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R1100s - Rough Idle Stall When Cold - Mechanic in DFW?

Newbie here! just got my 04 R1100s ABS w/ 36k miles. Bike is in excellent shape, but it does have an idle issue when cold. Do these bikes have a choke mechanism? The right handlebar starter button is just a chrome button, where I see on all the other R1100s that there is supposed to be a grey button with a red needle on it?

Im located in DFW and also would like to know if anyone can reccomend a trustworthy mechanic.

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I does have a choke mechanism... somewhere on the left handlebar, if I remember correctly.

However, if you have other issues, you might want to check throttle sync as well...
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there was a "fast idle" lever on the left pod. mine broke off. it's not necessary unless the weather's under 45ish. +1 on the throttle sync.
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Im going to take a pic of my handlebars/console. The bike is really nice, handles super well, but I feel like captain slow in a straight line. What is the sweet spot RPM-wise as in 6th on the highway at 80mph im around 4k rpms. Seems like you have to keep it under 100mph if you do any good amount of seat time.

Any link on throttle sync?
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A picture of your left and right handle bar might help.
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Our primary moderator, Roger Albert, is in Dallas I believe. He does shocks primarily at his shop, but might take a look at your bike. Send him a PM...
He's still the moderator? I had to Google him the other day to make sure he was still alive. He is.
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A picture of your left and right handle bar might help.
Here are the pics:



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Well, I need to go back and take a picture of my left side cluster. But you seem to be missing the fast idle lever. On a stock bike, it's just another plastic lever you push down/up and it increases engine speed until it warms up. Some call it a choke, but it isn't.

The recommended procedure is that you start the bike and go... You don't let it sit and idle to warm up. Some feel that excessive idling may damage the engine, or discolor the pipes..
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i spy the fast-idle cable in the second pic. justin, look for a lever on the back side of the left pod, far left side. the lever on yours might also have broken off (or have been removed). ckcarr is right, just ride off and it should be warm enough to idle by the time you go a few blocks. what is your idle when fully warm?
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These guys will fix it.

Roger is in the Austin area.

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This is what you're looking for. If you don't have it, you'll need to figure it out, what's missing etc...


Front view of left grip.


View of left grip from saddle.
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Justin,

On your right grip, the starter button looks modified.
Shouldn't there be a kill switch there?

As for the left grip, it looks like the fast idle lever is missing entirely.
Part number 1 in this diagram from https://www.realoem.com.
The BMW part number is:
21 52 2 333 162 - Lever, choke control




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Thanks for all the replies. The bike does have an AIR-Horn installed which is funny, but Im sure at the expense of some other OEM item. I will look into taking it to that mechanic is Ft Worth and seeing their reply.

I did order the Catless Midpipe from Germany and may buy a Sargent seat from a member.

Really enjoy the bike and want to feel that it is as good as its going to get considering age/mileage.
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Back in 02 - 04 the place to take your bike was Boxers by Bruce. Great guy and very knowledgable. I had him do a lot of work to my bike and was very happy. If he is not doing oilheads at the moment I'm sure he would know someone.

I've had Perry's do some work to 2 of my bikes back then too. They were a little more money but I don't remember anything negative about the experience. I just felt more comfortable with Bruce.
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Justin,

Your pods are different from all the others I've seen, including mine, '99 R1100S and R100RT, and '00 K1200S. All of mine are just like ckcarr's pics above. Could yours have been replaced at some time?? Your bike is 4-5 years newer but you still need a kill switch and a warm up lever somewhere.

I've made several improvements to my R11S, the best being an AF-XiED by NightRider along with matched EV-14 injectors (Injector-Rehab). Both of these are relatively easy installs, plug and play type. If you can replace spark plugs you can do both of these.

These two improvements made the engine run like it's supposed to run, resolved all the cold-natured symptoms; MUCH better starting, MUCH better roll-on power in any gear and any speed, MUCH easier dead stop launches, no more stalls, and it runs cooler and quieter now.

You're coming up on the time to replace the Showa shocks, too. Ted Porter recommended Wilbers to me and they transformed the ride, better and less $ than Ohlins.

My R11S came with the Corbin solo "smuggler" seat which is very comfortable and handy.

Good luck!!

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Hey, mt3ch,

You might want to consider an AF-XiED by NightRider:
AF-XIED for BMW R1150

(The R1100S has much more in common with the 1150 than the 1100)

These bikes are made to run soooo lean (EPA regs) they really don't behave very well. This little gizmo fixes that, plug and play.

I put on of these on my '99 R1100s a year ago. Read up on these on their website. It CURED the cold-natured-ness of the engine, MUCH easier to start-off from a standstill, no more stalling, MUCH better roll-on power, and it runs cooler. It makes the engine run like it's supposed to run. More fun, too!!

I installed mine. The hardest part is lifting the tank a few inches to access the connector.

It will take a couple of tanks of gas thru it to get it fully adjusted. The change is gradual but you'll see it. I like it so much that I bought one each for a R1100RT and a K1200RS before I even got the bikes.

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I still havent gotten over to the mechanic yet, but I did order a catless midpipe and after reasearching this AF-XIED, that seems like another needed purchase.

Only issue is I got the 2 Wheel bug again and just purchased a 2015 Honda CBR1000RR SP. Looks like I have 2 bikes for now, but I really want to get the R1100s in tip top shape for when the weather cools down and long rides.

Ill keep everyone posted!

Thanks!
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