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Old 04-07-2013, 10:28 AM   #1
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BMW R1100 RSL questions...

I know a guy who has a 1996 R1100 RSL which needs a clutch. He's looking for about $2200 as is. The bike has about 40K on it, and he's the only owner.

Is it a worthwhile deal? I'd be doing the work myself. I know it's a lot of labor to do a clutch; actually, the reason my buddy sold his R12GSA was because it needed a rear main seal, and he didn't feel like putting the time in.

Just wondering if it's more hassle than it's worth. I've got an SV650 as my daily steed. This just seems like an interesting opportunity to join the German club.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-07-2013, 03:04 PM   #2
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I know a guy who has a 1996 R1100 RSL which needs a clutch. He's looking for about $2200 as is. The bike has about 40K on it, and he's the only owner.

Is it a worthwhile deal? I'd be doing the work myself. I know it's a lot of labor to do a clutch; actually, the reason my buddy sold his R12GSA was because it needed a rear main seal, and he didn't feel like putting the time in.

Just wondering if it's more hassle than it's worth. I've got an SV650 as my daily steed. This just seems like an interesting opportunity to join the German club.

Thanks in advance.
At that price and mileage if you had Max do the clutch and make sure all the recalls / updates were done you'd still be ahead.

that's assuming it wouldn't cost more than 1k from Max.
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Old 04-07-2013, 05:49 PM   #3
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I'd be all over that deal, given the rest of the bike is top
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Old 04-07-2013, 06:31 PM   #4
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Its not an easy job from the research I have done a couple of quirks. I sold one that had a failing clutch with 90k miles and should not have. If it is otherwise good shape its worth it if you are capable of the job. Hopefully its equipped like mine heated grips risers nice screen, luggage etc. I let the job scare me and should not have.
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Old 04-07-2013, 09:05 PM   #5
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I know a guy who has a 1996 R1100 RSL which needs a clutch. He's looking for about $2200 as is. The bike has about 40K on it, and he's the only owner.

Is it a worthwhile deal? I'd be doing the work myself. I know it's a lot of labor to do a clutch; actually, the reason my buddy sold his R12GSA was because it needed a rear main seal, and he didn't feel like putting the time in.

Just wondering if it's more hassle than it's worth. I've got an SV650 as my daily steed. This just seems like an interesting opportunity to join the German club.

Thanks in advance.
I *really* liked mine. Smooth, fast, very good in the canyons. Knee issues forced me to sell it, or it'd still be here. But, a clutch job on one is not a small matter. Go to the Oilheads forum and do a search before you do anything.... BTW, if it helps, I sold the one in the photo, with 22k on it for $3500.
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Old 04-07-2013, 09:33 PM   #6
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Also, it's not a hard job, just time consuming. If you are doing the job yourself, you could have a sweet bike for little coin. Not sure the market in your area, but around here they fetch big bucks
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Old 04-07-2013, 09:34 PM   #7
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I *really* liked mine. Smooth, fast, very good in the canyons. Knee issues forced me to sell it, or it'd still be here. But, a clutch job on one is not a small matter. Go to the Oilheads forum and do a search before you do anything.... BTW, if it helps, I sold the one in the photo, with 22k on it for $3500.
Damn, for $3500, I'da been all over that thing like a cheap @$$ suit!!!!!
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Old 04-08-2013, 06:32 PM   #8
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Damn, for $3500, I'da been all over that thing like a cheap @$$ suit!!!!!
Just what they go for around here. Central coastal California. Great bike. 22k miles. All service records.ABS, peg lowering kit, tall Clearview screen, etc. The ones with lowers are fairly rare in the US. Probably the best road bike I've ever owned. And it was clean..........
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Old 04-14-2013, 07:19 AM   #9
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Thanks for the input. I think I'm all in on this one.
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Old 04-14-2013, 08:25 AM   #10
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The clutch install is time consuming but not that hard.There's an order of disassembly and reasemmbly that needs to be followed and I did it without using any special tools. My ? is,why does it need a clutch already? I ran the snot out of mine and it lasted 75,000.
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