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    Determining which handlebars I have on '95 K75 Std.

    Hi all!

    I suspect that the clutch cable that was put on my bike by the previous owner is wrong so I want to buy a new one. How can I tell if I have high or low bars in order to get the right cable? I canít seem to find any specs anywhere.
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    Can U give the year and model of your K75. A pic of your handle bar helps. BMW riders change bars at the drop of a hat, uh helmet.

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    Nutz,


    K75s came with three different handlebars;


    Short which had a 2 3/4" rise and only came on the K75S (and the K100RS). These are known as the S bars.


    Medium which has a 4" rise and came on some K75 standards, Ts, and Cs. These are known as C bars.


    Tall which has a 7 1/2" rise and came on all RTs, some standards, Ts and Cs. These are known as RT bars.




    If you don't have an S or an RT, it will have C or RT bars depending on how it was ordered.

    It was a common swap for less flexible (read older) S riders to add C bars for a more upright riding position.




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    Thanks guys!

    It looks like I have the 7 1/2" Rt's based on what you guys told me if I measure from curve to curve. Now I have have an issue with routing the cable correctly because the moron who replaced it with the wrong one Mickey Moused it and routed this one all on the left side. Do any of you know where I can possibly find a routing diagram or something? Sorry about the upside down pic. I don't know why that is happening.
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    Quote Originally Posted by barryg View Post
    Can U give the year and model of your K75. A pic of your handle bar helps. BMW riders change bars at the drop of a hat, uh helmet.
    barryg it's a 95 straight K75

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    '95 K75 clutch cable improperly routed & wrong cable

    I determined which bars I have in another thread thanks to you guys. Now on to the next problem. Some moron mickey moused the cable. Not only is it too short but he did not route it properly. It is all on the left side of the bike. Now I have to find the right way this cable is supposed to go. Does anyone know of a routing diagram or photos of how this cable is supposed to go? I am now going to have to take my tank off but hopefully nothing else.

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    This looks like the correct cable for high bars:

    https://www.euromotoelectrics.com/pr...chcable960.htm

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    Yes, those are the RT bars.

    To route the cable the first time you should remove the fuel tank. After the first time, you can just tape the cable to the old one and just pull it through.

    The cable goes on the right side of the steering head and then between the air filter box and the intake plenum, then behind the coils to the left side. Do not put any cable ties on the cable so that you can easily fish a new one through by just taping the new one to the old one and pulling it through.




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    Nutz,


    Yes, that is the correct cable.


    I am going to combine this thread with your original one to keep the train of thought going.




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    Quote Originally Posted by 98lee View Post
    Nutz,


    Yes, those are the RT bars.

    To route the cable the first time you should remove the fuel tank. After the first time, you can just tape the cable to the old one and just pull it through.

    The cable goes on the right side of the steering head and then between the air filter box and the intake plenum, then behind the coils to the left side. Do not put any cable ties on the cable so that you can easily fish a new one through by just taping the new one to the old one and pulling it through.




    Awesome! Thank you!

    Yeah I really wish they didn't re-route the cable so I could just pull it through but nope! That's exactly why I want to re-do it right just in case I need to do it again but I don't plan on that happening with proper installment and maintenance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98lee View Post
    Nutz,


    Yes, that is the correct cable.


    I am going to combine this thread with your original one to keep the train of thought going.




    Thanks for doing that. I wasn't sure if I should make a separate post or not.

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    Update on my clutch issue

    Okay so I got the new cable and routed it based on the suggestion above and some common sense. After installing the cable I went to make the necessary adjustments first at the top and then the bottom. At the bottom I could not get the 75-80mm
    required and where the cable connects to the clutch release lever was still slamming onto the tailpipe. There was no adjustment I could make to stop that which lead me to believe that maybe the other cable was the right one because it is a bit shorter. I thought maybe it was tight because it wasn't routed properly so I switched them again, now using the shorter one.

    Well now although I got the clutch release lever to stop slamming, I still do not get that 75-80mm length at the bottom and it does not move at all when I make the adjustment at the lever. It didn't with the new longer cable as well. Also it is way too hard to squeeze the lever but with the new cable it was fine. Now it will not even go in gear at all which before it did when it was slamming on the tailpipe but it was not disengaging all the way. The cable I replaced is definitely the wrong one but I don't understand why neither one gives me the 80mm even with adjustment.

    My first thought not being familiar with this bike yet is that this release lever may have slipped off it's original axis and but I don't see how that could happen looking at the diagram in my service book.

    Any ideas? I'm stumped. Would a burnt out friction disc be the problem? Even if that were the case why can't I get this clutch release lever to stop slamming onto the tailpipe in order to get it in gear?

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    Disconnect the cable from the bellcrank under the transmission. Use a long screwdriver stuck through the tiedown/lifting loop on the left peg plate to pry up on the bell crank to release the cable.

    Measure between the tip of the METAL part of the cable sleeve to the cable edge of the barrel while pulling out on the cable. Adjust to the 75-80mm dimension with the adjuster at the lever. Do not let the cable sheath turn while making this adjustment (it may weaken the cable itself).

    While you are at this point, disconnect the cable from the lever and clean and grease the barrel in the lever. A barrel sticking in the lever is the leading cause of broken clutch cables.


    Rehook the cable to the bellcrank. Make your clutch free play adjustment underneath the transmission at the opposite end if the bellcrank with the 10mm bolt. It has a 13mm locknut.

    If you can not get adaquate freeplay after doing the above adjustments, your clutch disc is worn thinner than spec.







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    So you are saying I need to do the 75-80mm measurement with the cable disconnected and pulling on it? If thatís the case I did not do that. I thought it had to be connected because thatís the way I saw it done on a Youtube video or so I thought. I will go through the process again and follow up most likely tomorrow night.

    Thank you!

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