One bike leaves, another one arrives.

Discussion in 'UK Motorcycles' started by Dave Eades, Nov 23, 2003.

  1. Dave Eades

    Dave Eades Guest

    Never really got on with the FZ600 (Gave be a bad back).
    only had it a couple of weeks, and after a little fettling, made it into a
    nice bike for someone.
    Stuck it in the loot for sale or swap for something comfy, and am now the
    proud owner of a BMW K100, which seems to be ok apart from the left side
    clock (speedo,tacho) not working any ideas?
    could it just be a cable?
    and opinions on the K100 generally. good or bad.

    Dave Eades, Nov 23, 2003
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    Steve Parry Guest

    Duff speedos on K's have been an issue since the models launch ...

    Take a look here for poss fixes

    properly serviced they'll last years, my neighbour (who did'nt properly
    service his got 237,000 miles out off his before it was taken out by a
    cage strike)

    Steve Parry
    Steve Parry, Nov 23, 2003
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    deadmail Guest

    The speedo is often the connections within the instrument console... or
    the wiring from the bevel box to the instrument console.
    Slow(ish) and thirsty but relaxing and good for distances. Reliable as
    the day is long.

    Don't leave it on the side stand if you don't want to use oil.

    Do look at the centre stand to check if it's about to collapse on you.

    Do grease the rear splines using either Optimol (whatever, BMW stuff) or
    Diff. Grease

    Do fit heated grips

    Er... that's about it really. Put in petrol and oil, spend a few hours
    every 5000 miles servicing it and it seems to plod on. I've done about
    25k (guess since one bike had a fucked clock...) on them over the last
    year, very very nice commuter.
    deadmail, Nov 23, 2003
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    Rob Guest

    Thirsty compared to what?
    Sorry but I have to disagree about reliability as well. Mine has been
    more trouble than any jap bike I have owned, but then again its better
    than all the pre-1980 British bikes I've had.
    And don't forget the clutch splines as well. A real bugger to get to but
    stripped splines leave you completely stranded. If the bike sticks in
    top gear on the overrun then they are about to go and need replacing.
    Rob, Nov 24, 2003
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    deadmail Guest

    Lots of things. Try ZX9r for example. Ridden at the same speed.
    Hey, don't be sorry about it.

    I'm speaking of my experience and I think most people's. I haven't had
    many major problems but have had plenty of small ones; what do you
    expect from a 20 year old bike though?
    Hmm... well yes. I've ignored those on the basis that I'll not need to
    do them before the bike goes.

    It's a gearbox off job, innit...
    deadmail, Nov 24, 2003
  6. Dave Eades

    Rob Guest

    But I would not call a ZX9r a tourer ;-)
    It sure is .... and gearbox strip. Had to do it 6 times in 60k miles!
    Rob, Nov 24, 2003
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    Ace Guest

    No, not unless you prefix it with 'Lardy old sports-'.
    Ace, Nov 24, 2003
  8. Dave Eades

    deadmail Guest

    Shouldn't a tourer be more fuel efficient? I know it's heavier but even
    Bloody hell. That's pretty crap.
    deadmail, Nov 24, 2003
  9. Fwiw, I found the genuine BMW plate was worth the extra over the
    Borg&Beck (or AP one, whatever) pattern clutch for spline longevity. The
    cheapy ones lasted 10 or 12K - the genuine ones lasted for ages.



    GS 850 x2 / SE 6a
    FUB KotL OSOS#12? UKRMMA#19
    Grimly Curmudgeon, Nov 24, 2003
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    Hog Guest

    Good grief, what are (were) you boys doing to your SOBoxers.
    Hog, Nov 24, 2003
  11. Riding it normally, not giving it a hard time - the cheap plates were
    crap, not just splines wearing and tearing but cracks spreading between
    the shock absorber spring locations. Afair, the genuine plate didn't
    have springs.

    Maybe I was just unlucky, but after howking out the gearbox twice in
    20K, I was fucked off with AP/B&B and just bought the proper bit in the



    GS 850 x2 / SE 6a
    FUB KotL OSOS#12? UKRMMA#19
    Grimly Curmudgeon, Nov 25, 2003
  12. Dave Eades

    deadmail Guest

    Or streetfighters. Depends on who owned them...
    deadmail, Nov 29, 2003
  13. Dave Eades

    Nigel Eaton Guest

    Using the patented Mavis Beacon "Hunt&Peck" Technique, Andy Bonwick
    ITYM "frightened".
    Nigel Eaton, Nov 30, 2003
  14. Dave Eades

    Lozzo Guest

    Nigel Eaton said....
    I liked Bear's response to the question "Is your bike alarmed?"

    "No, it's fucking petrified"
    Lozzo, Nov 30, 2003
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