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post #1 of 12 Old Jun 21st, 2009, 10:51 pm Thread Starter
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I just purchased a 1995 K1100LT which is wonderful. I am very happy except that I found the cockpit to be uncomfortably hot in Louisiana heat in June. From my initial research I see that Baker Air Wings are a popular solution as they bring in more air. However, as well made and superbly engineered as the Beemer is, I find it difficult to believe that this is a common problem that has not received more engineering design attention. Does anyone have a fix or mod that can resolve the issue and not just relieve the excess heat symptoms?
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post #2 of 12 Old Jun 28th, 2009, 9:25 pm Thread Starter
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Well, I guess I have my answer. There is no solution other than the Baker Wind Wings. I have been all over the internet and that seem like the best solution. I apprecaite this site and the great commentary.
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Re: Heat Issues

That's a great bike. I had one for a few years. I didn't do anything about the heat, just dealt with it.

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I got a good roasting on my 87 K100 when it got above 80 degrees. My fix was my 03 K1200LT.

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However, as well made and superbly engineered as the Beemer is, I find it difficult to believe that this is a common problem that has not received more engineering design attention.
The heat "issue" was actually improved on the K1100LT compared to the K100's
Baker built air wings are the only solution other than "deal with it" or get a K1200LT.

Before you "trash" this superbly engineered bike you should take into consideration that it was built by Germans
a country whose latitude is approximate with our northern states and the Canadian border,
heat is rarely an issue "up there"

I put almost a hundred K on a '96 K1100LT and I think once you get the air wings on the bike
you'll understand why I used to say "I like it more every time I twist the throttle"


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post #6 of 12 Old Jun 29th, 2009, 9:52 am
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http://www.k11og.org/forum/viewtopic...215&highlight=

The pictures on the original post got deleted, but on page two there are others.

I used the Reflectix blanket from Home Depot and the replica K Guards on my K75RT and the results were very good.

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Wanna feel some real heat, get a Harley or a Buell.
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post #8 of 12 Old Jun 30th, 2009, 8:44 pm Thread Starter
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Thanks for your comments. Hearing your comments and the benefit of your experience is appreciated. Helps me know know that I have not missed the obvious. Your thoughts on the K1200 are appreciated. I guess that is where i will go next. But for now it is go K1100!! See you on the road.
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I used the Reflectix blanket from Home Depot and the replica K Guards on my K75RT and the results were very good.
Interesting how he covered the whole top of the bike all the way back past the passenger seat, that might work.

I tried a similar approach on my K75RT but only covered the engine (under the gas tank)
and the sides along with those plastic side covers,
the results were that all the hot air was now funneled under the drivers seat
and set my ass on fire (at least that's what it felt like)


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Purchased a set of Baker Air Wings and installed them today. (Upper wings only) Wow, what a difference. I rode today in 90 degrees and 90% relativity humidity today and enjoyed the ride. No kidding it was a warm day to ride but the wings did their job and cleared the heat engine. Thanks Baker. Good job!!
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We've been having 100+ degrees in Austin and the heat on the driver(me) tends to be unbearable. However, the K takes it ins stride. Remember, it doesn't get this warm for this long in Germany! Good luck with the wings!
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Purchased a set of Baker Air Wings and installed them today. (Upper wings only) Wow, what a difference. I rode today in 90 degrees and 90% relativity humidity today and enjoyed the ride. No kidding it was a warm day to ride but the wings did their job and cleared the heat engine. Thanks Baker. Good job!!
Bob,

Several K1100 owners have installed a manual fan switch to keep things cooler.

BMW engineered these bikes to get just about to the red zone on the gauge before turning the fan on (probably emissions related). This allows the engine to build up LOTS of heat.

By having manual control of the cooling fan, I can turn it on as soon as speed slows and the temp gauge now doesn't get past halfway. And the foil mentioned above does help.

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