Is a 1996 bmw r1100gs to old?

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by jbuggyus, Jul 3, 2013.

  1. jbuggyus

    jbuggyus n00b

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    Thanks for all the input, it sounds like I will go ahead and pull the trigger on this bike. Just do the few upgrades , keep up with the maintenance and enjoy riding the bike ,I can't wait!
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  2. GAS GUY

    GAS GUY MILE EATER

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    I talked to this rider on the 4th of July as he pulled into the checkpoint as he is running in the 2013 Iron Butt Rally and his 1100 GS is getting ready to turn 200,000 miles.

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  3. Pekkavee

    Pekkavee Been here awhile

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    What did he say? :jump

    Pekka
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  4. GAS GUY

    GAS GUY MILE EATER

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    He said the bike makes lots of noises but is running great. Lol
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  5. jbuggyus

    jbuggyus n00b

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    Well I have had the bike for just over a month now and ride it everyday! Man, what an upgrade from my old DR650(still a great bike) This r1100gs is like a Cadillac! Handles great, accelerates very smooth, and just a Great bike! I find myself taking the long way home just to keep riding it. I feel a long adventure trip in my near future! I wanted to thank everybody for their input and comments!











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  6. openboatt

    openboatt Don't harsh my mellow

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    My 94 is a wonderful machine. Comfortable. Fairly reliable. I much prefer riding it to the S I have sitting in reserve in the shop. All this stuff fails eventually. Enjoy it in the moment. t
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  7. Poway

    Poway SHED (Shit Head)

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    Photo of Hank's GS1100 taken this summer.:clap
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  8. BluByU

    BluByU Been here awhile

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    Great Bike, wish I didn't sell mine.

    Rock solid, YA a few fueling issues, but rock solid.
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  9. PartTimeTravel

    PartTimeTravel Been here awhile

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    Hanks bike is doing well - and thats miles.

    my 96 model is new with only 382000km :)
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  10. vintagerider

    vintagerider Long timer

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    Great find. Don't use any synthetic gear oil unless you can be certain that it is miscible with the grease inside the covered bearings (often referred to incorrectly) as "sealed" bearings.. 90 or 80w90 GL 5 mineral is your safest bet. If you search on here you'll find photos of the coagulated bearing grease issue.

    You likely have an M97 gear box and may not have any issues with it for 100k mi but it's important to review Alnton's site so that you can deal with any bearing issues before it they cause shaft or gear damage. If the external shift lever receives an impact then that can also require attention to the internals. Residue color in the GL5 lube is a good indicator of the health of these gearboxes.
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  11. N-m

    N-m Captain 2 Sexy

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    While in Milwaukee I sat on a 1973 R75/5 with the kick start and now wonder if my bike is too NEW.

    I currently ride a 1995 R1100 GS.
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