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    New Old Flying Brick -- '85 K100RT

    Having sold my '09 R12RT in anticipation of the K16GTL arriving next April/May, I just picked up a high-miles, but well maintained, FY K100RT to be my over-the winter/don't mind if it gets a little dirty ride.

    While I've had several K12LTs, this is my first classic K, so I have some learning to do -- things to watch out for, things to check, how-to articles. Recommendations, pls.? (besides this place, of course )

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    FY = first year? An '85?

    Splines..both front and rear. Rear brake fluid container needs the upgrade if the original is still mounted down by the right foot rest. Add a front fork brace. Depending on age,,,the starter could probably use a cleaning...the bike grounds through the starter..if it's dirty, you may lose lights and no start condition.

    These bricks either run 30K miles and use no oil..or just the opposite. A lot depends on how the engine was broken in...they love 7K rpm and higher.

    Have a stock rear shock or a Nivomat? Stock is usually gone by 20K miles.
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    Thanks, Greg!

    Quote Originally Posted by beemerguru View Post
    FY = first year? An '85?
    Finest Year

    My understanding from others that the early '85 bikes are referred to by their owners this way, given their slightly greater power from the cams and some other bits.

    Quote Originally Posted by beemerguru View Post
    Splines..both front and rear. Rear brake fluid container needs the upgrade if the original is still mounted down by the right foot rest. Add a front fork brace. Depending on age,,,the starter could probably use a cleaning...the bike grounds through the starter..if it's dirty, you may lose lights and no start condition.

    These bricks either run 30K miles and use no oil..or just the opposite. A lot depends on how the engine was broken in...they love 7K rpm and higher.

    Have a stock rear shock or a Nivomat? Stock is usually gone by 20K miles.
    Splines and starter previously done, I'll check the shock. What was the change with the rear reservoir? I'll have to look again, but I recall the reservoir sitting pretty low, down near the foot peg plate.
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    . What was the change with the rear reservoir? I'll have to look again, but I recall the reservoir sitting pretty low, down near the foot peg plate.[/QUOTE]

    The change is that on the later bikes, the reservoir is higher. This protects it from the sun's rays. Others have gotton a replacement from a Japanese bike and adapted it.
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    I looks like you're just riding it until spring until you can get a new bike. If it runs good, just change the oil and ride. My 85 K100RT was very dependable with little fiddling needed.
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    +1 for Ron,

    If your rear brake reservoir is milky white and has some glazing/cracking, the thing could instantly collapse..touch it and it falls apart. Not good for braking.

    Update is a round version with a circular holder that bolts onto the plastic electronics holder above the battery - out of the sun.
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    Excellent explanations -- thanks; I'll check it out when I get home tonight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mneblett View Post
    Thanks, Greg!

    Finest Year

    My understanding from others that the early '85 bikes are referred to by their owners this way, given their slightly greater power from the cams and some other bits.
    I think I've told it before - the "FY" aka "Finest Year" designation came about at a tech seminar I was giving (with Brian Curry and probably Paul Glaves) at I believe the Greenfield MA RA rally..

    During the tech session the '85 K was being beaten on fairly often by owners of later model K's - for things like being buzzy, hot, - true things, but as an '85 owner at the time, a bit annoying when they kept coming up.

    Someone finally asked me a rather odd question - pretty much worded to make the '85 K bike sound awful, and my reply started with "You mean the FINEST YEAR K?".. which got a big laugh, people seemed to enjoy the irony. What's ironic now is it has become the term for the '85 K bikes.. NTTAWWT - but it wasn't the original intention of the phrase.

    Splines and starter previously done, I'll check the shock. What was the change with the rear reservoir? I'll have to look again, but I recall the reservoir sitting pretty low, down near the foot peg plate.
    The reservoirs were moved up under the side cover. The one down by the foot-peg is attacked by UV, and tends to slowly oxidize, then start to crumble. The later models used a round reservoir that clipped into a bracket that was pop-riveted to the side of the E-box under the right sidecover. Since it was out of direct sunlight, it didn't turn to dust in front of your eyes. Some people have kept the original reservoir and just put a sock over them to keep UV off them. That also seems to work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deilenberger View Post
    The reservoirs were moved up under the side cover. The one down by the foot-peg is attacked by UV, and tends to slowly oxidize, then start to crumble. The later models used a round reservoir that clipped into a bracket that was pop-riveted to the side of the E-box under the right sidecover. Since it was out of direct sunlight, it didn't turn to dust in front of your eyes. Some people have kept the original reservoir and just put a sock over them to keep UV off them. That also seems to work.
    Thanks, Don -- I'll look at it this evening.

    Cool history lesson, too
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    New old style ones are still available:

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