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Old 01-12-2010, 08:59 AM   #16
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Just got my 2000 R1100R for $2700 off craigslist. My guess is that this is not old enough to be a classic, and not new enough to be blingy. Despite that this bike will tour with the best of them, it only has 5-speeds. Yet the gearing is adequate for all the riding I've done (interstate, in-city, canyons, etc.).

Any thoughts?


I think you got a hell of a deal...I didn't always like them, but they grew
on me. Two up, long distance-savvy and looks like nothing else on the road.

The seat, panniers and windscreen's cost were higher than you paid...
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Old 01-12-2010, 09:19 PM   #17
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i agree, the 1100 looks clunky next to the 1150, and especially the 1200 roadsters. they definitely improved the aesthetics of the swingarm and transmission in the later bikes.
Well, that pretty much says it...and nicer than I would've
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Old 01-12-2010, 09:50 PM   #18
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So much of this depends on what the goals of the rider are.

I tend to be drawn to hobbies that are purpose oriented. Motorcycling, aviation, snowmobiling, skiing, bicycling, metal fabrication ... these usually deemphasize things like asthetics of a transmission, style of blinker buttons, etc. and leave my decisions guided by asking 'does it work?'

The 1200GS, 1150GS and many other things look fancier, have a greater power/weight ratio, and some other valid features. Yet, being blessed to have owned and ridden some fine machines, I have learned to value:

-practical seat height to decrease me dropping the bike in adverse conditions.
-unit reliability
-EFI
-comfy passenger gig
-affordable
-safety (ABS, no-dive telelever, big engine)
-luggage potential
-low maintenance (shaft drive)
-and hopefully something that is a little different when my bike is lined up with 30 others.

The R1100R's really shine when held to the above factors.

I think there are so many great models available, it is hard to choose. Considering what the 1100R's offer, after riding one I think you will agree that it is hard to beat for the cost.

My $0.02


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Old 01-16-2010, 10:12 AM   #19
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I think there are so many great models available, it is hard to choose. Considering what the 1100R's offer, after riding one I think you will agree that it is hard to beat for the cost.

My $0.02

You did get a great deal, but the original owner didn't fare nearly as well financially! I'd argue that any of the Japanese standards from that era are realistically likely to show up on the market for less (e.g., ZRX1100R, ZRX1200R, Bandit 1200/1250).
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Old 01-16-2010, 01:33 PM   #20
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Since you ask...

They are fun house mirror ugly.
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Old 01-16-2010, 03:35 PM   #21
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I don't really think this bike fits into the Road Warrior description, if truth be told

Its a bit bland and does not really stir up any emotion, or much excitement either....
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Never really paid that much attention to those things..until I just looked at them in this thread...looks like a nice, well rounded, fun maching
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Old 01-16-2010, 08:28 PM   #22
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hi. i own the '99.it's the same 2tone livery as the '00 but without the yellow striping. was shopping for a dualsport after owning inline4s when i chanced upon it.the color scheme attracted me and it being a bmw boxer.it's a nice ride.smooth engine.only thing the shocks have reached the end of their lives.quite bumpy ride. the torque is awesome and can really take the corners. it's my main form of transport.put a sport windscreen on and a couple of farkles like sidestand enlarger n k&N filter.
friends an family who've seen my bike say it's nice.it's a handsome bike i must say.hard to let go

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Old 01-16-2010, 10:27 PM   #23
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Great bikes but the 1100R's were beat with an ugly stick. It screams old man............ The R got alot sexier on the 1150 and more so on the 1200 version.
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Old 01-17-2010, 08:14 AM   #24
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I have one for sale in the flea market
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Old 01-17-2010, 08:29 AM   #25
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i agree, the 1100 looks clunky next to the 1150, and especially the 1200 roadsters. they definitely improved the aesthetics of the swingarm and transmission in the later bikes.

the six speed didn't really get you anything though, as 1st and top gear were essentially the same. guess it gave you a choice of gears in the corners.

The tank is hideously shaped. There should never be a motorcycle that requires a 2 inch plastic strip along the bottom of the tank to make it look finished.

While I think they're a terrific motorcycle, I could never get past the one position seat and the tank.

MrsK had an 1150R and it was a fabulous bike.
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Old 01-17-2010, 08:48 AM   #26
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Great bikes but the 1100R's were beat with an ugly stick. It screams old man............ The R got alot sexier on the 1150 and more so on the 1200 version.
And the Rockster versions had some weird Teutonic 'tude goin' on. Gimme a Rockster variation on the 12R, and I've got problems.
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Old 01-17-2010, 09:00 AM   #27
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They are fun house mirror ugly.
Had points I didn't like but I think looked good. Needed 5.5 gallons, REALLY.

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Old 01-17-2010, 06:49 PM   #28
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It's funny looking! ........and the loopy oil cooler dealie doesn't help. It took BMW a while to hide the front suspension 'visuals', get the oil cooler put someplace normal and incorporate the tank into the design instead of looking like it got dropped on the chassis from the second floor of the Berlin plant.....great to ride, I know, but like my HP2, it's funny looking! Bruce
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Old 01-18-2010, 01:53 PM   #29
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Over the holidays I bought a used 2000 R1100R ( loaded with bags, shield, heated grips & alarm) and had it shipped to my location. The previous owner, whom I spoke to, had traded it in on a Harley. Just picked it up last week & it sits in my garage waiting for about the end of March or early April so that I can ride it. Bike has been well cared for, maintenance etc up to date and is in really good shape. I like the fact that the bike looks different.

Reason I bought it was I was always attracted to BMW's and not getting any younger. I was looking for something that was more of an all around bike that was fairly light, compared to my Goldwing, and yet still capable of touring if the need arose.

I've restored a few old bikes so I'm fairly good with the wrenches but can see I have a few things to learn about this type of bike.

Not many good sites with info on these older oilheads but the early GS models shared the same driveline components so I joined this site as it has a lot of good info.
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Old 01-18-2010, 09:03 PM   #30
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Not many good sites with info on these older oilheads but the early GS models shared the same driveline components so I joined this site as it has a lot of good info.
Try www.r1150r.net.
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