Paging the BMWisti

Discussion in 'UK Motorcycles' started by Donnie, Mar 8, 2010.

  1. Donnie

    Donnie Guest

    So, K75 or K100?

    Im currently planning to buy a touring bike this summerish and keep
    coming back to the BMW as it will be within my price range ie looking
    to spend about £1200 to £1500 tops and I know I certainly won't get a
    Pan Euro for that.

    So, for some reason I've had this hankering rekindled today and found
    this on ebay and this looks like a beauty to my inexperienced eye.

    So, what's the font's take on both these models and is there anything
    in particular to watch for?
    Donnie, Mar 8, 2010
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  2. Donnie

    Donnie Guest

    Donnie said:

    oops forgot the ebay number 250588843982
    Donnie, Mar 8, 2010
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    DozynSleepy Guest

    BMW Bikes/Outfits For Sale on the BMW Club forum

    K Series Tech Q+A

    He claims to have replaced the oil seals in the engine and yet doesn't
    know that they all smoke when left on the sidestand ?
    DozynSleepy, Mar 8, 2010
  4. Donnie

    Donnie Guest

    DozynSleepy said:
    Cheers, however get the following when trying registering

    You cannot register with this forum because
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    Please contact your ISP to resolve this issue
    Donnie, Mar 8, 2010
  5. look at the deaville
    back to the boats, Mar 8, 2010
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    Steve Guest

    To point and laugh?
    Steve, Mar 8, 2010
  7. Donnie

    Donnie Guest

    Steve said:
    Beat me to it
    Donnie, Mar 8, 2010
  8. First off, that eBay one looks suspiciously like a dressed-up naked
    K100. Hard to be sure, but I *think* that's a Sprint pattern fairing and
    not OE.

    And it's in white. BMW didn't offer a white RS (or any other K) in that
    model year in the UK. So my guess is that this is ex-Plod and has been

    I'd avoid it.

    You can get a decent coherent KRS in that price range, no worries. I
    bought a very nice one, albeit without panniers, last year for £700-odd.
    A pair of decent used panniers was another £200 or so.

    The K75S is a tad slower, less torquey, smoother and handles better and
    (IMHO) is actually a better bike unless you really want the extra
    10-15mph of the 1000cc engine.

    Decent K75s and K100s ar egetting scarcer these days, but Those Who Know
    hunt them out because they remain incredibly reliable solid bike: rather
    more reliable than the recent crop of new Beemers.
    The Older Gentleman, Mar 8, 2010
  9. Donnie

    Donnie Guest

    The Older Gentleman said:
    I thought it could be ex plod but looked too clean, see this is the
    stuff I have absolutely no clue about other than to ask on here.:)
    I don't have the cash currently anyway, but thought this looks like a
    bloody good one and thinking if i had the money now I would be looking
    properly at this and thinking about winning it.
    Part of why I guess I posted to see is it really as good as it looks.
    easily within the budget I'd be planning.
    Not bothered about top end to be honest, 90 ish is fine by me, as long
    as it will pull approximately 30+ stone of rider and pillion [1]
    without toooo much effort

    [1] She's a proper big northern bird my other half [2]
    [2] Not that Im implying she's that big, 16 stone of that figures me
    Donnie, Mar 8, 2010
  10. Donnie

    Donnie Guest

    Steve Parry said:
    <<snip lots of useful stuff>>

    Ta, interesting re the ABS, I seem to remember a fair few posts on here
    re the abs light but seems to be a trait on some of the later models
    and relatively easy sorted anyway IIRC
    Donnie, Mar 8, 2010
  11. Ah, right, thanks. I knew the screen was wrong. And the badges as well,
    which I see you've also flagged up. That and the white paint spelled
    'Ex-Plod' to me.
    The Older Gentleman, Mar 8, 2010
  12. My ABS light started flashing, unbidden, once.

    There's a reset that can be done with a bit of wire earthed to the frame
    and poked into a connector, and I did that, and it's never given trouble

    My K is an 1100LT (see sig). It's an incredibly good touring bike, even
    now, and I don't think the modern R and K tourers are necessarily much
    better. A bit more sophisticated, probably better handling, but as a
    mile-muncher the old K brick is still superb. And much,much, much more

    Then there's price. I just don't think a new K or R tourer is worth
    another eight to ten grand over the £2000-2500 price of a good used
    The Older Gentleman, Mar 8, 2010
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    Timo at Work Guest

    My first thought was "8V tarted up to look like a 16V".
    Timo at Work, Mar 8, 2010
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    Hog Guest

    and as we know at resale an ex plod bike is worth crumbs
    Hog, Mar 8, 2010
  15. Donnie

    Donnie Guest

    Hog said:
    So I believe, however, why?

    I could make assumptions that they are ragged to **** or that they're
    not cared for but is that true?

    I know that there were changes made for plod, ie single seat / pannier
    issues and holes drilled in unusual places but, are the all actually
    Donnie, Mar 8, 2010
  16. Some are OK. The problem is that the electrics have usually been messed
    with, pieces are missing, as stock Plod bikes they don't come with dual
    seats or decent panniers....

    Converting a Plod bike to standard is quite a lot of work. If one's been
    properly done, then sure, it's a decent bike, but few are well
    The Older Gentleman, Mar 8, 2010
  17. Donnie

    Timo at Work Guest

    I wouldn't buy them new but if you can stomach the servicing bills, a
    lot of people suggest that the porky K1200LT is a superb tourer and
    possibly better than the 1100LT as a tourer (but not as a town bike) I
    would say that the R1150RT is close to the K (although still twice the
    money), the fairing is very good (1100LT has a slight edge still, but
    it's slight since I stuck the tall screen on the RT) and I find the
    seating position on the RT so much better thanks to the height-
    adjustable seat.
    Timo at Work, Mar 8, 2010
  18. The 1100LT is a lousy town bike. I took it to work the other day. Too
    big, too heavy, and that was with the panniers removed.

    My little 250 is a perfect city bike.
    The Older Gentleman, Mar 8, 2010
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    DozynSleepy Guest

    I have a close friend with an immaculate BMW K75S [1] who might be
    willing to part with it, although it'd probably be at the top end of
    your budget. Is it worth passing your email on to him and getting him
    to send some details. It's located in Fleet, England.

    Is that reply-to valid donegalpaul AT thepilgrimssc DOT co DOT uk ?

    [1] He bought it at the same time I had my K75S but he's been working
    abroad for a couple of years so it was garaged. Just put it back on the
    road a couple of weeks ago. All I can remember is that it's silver, with
    silver coloured panniers, stainless steel fasteners everywhere and
    generally immaculate.[2]

    [2] I'd have it off him but I may be joining Darsy in the land of the
    unemployable soon.
    DozynSleepy, Mar 8, 2010
  20. Blimey, I'd be interested in that......
    The Older Gentleman, Mar 8, 2010
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