BMW R****R Thread

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

  1. David R

    David R I been called a Nut Job..

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    HERE!

    http://www.eilenberger.net/Suspension/suspension.htm

    Take the time, make the measurements, fiddle with it, see what the adjustments do.

    Preload or sag is for weight. Once its set, just work with the rebound. Make adjustments when the load or riding conditions change.

    For example more rebound damping is needed when going 80 mph than 45. Get a feel for it and become one with your bike.

    David
  2. Lost Rider

    Lost Rider Roadie

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    What David said. :D


    Though just remember Don's instruction are for aftermarket shocks with more tuning options, and I can't confirm that the sag measurements he lists are exactly the same for the R1150R since it's for a 12R, I just don't remember. One would think, but it might be worth investigating over here on the 1150R forum or maybe in the 1150r manual.

    http://r1150r.org



    Also, if you can't get the right sag measurement it's possible you need different springs, depending on your weight.



    With the suspension setup right, the R feels like it's on rails and very planted. :clap
  3. abnslr

    abnslr rides a motorcycle

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    Adding a few PSI to both tires and returning the preload to the default settings from the manual made a noticeable difference. It's definitely a stable bike. It also definitely feels heavier when riding than the mini-GS, but I'm guessing that's because it IS heavier than the mini-GS. It's going to take me a bit to get comfortable with this big a motorcycle.

    Does anyone have any experience with the Wunderlich engine bars for the R1150R or the R1200R? I don't like the look of the SW Motech bars, and the Wunderlich seem to be the only other option.
  4. Lost Rider

    Lost Rider Roadie

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    Awesome glad it worked with a few simple things!

    Handles like a jeep is not a term that should be used when describing riding an R...

    Having a new to you bike with somewhat worn tires is a perfect excuse to wear then out as quickly as possible... Fresh tires and a little time spent dialing in the suspension further should reward you with an even better feeling bike.

    Start saving up for some shocks too, by the time you hit 30k the stock ones will be shot and nothing takes an R to the next level of perfection like quality custom built aftermarket shocks. ;)
    Cheers!


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  5. abnslr

    abnslr rides a motorcycle

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    Now I just need to work on the little stuff like the cosmetic corrosion on the handlebars and headlamp housing, and finding a place to mount the telepass when I take the windshield off...

    Oh -- one more question. My understanding is that this bike has a dry clutch, so in extremis I can top off the oil with a lower viscosity auto motor oil without worrying about the friction modifiers -- just don't want to do it too often... Is that correct?

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  6. Henderson757

    Henderson757 Adventure~Rugby

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    David ,
    Wel did you get that front wheel fender, I got to get rid of the stock one on mine?
  7. David R

    David R I been called a Nut Job..

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    Henderson757, the fender came with the bike. Its a 2012.

    David
  8. FredRydr

    FredRydr Danger: Keep Back 500 Ft.

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    The most effective location I've found for the transponder is inside of the lids of my non-metallic top cases. I move it between three cases: an F800GS Vario hard case (attached horizontally to the underside of the lid with Velcro), a 28 liter BMW Top Box (attached at an angle to the underside of the front of the lid with Velcro), and a 31 liter BMW small Sport Softbag2 (in the lid's zippered top compartment where I just push the transponder into position with a couple of the microfiber cleaning cloths I always carry and zip it shut). The hidden top case locations have been 100% effective with the added benefit of theft resistance.

    Fred
  9. Henderson757

    Henderson757 Adventure~Rugby

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    After some page surfing I noticed it on other bikes. lol Oh well

    haha
  10. abnslr

    abnslr rides a motorcycle

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    Thanks -- I'll give that a shot. Right now I have it stuck on the windshield with dual-lock, but I want to pull the windshield off soon...
  11. Eric R. Shelton

    Eric R. Shelton Adventurer

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    I just go forward quicker. But maybe I've been too high in the rev range when I've tried it? Part of it has been fear of the cost and weight of the bike- then I see Lost Rider posting those awesome photos... LOL! That's stuff I'd have done on my Multi 620! And I'm not that old... I think this weekend is going to involve some abandoned tarmac and requisite "nutting up" on my part.
  12. BMWs2Dave

    BMWs2Dave Been here awhile

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  13. Lost Rider

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    Be careful in first gear you can loop the bike (BTDT), but second at about 3500 with a bounce crack of the throttle and up she goes with more forgiveness than first. In between looping it and slamming the front wheel down there's a fun sweet spot on the 12R for some hooligan shenanigans. :evil

    How out of BMW character, but being able to loft the front end over road hazards at will makes for a safer ride... that's my story and I'm sticking to it.
  14. David R

    David R I been called a Nut Job..

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    I had a BMW R1100RT. It was too big to ride to work or just run to the grocery store. Too much work to back it out of the garage and way too easy to tip it over in gravel (with me on it or not) so I bought a Supermoto for a commuter to work etc. The wheelie thing was a total blast. I was cutting through parking lots, across sidewalks, medians, down alleys and through construction sites all the time. After a while the cops were following me around town. I sold the bike before I ended up in the back of an ambulance or cop car. Now I have the R that I can back out of the garage and run to the store with no trouble. A little of the supermoto attitude stuck with me even though the bike is gone.

    Here she is in front of Joeys Chrome Diner in Merrimac NH
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    RT lite..... I usually have the saddle bags off. I was out of state on a trip.
  15. RonkoRider

    RonkoRider Wrong Island, NY

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    I'm not 100% but I believe it's Not engine oil but DOT4 brake fluid.
  16. David R

    David R I been called a Nut Job..

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    abnslr, motor takes motor oil. Clutch reservoir I do not know if your year is mineral oil or brake fluid. Check owners manual or read the cover of the clutch master cylinder.

    Yes its a dry clutch.

    David
  17. FredRydr

    FredRydr Danger: Keep Back 500 Ft.

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    You can be 100% sure it's brake fluid without losing any bets.

    Fred
  18. RonkoRider

    RonkoRider Wrong Island, NY

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    WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!

    I'm a paper pusher by trade so I still get excited when I get something motorcycle mechanical correct. :lol3

    I'm one of those a**holes who know a little about a lot but a lot about nuttin'. :rofl
  19. David R

    David R I been called a Nut Job..

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    I think the guy was asking about motor oil to begin with.

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  20. abnslr

    abnslr rides a motorcycle

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    Thanks all. Yes, I was asking about the motor oil. In the end I decided to take the chance of going a few miles low on oil and rode to the shop for a quart of 20W50 -- problem solved.