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The BMW K75
HISTORY
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   • Three Generations of Hard Cases
PARTS AND SERVICE
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RESOURCES

   • K75 Wiring Diagram
   • K75RT Windscreen Wiring Diagram
   • 1994 K75 Rider's Manual, Pt. 1, 2 & 3
   • K75 Service Manual (off site - slow)

K75-SPECIFIC LINKS
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The BMW K75

Introduction

The K75 was introduced in the United States in 1986 sporting a 3-cylinder engine with a balance shaft and shaft rear drive, and ran until production ended in 1995. The drivetrain was consistent (with minor upgrades) through the production run with Bosch LE-Jetronic analog fuel injection and an engine rated at 68hp and a 4.7 second 0-60 time. There were five basic variants, the US-only naked K75T, the bikini-faired K75C, the sport faired K75S, the naked K75 standard, and the fully-faired K75 RT.

United States Model Year Offerings and Notes

1986 Model Year

The K75 was introduced to the United States in two variations, the K75T, a naked standard touring model, and the sportier K75C. Both came with drum brakes and an 18" rear rim.

BMW K75T (1986-1987)BMW K75C (1986 - 1988)
The K75T came with the K100 Standard headlight surround trim, high "T/RT" style handlebars, drum rear brake, heated grips, 4way flashers, accesory outlet, crashbars, saddle bags & topcase.The K75C came with the bikini "C" fairing, mid-rise "C" style handlebars, and a rear drum brake.

1987 Model Year

In 1987 BMW introduced the K75S, a sport model with a full sport fairing, modified suspension with fluid-bloc steering dampner, a 17" rear rim, and a rear disk brake.

BMW K75S (1987 - 1995) BMW K75T (1986-1987)BMW K75C (1986 - 1988)
The K75S came with a full sport fairing, belly pan, modified suspension with fluid-bloc steering dampner, a 17" rear rim, sport handlebars, and a rear disk brake.The K75T came with a k100 style headlight surround, high "T/RT" style handlebars, drum rear brake, heated grips, 4way flashers, accesory outlet, crashbars, saddle bags & topcase.The K75C came with the bikini "C" fairing, mid-rise "C" style handlebars, and a rear drum brake.

1988 Model Year

BMW discontinued the K75T model, the K75C was only available as a special edition white K75C that came with a low-seat. The K75S handlebar was widened by 3cm and the bellypan was added.

BMW K75S (1987 - 1995) BMW K75C (1986 - 1988)
The K75S came with a full sport fairing, belly pan, modified suspension with fluid-bloc steering dampner, a 17" rear rim, sport handlebars, and a rear disk brake.The K75C Special Edition came only in white with the standard bikini "C" fairing, mid-rise "C" style handlebars, and a rear drum brake. Included extras for the special edition included a low seat configuration, rear bags and heated grips.

1989 Model Year

BMW discontinued the K75C and added the K75 Standard model, a naked bike which came with a low-seat and rear disk brake.

BMW K75S (1987 - 1995) BMW K75 Standard (1989 - 1995)
The K75S came with a full sport fairing, belly pan, modified suspension with fluid-bloc steering dampner, a 17" rear rim, sport handlebars, and a rear disk brake.The K75 Standard (aka "K75/2") came with a low seat, 17" rear rim, high "T/RT" style handlebars, and rear disk brake.

1990 Model Year

BMW continued with the K75S and K75 Standard. BMW also made ABS available as an option on the K75, you may sometimes see ABS-equipped bikes designated with an "/A", such as "BMW K75S/A."

BMW K75S (1987 - 1995) BMW K75 Standard (1989 - 1995)
The K75S came with a full sport fairing, belly pan, modified suspension with fluid-bloc steering dampner, a 17" rear rim, sport handlebars, and a rear disk brake.The K75 Standard (aka "K75/2") came with a low seat, 17" rear rim, high "T/RT" style handlebars, and rear disk brake.

1991 Model Year

BMW continued with the K75S, K75 Standard, and added the K75RT, a fully-faired bike which came with a full fairing and rear disk brake. . The K75S came with alloy 3-spoke wheels until the end of production.

BMW K75S (1987 - 1995) BMW K75 Standard (1989 - 1995)BMW K75RT (1991 - 1995)
The K75S came with a full sport fairing, belly pan, modified suspension with fluid-bloc steering dampner, a 17" rear rim, sport handlebars, and a rear disk brake.The K75 Standard (aka "K75/2") came with a low seat, 17" rear rim, high "T/RT" style handlebars, and rear disk brake.The K75RT came with a full fairing, 17" rear rim, high "T/RT" style handlebars, and rear disk brake.

1992 Model Year

BMW hazard lights standard, and the clutch-activated retractable sidestand.

1993 Model Year

BMW upgraded the front forks to Showa, offered an electrically adjustable windscreen on the K75RT, and offered the 3-spoke wheels as an option on the K75 Standard and K75RT (occasionally you may see a standard K75 (aka K75/2) with 3-spoke wheels referedd to as a "K75/3.")

1994 Model Year

BMW upgraded the 480watt/33A alternator to a 700watt/55A alternator for 1994 models. BMW also offered the K75S in a special edition Dakar Yellow color.

1995 Model Year

BMW ended production after the 1995 model-year, though apparently some K75S models were delivered as 1996 models.

 

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