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Old 04-05-2013, 02:32 PM   #1
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Bmw r100rt

Spotted the add on TM a few weeks back, rang up the guy and said " I'll take it" Sight unseen, one poor photo and description " R100, had not run in two years, needs battery and new tyre"
Picked it up on my Auckland/New Plymouth/Waicanae/Taupo/superbike run....
On arrival it had a flat tyre and was covered in garage stuff, despite him expecting me. I can't find the pannier keys, but found a new set of filters and exhaust tool.
Loaded it on the trailer and carried on.
When I got home, put a battery in it and it started straight away with its 2 year old petrol.
I had a tyre I took off another bike for " one day" and got that fitted.
Today took it for a WOF and now its ready to roll.
Turns out the ignition key fits the panniers
Strange to ride and it takes while to warm up. Screams out lets go away for the weekend......however the house is saying....not so fast mate.....
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Old 04-05-2013, 05:23 PM   #2
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Well done, looks like it cleaned up nicely.
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Old 04-05-2013, 05:55 PM   #3
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Well done, looks like it cleaned up nicely.
yep now strip it down

EDit - Actually it would look pretty cool painted all balck with gold pin striping around the edge of the fairing & a bat insignia on each side...
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Old 04-06-2013, 03:20 AM   #4
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I didnt know that they made ape hanger screens
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Old 04-06-2013, 01:21 PM   #5
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yes the bars and screen make for a ...er different riding experience.
Mechanically its mint, paint is pretty good for a 24 year old bike, seat is very comfortable.
A voice in my head say, "bin the fairing and fit an S one and bars...."
The other voice says " not till you've finished the house you wont"
After nearly 30 years voice #2 generally wins...
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Old 04-06-2013, 02:45 PM   #6
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yes the bars and screen make for a ...er different riding experience.
Mechanically its mint, paint is pretty good for a 24 year old bike, seat is very comfortable.
A voice in my head say, "bin the fairing and fit an S one and bars...."
The other voice says " not till you've finished the house you wont"
After nearly 30 years voice #2 generally wins...

you know why they put barn doors on barns. leave the fairing, winter is approaching.
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Old 04-06-2013, 05:16 PM   #7
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R100RT Review:
1989 R100RT
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Koni Rear shock.

I took the R100 out today on a mix of town, country and motorway riding.
Was out early due to clocks going back.
I wear earplugs even for commuting these days as I have mild Tinitus and the wind noise I find fatiguing.

The RT is very much at home on the motorway, with the screen in the lowest position you can see over it nicely and there is no buffeting, you can even leave your visor up.
The speedo looks to read slow and with a 33:11 FD I think 100 kms is about 4000. This seemed to be about right in the 'slow' lane.

Turned off at Papakura and into the country, then filled up with gas to dilute the remaining 2 year old stuff .
I went down SH22 for a bit and was enjoying the twisties so much passed the Mercer turn off and turned off at Glen Murray.
The RT bars are back about 3" I think on the R90/6 bars so leaning forward a bit compensated for this, using lessons I learned at SBS I played around with countersteering, peg weighting and tank bracing.... it would appear you can get nearly anything to go quite well using some rider input.
I have back issues and the sit up and beg position of a scooter kills my back, not so with the R90/6 and the R100Rt, both offer good support, the RT having a raised pillion bit that seems to aid lower back support.
Handling is ok, I'm no expert, I gave it the usual handful at Island Block Road and it was up the " the ton" very quickly till it hit some bumps and a bit of wallow set in for a moment...
Called into Maxheadrooms but he was out....missed out on the donuts I got...numnumnum...
Then it was back on the motorway which I usually hate due to the wind buffeting and boredom.....today just wafted along at 110kmph.

