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    1990 K75S back on the road, in storage since 1992

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    Testing, don't know if the image will show...

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    Back from storage since 1992...

    Recently purchased. Had been placed into long-term storage by Amol Precision, a northern N.J. BMW dealer from back in the day before dealerships became botiques. Detailed receipt/work order describing what was done at that time.
    Story goes like this: Wealthy owner moved to Hawaii & the Philippines, put bike into storage in 1992. Cousin resurrected the bike and sold it to me. 4, 630 original miles, original invoice, all the manuals, all the keys, all service receipt including the stamped service book.
    This is my fourth K bike & hopefully a keeper! Catching up on maintenance now.
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    Beautiful!!!

    With such a perfect bike, you might want to protect the front face of the engine spoiler BEFORE it gets nicked up. Rocks, gravel, and sand will get picked up by the front tire and put nicks and pits in the paint.

    A factory fender extension or an aftermarket FendExtenda helps a bit (PM me if you cann't find either), but the 3M paint protection film will keep the paint looking good much longer. You can pay a professional to install it or buy the film on Ebay and try it yourself. If you go the DIY route, buy enough film to do it several times as getting right on the first try isn't easy. I would suggest the factory extension AND the film.




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    Quote Originally Posted by 98lee View Post
    Beautiful!!!

    With such a perfect bike, you might want to protect the front face of the engine spoiler BEFORE it gets nicked up. Rocks, gravel, and sand will get picked up by the front tire and put nicks and pits in the paint.

    A factory fender extension or an aftermarket FendExtenda helps a bit (PM me if you cann't find either), but the 3M paint protection film will keep the paint looking good much longer. You can pay a professional to install it or buy the film on Ebay and try it yourself. If you go the DIY route, buy enough film to do it several times as getting right on the first try isn't easy. I would suggest the factory extension AND the film.




    thanks for that tip, if it peels off easily, I'll probably try it myself.101_0232.jpg101_0235.jpg

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    in storage since 1992...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98lee View Post
    Beautiful!!!

    With such a perfect bike, you might want to protect the front face of the engine spoiler BEFORE it gets nicked up. Rocks, gravel, and sand will get picked up by the front tire and put nicks and pits in the paint.

    A factory fender extension or an aftermarket FendExtenda helps a bit (PM me if you cann't find either), but the 3M paint protection film will keep the paint looking good much longer. You can pay a professional to install it or buy the film on Ebay and try it yourself. If you go the DIY route, buy enough film to do it several times as getting right on the first try isn't easy. I would suggest the factory extension AND the film.


    Agreed - what a beautiful time machine you have! Ah, if we all could just go out and buy a new K75S, how sweet would that be? I also agree with Lee about both the fender extender and 3M film. I found it difficult to do a beautiful job with the film, but good enough that it didn't draw attention to itself, and it works very well to protect the paint. Enjoy your new ride!
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    Quote Originally Posted by treehouse99 View Post
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    I am trying to make mine look new again, your process was much easier!

    Treehouse, what is the manufacturer/model of the tires on your K75S? I do not recognize that tread pattern.
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    I'm looking at the pictures and noticed something. Is the cover over the exhaust pipe in the rear originally almost all chrome with a black tip? Mine (1991) is all black and I wonder if someone was a little too handy with a spray can, which seems to be the case on my bike. If it is actually chrome, I may try to remove the black paint to get it back to the original chrome.
    On a similar note: what would be the suggested color of black to repaint the final drive and engine? Gloss or semi-gloss black paint? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jconway607 View Post
    I'm looking at the pictures and noticed something. Is the cover over the exhaust pipe in the rear originally almost all chrome with a black tip? Mine (1991) is all black and I wonder if someone was a little too handy with a spray can, which seems to be the case on my bike. If it is actually chrome, I may try to remove the black paint to get it back to the original chrome.
    On a similar note: what would be the suggested color of black to repaint the final drive and engine? Gloss or semi-gloss black paint? Thanks.
    If you look carefully at the photo again, you will see that the heat shield is actually black. It's just so crazy clean and perfect that it reflects the flourecent lights just like a black car.

    BMW did make both and chrome shields, but the Ss and most other K75s came with black. There were a few special editions that came with the chrome one.

    Semi-gloss.





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    Quote Originally Posted by 98lee View Post
    If you look carefully at the photo again, you will see that the heat shield is actually black. It's just so crazy clean and perfect that it reflects the flourecent lights just like a black car.

    BMW did make both and chrome shields, but the Ss and most other K75s came with black. There were a few special editions that came with the chrome one.

    Semi-gloss.





    True, only the heat shield is semi-gloss black- good eye 98Lee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by k75s View Post
    I am trying to make mine look new again, your process was much easier!

    Treehouse, what is the manufacturer/model of the tires on your K75S? I do not recognize that tread pattern.
    The tires (front & rear) are Pirelli Phantom-1 Supersport, "V" rated
    Yes, they are the original tires the bike was delivered with in 1990.

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    Quote Originally Posted by treehouse99 View Post
    The tires (front & rear) are Pirelli Phantom-1 Supersport, "V" rated
    Yes, they are the original tires the bike was delivered with in 1990.
    Wow, I will have to find me some of those. They last a long time
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    Quote Originally Posted by treehouse99 View Post
    True, only the heat shield is semi-gloss black- good eye 98Lee.
    I'm a little confused on this. Is the heat shield painted in semi-gloss and the rest of the black parts (engine, final drive, etc) all done in gloss? Or are all of those named parts done with semi-gloss, including the heat shield? Using gloss on older parts that aren't perfect anymore can really accentuate the defects, but I would use it if that's the way they came from the factory. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jconway607 View Post
    I'm a little confused on this. Is the heat shield painted in semi-gloss and the rest of the black parts (engine, final drive, etc) all done in gloss? Or are all of those named parts done with semi-gloss, including the heat shield? Using gloss on older parts that aren't perfect anymore can really accentuate the defects, but I would use it if that's the way they came from the factory. Thanks.
    All semi-gloss. Different semi-glosses have different levels of gloss. You just need to find the one that is as close as possible to the rest of your bike.

    If the black (metal or plastic) is faded, try using some Stoner's Trim Shine on it. The results will amaze you. About $8 at O'Rielly's and other car parts places. Get the spray bottle, not the aerosol.




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