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Old 04-21-2013, 08:18 AM   #1
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New (to me) R1100RT - 1st 100 miles

So I'm coming off a lifetime of riding HD's (and about a 7 year riding hiatus) and my new bike is a 1996 R1100RT. I did about 105 miles yesterday and boy do I feel good about this bike! My question is this: At 45 - 55 mph 3rd gear is taching around 4000 rpms and 4 gear is at about 3000 rpms. Same goes for 4th and 5th gear at higher speeds. On the Harley I'd be in the higher gear - on the BMW the lower gear feels better but I worry about the sustained high RPM's. My buddy tells me that my bike could do 5500 rpm's all day long and not even bat an eyelash. What do y'all think?
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:37 AM   #2
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Boxers are happy at higher RPM. I try to keep my R1100 over 3k RPM. Been doing that for almost 150k miles and no problems yet. :)
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:48 AM   #3
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1996-2001 R1100RT is the best bike BMW ever made, period. It had the fewest compromises and the most capability.....never should have sold mine.
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Old 04-21-2013, 01:13 PM   #4
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Congrats on the new (to you) ride! Sometimes, things just feel right!!

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Old 04-21-2013, 04:28 PM   #5
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I can't speak for the R1100RT but my R100 had a "maximum allowable sustained RPM" stated in the owner's manual. It was redline, 7200 rpm IIRC. Why don't you take a look at your manual?

Boxers need to spin up more than your HD's in the past. I would think you wouldn't want to ask much of it under 3000 rpm. Steady state cruising maybe but not under acceleration. 3000 is not high rpm to this motor.
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