> The main reason I wanted the beemer is because I assume that
> a) spare parts for a bmw will be more available in e.europe than
> the jap bikes
I don't think so. Dealers stock parts for bikes they sell, bikes they sold recently, and bikes that are around in significant numbers. None of these three criteria apply to a mid-eighties beemer in, say, Romania.
If you have a serious problem and you need parts, expect to be grounded for a few days while the part is being shipped from, like, Germany, Italy, or Austria. Also, expect to pay some hefty duty on these parts. That applies to an old beemer just as much as to a young Jap bike.
> and b) everyone says that K100s are reliability plus.
> Please, I invite sommeone to contradict me on this one.
K100s are certainly reliable, but whether an almost 20 years old K100 with 80K on the dial is *more* reliable than a 6 years old Honda CB 750 with 20 K, I don't know. Actually, I doubt it.
> As it is, I think we will only be able to ride for about 2-3 months
> due to the weather, so I need something with a bit of resale value.
If you're selling in winter, You *will* lose a significant part of what you put into the bike, that's for sure. But then, if you lose, say, 50% on a Honda and only 25% on a BMW (out of 3000$), so what? I'd say, at the price point you're looking at, resale value is not really all that significant.
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