The BMW K75
The BMW K75
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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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