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Does the R1100S feel like a 20yo bike?

Hi, hope everyone is well. There is an opportunity here to get a pretty good deal on a Boxer Cup.

For those of you that have an 11 and also something newer, does the 11 feel its age?

I currently am bikeless and have always loved the shape of the 1100s and moreso the boxer cup.

Cheers for your thoughts

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it wont feel old unless you have a newer one.
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1100S bikes are one of the best feeling bikes around.

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I've made an enquiry, the price has been dropped quite drastically, will wait and see, opinions all appreciated still
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Hi, hope everyone is well. There is an opportunity here to get a pretty good deal on a Boxer Cup.

For those of you that have an 11 and also something newer, does the 11 feel its age?

I currently am bikeless and have always loved the shape of the 1100s and moreso the boxer cup.

Cheers for your thoughts

Jonny
Blimey what a question in stock trim itís nothing short of Stone Age I thought that probably 16/17 years ago and instead of getting rid did something about it.

I only ride mine early part of the year and late on I see no point in stressing the motor in warm weather but when I havenít ridden it for months I go through the same old process the first 80 miles iím Crying and WTF am I doing with this comes into my head every 10 seconds but by the time iíve Got to the 100 mile mark then itís light bulb time and iíve Remembered how to ride it but stock it ainít not by a long chalk it ainít.

Compared to modern day well I do have my K1200 but even with the bells and whistles isnít really modern day,fast forward to my X/R and recently purchased KTM GT and frankly they are monstrous compared to the 1100 and from a fun factor point of view off the scale but if you want to introduce any reality into the conversation over a 300 mile day or more the old 1100(mine) is still able to give them a run for their money although in fairness I have probably spent more on my 1100 than what the GT cost me
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Just bought a 2004 R1100S. I've ridden many newer bikes(2010 & later). And a lot of old ones. I bought it because I fell in love with the style/look of it years ago. The brakes(abs) are good, Suspension(Ohlins) good, comfort(good), power so, so(but still fun). New bikes are better. But that's not everything. They are all just machines. In the end if I can't walk out to the garage at stare at a motorcycle at say "Cool" it's time for it to go. I have several bikes, different tools for different jobs.

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I have several bikes, different tools for different jobs.
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Agree 100%, I have had two R1100S at different times in my garage among 40+ others that came & went.

I enjoy riding every single machine, each have good & bad for different type of riding.
R1100S is a unique machine that will hold a special place, if I find another at good price, I would get it again.
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Come on Chewie, you already know the answer! You just posted because you missed this board!

The thing the S has going for it now, 20 years later, is that it's affordable, compared to it's original (in some cases) price of $16,400 US dollars. It's going to be what it's going to be, just like buying an old Corvette as compared to a new Corvette. It will sit between your legs, the plastic shaking a little, eager to go, like taking the old family dog for a run.

It's still a more than solid performer, and if you like the looks, like seeing it in your garage, then why not? Just keep up on the maintenance, and also keep an eye out for parts or aftermarket stuff you might want. That's getting harder to find.

I still have my original 2000 R1100S, but also have an RnineT, F800GS, and last week just picked up a 2019 S1000XR - just because. Even so, the S is the one that stands out looks wise. It's just very unique.

You will want to look at things like the brake hoses, mine simply popped when I squeezed the lever too hard. The old rubber deteriorates. So I just put some Spiegler's on it last week.

I say do it!
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I say do it as well. I don't think anyone has regretted their decision to buy an S. Do some upgrades to make it a little more modern.
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I have a '17 R1200RS to compare with my '03 BCR.
The RS feels ridiculously smooth compared to the S.
I miss the cruise control and myriad of information the RS has when riding the S.
The RS definitely has a large power/torque advantage over the S.
Handling is comparable. I have Road 5 on the RS and Pilot Power 2CT on the S.
I appreciate the telelever but the USD forks don't cause me any problems. I installed Wilbers on the S and that transformed the ride. The RS has the stock DESA.
The S has a Remus cat eliminating exhaust and farts, pops, burbles and generally raises hell while the RS has stock exhaust.
The S is a blast to ride and I love it.
The RS is just a better overall bike, especially for longer rides. Gets better fuel mileage and doesn't weigh all that much more, is more comfortable.
P.S. I also have an '85 K100RS that feels absolutely ancient and I have semi retired it.

