BMW R****R Thread

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

  1. DiabloADV

    DiabloADV Semi-Occasional

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    I dragged a cylinder head on mine once; the footpeg feeler might have touched, but I was too freaked to notice. That event occured when I was going around a slow hairpin and was counter-balancing through the turn (dirtbike style). On "normal" turns I never dragged the heads, but I know people that have.

    The stock rear shock has a preload knob, so it's a simple click or two to adapt for pillion or baggage. You can get the rear really stiff if you need to. The Wilbers shocks are a popular option, but I wouldn't spend that kinda money. To each his own...I had a GS once that came with Ohlins, and the original shocks in a box. I put the stockers on; it rode just fine for me so I sold the Ohlins and bought some other stuff for the bike.

    Oil changes and valve adjustments are most of your service needs. 45 minutes sitting on a stool in your garage...

    You can buy the diagnostic reader for less than the cost of one dealer visit.
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  2. dmcd

    dmcd Been here awhile

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    We don't, but the Isle Of Man is only a short ferry ride away, those videos are on the TT circuit ;-)
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  3. BigEasy

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    There are some pics of him dragging both pegs, and he has made reference to touching a jug down on occasion. I personally have never had these issues but I'm old and I was slow even when I was young:lol3
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  4. tiggerman

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    I thought I would join the club new Adventure member here and my first post
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  5. tiggerman

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    oops ..I ride a 2004 r1150 r and for me it's perfect. I love the style, the torque, the ease of maintenance and the price I paid... for how long this bike could potentily last it's great,,yes it could be a little more spirited but thats what I have dirt bikes for, when I have the need for speed or quickness I go ride in the dirt.
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    This is my second posting here and I screwd up the first one :cry now I'm trying to put an imge on here and all I see is red X so here goes
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  6. acejones

    acejones Long timer

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    I've got a '03 R1150R that I've ridden through Mexico twice and a bunch of other places. I just got back from a 2000 mile trip down to Key West and back. Its been a great bike and I can see no reason to replace it.
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  7. tpulls

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    It seems to be popular opinion that BMW's hold a high cost of ownership. Are these folks that prefer not to take the 45 minutes and do their own wrenching? Or perhaps it's replacement parts that cost money? If routine maintenance on the 1200 boxer can be done with basic tools in my own garage I'm failing to see where the high cost of ownership is.
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  8. tiggerman

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  9. LostViking

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    Since you already have a Smugmeg account, you're almost home"

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    Nice bike, i like that color.
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  10. clevishook

    clevishook stevedore

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    Bought my "04 R1150R on a fly and ride through Ebay. Bike was in Tennessee and I rode it back to south Florida. It has also done the Blue Ridge Parkway and Deals Gap. Handled great even with loaded bags. Deals Gap taught me how capable the bike is and greatly reduced the chicken strips.I have an MRA wind screen with an adjustable lamar lip (great screen) purchased from Twisted Throttle. I tried the touring screen and the sport screen but this is better. When my money is right I'll buy an R1200R next. As a comparison I also had two R1100RS's and a couple of airheads. I like the plain R the best.
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  11. DiabloADV

    DiabloADV Semi-Occasional

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    Go to any forum for any bike and you'll read tales of expensive woe. On any reasonably complicated bit of machinery, things can go wrong. As far as big, expensive things like crankshafts and gearboxes -- the boxer motor goes farther than anything else out there. What other used motorcycles still have a consistent resale market in the 100k+ mileage range?

    Other hexhead maintenance -- alternator belt: 30 minutes and a cheap part. Gearbox and drive oil -- 30 minutes. And the usual wheel and swingarm bearing replacement that any bike needs after a big miles. That's about it. Brake bleeding can be a little fussy due to the ABS.

    If the bike does need actual replacement parts then, yes, those are pricey. Same as with German cars.

    In my limited experience, the cost of owning a bike is exponentially and inversely related to how much one is will to learn to do things. My airhead needed the entire block replaced (oil pump housing cracked). I could have spent $2500 to have a shop do it, but I spent $450 instead (mostly on tools) and learned some things.
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  12. ninepeaks9

    ninepeaks9 Been here awhile

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    I've been thru two RT's (1150 & 1200) and a 1100RS, and I agree I like my 12R the most. I also enjoy riding my airhead (77 R100/7) around the neighborhood. Love that mid-range torque!:clap
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  13. tiggerman

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    Thanks Lostviking for the tips and info. I'll try it soon

    yea the black drive train and the paint color are impressive people think it's a new bike
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  14. spanky

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    After years of looking at K75's for my SO I found this little gem that she loves:
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    It's a '99 that came with 85K on the clock and yet it runs like a top. Oh, sure, the tranny tends to be persnickety from 1st to 2nd but otherwise it runs strong, is in fantastic condition, and averages 48+ mpg on rides. The SO is 5'-7" and can flat foot it, she's a happy lady!

    It came with factory luggage and I set it up with XM radio for her.
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  15. ninepeaks9

    ninepeaks9 Been here awhile

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    Good choice over the K bike you were considering. K bikes tend to be top heavy from what I read. It wouldn't be as much confidence inspiring for your SO as the R.
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  16. spanky

    spanky Well, maybe...

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    We looked at about five different K75's and yes, they are top heavy. The R1100R I got her must have come with a factory low seat because in its lowest setting she's completely flat-footing the bike. I'm so happy for her because she's always wanted a BMW but it was hard finding one I could pay cash for.

    I own a '02 RT that I love as well as a '06 K12s yet I get a big kick out of riding her bike. The weight is okay and it handles and brakes quite well. Anyway, as long as she's happy I'm happy.
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  17. Effjay

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    After briefly considering a new 2013 R1200R (as posted yesterday), today I ended up instead buying a 2004 R1150RT in premier condition with just under 10k total miles, Ohlins and much much more. By the time I'd have bought an R12R plus tax, fees and BMW sidecases too, it would have been a budget buster. So now, I'll have a pair of 2004 BMW motos like matched bookends with the prior primo R1100S and now the R1150RT. I think I've got it covered! :D</snip>
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  18. EJ_92606

    EJ_92606 Rider

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    With equal gas and side cases removed from the RT, I bet the weight delta is more like 50 lbs...still signficant.
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  19. cug

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    The empty weight of the RT as given by BMW is also without side cases - interesting enough ...
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  20. ninepeaks9

    ninepeaks9 Been here awhile

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    The weight difference feels much more significant than the numbers would indicate because RT is much more top heavy.