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Old 06-02-2010, 07:52 PM   #46
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Had points I didn't like but I think looked good. Needed 5.5 gallons, REALLY.

Less $$ than the GS and will go most places most GS's will go. Best bang for the buck...BMW R1---R's
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Old 06-03-2010, 08:45 AM   #47
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The GS skidplate bolted right onto my R1100R. Cool for $40 used from eBay.

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Old 06-08-2010, 10:11 AM   #48
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R1100R's don't do anything badly, but they don't really excel at anything either. Throw in some uninspired styling (how did they come up with that pillion seat!) and you've got the golden recipe for a bike that's going to be overlooked. The early R1100R's had a lot of cheap-looking bits on them (instrument cluster especially) that I always found disappointing for a BMW. Considering the GS really wasn't much different mechanically, the personality of the two bikes couldn't be more different. If you can physically manage a GS (tall enough), I'm not sure why you would buy an "R" instead (other than based on price alone, and they're definitely much cheaper than a GS). They did a much better job with the R1200R. Much better looking and a decent performer.

I do like the pic of the blue R with the S-fairing. Really transforms the look.
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Old 06-08-2010, 10:26 AM   #49
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This thread exposes an interesting theme to modern motorcycling. We seem to focus on such tiny details, and be displeased with everything until this 'perfect motorcycle' that we have been promised is released.

There is no law that says a perfect do-it-all can exist.

To me, motorcycling less about:
-the satin, semi-gloss, or whatever finish of the speedometer print
-the small plastic trim that is simply for aesthetics here or there
... but about a good functioning machine.

Reading some great articles by the famous motorcyclist Dr. Frazier:
http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/15/1/M...y-Frazier.aspx

Get something that works for you, go ride it, and have fun.

Of course, a 10-year-old bike is going to have shortcomings. This one happens to have few.
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Old 06-08-2010, 04:00 PM   #50
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To me, the devil is in the details, and there are things that you don't notice on a cheap bike that stand out on a "premium" motorcycle if they're poorly executed. The saving grace for the R1100R is that it has a nice, reliable boxer motor, good ergos, and you can put quality BMW cases and a windscreen and really tour on it. It's not the styling or the details.

The details are the difference between transportation and art. An R90S is a piece of art, the R1100R is transportation, abeit nice transportation. No offense meant to anyone with an "R".
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Old 06-09-2010, 05:34 AM   #51
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OK you guys that have 1100R's or for that matter a 850R, can someone answer me this, is the rear frame pannier mounts the same on the 850R, 1100R and later 1150R. My reason for asking this is i have got my self and a friend a couple of 850R's 1998's and am looking at building some heavy duty pannier frames to take my own aluminum luggage the England for a trip through Europe, now i can get hold of a 2003 1150R to use as a template. Not asking about the plastic pannier mounts, i build luggage here in Australia, asking about the frame mounts, i think there the same right through. Locky.
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Old 06-11-2010, 02:07 AM   #52
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OK you guys that have 1100R's or for that matter a 850R, can someone answer me this, is the rear frame pannier mounts the same on the 850R, 1100R and later 1150R. My reason for asking this is i have got my self and a friend a couple of 850R's 1998's and am looking at building some heavy duty pannier frames to take my own aluminum luggage the England for a trip through Europe, now i can get hold of a 2003 1150R to use as a template. Not asking about the plastic pannier mounts, i build luggage here in Australia, asking about the frame mounts, i think there the same right through. Locky.

Off the top of my head the frame mounts are different, even though the panniers are the same. Can give you a better answer with pics next week if you want to know more.

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Old 06-13-2010, 09:38 AM   #53
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So for those who like the 1100R's ergos, can you tell me if you have retained the stock seat or if you've changed it out? Also, can you change the footpegs...lower them a bit, for example...like you can on the old Concours?

I'd like to find a way to make an 1100R work for me...

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Old 06-13-2010, 09:48 AM   #54
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So for those who like the 1100R's ergos, can you tell me if you have retained the stock seat or if you've changed it out? Also, can you change the footpegs...lower them a bit, for example...like you can on the old Concours?

I'd like to find a way to make an 1100R work for me...

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Stock seat kinda sux.
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Old 06-13-2010, 11:00 AM   #55
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Mine came with a Sargent seat, I like it.

Other than that, at 5'8" everything stock is fine. My seat height is set at the tallest (I am 5'8") and both my feet are flat on the ground at rest!

Common changes are:

Footpeg lowering brackets.
Handlebar rising spacers.
Aftermarket seat (front and rear).

I have no complaints.
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Old 06-13-2010, 05:44 PM   #56
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are r1100r bikes having spline, rear end and hall sensor problems like the 1100gs or rt models???
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Old 06-13-2010, 11:58 PM   #57
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From '97 up most problems are fixed. I've been on the dutch GS club forum (still am, although I don't have a gs anymore) and to be honest, the 11xx doesn't have a lot of problems. Swingarm bearings go sometimes (150,-- if replaced by a shop) but besides that most problems seem to be incidents or at high mileages.

You can do a lot yourself on a R tipe, even the oilheads. If you like that, maintenance is very cheap. If you don't, find a shop that doesn't charge BMW prices :)
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Old 06-14-2010, 05:50 PM   #58
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Had one for a couple of years (Anniversary model; I think it was from 1998, with ABS). I bought it used with 12.5 k miles. It was a great bike, with excellent torque. I regret I sold it; would buy another one.
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Old 06-16-2010, 08:07 AM   #59
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Old 06-18-2010, 08:00 AM   #60
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1998 Anniversary ed'n! Awesome!

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Had one for a couple of years (Anniversary model; I think it was from 1998, with ABS). I bought it used with 12.5 k miles. It was a great bike, with excellent torque. I regret I sold it; would buy another one.
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