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BMW K100 review

Discussion in 'General (Main)' started by Motosportz, Jul 9, 2010.

  1. Motosportz CH Sponsor

    Location:
    Vancouver WA
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    WR165 / CR250 / TE511 / 83 XC500
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    Fist couple of rides I kinda did not like it. Handled like shit and has no power. Couple more rides I realize it has power it's just a 4 banger, rev it stupid. My VT1000 had such huge bottom I always shifted about 3K. :>) The K100 likes to sing at 4000-6500 and ride the mid. Anyway I got new tires today and it totally transformed the bike. The rear was some Metzler 880 marathon long mile POS. The front was a Metz laser which was 80% gone. The new Bridgestone BT-45's freaking RULE. Super smooth handling, The motor / EFI is liquid smooth from 1 RPM to 9K. Brakes are very strong. Bike is comfy. Has ton of under seat storage which is totally cool. Has a three position quick headlight adjust so if you add a passenger and / or luggage your good to go. Lots of cool little features. The single sided swing arm make taking the rear wheel off EZ. Comfy, smooth, fluid, competent, shes a keeper.

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  2. ghte Husqvarna
    Pro Class

    Location:
    Sydney Australia
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    2 x 310's
    Other Motorcycles:
    2012 MultistradaS, 73Ossa, 850 Griso
    Pretty bike Kelly. Thanks for posting
  3. ray_ray Mini-Sponsor

    Location:
    Philippines
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    08 TXC250, 010 TC250, 08 WR250
    Other Motorcycles:
    2012 TC250 Husky
    Interesting ...... One rear semi-vertical shock .. What year is this bike? It does look comfortable ... What is that hanging out on the sides of the engines wth bmw written on it?

    I have a daytona 955 and it had worn out tires at fist ... It was like a riding on a rail ... then I replaced them and it was like riding on a rounded pencil after that ... it would just roll back and forth when you leaned it over from side to side with no rough sports at all ...
  4. Motosportz CH Sponsor

    Location:
    Vancouver WA
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    WR165 / CR250 / TE511 / 83 XC500
    Other Motorcycles:
    many
    it's a 96. Single sided swing arm with one direct mounted shock. Works surprisingly well. As for the motor it is an in line 4 cylinder with the motor mounted on it's side. Crank case on one side the head on the other. Odd setup, seems to work well. BMW has been doing things differently for a long time.

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  5. ray_ray Mini-Sponsor

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    08 TXC250, 010 TC250, 08 WR250
    Other Motorcycles:
    2012 TC250 Husky
    The engine looks really weird ... But its just mechanical parts though ... as long as the oil can get distributed correctly inside the engine , it should work like any other I guess ... I just never liked the heads pointing out to the sides on a bike ...

    Probably low mileage?
  6. Motosportz CH Sponsor

    Location:
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    Well I hope it works out for them :lol: Been in continuous production in some form since 83 and is known as a motor that is super reliable and good for 300K plus miles...

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    The first K-series production bike was the K100, which was introduced in the 1983. In 1988 BMW introduced the K1 which had the Bosch Motronic fuel injection system.
    From 1985 to 1996, the K75 740 cc three-cylinder engine was produced.
    In 1991 BMW increased the displacement of the K 100 from 987 cc, and the model designation became the K1100 (1,097 cc). The K1100LT was the first with the new engine displacement. In 1998 BMW increased the size again to 1,170 cc. This upgraded flat four engine appeared in the K1200RS. This engine is still in production for the K1200LT.
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    Very low center of gravity, smooth as silk EFI, 5th gear is good for 40-140, amazing. Almost never have to shift on the open road.
  7. Motosportz CH Sponsor

    Location:
    Vancouver WA
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    WR165 / CR250 / TE511 / 83 XC500
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    many
    UPDATE:

    did a 300 mile rip in the mountains / Columbia gorge yesterday. WOW I like this bike. Just melts away the miles and is sporty / useful. Buddy Adam on the DL650

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  8. ghte Husqvarna
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    Location:
    Sydney Australia
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    2 x 310's
    Other Motorcycles:
    2012 MultistradaS, 73Ossa, 850 Griso
    Is there snow there all year round? beautiful scenery by the way.
  9. ray_ray Mini-Sponsor

    Location:
    Philippines
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    08 TXC250, 010 TC250, 08 WR250
    Other Motorcycles:
    2012 TC250 Husky
    I meant the bike probably has low miles on it now ... It seems very typical to find bikes in the usa that are purchased and sit in garages for years before the owner decides to sell them ...

    Myself, I have 4 n the garage now but have sold 2 ... The other 2 may sit till I die, who knows? ...

    bmw streeters run a long time... that is 4 sure ... their bikes might have the highest longevity of any bikes ...

    Yep, I can remember when a 350 was a big bike and the 650s ruled all of them ...

    Bike gearing is a little strange and I say this because of my 883 Harley 5 speed ... really strange as compared to a dirt bike but seems to work out on the bike due to the engine and most twisty roads when accelerating and doing some small time racing :)
  10. Motosportz CH Sponsor

    Location:
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    WR165 / CR250 / TE511 / 83 XC500
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    On the mountains. We were riding around three mountains, Adam, St. Helens and Hood. They are all over 10K have had snow all year. Well St. Helens is shorter now and melts off all the way. :D
  11. PC. Husqvarna
    AA Class

    Location:
    Beaverton, OR
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    CR165 & CR144
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    YZ285, FZ1
    nice!

