Got any more pics?
Well, I have at least 2 too many bikes in the garage and on the principle of last in first out the K has to go. I have had this since Nov but only been riding it since Apr due to tracing a bizarre starting problem (wire to fuel pump still giving continuity but not quite enough!). Having done that I can honestly say that everything in the injection and ignition chains is within spec!
So what we have is a 1986 K75S in metallic brown (mostly) with less than 35,000 miles on it. I would doubt the mileage except that a) there's MOTs going back to 10,000 in 1995 and b) it's wearing a non-original tank which could well indicate too much time standing at some point, 'cos as we all know K alloy tanks don't take kindly to sitting still with moisture gathering at the bottom. Going through in detail it's got:
Nearly new back tyre (Avon Roadrider) and front (BT45) with lots of life left.
Brand new battery (see thread on starting problem) which was £70, new plugs, air filter, etc.
Wheels and engine are in the 'sporty' black style.
Fork gaiters and rear long guard.
Recent Hagon shock.
T&T till April 2014.
Heated grips and tall screen.
Brand new panniers and rails - as in brand spanking new from James Sherlocks.
Original tool kit (was complete bar 2 allen keys that I've replaced from my tools), handbook and first aid kit.
It also has the Holy Grail of K ownership - a fully working radiator fan. How am I sure? I fitted it yesterday and spent 20 min boiling in the garage today as I filled the coolant and waited till the fan kicked in.
Frankly it's a good bike. I'd never had a triple & fancied trying one. I've had a K100RS before and although in reality only slightly lighter it feels much more spritely and chuckable - less of the remote feeling to the front. Still as comfortable and practical, and there perversely is the rub for me; it's a bit worthy. I have a lot of respect for it but don't have the glow of ownership!
Faults wise it has the black tank I mentioned. It isn't that obvious and most people don't notice as I usually have a tank bag on anyway. Were I keeping it I might get it painted or more likely get a Baglux cover (around £40 on eBay) or Nitromors to bare alloy for the cafe racer look! The gear position indicator and neutral light have lives of their own! I was going to investigate but it doesn't bother me and I quite like sometimes being in 9th gear! Other than that nothing much.
So there we go. Before it goes on the dreaded Bay of E it's here and on one other forum. I'd probably get more money on eBay but it can be quite a painful procedure involving the ignorant, inane and insane! Considering the money people want for galactic mileage examples on there I think £1295 is a fair price to ask. I'm in the Midlands just N of Coventry and am happy to talk bikes over a cuppa.
Last edited by Vitesse; 01-09-13 at 15:33.
Got any more pics?
Er, excuse delay. I was up in Yorkshire, ironically on thew K1. I do have pics but not on here. It's a bit awkward downsizing them to fit so if you PM me your email I can send them to you.
Did you get the photos I emailed you?
Past this onto a few mates as it warrants a good airing if only for the low mileage
I have known one of these to have 150k on and sounded just as good as when it was new
Get it on gumtree it costs you nothing
Thank you Airtank for passing it on. I can send more and better photos by email should anyone be interested. It is on Gumtree.
I totally agree with the comments on the bike. It is good but in a 'worthy' rather than interesting sort of way. If I was commuting I'd keep it in a heartbeat. Likewise if I was starting out and wanted to tour on something old, reliable and cheap to run it ticks the boxes. Trouble is, with 8 bikes in the garage (don't be impressed, none of them are worth a fortune!) and 3 cars including an old Brit there is no way I can maintain and use them all as much as I want. I've got a Guzzi that I greased up in 2009 when I went abroad for 6 months and all it has done since I've been back is get pushed around the garage and gather more dust.
Okay, I'm risking the 'Bay - lets see what characters it drags out of the woodwork!
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