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post #1 of 12 Old Feb 21st, 2012, 10:46 am Thread Starter
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'87 K75 C - worth it?

I have a K1200LT and love it, but was thinking a smaller bike would be fun for the shorter commutes. I have some friends with K75s and they love them...after one ride, I do too.

I found an '87 K75C with only 9600 miles for $2700. Seems kinda low mileage for an almost 25 year old bike.

Other than the obvious quality of the K75s, what would be my major concerns on this particular bike with such low milage for its age? I don't want to spend major money on repairs when I could just buy a different bike to start with for the same amount (original price plus repairs on this '87).

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Re: '87 K75 C - worth it?

Great bike -- #1 problem I see is, unless recently replaced, all of the rubber on the bike will dried out, and there are quite a few hoses under the tank/frame backbone and above the engine crankcase. For example, the crankcase breather hose, like on the LT, is known to crack and gradually generate quite a bit of grime over time.

My only other primary concerns would be:

1. ABS equipped? Does it work (and how often was the brake fluid changed) -- $$$ to replace the ABS actuator unit.

2. Fuel pump and fuel injectors? Old or fresh fuel? "Normal" fuel pump sounds? Engine idle and run like one of the fuel injectors is blocked from old fuel?

3. Instrument cluster? Classic K-bikes are infamous for failing instrument circuit boards (and thus inop dials and idiot lights.

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Re: '87 K75 C - worth it?

I bought a '90 K75 8 years (9K on the clock) ago and "Ride It Like I Stole it!" Pulled the wet battery out after I found it dry and have had a Westco for the last 5 years w/o any issues. I'll get around to lubing the splines this spring. Approaching 20K.

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Re: '87 K75 C - worth it?

A 87 K75 classic! You'll love it. I had a 87 K100RT.

Here is a good resource to start reading about it.
http://www.ibmwr.org/ktech.shtml

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Re: '87 K75 C - worth it?

I have an 87 K75T good errand bike.

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Re: '87 K75 C - worth it?

I agree I think Rubber and seals are your real concern on this I love my K75RT but it feels more top heavy than the LT to me because of the higher seat height. Get an idea on when it was last ridden and how old the fuel is in it you may need to clean the fuel system.

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Re: '87 K75 C - worth it?

One downside, for me, on the "C" is a rear drum brake. You could look at that as early ABS I suppose. I recently looked at an '87 here in AZ with a bum cluster and 60K miles that was listed for $2200 OBO, and I think that was high, but the bike wasn't in great shape.

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Re: '87 K75 C - worth it?

Struth, just buy the flamin' thing will you...

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Struth, just buy the flamin' thing will you...
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Re: '87 K75 C - worth it?

I found a k75t 87, 55000 miles, non running, for 700$. Took around 700$ to get it right, I like it as well as the rt. One fine bike, call max they know what hoses to replace. i sold mine then bought it back, won't happen again.
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Re: '87 K75 C - worth it?

When I purchased my 85 K100RT in 04 with 40K on the clock I put about $800 in parts into it to make it what I considered a dependable bike. I replaced all of the rubber components on the intake and fuel side. Also had a leaking water pump which was worn beyond economical repair. Rode the bike another 46K and sold it last week.

Only concern not listed above is the wiring harness. Those wires have been heated and cooled lots of times over the years and I noticed that around the front of the fuel tank, front fork area the insulation was getting brittle on mine. K75 may run a little cooler than the K100.

Much easier bike to service than the K1200 LT.

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Re: '87 K75 C - worth it?

After posting this first message, when I went back to call for more info, it was already sold! Oh well...win some, lose some.

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