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Old 11-17-2011, 09:55 AM   #1
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I have been riding a motorcycle for about a year (87 rebel) before that I have ridden vespas for about 10 years.

I want a BMW and am looking at a couple of K75 that have popped up on craigslist. Both are early 90's and have 50 - 60 k.

I am not scared of working on a bike, I have done valves, oil seal on the rebel and a complete rebuild on a vintage vespa.

I do want something that will be reliable. Is an older k75 the ticket or am I setting myself up for frustration?
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Old 11-28-2011, 02:16 PM   #2
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BMW makes a substandard product...steer clear. HD or Japanese
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Old 11-28-2011, 05:07 PM   #3
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My wife put 50,000 plus miles on her's until she totaled it and it was running just fine. Would have ridden another 50,000 easy with just minor tune up. They are a little pricey to get serviced but if you plan on doing that yourself you should be okay. I think the important thing is oil changes and valve adjustments. I had a K100 as well and we just had the dealer service them so I have no idea what involves doing it yourself. If the ones you're looking at have been well maintained 50,000 miles is nothing. They are good for a lot more than that. Of course you can always get a lemon but I've never heard of a lemon with those kinds of miles on them. I've even thought about picking one up again for myself but I'd be better off with a K100 just because of my robust nature.
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Old 03-07-2012, 05:40 PM   #4
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I have a friend with a k75 with 375,000 miles on it. I've got a k75 (93) and a k100(86) and love them both. I'll never own another brand of bike. The have great power, can get on either right now and not worry about riding cross country. Great in the mountains, lots of fun.
While dependable, any parts are a little costly. Also both of mine have had problems with the rear master cylinder leaking (maybe just. Ecause they are older), and the odometers seem prone to going out.
Like I said, not perfect, but for the money you can get an older one for its well worth the money
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Old 04-22-2012, 11:42 AM   #5
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Had my first ride on the street on a 1986 K75 yesterday. That bike was made for me. I was wary about having a bike over 600cc as a starter bike. The power, braking, and performance seemed very comfortable despite being 750cc. I feel very pleased with it as a first bike. It does everything I want, and is smooth as opposed to temperamental. I really clicked with this bike.
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Old 04-27-2012, 12:57 AM   #6
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BMWs are great bikes. They can be expensive to maintain. My K12R costs me $400+ a year in basic maintenance minimum and I only put 3000 miles a year on it. But they're amazing to ride and you'll love it.
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Old 06-03-2012, 12:35 PM   #7
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I love the bmw,s but why do they make them so high, I want to lower the seat and frame can anyone help with the now how or drawings.

many thanks
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Old 09-02-2012, 04:53 PM   #8
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I'm in the market for a K75 also. Good luck with your search.
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Old 09-02-2012, 08:56 PM   #9
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One thing you need to know about BMWs is that Germans love to engineer creative solutions to problems. If there are two ways to do something, and easy way, and a way that uses complex engineering, they will almost always go the complex way.

Simple they ain't. Well engineered, and interesting they are.
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:52 PM   #10
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I love my 1990 K75 S so far. I have put new tires on it and had the splines lubed. The mech also looked it over for safety concerns.

The bikes are very smooth and get alot of compliments.
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i maybe selling my k75s 1993 i been thinking about it
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Old 09-18-2012, 03:09 PM   #12
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Does your speedo work, I need to fix mine. I am loving my K75S but am craving a little more power.

It could just be a phase I am going through though.
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I ended up with a R110R Still really love the flying brick, but I am really enjoying this bike.
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I just bought a 92 K75s and love it. i got a hell of a deal on it $2,700 16,250 mi the blue book on it is about $4,200. i put 150 mi on it in the first 24 hrs
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I think the triple sounds good and it is the best of the "flying bricks".
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Congrats on the K Master. I am sure you will love it. I cant travel very far on straight highway because the bike is so smooth I start to fall asleep.
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Congrats on the K Master. I am sure you will love it. I cant travel very far on straight highway because the bike is so smooth I start to fall asleep.
100 mph feels so much like 30 in 2nd gear
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