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Must be a favorite color scheme: The age of this bike is one of its many attractive attributes.

The key is just a key, not some transmitter device that will lock you out of your own bike. I can hotwire this bike if I need to. If it starts to develop an issue it will not drop into a "limp mode" automatically, it lets me make the decision.

I can put gas in it without invoking an electrical latching mechanism. The electrical generation device (alternator) is bolted on top of the motor not buried in the depths of an engine/ transmission unit that, if disturbed, is unlikely to ever be the same again.

I can fix this bike myself. Do I have an issue with excess technology? You bet ya! I realize that compared to a KLR this is an advanced bike but an 1100S is at a tech level I can live with.


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Hey Chewie!!! Great to see you post. Buy the bike... You old fart... Guessing your young man is old enough to be riding one too by now.
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Must be a favorite color scheme: The age of this bike is one of its many attractive attributes.

The key is just a key, not some transmitter device that will lock you out of your own bike. I can hotwire this bike if I need to. If it starts to develop an issue it will not drop into a "limp mode" automatically, it lets me make the decision.

I can put gas in it without invoking an electrical latching mechanism. The electrical generation device (alternator) is bolted on top of the motor not buried in the depths of an engine/ transmission unit that, if disturbed, is unlikely to ever be the same again.

I can fix this bike myself. Do I have an issue with excess technology? You bet ya! I realize that compared to a KLR this is an advanced bike but an 1100S is at a tech level I can live with.

I like the metal mesh in the front oil cooler intake. How does it stay in place?
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I'm pretty sure that is factory. This is S # 5 or 6 and all but one had that, a 1999 "light" version
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Not factory.. it is gutter screen that people cut and install in front of the oil cooler.
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Thanks for the responses guys, it's also nice to see some familiar names. It's like sitting down with old friends...Maybe there is an element of me wanting to be back here, hehe. I'll just buy an 11 so I can get these acidic fingers striking the keyboard again!

Bill the young fella is nearly 11 now, he would like a motorbike but we haven't gone down that road just yet. The upside is we are into MTB and we have some great tracks around, so that is good and we just bought an Intense 951 2nd hand downhill bike that is due to rock up tomorrow - that will be fun!

Well, the fellow selling the Boxer Cup hasn't responded to my email enquiry, he has not listed a phone number and I wonder if he is aware of that, time will tell.

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Thanks Bill, glad have the screen on there in Florida, I can do a bug clean out after almost every ride this time of year.

Maybe they are in there with Velcro? Gotta check that
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Thanks Bill, glad have the screen on there in Florida, I can do a bug clean out after almost every ride this time of year.

Maybe they are in there with Velcro? Gotta check that
Thanks. Maybe Silicone adhesive? Didn't want to use Duct tape. Or screw anything into the bodywork.
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Not factory.. it is gutter screen that people cut and install in front of the oil cooler.
Yes, those of us that remember the early years of this board saw many attempts at innovations and attempted improvements for the R1100S from some names still familiar here and others that have gone by the wayside. It's all still there, if you became a master of searches...

There were a couple threads on those screens, and I think Wunderlich sold them for a while.

Here's two, there's more:
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Best color scheme ever...
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Thanks for the responses guys, it's also nice to see some familiar names. It's like sitting down with old friends...Maybe there is an element of me wanting to be back here, hehe. I'll just buy an 11 so I can get these acidic fingers striking the keyboard again!

Bill the young fella is nearly 11 now, he would like a motorbike but we haven't gone down that road just yet. The upside is we are into MTB and we have some great tracks around, so that is good and we just bought an Intense 951 2nd hand downhill bike that is due to rock up tomorrow - that will be fun!

Well, the fellow selling the Boxer Cup hasn't responded to my email enquiry, he has not listed a phone number and I wonder if he is aware of that, time will tell.

Into the Mountainbike myself as well... Makes me feel like I am still 30. Arkansas is quickly becoming a moutainbike destination, as a couple of the Walmart heirs are giving millions to the state for trail building.
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