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    The Joy of K Bike Ownership

    About fourteen years ago I made a slightly over zealous right hand turn on my 2003 K1200RS which resulted in the forward two inches of the rear brake pedal being somewhat inwardly deformed. Within forty eight hours I had ordered a replacement part from Max BMW which arrived in due time and took its place on the "get to ASAP" section of my workbench. Having Integral Brakes on the RS meant that almost 99% of my braking (and I'm a fairly aggressive rider) was done using the front brake lever only as the RS is a trifle girthy and a significant weight shift to the left tends to move my right foot away from the rear brake pedal. All of which means, of course, that I just got around to installing the new rear brake pedal this afternoon.

    Installing the new pedal took about five minutes..... re-setting the "hair trigger" rear brake light switch took about thirty.... and, it was 106F in my shop this afternoon (Hutto, Texas).

    Joseph Lucas would have been appalled.... or pleased.

    I often miss my '54 Panhead Harley where even having a rear brake that worked was never a certainty and a functional brake light was an early Christmas present.

    However, one good application of "right wrist therapy" and all will be well in the world again.

    Viejo

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    K bike ownership

    the K bike is a joy to ride as it pulls like a freight train (98K1200RS) And yes it was a hot one in pflugerville texas also
    Rde safe

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    As a dedicated Airhead ('76 R90/6, '81 R100, plus a long history of Brit bikes and a few Harleys), a "K" bike was the bike I swore I'd never own.... too many cylinders, pressurized fuel system, too much electronic circuitry, radiators, plastic bodywork, and I couldn't get it in black.

    To make a long story short- I ended up with one and now it's the bike I'll never sell.

    I repainted it black.

    Viejo

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    14 years to put on a new brake arm, dude you HAVE got to learn to relax and take it easy.
    Lifes short- but it ain't that short.. just saying

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    you're absolutely right..... now that I'm retired I plan on slowing down a bit

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    379,000 miles on a K75T for 19 years speaks for itself. All others can only wish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VIEJO View Post
    As a dedicated Airhead ('76 R90/6, '81 R100, plus a long history of Brit bikes and a few Harleys), a "K" bike was the bike I swore I'd never own.... too many cylinders, pressurized fuel system, too much electronic circuitry, radiators, plastic bodywork, and I couldn't get it in black.

    To make a long story short- I ended up with one and now it's the bike I'll never sell.

    I repainted it black.

    Viejo
    I was in the same place, love airheads for the simplicity, still do. The K bikes were too complicated for me i thought. Now that I've owned this '93 k75 for a couple of years I'm rethinking that. It's a very low mile example that was stored indoors in California, so no corrosion. Everything works currently, I did replace the fuel pump, and do basic service and tires, nothing else. It might sound weird, and I can't quite quantify it, but the K75 is almost too smooth, like an electric motor, I know crazy. I just don't have the same connection to it like i do with the airheads. But make no mistake it's a very competent motorbike, and I think i would miss it if I sold it. I really like triples of all flavors, be it 2 stroke Suzuki's of yesteryear, or modern 4 stroke triples of today. I like the configuration of the K75 too, for valve service and the like. I like my r75 over the r100 too, very smooth, the r100 not as much, that's why I sold my r100r. I'm looking for a r80 i think next, when i find a nice one with a mono lever driveshaft,or a 2 shocker, I'm not a fan of the para lever. cheers. K75_090.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by chunk View Post
    I was in the same place, love airheads for the simplicity, still do. The K bikes were too complicated for me i thought. Now that I've owned this '93 k75 for a couple of years I'm rethinking that. It's a very low mile example that was stored indoors in California, so no corrosion. Everything works currently, I did replace the fuel pump, and do basic service and tires, nothing else. It might sound weird, and I can't quite quantify it, but the K75 is almost too smooth, like an electric motor, I know crazy. I just don't have the same connection to it like i do with the airheads. But make no mistake it's a very competent motorbike, and I think i would miss it if I sold it. I really like triples of all flavors, be it 2 stroke Suzuki's of yesteryear, or modern 4 stroke triples of today. I like the configuration of the K75 too, for valve service and the like. I like my r75 over the r100 too, very smooth, the r100 not as much, that's why I sold my r100r. I'm looking for a r80 i think next, when i find a nice one with a mono lever driveshaft,or a 2 shocker, I'm not a fan of the para lever. cheers. K75_090.jpg
    That K75 is sexy.

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