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Bmw K75

I'm going to be touring the UK and europe for 12 weeks over their summer. I'm on a fairly tight budget and will be camping and doing hostels and cheap hotels occasionally, so I need to carry a bit of gear. I'm 54 and 6'1" and of slender build, so I'm not keen to have to deal with a big heavy bike.

I've been researching for a while, and have come to the conclusion that a BMW K75 would probably be the best option. They seem to be available at my prefered price BP1000 to1500 with panniers.

I've not been able to find one locally to check out and test ride, so I,m looking for advice from anyone that has owned one, or has a better candidate in mind.

Also, I have a problem with not having any friends/family in the UK to use as an address for registration etc. Anyone have a solution to that one?

And one more, what's the best way to dispose of the bike at the end of the trip?

I've contacted Chris from Welovebikes; are there any other people offering a buyback (or similar) scheme?

Thanks for looking

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Sorry, can't advise you on that issue, but should your trip lead you somewhere near Munich, send me an email (under my profile). I might be able to offer a bed (and a stubby) if I'm at home

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Hi Ed !

If want to....there is a K75 in Alice ..just in case

It's a great bike, not very special and not very light. But even my better half (she's just 165 cm) has no prob's with that bike.

Usually they run forever without bigger problems.

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Hi Ed !

If want to....there is a K75 in Alice ..just in case


I'm afraid Alice is a bit far away from the UK
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Not familiar with the K75, but there are a good amount of K100's going in the UK, and you can pick up a good one for under £1000.

I wouldnt be too worried about the weight of the bike if you are sticking to tarmac, im only 5'8 but was happy on my mates 1200GS which is reasonbly heavy but also tall.
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Thanks for the invite Hans. If I get to Munich I'll get in touch.
I may have found the solution for the address delema. Mail forwarding services. They offer an address and send anything that arrives to anywhere you like. Too easy.

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Other bikes worth contemplating are the Triumph 900 range.
Trophy, Sprint, Trident.
They are cheap and more than capable of pulling a heavy load with pillion.
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