My early retirement plans involve selling-up to live on my old catamaran (ie. get out of paying rent and poll tax, etc., for the next x-number of years / the rest of my life) ..but the boat won't be habitable for another nine months yet. In the meantime I'm seriously struggling with the prospect of selling everything I've wanted and worked to afford over the years. But I'm running out of savings - so I need to do something.
The Yugoslavian Citroen Ami-Super owes me much more than I could sell her for, so she'll have to be kept - to earn her keep (which she has been doing these passed months) and most of my remaining bikes need work on them before I could sell those for decent money. So my ever faithful BMW K75 Ultima, with full pannier kit, is in line for being put on the market - for sale.
^ photo taken in May this year after being in store for the previous seven years. You can re-read the posts here on the bikeshite thread < here > < here > and < here >. I subsequently used the bike for a month ..and then the farmer scraped and widened the farm track I live down. With the very dry summer, the loose soil with stones on the lane was just too dangerous for me to ride (on a fully-faired road bike). After a few thunder storms last month and subsequent decent volumes of rain the lane is rideable again, and so the bike was used a couple more times., but that's all.
Before I put her on the open market I thought I'd first ask if anyone is interested here. If so, please look at my previous posts and examine those photos, and you'll get a fair idea as to her condition. In the meantime I'll have a look around and see if I can ascertain a fair value.
By the way.. before she was put into hibernation for all those years she did take me across Europe to visit friends in Germany and then down to others in Slovenia. I camped half the time during the trip, which was a very pleasant in BMW comfort behind the excellent fairing. I then had a superb ride back through the Dolomites and Alps. A couple of years later I used her for my Advanced Riders. She's a very capable bike with a great presence on the road, and more nimble handling / better braking than the K100's. I just know I'm going to regret selling her ..but I could say that about almost everything I now have 'to clear' for life in a boat.
Non-standard / optional parts include :
. belly pan fairing (modified from the K75S).
. tank / knee pads
. heated handlbar grips
. fork gaiters (to protect the sliders).
. stainless braided brake hoses.
. the fuel and temperature gauges have been moved from the handlebars to being in the leg parts of the fairing (but I never got around to reconnecting them !). NB. I still have the original handlebar brackets should the buyer want to take the bike back to the original Ultima layout.
. Spyball Alarm
. engine crash bars
. mud flap
Extra items not seen in the previous photos include :
. 12volt auxiliary socket
. colour matched panniers and top box
. lots of documented history / paperwork.
. original BMW toolkit,
. BMW owners handbook
. Haynes Workshop Manual
NB. not included in this sale - I'll sell these separately.
. full set of BMW soft luggage to fit inside those cases.
. Books in mint condition : 'BMW K-series Motorcycles' by Mick Walker & Peter Dobson. And also CycleWorld (roadtests,
history, etc) 'On BMW 1981 - 1986'
plus various brochures / magazines / articles of the period.
Drop me a line if seriously interested ..with a fair offer ?