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    chasgn
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    Cool Thanks

    To all: A note of thanks for all the input. I will be able to go into this with eyes open now. Have not made decision on what I going ot go for but will take a few rides on different bikes and see which one clicks with me.

    Go riding out there, who know's, maybe we will cross paths,

    Thanks again, CN

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    I have both a K75 and a R1150R. The K is very smooth, but I prefer the ergonomics of the R. I've ridden the R through Mexico twice and I find the handlebar position is more comfortable than the K. I also prefer the six speed transmission for its high gear. All that said, I may take the K down there next year.

    You can find better price deals on K's.
    '03 R1150R, '03 F650GS, '97DR200SE,'78 Honda CT-90, '77Honda CT-90

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    I just happen to own one of each: a '95 K75 and a '97 R1100R. I like them both for different reasons.

    The K75 is smooth smooth smooth running, lighter to ride and maneuver, and seems never to give me a hiccup. People may talk about their being characterless or some such nonsense, but I don't agree. It's a classic that I don't ever see selling.

    The R1100R has more power (as expected by the displacement advantage) and is therefore better for two-up riding. Mine is also set up more for all-weather commuting, with heated grips and a larger windscreen. It burns a touch of oil, but it's predictable and normal for the engine, which is rock-solid and tested by time. It's a bit bulkier at slow speeds.

    I've ridden both long distances and both are very comfortable to me, but I'm not into barcalounger bikes much. I think both will last a long long time.

    If I had to keep only one, it'd be the K75. But that's mostly emotional. I just love riding that bike.

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    Talking Have both!

    I have a 95- K75 & a 2000 -R1100RT both ABS - the K75 is fantastic -smooth and better power to weight ratio than the R1100RT -a real naked motorcycle. However the RT is much better two up & much more WX protection and comfort in the colder /wet weather & has better front & rear suspension - But the K75 is a real motorcycle - better transmission & engine -both smoother than the RT - Tough choice -so depending on where you live, when you ride and if two up is going to be a norm - try to get both!!! I love them both for different reasons, but I only have one wife!

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    I had a 85 K100. Fun. But I'm a purist. Oil and water don't mix.
    Airheads are as simple as you can get. My 73 R75/5 is like a moped on steroids.
    If it weren't for the bench seat would not hesitate going Xcountry on it.
    I'm a boxer fan. Cylinders belong out in the breeze, just like me.

    I'm on the "red haired stepchild" now...
    The R1200c.
    Never looking back.
    Does everything I want it to do... And comfortably.

    What ever you choose, choose it for you.
    Let your friends ride their own decisions.

    NewWheels

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    Quote Originally Posted by chasgn View Post
    I am looking into buying a used mid to late 90's early 2000 bike. I have been told k bikes would be a better choice.

    Why would anyone say such a silly thing?


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    Why would anyone say such a silly thing?
    Remember one thing. When mobs get angry they usually start throwing "bricks".

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    Quote Originally Posted by grafikfeat View Post
    Remember one thing. When mobs get angry they usually start throwing "bricks".
    If they can lift them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by knary View Post
    Why would anyone say such a silly thing?

    Because he's a very wise man.
    Greg Feeler
    BMW MOA Foundation Secretary, Ambassador & amateur K-Bike collector, it seems
    1972 R75/5, 1990 K75, 1990 K1, 1992 K75S, 2003 K1200RS

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    Quote Originally Posted by knary View Post
    If they can lift them.
    Besides, K-bikes can go places Oilhead GSs can not.
    Greg Feeler
    BMW MOA Foundation Secretary, Ambassador & amateur K-Bike collector, it seems
    1972 R75/5, 1990 K75, 1990 K1, 1992 K75S, 2003 K1200RS

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    Quote Originally Posted by GregFeeler View Post
    Besides, K-bikes can go places Oilhead GSs can not.
    Yeah, my K takes me places an R can't- I feel like my K1100RS is taking me straight over the river Styx. But then look at the name of my K.

    If I did it over again, it possibly would be an "R".

    Ride both- but if it is a hot day, I can guess which you will choose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GregFeeler View Post
    Besides, K-bikes can go places Oilhead GSs can not.
    The back of the group when the road gets twisty or gnarly or otherwise more entertaining?

    Into packs of goldwings, blending in so well that the even larger and even more ungainly behemoths aren't spooked?

    From zero to boring in 2 seconds flat?

    Into the cuisinart convention as the newest bestest german blenders?

    To the bottom of the sea fastest with their higher weight to surface area ratio?






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    Quote Originally Posted by knary View Post
    The back of the group when the road gets twisty or gnarly or otherwise more entertaining?

    Into packs of goldwings, blending in so well that the even larger and even more ungainly behemoths aren't spooked?

    From zero to boring in 2 seconds flat?

    Into the cuisinart convention as the newest bestest german blenders?

    To the bottom of the sea fastest with their higher weight to surface area ratio?





    Knary - That is funny!

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    knary, you forgot one -

    to the mosquito fogger exhibition at the exterminator's convention.



    (confession - I'm a closet dark-sider)
    Steve
    Current Hottie: '00 R1100RT
    Old Flames: '85 K100RT, '80 Yamaha XS850, '67 Triumph Bonnie, '66 Honda 90 Scrambler

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    Quote Originally Posted by GSJIHAD View Post
    Knary - That is funny!
    Greg, I hope, knows that I'm kidding...



















    sorta.

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