Conclusion: Probably not a bike I would ever have actively gone out to buy but seems to do the job pretty well. Lack of wind blast is nice, but the huge fairing is a high price to pay.
Next week its going to be the work commuter....
( the fairing is safe for the mo.....)
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Old 04-06-2013, 08:11 PM   #8
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I've been eyeballing RT's as well for a while now
Haven't taken the plunge because I'm very wary about the buffeting/noise thing. On my F650 twin I've removed the screen completely
I'm suffering from tinnitus as well ; pretty sure I got it from my 1150 RS
Jeez that screen was loud !
Sooo...what I really need is a ride on an RT to see if that is what I want, before I would get one......

(In return I could do a carb synch with an original "Harmonizer " ....the best carb synchronyser tool known to mankind )
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Old 04-06-2013, 08:58 PM   #9
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I've been eyeballing RT's as well for a while now
Haven't taken the plunge because I'm very wary about the buffeting/noise thing. On my F650 twin I've removed the screen completely
I'm suffering from tinnitus as well ; pretty sure I got it from my 1150 RS
Jeez that screen was loud !
Sooo...what I really need is a ride on an RT to see if that is what I want, before I would get one......

(In return I could do a carb synch with an original "Harmonizer " ....the best carb synchronyser tool known to mankind )
Well...my R90 could do with a sync I'm Mt Roskill, close to the screen buffeting testing SH 20, come one over next weekend and have a spin.
I think the Autobahns and the R100RS did my hearing, that and Motorhead, AC/DC, The Who...etc.
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Old 04-06-2013, 09:03 PM   #10
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I think the Autobahns and the R100RS did my hearing, that and Motorhead, AC/DC, The Who...etc.
I'll see your Autobahns & R100RS, Motorhead, A/C D/C etc (but not the Who), & raise you a Z500 with a largely open pipe. Used to make my ears ring for the 1st few months, but after that it all just went away....

'I really like this jacket but the sleeves are much to long....Stay calm, don't be alarmed, it's just a holiday, back at the funny farm..'
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Old 04-06-2013, 11:26 PM   #11
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'I really like this jacket but the sleeves are much to long....Stay calm, don't be alarmed, it's just a holiday, back at the funny farm..'
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Old 04-07-2013, 11:11 PM   #12
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Day One Of Commuting The Mean Streets of Auckland.

Takes me about 30 minutes to do my 22 km commute. Today it was The

RT's turn to tread the route taken by the 900SS, the Thruxton, the Yamaha

200 Scoot, the R65 and more recently the R90/6.

Despite the RT being 3" less in width than the R65 measure at the outside

of the mirrors it does not inspire anywhere near the degree of nipping in

and out.
It was cooler today but I was unaware of it behind the fairing.


The fact the rear tyre I got fitted last weekend is leaking slightly around

the valve stem means daily top ups..... like most things in the city its 30

minutes plus each way to bike shop....

Its hard to believe its a 24 year old motorcycle as it feels so tight and

smooth.

My twin disc bits arrived for the R90 have to see what they look like.
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Old 04-10-2013, 11:22 PM   #13
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Filled up today, 18 litres/330 km.... 50 mpg, not bad. Tried a bit of lane splitting, it was like the parting of the Red Sea...
Very cold blooded on start up...you have to hold the choke on for ages.....about a minute.
Motorway is really its thing, just wafts along....feels slower than it is.
Mono suspension and forks make for a firm yet comfortable ride.
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Old 04-11-2013, 02:12 AM   #14
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I'll see your Autobahns & R100RS, Motorhead, A/C D/C etc (but not the Who), & raise you a Z500 with a largely open pipe. Used to make my ears ring for the 1st few months, but after that it all just went away....

'I really like this jacket but the sleeves are much to long....Stay calm, don't be alarmed, it's just a holiday, back at the funny farm..'

i used to use my walkman on my FJ1100 but had to stop when i got the Guz as had to max the vol just to hear.
got a great idea for the fairing....... hang on i'll pm.
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Old 04-11-2013, 02:34 AM   #15
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i used to use my walkman on my FJ1100 but had to stop when i got the Guz as had to max the vol just to hear.
got a great idea for the fairing....... hang on i'll pm.
hmmmmm.....
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