1985 BMW K100RS Motorcycle SOLD! :: $2400
Strong & Sturdy BMW K100RS
983cc, horizontal 4-cylinder, 8-valve, dual-cam, liquid cooled, fuel injected,
with electronic ignition, 5-speed trans, disk brakes
Originally advertised as 'the gentleman's sport-touring machine', it is
smooth and strong and fast. And reliable.
I rode this 19-year-old 'K-bike' for three years, 11,000 miles, mostly
commuting. Total mileage is 31,500. I was the third owner.
This 'brick' engine is legendary for long, reliable life. Bikes
just like this one are still on the road with over 300,000 miles on the clock!
Internet support (as well as dealer support) is still very strong.
for everything anyone needs to know about keeping the K on the road.
- The bike had a major service 5,000 miles ago, with all fluids and filters changed.
And yes, the splines were moly-lubed, and they're in perfect condition!
- New Panasonic gel-cell battery
- Along with installing lighting relays (listed below), the rest of the electrical contacts have been cleaned.
The starter and starter relay were refurbished.
(Corrosion can impair the electrics on an older bike like this, but this one is in great shape.)
- 5.5 gallon tank, 35 mpg = an easy 175 miles per tank. Auxiliary tanks are readily available for this bike.
- Front tire is worn, and I have a brand new one (another Metzler ME-330) ready to install. Rear ME-550 is half worn, at 5,000 miles.
- Brakes are good. SpeedBleeders installed on all calipers.
- K&N washable air filter.
- This bike has started every time, and never let me down.
- With the extra lighting, mirrors, guages, and bags, it is equipped for commuting and Long Distance riding.
I commute most days on this bike and I completed a SaddleSore 1000.
The K-bike was ready for more (unlike me!)
- Handlebar-mounted mirrors, in addition to fairing mirrors. (Additional mirrors fit through factory holes and are easily removable)
- Headlight upgraded to 80 / 110 watt halogen, with two 55 watt Hella driving lights (switched separately).
These lights all run through relays and automotive fuses, for an honest 13.8 volts at the bulb. Bright!
- Additional bright brake light, mounted on rear fender.
- Precise bicycle speedometer / odometer reads from the front wheel.
With the existing speedo (which has been calibrated), this gives two independent trip odometers, and digital and analog speed display.
- Crash bars ('engine protection bars').
- Chase-Harper expandable tank bag.
- Reynolds Rack. Frame-attached, very sturdy.
- Locking BMW hard bags (which you can remove easily) and Cordura bag liners.
- Givi Top-Box. Helmet-sized; instantly removable with the key. (Not shown in pictures yet)
- Corbin seat. Very comfortable!
- Clymer and Haynes manuals, spare oil and gas filters, original tool set. Accessory electric plug adapter.
- Bike was originally silver, repainted to a beautiful deep-blue metallic by the previous owner. Right side fairings don't look so great (see below).
- Engine covers have been bead-blasted and painted. They DO look great.
- Bike is titled in California. No salvage, no lein.
- Registration is paid until June 2004.
The Bad News:
- This bike went down early 2003 on its right side. The right side crash bar sacrificially protected the engine.
The right side fairings were scraped, and the right handlebar mirror got crunched into the upper fairing.
Mirrors and lenses were replaced as appropriate, and brand new crash bars were installed (both sides).
When you look at the bike standing still, you can see this cosmetic damage on the right side. Body panels are
fiberglass, and can be easily patched and repainted.
- After I painted and replaced the engine covers, I re-installed the oil pump / water pump (they share a single housing) with incorrect gasket cement.
The junction with the case (NOT the internal seals) oozes oil slightly. Never needs topping off. Stains the garage floor.
- Why I sold it: This bike is too tall for my short legs (28" inseams). I don't feel secure off the pavement, or at very slow speeds.
Selling my K-bike and replacing it with a shorter bike is easier than getting my legs stretched.
Located in East Bay (Berkeley / Walnut Creek)
Sold: 11 april 2004