BMW R****R Thread

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by ninepeaks9, Nov 28, 2012.

  1. celticus

    celticus Been here awhile

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    I ended up NOT using or buying a vac tool. It was not a big deal to pump the fluid through with the brake lever. I ran a bit through so hopefully there is no more air in there.
  2. ninepeaks9

    ninepeaks9 Been here awhile

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    Hey ride2little,
    You said it. R****R is really an all purpose bike, the reason I bought mine (R12R) after series of big sport touring bikes.
  3. David R

    David R I been called a Nut Job..

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    My last BMW was an RT. Sweet, but heavy and a little tall for me. I bought a KLX 250SF (supermoto) soI would not have to deal with the RT in the city. Fun bike, bu t I got into too much trouble with the law. I traded the little kawasaki for a Versys as a commuter to work. Still riding the RT on trips. The RT was just worn out. I put too much money into it ans spent too much time working on it, so I bought the new R1200R last fall. Now I have the RT, the R1200R and the Versys. Looks like the RT has to go. Still up in the air about the Versys. Right now I'm dying to ride ONE of them but we have temps in the teens (f) with snow and ice on the roads.

    Its tough having a brand new R in the garage. I go out and fire it up now and then. A couple weeks ago we had a decent day so I took the Versys out because I didn't want to run the new R in the salt.

    Waiting for spring!


    Photo from last fall. I bought the bike new early september. It now has 6400 miles on it.
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  4. Sam Bateman

    Sam Bateman Adventurer

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    Here's my '99 R1100RL after a few modifications to better suit it to my riding style and requirements:

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    It's got the tubeless wire wheels in a 18" on the front and a 17" on the rear.
    Front tire size is 110/80 - 18 and the rear is 150/70 - 17. Currently has Dunlop Sportmax radials fitted.
    I would really like to install some dual sport tires like the Shinko 705 but am having trouble finding any in these sizes.
    My goal with this bike is to be able to ride gravel roads with the ease that I ride asphalt.

    Any ideas on tires that would accomplish this and are available in these sizes would be greatly appreciated.

    Sam Bateman
    Arvonia, VA
  5. nytrashman

    nytrashman old and in the way

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    i just picked up a 2007 R1200R the other day. although it has 66,000 miles on it, it runs great. it came with a Cee Baileys windshield but i am thinking of switching to a CalSci. anyone have any experience with a CalSci windshield on a R12R? i am looking for better wind and weather protection.

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  6. Rapid Dog

    Rapid Dog bikes, booze, broads...

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    The PO of my R12 had one and said the CalSci was flimsy and easily scratched.
    That's what I know. I have an 18" Cee Baileyslike yours but haven't tried it.
    What do you think about it?
  7. kickstand72

    kickstand72 i just ride.....

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    In my honest opinion you will have no advantage with dualsport tires on gravel unless they are full knobbies. I have rode much gravel on the klr with shinko 80/20 tires and nothing beats a good kenda or Dunlop knobbie. But when you get back on the pavement the shinko will reward you.
  8. OTB

    OTB Oh fer Chrissakes

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    I use Pirelli Scorpion Trails on my 07 1200r. They work much better on dirt roads than sport touring tires and give up nothing on the pavement. Pure street sport and sport touring tires can get pretty sketchy on our rough and often dirty paved roads in the Rockies This is the tire developed for the multistrada.
  9. uberaudi

    uberaudi Adventurer

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    the problem is finding tires that fit the r11r...
  10. uberaudi

    uberaudi Adventurer

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    Decided on some Continental Trail Atacks. Front is same size as stock but rears will be 150/70-18s instead of 160/60-18s, which is about 1 centimeter greater circumference.
  11. celticus

    celticus Been here awhile

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    Have any of you other R1200R owners replaced you BMW cam sprockets with Lennie’s Cam Sprockets? I have and I am glad that I did. Google Lennie’s sprockets and you can find out more. I’ve just been called to dinner.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
  12. Rapid Dog

    Rapid Dog bikes, booze, broads...

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    Put the Lennies on my R12GS, first gear roll on wheelies!
  13. DiabloADV

    DiabloADV Semi-Occasional

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    It was useless and a waste of money.
  14. celticus

    celticus Been here awhile

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    :roflHow do you really feel about it?:rofl
  15. ph0rk

    ph0rk Doesn't Care

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    You say give up nothing - how does it compare in tread life to something like a conti road attack? (Trails don't fit)
    What about cold grip?
  16. OTB

    OTB Oh fer Chrissakes

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    They have more tread depth and the cold grip is excellent.
  17. ph0rk

    ph0rk Doesn't Care

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    True but many traditional sport/touring tires are dual compound to reduce flattening from long slab stretches - my trail attacks (and every other 95/5 tire I've had on my strom) has flattened out the rear tread after 1000 miles or so. The r12's rear is pretty wide, so I could see it being even worse there. That said, I'd want to try them too.

    Got any images of the scorps after some mileage?
  18. RonkoRider

    RonkoRider Wrong Island, NY

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    I prefer Spaceley Space Sprockets myself!:norton

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  19. OTB

    OTB Oh fer Chrissakes

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    Tires last 6 months if you ride a lot. Buy different ones and see what you like. Less flattening than Anakee 2's on my Strom.
  20. kickstand72

    kickstand72 i just ride.....

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    The steering dampener on my r1100r is sticky. Anyone know if somebody rebuilds them?