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Old 03-12-2009, 09:28 PM   #31
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Just imagine having those little problems on an ugly bike?
Luckily the R1100S is such a beautiful motorcycle that a few gremlins won't distract from it!!
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Old 03-12-2009, 10:38 PM   #32
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Problems with the S aren't common. Many have small issues, but nothing to really avoid buying the bike for. It's not like they need a spare Reg/Rect to be along at all times.


Well there's a clutch spline issue that seems to be a small but well-inflicted rash of '00 and '01 models, with a few here and there of other years. Basically the clutch spline on the trans is not hardened well enough from the factory or not enough lube was added to the input shaft(Monday bikes?) and they are known to strip without relubing them properly.
This is the biggest potential problem with any of the r1100-1150 models (not just the s). But in fact the problem is a misalignment of the engine and transmission.

I'm just finishing up the repairs of mine. You can read more here. http://forums.pelicanparts.com/showt...ghlight=spline

Despite this it's still the best bike I've ever owned.

We've bonded for life.
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Old 03-13-2009, 04:36 AM   #33
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Misalignment... Is indeed the "case". Had this problem with the 1150GS causing tranny problems twice, and have an 1100R riding friend with serious ongoing woes and it was traced the engine case misalignment. But no probs with the 1100S.
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Old 03-13-2009, 06:53 AM   #34
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Put 78,000km on my old S.

Still miss it, truly a doall bike.I had the rear seal go on the tranny which I fixed myself.Overall, very reliable and easy to maintain.
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Old 03-13-2009, 08:58 AM   #35
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Laugh

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...Despite this it's still the best bike I've ever owned.

We've bonded for life.
Right there with ya.

I've got an '01 with 61K miles on 'er. Love this bike. Also have an '05 VFR in the stable. Both have ABS. The Viffer is a nice, smooth ride, engine's like butter, transmission's smooth and not clunky, the stock ergos are great for me (long legs, long arms, short torso), and Honda really got the geometry on this one right -- it's a mind reader.

The S, on the other hand, has an engine vibration... with a boxer that's just all there is to it. The transmission is way "snick"ier now that "my mechanic" polished all the parts before reassembly. The stock ergos are OK but better with a peg-lowering kit.

But. The VFR is obedient, and eager. The S makes you grab her by the scruff of the neck and really stuff her into the corners. There's something inexplicably awesome about that. She makes you ride her. She makes you love her. The VFR is a nice ride but an appliance. The S is ... damn, she's a friend. And a damn beautiful one at that.
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Old 03-13-2009, 11:19 AM   #36
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"The S is ... damn, she's a friend. And a damn beautiful one at that."

"Luckily the R1100S is such a beautiful motorcycle that a few gremlins won't distract from it!![/quote] "



I concur w/the last quotes!

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Old 03-13-2009, 11:47 AM   #37
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This is a bike I'm sort of considering for a future purchase. Any input one way or the other would be great, thanks!
Sorry man... can't help you with the VFR.
The 1100 S however is a wonderful scoot with nearly all day comfort.
Nice gobs of grunt just about anywhere you want to grab it. It's no supersport in the twisties but it holds a line real well and doesn't mind bending the horizon a little.
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Old 03-13-2009, 04:31 PM   #38
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Sorry man... can't help you with the VFR.
The 1100 S however is a wonderful scoot with nearly all day comfort.
Nice gobs of grunt just about anywhere you want to grab it. It's no supersport in the twisties but it holds a line real well and doesn't mind bending the horizon a little.
What a beautiful motorcycle, I have one just like it!! ha ha
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Old 03-28-2009, 10:01 PM   #39
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Damn, you guys have some beautiful machines.
I'm really jonsin' for an S this Spring.
Any chance I can borrow one of yours for a weekend ... or week ... or ...
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Old 04-01-2009, 08:13 PM   #40
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So many good posts about the R11S that as soon as one appeared in a fair price range and somewhat close to home...I snagged it...

'99 with 50K on the Odo.


Pics to come...


And with that, I've walked into the realm of "road purposed" bikes...

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Old 04-01-2009, 08:19 PM   #41
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Rented this S in '03 out of Milan. I really like that bike, very flickable.

Me having a bite in Sardinia somwhere
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Old 04-01-2009, 08:32 PM   #42
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So many good posts about the R11S that as soon as one appeared in a fair price range and somewhat close to home...I snagged it...

'99 with 50K on the Odo.


Pics to come...


And with that, I've walked into the realm of "road purposed" bikes...

Kutch
Wow good buy. Your going to love it.
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Old 04-01-2009, 08:34 PM   #43
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Excelent motorcycle, I love mine. The longest I rode it was a 615 mi day and was ready to ride it next day.

Here are some action picks (450mi day) from another thread:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=448831
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Old 04-02-2009, 04:27 AM   #44
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So many good posts about the R11S that as soon as one appeared in a fair price range and somewhat close to home...I snagged it...

'99 with 50K on the Odo.


Pics to come...


And with that, I've walked into the realm of "road purposed" bikes...

Kutch
Very nice machine. Congratulations on your purchase.
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Old 04-02-2009, 08:06 AM   #45
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Best of luck with the new ride...
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