BMW K 75 C Reviews

1989 BMW K 75 C from United Kingdom

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership1992
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance259000 miles
Previous motorcycleSuzuki GSX-R1100

Summary:

Performs all functions I required from a motorcycle in a exemplary manner, with little drama

Faults:

3 clutch cables.

2 clutches.

1 water pump.

2 rear shocks.

Starter motor clutch/locking gear.

Seat is unbelievably uncomfortable at 100000 miles.

General Comments:

Every time this vehicle broke down (twice), it gave me plenty of notice. It was through my need to keep on the road and working that it finally failed on me. Once with clutch slip while travelling to Scotland (lost ALL drive), and once with water pump failure. I would literally get on the bike and ride it to wherever I wanted to go, with only a tyre pressure, lights and levels check.

Purchased from new for the purpose of dispatching, and price/maintenance being of the utmost importance, it is without doubt the best most reliable motorcycle I have ever owned.

I have owned many sports and screaming strokers that caused me many problems with the police, but I was never, never stopped on the BMW. Saying that though, the K could be pushed around in a fairly sporty manner, and it actually handled better with a full tank of juice.

If you asked me 30 years ago would I ever own a BMW, I would have laughed in your face!

I am now after a 15 year break from motorcycling, actively seeking a BMW R100RT, so I can commute to work, as using a car in traffic is doing my head in!!!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th June, 2012

1990 BMW K 75 C from United States of America

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.9 / 10
Distance when acquired29000 miles
Most recent distance52000 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda GL1000

Summary:

The perfect bike for people that like to ride a bike, not work on it

Faults:

The bike needed a new drive line and master brake cylinder when purchased.

It has a small oil leak from the weep hole at the bottom of the engine, from the oil/coolant pump.

These are about the only things that go wrong with this model.

Like anything, if it's been sitting the seals and gaskets can dry out.

General Comments:

The K75, (the flying brick!), has been called the longest running, most dependable motorcycle ever made by anyone, including BMW. Regular maintenance will keep them running forever.

There's a guy on the BMW owners of America website that put 375,000 miles on a K75! And it was killed in action in an accident!.

These bikes run anywhere from $2500 to $5000, used. I think they're the best buy for a used bike. I use it for commuting with the panniers on, and take 'em off on the weekend for the twisties!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th March, 2008

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 2 reviews