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Need advice from the BMW guys
« on: Today at 08:14:33 AM »
Ok Beemer guys, I need some info and advice.
I have an opportunity to buy a really nice 1997 K1100LT, low mileage BMW from a buddy who just wants to get rid of the bike due to non use, for 1800.00, US dollars.
Iíve ridden the bike and it runs nice.
The only issues with if is the ABS sensor activates for no reason and every now and then it will act like itís running out of gas for a couple seconds, then pick back up and do fine for the next several rides. The bike has lie 30k miles.
All the fuel system, filter, lines, etc has been replaced so this is probably something that a true BNW tech will need to address.

Question: is this a good deal or a pass.
Also Iíll probably be buying the bike to resale as I donít need 3 bikes and Stone and CB1000 is not going nowhere.
Thanks for replyís in advance.

Dan
« Last Edit: Today at 08:19:58 AM by Ncdan »

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Re: Need advice from the BMW guys
« Reply #1 on: Today at 08:28:59 AM »
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Numbers for resale are not very good. They are great bikes to eat miles if you want to keep it. Hard to sell with low demand. Lots of info about fixing them at online K forums.
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Re: Need advice from the BMW guys
« Reply #2 on: Today at 08:39:35 AM »
Even for $1800, Iíd pass. The K1100-series were not known to be smooth-running bikes (lots of vibes), had clunky transmissions, and they did a poor job of isolating engine heat from the rider. These issues were resolved with the K1200-series. The K1100LT ranked dead last in period tests between it and the ST1100 and Kawasaki ZG1000 Concours.
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Re: Need advice from the BMW guys
« Reply #3 on: Today at 08:39:53 AM »
The guys I know with K bikes have had some expensive experiences with that ABS unit.  Another guy had that and a transmission replacement. 

Given that, you might check on what needs to be sorted on the ABS.
John L 
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Re: Need advice from the BMW guys
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Re: Need advice from the BMW guys
« Reply #4 on: Today at 09:44:07 AM »
Thanks guys, sounds unanimous to the point Iíll call my buddy today. Hopefully he wasnít counting on having a sucker. 🤔😂

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Re: Need advice from the BMW guys
« Reply #5 on: Today at 10:38:25 AM »
Dan,

I would echo the above comments. They are hot for the rider, especially with the full LT fairing. If it did not have the issues that you mentioned, Iíd say ift was an average price.

For K bikes, the really desirable one is the K75 S, which is a triple cylinder version of the K100. Very smooth, with less heat for the rider. The K75 are lighter, and will be a better handling machine.
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Re: Need advice from the BMW guys
« Reply #6 on: Today at 11:02:16 AM »
Dan,

I would echo the above comments. They are hot for the rider, especially with the full LT fairing. If it did not have the issues that you mentioned, Iíd say ift was an average price.

For K bikes, the really desirable one is the K75 S, which is a triple cylinder version of the K100. Very smooth, with less heat for the rider. The K75 are lighter, and will be a better handling machine.
Thanks SD, thatís about as clear as can be👍

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Re: Need advice from the BMW guys
« Reply #7 on: Today at 11:12:52 AM »
I owned a 1993 K1100LT (in 1993) for that riding season.  In 1994, I was back on a K1100RS.  Still not the best heat management, but compared to the LT, it was world's cooler.  You might want to take a look at BMWMOA and BMWRA Classifieds and see if either site has this model for sale, for comparative purposes.

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Re: Need advice from the BMW guys
« Reply #8 on: Today at 11:27:56 AM »
From a former BMW guy: stick with Guzzi  :evil:
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Re: Need advice from the BMW guys
« Reply #9 on: Today at 02:15:10 PM »
ditto
k1200lt was a much better bike but had some issues a well

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Re: Need advice from the BMW guys
« Reply #10 on: Today at 03:11:05 PM »
ditto
k1200lt was a much better bike but had some issues a well

It all depends on an individuals experience. My K1100LT went 185K, just regular service and I found it head and shoulders above the K1200LT that I replaced it with. I sold the K12 after 9 months of numerous little problems. (purchased it new). The dealer just rolled their eyes, so to the Guzzi dealer I went.
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Re: Need advice from the BMW guys
« Reply #11 on: Today at 05:55:44 PM »
If you have to have a inline Bmw go with the k75..it is as good as a Whirlpool with the same characterÖ. :grin: :grin:

 

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