    How did you come across that? and is that Adam from Hillsboro?
    I would love a street bike, but I just cant seem to get my fill of dirt bikes. I'm sure one rip through the mountains would change all though. Looks super fun!
  12. Motosportz CH Sponsor

    Location:
    Vancouver WA
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    WR165 / CR250 / TE511 / 83 XC500
    Other Motorcycles:
    many
    yes, Adam you met with the WR250. I like riding street when it is hot and dusty out. I prefer dirt riding in the tackier, wetter conditions. I know, I'm weird. Also it is so EZ to hop on the street bike after work, go for a rip and be back in a few hours. No gear or dirty bike to deal with. Simple and fun.

    I have been riding street since high school. Not a ton but enough. I have a nice Superhawk and was going to repaint it, do up the seat raise the bars etc to make it more long range comfy. I decided to instead look for a K100. I always wanted one and they are relatively cheap now and figured it would be much better than my Superhawk for long rides. It is but the hawk is more fun (big power). I found it on CL, turned out to be a guy I knew and just spoke to at Blackdog and he made me a smoking deal.

    got a Superhawk for sale... :D
  13. ray_ray Mini-Sponsor

    Location:
    Philippines
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    08 TXC250, 010 TC250, 08 WR250
    Other Motorcycles:
    2012 TC250 Husky
    One thing you notice on the street bike riding is that you will not be beat up nearly as bad the next day after a ride as compared to dirt bike riding ... & U do have laws and regulations and speed limits to contend with also ...
  14. skid Husqvarna
    A Class

    Location:
    NH
    144 v 250f

    oops! wrong spot
  15. mnb Husqvarna
    Pro Class

    Location:
    San Jose, California
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    2011 TE310 . . . . 2003 TE610e
    Nice lookin K!

    I've owned a K1100LT since mid '96, which I bought brand new. It's a very reliable bike. Now, before you see the letters LT and think it's like the K1200 Light Tank, think again. This one is geared a little different than the RS and has a somewhat larger fairing which allow for an electric windscreen and stereo, but it's by no means the Goldwing wannabe that today's LT is.

    This sucker handles almost as well as the RS and is made for touring. I regularly humble sport bike squids on this bike. Yeah, sure, a really good rider on a sport bike will eat me for lunch. But I'll make it to lunch in Montana and be able to keep riding all day, every day for weeks!

    There's a forum for K1100 owners and the K100 is nearly identical (only a few minor changes with the boring out). Check out http://k11og.org They have a helpful forum and quite of bit of handy technical info as well.
  16. Motosportz CH Sponsor

    Location:
    Vancouver WA
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    WR165 / CR250 / TE511 / 83 XC500
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    Thanks for the info. I'll check the site out soon. Maybe you know, I am interested in slightly taller, wider and back handlebars. Any leads that work with the K100
  17. mnb Husqvarna
    Pro Class

    Location:
    San Jose, California
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    2011 TE310 . . . . 2003 TE610e
    The LT bars may be what you're looking for...

    Ask FlyingDuck on k11og. If anyone knows, it'll be him.
  18. Zim Husqvarna
    A Class

    I came close to buying an ex cop brick,a K100 cop version,what there called in OZ,a mate did.The idea was it would last for years,problem was it was just to carlike and like I said that petrol pump in the tank whine so he swopped it for a 600 Pantah. Ten years pass and whats he got now,suprise suprise a K1200s,close to the same just with way more power and more gadgets,and I have the Pantah.The more things change.BTW for a bike that was designed to be on the road all day,cop bike,the screen was not that good,lots of buffuting and wind noise for an average height bloke.
  19. Xcuvator Husqvarna
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    Location:
    Scholls Oregon
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    TE450,610 WB165,WR250 6spd & XC430
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    I had BMWs back in the 70s and got started restoring them a few years back. In those days they were about the best thing for covering long distances. This one is a 76.
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    If you want to go for a rip Kelly let me know, there is a 630mile loop in Eastern Or that is a fun day ride. A lot of canyons.
  20. bearorso Husqvarna
    AA Class

    Location:
    Australia
    If you're ever after a muffler for the K100, I've a brand new Staintune muffler here that never got used, after I sold a few bikes to raise some business capital. It's a round section muffler, with semi sports internals. By No means is it loud / like a jap 4:1 sound, just makes it sound like a MC, and not a sewing machine. All stainless construction, uses the std headers, much lighter, beautiful quality - most who have been around bikes for a while will know of Staintune. I think the K100 mufflers are no longer made by Staintune.

    I've also got a pair of sports internals, R100, 38mm Staintune pipes.

    I've just never got around to unearthing them fro the back of my workshop. I need to learn the ins and outs of EBay, as I've got so much stuff from projects ( things like entire pairs of brand new Pantah 600 heads , starter clutches, regulators, gearboxes etc, etc - I make TT2/TT1 and various other frames, Alloy tanks, along with my bicycle frames). Too much of a pack rat, like most of us bike riders , I guess.