As a result of my blog and participation in various motorcycle forums, I get my fair share of letters. Many times the questions repeat. I've answered this one many ways and many times and decided it's time I add it to the blog.
Hi Gail –
The reason I am contacting you is about your K75—I have my eye on a 1992 K75 with a K1 fairing and was wondering if you wouldn’t mind offering up your opinion(s) on the bike.
I am 5’7” and come from 2 previous Harleys (1995 883 Sportster Hugger and a 1997 1340 FLSTF Fat Boy) and am wondering about fit and handling of the K75…
Any thoughts/advice/suggestions you could relay would be most appreciated…
Amy from Maryland
Thank you for writing. I am glad to hear that you are interested in a K75. It's a great bike. It is good to hear that you are not a novice ride, I could not recommend the K75 to a novice, it's a very top heavy bike. The difference between standing and sitting on that bike is about 2 inches.
Riding a bike with your feet on pegs under you is an entirely different world from the laid back cruiser position you are used to. The K75 is rather top heavy, if you've never ridden an older K bike, you may not know what I mean. A big handful of brakes and you feel vulnerable, like the bike is going to be off balance in a hurry.
5'7" is probably tall enough for the K bike. I'm 5'10, but I carry my height in my torso, I have a 32.5 inch inseam, I can easily flat foot the bike. There are many people out there to advise you on ways to pick up an inch here and there on a K bike.
Again, I am reminded that you are coming from a cruiser where your knees are bent to almost 45 degrees when you are sitting on your bike, not so here.
I'm partial to the K75C model that I have. The K75S has sportier handle bars, I found it to be too "squirrely", too touchy. The K75RT is a whole different animal, it has the heavy fairing, meaning extra top heavy, not enough power. You say you are looking at a bike that someone has put a K1 fairing on? Hmmm, I wouldn't go there (where is the rest of the K1?!) K75C's with 40K miles can still be found in the $3,500 range. Just bring them to a trusted mechanic to have the splines checked out. Many owners bail out on their's if they have not properly maintained the splines.
Good luck with your decision. My K75 was my first bike 10 years ago, and still my favorite. It only took me 3 or 4 years to stop dropping it in parking lots.