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R1100S Hysteria

Time to compile a list of the impending disasters that lie just beneath the surface...

Here's a few. Add more.
  • Spline Shaft
  • Cam chain tensioner
  • ABS quits working
  • Engine seized because oil was checked wrong
  • Fuel pump
  • Bike just dies
  • Rear wheel coming off because it wasn't torqued properly

I know there's millions more. Impending doom is fun to predict.
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Old 09-21-2019, 07:01 AM
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Nice list!....secondary issues for me though, its the texting asshat pulling up behind me at almost every red light I encounter that is my doom event list leader.

Or is that another list?
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My biggest issue is not enough time to ride.
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Old 09-21-2019, 10:56 AM
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N41, I'm headed in your direction on Monday, going to the Parkway for a week. I like coming along 11 to Ceasars Head and then through Brevard on to the Pisgah Inn.

I'm hoping for good weather, I've been rained out the last two times this year, still hung around to ride but rain and fog in WNC is no fun.

Taking my GS this time. It just sits these days since I have my R1100S.so I figured I'd put it to work for a bit.
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Time to compile a list of the impending disasters that lie just beneath the surface...

Here's a few. Add more.
  • Spline Shaft
  • Cam chain tensioner
  • ABS quits working
  • Engine seized because oil was checked wrong
  • Fuel pump
  • Bike just dies
  • Rear wheel coming off because it wasn't torqued properly

I know there's millions more. Impending doom is fun to predict.
Think the title heading is spot on because over the years if it wasn’t hysteria it was the conspiracy theory

The first one was Lennie Induct or the San Jose option.

We then had 5 years of just about every quack idea to alter the fuelling until a PC appeared and with the demise of the PC option it’s moved on again.

In fairness for probably 7/8 years it was just the normal pipes/seats etc.

The odd center seal has raised its head until the clutch spline drama and now we have the cam chain tensioner divide the moans by the number of 1100s’s made which is 70 odd thousand and make your own mind up.

Mix in the fact that no one ever owns up to how they ride their bike.....
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Ign. switch wire breaks off the back of the switch.

Oil pressure sensor shows a false oil light after being washed or when riding in the rain.

Stock seat will sterilize you, as it destroys the family jewels.

Driveshaft cush drive slips and causes final drive to go out of phase and produces vibration.

Guessing many of the newer members here may not get the thread title... and the history of "Hysteria" over the years.

I used to ride the schit out of mine..Now it collects dust as I have other hobbies. Loved it and never worried about any of the so called issues. Had the pleasure of meeting many of the members here. Hosted a few in my home, played in the curves with some here in Arkansas, as well as Missouri, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico, Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, and Utah. I have met so many wonderful people on this forum over the years, and many have become lifelong friends. I cried many times as we have lost some to accidents and some just died. I suspect that you can find good in anything or anyone, as well as bad... Often you find what you are looking for, whether it be in bikes or people.

Obviously the R1100S had some issues or these urban legends of impending doom wouldn't exist.
We can joke about them, but there are some members here that had to lay out $$$$ to have their bikes fixed, for them it is not quite as funny. I still believe My R1100S is the best bike I have owned in 50 years of riding.
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Best bike in 50 years really

Things I changed

Wheels
Brakes
Seats X 3
Bodywork
Exhaust system
Air inlet
Air Filter
Suspension
Handle bars
Fuel Tank
Rear Bevel
+Power Commander

And still compared to a modern day bike has all the delights of Fred Flinstones Chugabug but she’s a grand old girl from another era that I like to keep.
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Not the fastest... But hey i am from another era too these days. Took a customers S1000RR out after turning off the break-in nanny software for him, I played with it a little... Acceleration and braking were incredible... I don't have the reflexes any more to own something like that. My lack of self discipline would have my license revoked... or me getting hurt. The R1100S isn't as light or as fast as my Yamaha FZ bikes or VTR Honda was... But it has been a fun bike, That I still love to ride it when I ride. I don't ride as much as you do anymore. But it isn't because of I am worried about it breaking down.
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...I used to ride the schit out of mine..Now it collects dust as I have other hobbies. Loved it and never worried about any of the so called issues. Had the pleasure of meeting many of the members here...played in the curves with some here...I have met so many wonderful people on this forum over the years...Obviously the R1100S had some issues...I still believe My R1100S is the best bike I have owned in 50 years of riding.
+1 Best bikes I've owned to date, now my favorite bike is my Hyprestrada...
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I've had a lot of issues but 90% of them have been self-induced.

I love the bike, wouldn't ever consider getting rid of it.
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I can't remember who gave me this advise when I owned my R1100s, and I'm paraphrasing his suggestion...

Just ride it. If it breaks, fix it. Spend less time reading the naysayers and enjoy it.
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We have to have our bikes checked every year so dusted the old girl off today and went first time on the button after standing for 6 months and ticked over at its usual 1000 revs hysteria!!! how high my feet were!!! after riding big traillies since april.

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I've had a lot of issues but 90% of them have been self-induced.
Over the years that has probably been true with quite a few of the problems that surface here!
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Just ride it. If it breaks, fix it. Spend less time reading the naysayers and enjoy it.
+1 Good advice...if only I could leave them alone...
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+1 Good advice...if only I could leave them alone...
+2

Unfortunately I love to tinker with stuff. Best way to learn though.
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I just have to say final drive pivot bearings. Every 20-25,000 miles for me.
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My 2000 has had an ignition switch replacement. 37,000 miles and change.
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My 160K 1999 started eating the hardening off its cams.

You should be afraid.

Very.

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...started eating the hardening off its cams.
Our old cam technology needs a little help since today's engine oils are lacking some of the elements they had when our bikes were built, I add this to my oil on my older engines that are not rollerized...

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Our old cam technology needs a little help since today's engine oils are lacking some of the elements they had when our bikes were built, I add this to my oil on my older engines that are not rollerized...

Interesting....
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