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    question about production numbers

    The 4600 number you gave me is that for K bikes in general or the K75 in specific or would that be a mores specific number for the K75S.

    I know it is just a number and it didn't really matter until I heard you say it but now I am trying to put it all together.

    Is there a way to find how may K75S's were built and painted the Columbia Silver in 1987?

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    Since I can't have the Shelby I'll offer the OP some advice. Try headlight restoration goo from a local auto parts house. It's probably the same or similar material as a headlight lens so it "should" work. Tinted looks best though. I've painted the underside of clear screens before, and that works well. Now Krylon has a removable translucent spray that can be used as well. Keep the S! We loved ours.
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    Response

    Thank you for your input. I pick mine up the first week on November. Wisconsin weather probably won't let me ride her until Spring, so I am mourning and keeping busy by researching. I think I have hit most sites and reference sites. I am looking for these little winter projects I can do during the down time to get familiar with the bike. I find everyone on the site (and on a couple other sites) extremely helpful and welcoming and encouraging. I just went through a rough break up of a 40 year marriage, a diagnosis of MS and am starting to ride after a long hiatus. Short trips at first but I will see what these old bones will do. I think I picked the correct steed so I am ahead of the game already.

    Cheers!
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    Wind screen

    Quote Originally Posted by milwlandrover View Post
    Can anything be done about a "yellowed" wind screen.
    Just paint the screen black



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    Cheers

    So much for being helpful. There is always one in the bunch that just can't help himself.

    Good luck brother!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98lee View Post
    And the smoked brown color would look awesome on your Columbia Silver S.

    46 63 1 455 427 WINDSHIELD -Tinted $159.08
    That's very reasonable for a OEM tinted shield.

    Seems like a tinted shield for our R1200RS is over $400.
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    I thought so too

    I think I will go with the smoked brown. The gentleman that suggested it sounded like he know his stuff. That is why I come here. Sometimes it is not what you know but the willingness to listen to opinions and make an informed decision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by milwlandrover View Post
    I think I will go with the smoked brown. .
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    Quote Originally Posted by milwlandrover View Post
    The 4600 number you gave me is that for K bikes in general or the K75 in specific or would that be a mores specific number for the K75S.

    I know it is just a number and it didn't really matter until I heard you say it but now I am trying to put it all together.

    Is there a way to find how may K75S's were built and painted the Columbia Silver in 1987?
    Mark,


    BMW imported 4600 K75Ss to the United States.

    The US K75Ss VIN #s. uniquely ended with 15xxxx. The first US K75S, from May of 1986 (marketed as an'87 model), was 150001. The last one, made 9/94 as a '95model was 154600.

    They made 965 '87 K75Ss. They were early on all Metallic Red. They then added black and Columbia Silver. For '88 they were all Marakesh Red. I don't believe they used Columbia Silver again. So I would guess there were around 300 Columbia Silver K75Ss ever sent to the US.

    Yours was made in March of 1987, the second to last month of '87 model production.



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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkL View Post
    Just paint the screen black Mark

    A friend did that to his windshield and it does look sharp. Remember, with that windscreen, you are not looking through it.
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    A friend did that to his windshield and it does look sharp. Remember, with that windscreen, you are not looking through it.
    If I tried to get my head down into a position where I could look through that windshield I'm not sure I could ever get my back straightened out.
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    My apologies

    I am sorry, I thought it was just a sarcastic comment. I should keep an open mind. I really appreciate all your input. Like I said I am coming off a rough patch in my life and I'm thinking a "K" bike would be the ticket to put my life into perspective. It is a process just convincing me to take the leap. I was ready this morning after I saw all the above replies and the guy said he was going to pull it off the market. I will try to convince him to sell yet but if it doesn't happen.... it doesn't happen. I know where to go when I find another bike that I like. At least I met some great people
    be safe and enjoy!

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    Good luck with your quest.
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    Mark,

    If the S doesn't come through, you might look at a K75RT. While not as sexy as an S, it does offer much better cold weather protection which would widen your riding season a bit. On an S, you are relying more on your gear to keep you warmer and out of the wind.

    The S is better in hot weather, as the RT fairing is so efficient that it puts you in a bubble of dead air that gets very warm in hot weather.

    But an S is more fun and you will get lots of compliments from riders and non riders at stops.



    Good luck and let us know on this thread how it works out.





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    aready on the hunt

    I am already looking at a 1993 K775S with only 28,248 miles for $3000.00 asking and a 2005 K1200S for $4600.00 asking with 60,000 miles
    I see the K1200S only weighs a few pounds more is light years ahead in technology and sexiness but may not be a great tour bike...

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