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Old 08-25-2014, 11:54 AM   #1
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Picking up a "modern" boxer... wasser boxer that is

Playing around on ebay can have unintended consequences.

I was watching a bunch of /5 and /6 models thinking I would like to have another smaller displacement boxer. Oh, my R60 is nice, though a little "flintstone" in some respects. The R100RS is great for distance, but a pig around town. Das Beast, my beater R100RS is fun. But still...

So I was watching a bunch, and saw a 1997 R850R with low mileage, new tires, a new Odessey battery, factory bags and a Parabellum windsheild. With 10 minutes to go in the "no reserve auction" it was sitting at $2200. I bid $2400 and figured it would just up the price.

10 minutes later I hear the "ding"of e-mail coming in - and I won the damn thing... for $2341.54

I started thinking about it - most of my BMWs in my life were from $2k to $3k at most. Oh, I paid $7k new for a K75S mit ABS and bags back in the day, but the rest were Airheads.

So.. Weds I take off in a Enterprise truck to pick up the R850R... it should be interesting, to say the least.
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Old 08-25-2014, 01:31 PM   #2
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Why "wasser" (=water)? This bike is an oilhead.

$2400 sounds almost too good to be true. Hopefully it's not...

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Old 08-25-2014, 03:17 PM   #3
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Spoke with the owner today; he owned up lost "...close to $1500" on it, but his wife insisted only one bike. He's keeping a R1200C (had one for a short while as a rental pig... and it was just that, an uncomfortable pig of a machine - for me anyway - it flat killed my back and had the worst suspension of any BMW, ever)

The tires are new, as is the battery. I will probably pull off the Parabellum "Scout" fairing, or at least opt for a much lower screen height.

One of the first rides will be from Asheville to Greenville, SC to my old friend Troy's place. He was a tech for the local shop, then hung out his own shingles. He knows the "robo boxers" very well.
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Old 08-25-2014, 06:48 PM   #4
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If that bike is in any kind of decent shape, you got a smoking deal on it !



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Old 08-25-2014, 07:10 PM   #5
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Resale prices of most BMWs are terrible these days. It's a buyer's market. BMW is offering so many incentives on new bikes that it's hard to sell a used one. R850Rs are really a nice bike; smoother and "surge" free compared to any R1100.
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Old 08-25-2014, 09:02 PM   #6
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I picked up a R1100R a few years ago also with the Parrabellum Scout for a bit less than that. Seemed too good of a deal to be true but it carried me clear across the country a week later with zero problems.

I really liked the fairing but hated the ergonomics of the bike after a long day in the saddle. I didn't learn until I got home that the seat had three different height adjustments, that made things a bit better.

The Telelever was a bit weird to get used to, felt really heavy to me at parking lot speeds. I ended up trading it for my first slash five shortly after getting home with it and have been stuck in an airhead frame of mind ever since.
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Old 08-26-2014, 02:30 PM   #7
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You have to understand: I have owned Airheads since I was 19. I'm a neo-codger of 52 now. 30+ BMWs over the years.

For the price, if I ride it for a year or two, I win. If I part it out, I win.

Dunno if I will keep the faring yet. I kinda like a naked bike. Got that way after 6 G/S bikes.

I figure it'll be more fun and lower priced that anything I can buy from the local dealers for so little scratch.

Just picked up a folding aluminum ramp to take with me. Truck tomorrow. I should be underway in 24 hours.

Photos soon.

Oh, and yes - it is an oilhead, not a wasser boxer. My addled mind... I have a VW Westy too you see...
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Old 08-26-2014, 03:01 PM   #8
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Before I got my first Airhead GS back in 2004 I had decided that I wanted an R1100RS oilhead... I sold my R100RS and got one.

That experiment lasted about a year or so... sure the R1100RS was faster, had better brakes, handled better, and always ran like a top but it was just boring and there was never anything to fix or adjust.

I predict a short relationship here and then back to airheads
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Old 08-26-2014, 03:04 PM   #9
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Oh, no airheads are leaving the fold. Nope. They aren't going anywhere.

The main reason for this is to keep miles down on my airheads.

And hey, it's nice to have a choice too.

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Old 08-26-2014, 07:35 PM   #10
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might be inrested in the scout if ya decide to get rid of it
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Old 08-27-2014, 07:33 AM   #11
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Count on it Redbud...

Currently on the road and heading west on I-40 in a Dodge 1500 4x4 with XM. Thank you Enterprise.

I should see the bike in about 9 hours. Photos sometime tomorrow.
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Old 08-28-2014, 05:23 PM   #12
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O.k...

I left Asheville on Wednesday at 9am.

I picked up the R850R yesterday at 8pm central standard time in the rain.

Slept a couple hours in a Super 8 in Du Quinn, IL (did a BMW MOA Rally there many, many moons ago). Could barely see anything at all due to the torrential rain. Smiled in the cab of the Hemi 5.7 4x4 1500 Dodge Pickup. No problems. Hell, it has a freaking KNOB for a transmission!

Rolled into the crib.

As it was raining, I did not get to start the bike. Once home, key in, turn, hit the button... brrooom.



Very necessary pics!



In transit. Somewhere in Tennessee about oh, 2pm today. Later, I drove through the I-40 gap with the bike in the back and kept pace with a Porsche Boxster S cabrio that was playing.

In the crib now.

What to see more?
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Old 08-28-2014, 05:41 PM   #13
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Yep, mine looked just like that except charcoal grey. For whatever reason I really like the way the Scout fairing looks on these bikes.

Yours looks to be in pretty nice shape for the money, good score.
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Old 08-28-2014, 05:57 PM   #14
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Oh, I'm pretty chuffed...

It started right up. No drama.

Rode it up the pretty place above the Chateau. Views for miles. Nice.

Tossed the keys to my friend Jim, who helped me unload the bike from "the wonder truck" (can't wait for the Shell bill to show up for that bit of hubris)

Tucked in the garage now. Here she is in her perch:




Can't wait to see this one in the light of day.
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Old 08-28-2014, 06:32 PM   #15
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You have to understand: I have owned Airheads since I was 19. I'm a neo-codger of 52 now. 30+ BMWs over the years.

For the price, if I ride it for a year or two, I win. If I part it out, I win.

Dunno if I will keep the faring yet. I kinda like a naked bike. Got that way after 6 G/S bikes.

I figure it'll be more fun and lower priced that anything I can buy from the local dealers for so little scratch.

Just picked up a folding aluminum ramp to take with me. Truck tomorrow. I should be underway in 24 hours.

Photos soon.

Oh, and yes - it is an oilhead, not a wasser boxer. My addled mind... I have a VW Westy too you see...

Same exact story except I first starting riding beemers when I was 14. My dad knew how I went around dirt tracks and had no problem letting me ride his brand new /6. Until he noticed that I was wearing the rubber off the bottom of his foot pegs. Then it was an occasional shop bike ride until I bought my own at 19. Right now I am down to just one beemer. The first time in 28 years but man the thing is a runner!

Oilheads? My favorite thing about them is the Telelever. AWESOME front end!!! My favorite oilhead is the R1100S's. The only ones that don't surge. The only ones that make good power up to red line. I had one pull an awesome real long 100mph power wheelie while I was going through some slight esses full bore in second or third. A friend of mine said his 900SS sometimes does the same thing there.
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