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Old 10-08-2013, 09:55 AM   #1
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R110RS turning question

I just picked up a R110RS for a friend. I noticed it was very hard to turn compared with my R1150GS. The tires seemed to be still round (no flat in the center) so I don't think that's the problem. I noticed that the "clip ons" can be repositioned forward or rear. They were in the center.

Normally when turning you can apply some outside pressure to the handle bars and the bike would lean over. On this bike providing pressure on the bars had almost no effect. I did notice that if I opened my legs and pointed my knee out to start a lean that it turned kinda ok. When in high speed 80 Mph corners it just didn't feel as though it was turning great.

1. Is the rake angle of that bike longer then my R1150GS?
2. What direction should I move the clipons to get easier turning.
3. Is there anything else I should look for on the bike?
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Old 10-08-2013, 11:15 AM   #2
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3. Is there anything else I should look for on the bike?
Suspension preload adjustment, if there is any. It makes a big difference in steering.

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Old 10-08-2013, 12:22 PM   #3
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Assuming you mean R1100RS, just the difference in handlebar width between that and a GS makes a difference in steering effort. GSs have the widest bars I think I've ever seen on a bike, and that extra bit of leverage helps lighten the steering a bit. The stock bars on my GSA (I believe the same width on all R11/R12GSs & GSAs) are even 2" wider than the stock bars on my KTM. If you meant R100RS, those bars are even narrower than stock R1100RS bars.

I'd also check tire pressure on the RS to ensure neither is really low.
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Old 10-08-2013, 02:14 PM   #4
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When we picked it up the previous owner put some air in the front. I'll give it a check.
Also you are right. Typo R1100RS
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Old 10-08-2013, 02:49 PM   #5
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Big as it was, the R1150GS could really turn. The big handlebars give you a lot of leverage. It actually won Sport-touring bike of the year from one of the British mags several years ago because it its turning bility, among other things. You're going to have to press harder on the grips on the R1100RS to make it turn.
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Old 10-08-2013, 03:50 PM   #6
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I own one! It's a completely different bike to the GS.

Firstly I would check the tyres. I run 36/42 PSI and it's ideal.

Secondly, it's a completely different riding style. Whilst on the GS it's the big leverage on the bars that steers you, it's important to remember that the RS has more than a hint of sports bike in its geometry. I've found the most efficient way of steering on the RS is to keep the upper body loose, and drop the shoulder into turns, pressing gently on the bars and shifting your weight over from your hips. It's also worth knowing that under about 30, the steering is sluggish anyway. It comes alive a higher speeds...
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Old 10-08-2013, 09:04 PM   #7
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What tires are on it? Michelin Pilot Road 1's where very slow steering - you might find a more triangular front. Get the tire pressures up to 36...see where things are there.

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Old 10-10-2013, 08:50 AM   #8
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Make sure you have enough preload in the rear and the tires are inflated properly.

They can be sensitive to tire pressure.

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