Greg's "Finest Year" BMW K100RS - SOLD!!
Yes, I did. I bought a BMW K100RS. Because I wanted to, that's why.
I used to have a Honda CB550K which I enjoyed driving around locally, but after my father's trip from Louisiana to Connecticut to visit me, I thought about buying a bike that I could tour around on. After asking his advice, he told me a BMW would be a good choice.
I began a search in earnest, and decided I liked the K "brick" engine a lot. Nice, modern technology. Using the Internet BMW Rider's web site, I started reading and learning. I narrowed the search to a K100RS, a K100RT, or a K75S. Due to costs, I narrowed it down to 1985-1987.
Believe it or not, I found one on eBay at a good price and bid on it. The bike was in Virginia, very near to Gaithersburg. After talking to the owner, we agreed that my bid would not be binding until I had a chance to look it over. I won the bid.
Through the IBMWR mailing list, I found a lister that lived near by (Gerry Barton), and he offered to go look at it for me. His resultant review email was very promising, and the bike was at a good price, so I bought it sight unseen. Wait, it gets even more strange...
So, here I am, a new owner of a bike I had never seen before. I asked the now-previous owner to take it to a local BMW dealer, Rockville Harley-Davidson in Gaithersburg to have it checked out. It turns out that Rockville H-D is literally 1/2 mile from the Gaithersburg airport; my plan was to have the bike looked over carefully for brake problems (that Gerry commented on), check the bike out overall, and I would have a friend drop me off at the airport and I'd drive it home.
Rockville H-D ended up replacing the front pads, bled the brakes, and rewired a headlamp problem, all on 10/29/99 at 40625 miles. I was ready to roll!
So, I had a friend of mine fly me to GAI, we had lunch, and I literally walked over to Rockville H-D to get the bike. We verified everything was ready to go, and off I went, having never met the previous owner at all! Bizarre! Everything was handled by email and FedEx!
To this point in my riding career, I had never ridden over about an hour. Now, I was about to tackle a 300-mile, 7-hour drive in some of the most congested parts of the country. But that's another story...
Purchased 10/99 at 40600 miles
10/22/99 Purchased Spartan full-body suit, tank bag, new helmet faceshield, balaclava
10/29/99, 40625. Replaced front brake pads, bled all brakes, adjusted rear brakes, repaired headlamp wires (Rockville H-D)
10/29/99 Purchased and installed Olympia gloves and gel grips to try and cure vibrations
11/20/99 Purchased K75C bars and K75 speedo cover, all used (didn't use the cover, wouldn't fit)
11/06/99 Purchased and installed bar ends
11/06/99, 41200. Did the following maintenance myself, all parts purchased new from Lindner's Cycles:
Replaced fork oil with Spectro 10W
Replaced engine oil and filter
Replaced trans gear lube
Replaced rear diff lube
Replaced spark plugs
Replaced oil filler cap
Replaced fuel filter
Replaced both tank emblems and rear emblem
11/24/99, 41315. Had Lindner's BMW do the following work:
Replace all coolant hoses
Replace all fuel hoses
Replace coolant neck (damaged)
Replace all intake hoses
Replace all vacuum hoses
Replace air filter
Replace crankcase vent, upper and lower
Replace front fork seals (leaking)
Install new fork to fairing rubber boots
Replace steering head bearings
Replace rear tire (ME55)
Synchronize throttle bodies
Retorque all frame bolts
Remove front tire, flip around and re-balance (it was mounted backwards)
Install stainless steel brake lines
Replace exhaust manifold bolts and nuts
12/02/99 New Dow Guardian cover from Competition Accessories
12/15/99. Tried to install C-bars and/or barbacks. Found out that the front brake line and the cables were too short. Put it all back together and called Lindner's...
02/02/99, xxxxx. Had Lindner's BMW do the following:
Installed K-75C handlebars. Had to replace upper brake line, throttle cable, clutch cable and they installed factory bar end weights for me
Completed throttle recall
Combined parts between a used K1100RS instrument cluster and my damaged cluster (gear indicator, trip odo, fuel lamps) so that everything works (and I pulled the bulb on the higher-value low-fuel-warning lamp)
Replaced clear instrument lens cover with a brand new one
08/30/00, under 42000 miles. I wish I had more time to ride it. What a year this has been...
09/27/00, 41555. Installed barbacks, new top brake hose, bled brakes, and oil and filter change.
11/01/00, 41825, Installed factory engine guards and changed the oil and filter for the winter
Sold 08/05/01 at 41,950 miles
So, why for sale?
So, why am I giving very serious thought to trading this cherry K100RS?
Bottom line: I just didn't have the time to ride it. It's a great bike in excellent condition, but like my old 1991 200q20v I knew that it did it no good to be driven every once in a while when I felt like it. I'd rather have seen it go to someone else who could ride it and care for it than let it rot in my backyard 'cause I "wuz gonna git aroun' to it" some day.
Too bad, as I'll miss it, but there's always the future...