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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-09-2012, 02:11 PM Thread Starter
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Second Bike, First BMW R1100R

Longtime Vespa rider and I have always lusted after a BMW. Last year I decided that some seat time on a real motorcyles was in order, so I bought an 87 Rebel and rode the heck out of it. I set this spring as a target to look for my first BMW. My objective was a k75, but last week a 96 R1100R popped up on craigslist for about the same money as the older K's have been running. Looked at it and fell in love with the naked bike look.

To say that it is a step up from the rebel is the understatement of the year! I have a couple of hundred miles on it and am taking it pretty slowly. Going from 25 hp to 80 hp is just a bit weird. At highway speed, I barely have the throttle open, whereas on the rebel, I was full throttle. The braking and handling is so much more responsive.

I have ordered the Clymer manual and will be changing fluids next week. Looking forward to owning this thing for a long time.
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Congrats! Your gonna love it! Great handling bike. I have the 99 r1100r and want to keep it forever!
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Good choice

I have a 2000 r1100r and love it. Watch that funky oil sight window get a new one and look into replacing. Watch your fluids, tire pressure and always do a preride check, Other than that enjoy the ride. I really like being in the wind on the naked bikes. If you turn your head at speed it affects the bike and handling. I like that feeling like your body is part of the overall aerodynamic package on the bike. Something you dont get on a bike with all the fairings. Although after a few hundred miles one comes to appreciate the energy saving characteristics of a windshield. After a recent 600 mile day This slightly high mileage 53 year old body was a bit stiff (understatement). Enjoy and be safe a bike like that will take you a long way!
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I am up to 1200 miles on the new ride and I like it more each time I ride it. Balance is very good and it is super stable on the road. Everyone that sees it can't believe that it is a 16 year old bike.

I have a few things to sort out. Front brake cylinder needs either a rebuild or replacement. I am planning on doing this myself. Any advice? Battery seems a bit weak. Turns over slow so I will swap that out. Need new tires. I am thinking Bridgestone BT21.

Other than those little things, all seems good. Gas mileage is about 45 on the highway and I haven't had any surging issues. Hope to keep this one for quite some time.
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How does it feel..... to ride on a chariot of the Gods?

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Love the phrase, and yes I'll have to say it does feel a bit like that
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Greetings, I'm looking at a 1998 r110rt. Hoping to be a beemer rider soon!
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I believe it after a couple of months with my first BMW. Awesome, even for a 34 year old bike. That's even more awesome!
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Twins turn over slow. Check the battery before you replace it. Also keep the RPM's above 3K and that bike will last forever. There are many with over 200,000 miles but they don't like to be lugged.
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My first Beemer was an 02 1105R. They are fantastic bikes. I moved up to an 03 Rockster partly because of the ABS but stayed true to the Boxer Twin.
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Ditto: Just sold Vespa to buy Beemer!

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Longtime Vespa rider and I have always lusted after a BMW. Last year I decided that some seat time on a real motorcyles was in order
Stole my thunder Joel!

I've been a motorcycle rider since age 12, rode only Hondas from Mini 50 to V45 Sabre which was my last bike that I sold in 1992 after my daughter was born. Hadn't been on two wheels till summer 2008 when I got the bug for a Vespa and purchased a GTS250 in Dragon Red. I loved the scooter, especially the storage, 65mpg, and the Sprezzatura! But the pot hole situation here in Rockland County NY has gotten out of control, recently I just missed one that had it caught my front wheel I'd be six feet under. That was when I decided I needed a full size bike again and sold the Vespa. But I guess I've mellowed with age, I'm no longer seduced by the edgy Jap super bikes and I'm not going to be a Harley guy in this lifetime. I'd been eying a used Triumph, but there's just something about that boxer. I new I wanted a twin of some sort and then spotted a potential great deal on ebay. I just won this 1996 R1100R with 17,500 miles and full documented service history for $2500. Mechanically very sound but has some cosmetic issues. I could us some advise on the following, and bear in mind that I dont have a garage to do my own mechanical work:

1. There's a dent in the front rim on the left side, not very noticeable until I hit 70mph, any recommendations on where in my area(within an hours ride) to get it fixed? I was thinking of heating the spot with a hair blower and giving it some wacks with a rubber mallet. I figure if I can get it 90% true then a good balancing can compensate. I'm trying to avoid having to buy a new rim.

2. Any recommendations for a good seat re-upholsterer?

3. Nasty dent in gas tank, best price I got so far(if I remove and ship) is $450.

4. I need better mirrors than stock...bigger and wider!

5. Handguards...for the fall cold weather...not brush and branches.

Thanks!
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I too am coveting a friends 1998 r1100. He has taken good care of it. I hope to be riding on it in the spring.
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