riders at about 95 mph.

Once I tried to redline it in 5th gear, no way Jose...started wallowing around like a '58 Buick with bad shocks.
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