Marcus L. Rowland (ffutures) wrote,
Marcus L. Rowland


I'm thinking of selling the Brick, my BMW K75.

I know I've only had it six months or so, but I'm still not entirely comfortable with it - the seat is a little too high for the length of my legs, and it's becoming obvious that sooner or later it will need serious amounts of work - seals, possibly bearings, a smell of petrol and oil, and a general feeling of not being quite right. It doesn't help that I'm not riding it very often, since I'm trying to lose weight by walking as often as possible, so have been very slow to get used to it.

I think I want to shift it for whatever it will fetch, and move on to something I feel a little happier with - which may well be another old opposed-twin R-series BMW, for some reason I'm much more comfortable riding them. Or possibly something smaller and more suited to city life, such as a scooter.

I know we've been here before, but any suggestions for something that is easy to get used to, and won't break the bank in itself or in insurance etc.?

later - solved one mystery and found it is a serious problem - the petrol smell turned out to be a slow drip from the tank, not a hose. Investigating that I found that at some point someone seems to have repaired a leak in one of the seams of the tank, which began to gush petrol as soon as I touched it. Some hasty siphoning later the tank is empty, I'm going to let it dry out for a few days before I look at trying to fix it. The problem here is that it is way down at the bottom of the tank, so the inside is not visible from the filler cap, and the tank is made of aluminium, not steel, so welding is out of the question. The Haynes manual makes it clear that the thing is horribly complicated, with internal pipes and baffles, and will be an utter pain to fix. Selling it in "as is" condition for spares or repair may be my best option...

Later still Turns out that this is a known fault with these bikes - water accumulates at the lowest point in the tank, exactly where the leak is, and gradually corrodes the aluminium. The usual fix is to clean off the paint and fix it with a flexible epoxy material called JB Weld. So I've ordered some, we'll see how it goes.

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