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I'm new to the BMW motorcycle world having never owned one but having always wanted to. I have, however had a couple of their cars. I intend to purchase one soon and have always wanted a K series. I fell in love with this bike when I first saw The K 75. So my dilemma is which one to buy. I haven't ridden in awhile but have owned a number of bikes in the past. An Enfield Bullet,an Ariel 250 monocoque, a BSA C 11G a couple of Hondas and currently a '65 Bonneville that is a retirement rebuild project. I would greatly appreciate advice on which model to buy and the best and worst years as I plan to start with a used bike.Thanks for the help.
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I'm new to the BMW motorcycle world having never owned one but having always wanted to. I have, however had a couple of their cars. I intend to purchase one soon and have always wanted a K series. I fell in love with this bike when I first saw The K 75. So my dilemma is which one to buy. I haven't ridden in awhile but have owned a number of bikes in the past. An Enfield Bullet,an Ariel 250 monocoque, a BSA C 11G a couple of Hondas and currently a '65 Bonneville that is a retirement rebuild project. I would greatly appreciate advice on which model to buy and the best and worst years as I plan to start with a used bike.Thanks for the help.
I have a 90 K75 and use it to commute to work. Great for short trips (for me anyway) However the LT is the way to go if you are interested in touring for 500+ miles/day

There is a lot of activity on the Yahoo Group [email protected] <[email protected]>;
Lots of opinions on all K75s there.

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"Luxury Touring" refers mostly here to the K1200LT and to similar bikes. Not a lot of talk here ever about 20+ year-old bikes. Better info at other forums as suggested.

To keep some connection to "touring," however, might think about K75RT. It was hot stuff at the 1992 BMW MOA National rally in Rapid City.

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It looks like you've owned some lighter weight bikes, just make sure you test ride every model you are considering and don't buy anything "cold". Example- The LT is a very comfortable, well-behaved mount, but if you are coming from a 250 you may feel intimidated.

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You might want to check this site also http://www.k-bikes.com/forums/index.php

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PMitchell... Thanks for that it's exactly what I needed. I'm not ready for the rolling armchair yet but maybe at a later time.
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I bought a '96 K75RT when I got back into riding after a long break... once I worked out how to stop banging my shins on the fairing it was a fun bike to get back into riding on for about 2 years I owned it. Loved the whine of the 3-cylinder. Had to replace the clutch at about 80,000km, and I traded it soon after on a new '05 K1200LT... chalk and cheese between the bikes in fun & comfort value.
The LT really didn't seem that much heavier than the RT, just generally bigger all-round but far more ergonomic for touring. 2 years on the stock RT seat, even with sheepskins, were enough... but then the LT is the same in that regard too... lol.
If you can stand his dry, obnoxious sense of humour, Chris Harris has some good tech videos on Youtube about earlier K-bikes and things to look out for.
http://www.youtube.com/user/BavarianBomberWrench/videos

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Chris, Thanks so much for the link.
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