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New to Me R1100S

Hello all. New to the forum but not BMWs. I have had one boxer (r90s) and 6 K bikes. Yeah, the raw power is just too addictive. Currently have a 2013 K1300S and now a 1999 R1100S. I've always loved the look of these bikes and have been reading more about them and looking at a number of bikes with greater interest over the last few months. Winter has arrived here in Montana so it is time for spending more time in the garage, hence the new bike.

Just a comment about the buying process, which is always interesting. Trying to weigh the pros and cons is always kinda fun, in a sadistic way. Mileage, year, accessories, service history, and price got so confusing I ended up using a spreadsheet. As others have said here, evaluating the generally cleanliness and overall condition of a perspective bike can give one a sense of how fastidious the owner is and help determine if one should look at the bike in more detail or drop it from further consideration and move on to another bike. An important thing is to just take your time and not be in rush to make a sale happen.

To make a long story longer, I narrowed the search down to a few bikes and then called the owners. I always try to let the owner do most of the talking and have found that I often get tidbits about the bike that I would not get in a simple guestion/answer approach. Also one can get a good sense of the owner's knowledge and dedication to the marque. It's the only way to get a feel about whether a particular bike might be a problem or a real find.

Anyways, I will post some pictures after I pick the bike up on Tuesday. Am looking forward to getting to know you and this new bike. Regards.
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Looking forward to your pictures.

But... How many of the R1100S bikes can there be in Montana to look at?
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None in Montana. I was looking at others in Colorado and throughout the Northern Rockies. Bought this one from a guy in Spokane. When you live in Montana you get used to having to travel to fetch things.
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Welcome to the family. When I shop for cars/bikes online i usually set a 500 mile arc. That gets me to Miami to Memphis, to DC area. Closer is better but I've gotten good deals in Jacksonville on several cars.

I found mine, well it found me client/friend knew I had a BMW K bike and called and offered me hers. Great deal, she gets visitation rights.

Hopefully weather will hold for you to get a few shakedown rides in before deep winter. I tend to go through my bikes every other winter, clean, inspect replace wear parts, fluids and filters, . I'm guess my 3 weeks of winter is shorted than yours.

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Welcome to the family. When I shop for cars/bikes online i usually set a 500 mile arc. That gets me to Miami to Memphis, to DC area. Closer is better but I've gotten good deals in Jacksonville on several cars.

I found mine, well it found me client/friend knew I had a BMW K bike and called and offered me hers. Great deal, she gets visitation rights.

Hopefully weather will hold for you to get a few shakedown rides in before deep winter. I tend to go through my bikes every other winter, clean, inspect replace wear parts, fluids and filters, . I'm guess my 3 weeks of winter is shorted than yours.

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Hopefully weather will hold for you to get a few shakedown rides in before deep winter. I tend to go through my bikes every other winter, clean, inspect replace wear parts, fluids and filters, . I'm guess my 3 weeks of winter is shorted than yours.

Again, Welcome!
Thanks. Yes, our winters are a bit longer, like about 5 months. I'm 64 and getting pretty tired of it since I'm more interested in riding mountain bikes and motorcycles than skiing. We just got some snow and cold weather but should have a little stretch Indian summer before the real winter kicks in. So, I'll report back after a few rides. Cheers.
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Had a chance between rain storm's to take the r11 out for a spin. Before I left I reset the front and back shocks and the preload and made sure tire pressure was decent. The original manual calls for 32 and 36 psi. Is this right with today's thinking about tire pressure? BMW recommends 36 and 42 for my k bike, which is about the same weight.
Without making comparisons to the k or any other bike I can say that I really like this bike. The suspension was very good, it turned in easy, and held nice lines through the turns. And frankly it had pretty good power. It shifted smoothly...for a BMW, and the throttle response was good. Overall, fun bike. Now that the snow is coming here in Montana it will soon be time to go completely through the bike and service everything. That's fun too!
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Here she is.

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Hey!

That looks like my bike
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Great looking bike. Someone took good care of that one.
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This bike is made for Montana. It eats up long freeway stretches and is a delight in mountain sweepers. Enjoy.
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Wow that's immaculate!
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Hmmpff... If you like that screamin' yellow zonker look...!



Oh wait... I forgot, that's my bike! Never mind!!

That proper color combo is called Mandarin / Titan Silver Metallic

That bike looks immaculate from the one picture. You'll have to post more. How many miles were on it? Did you also get the BMW hard cases? We can't see enough to be too judgemental as yet.
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I know a gent in Spokane who has one just like this. Did you get it from John E?
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one of my 3 is like that but honestly I like the blue one.
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Should never have got rid of it....them....



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Bobby1,

BEAUTIFUL!! Looks to be in top-notch condition. Congrats!!

I got a '99 R1100S about a year and a half ago, low miles, 16K. It has been a learning curve with it.

Based on my experience with this one, I'd suggest you consider the following, if not already done, in priority of importance:

1) inspect the clutch splines thru the starter hole for abnormal wear.

2) replace all hydraulic lines with a set from Spiegler. The OEM lines decompose from the inside and leave you locked up or no brakes.

3) install AF-XiED from NightRider to correct the extremely lean mix. This was the single biggest, best, and cheapest mod I did. It lets the engine run like it's supposed to run, not cold-natured, much better roll-on power.

4) Left cam chain tensioner upgrade (bulletin)

5) replace in-tank fuel tubing and filter. Age is the thing here, like #2.

6) replace/rewire the HES. The OEM wires get brittle and short out, like #2 & 5. GSAddict rewires them with good wire.

7) LED headlight, turn sigs, brake light.

8) Wilber shocks, F & R. You think it handles well now?? Call Ted Porter at The Beemer Shop.

9) San Jose Air Filter will tremendously help the asthmatic engine, along with an Induct. Exhaust system is OK

10) put a weep hole under the hydraulic clutch slave cyl. If the slave cyl leaks (and it will, eventually), it spills onto the clutch, requiring you to replace the clutch. AMHIK (see pic below).

And don't be afraid to spin the engine. Use the rev limiter as the up-shift indicator. You'll like it!!

If you had really done your homework and due diligence, you'd know the red bikes are universally regarded as the most beautiful, and fastest, of the R11S's.

Did you see the "Best Used Bikes", Oct '17, Cycle World, p.59??


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Thanks for the well wishes and advice about upgrades. I will be devoting the long cold winter to looking after this bike. This bike has 26k miles and I bought it from another guys, not John.

BTW, the tires on this bike are pretty old, like maybe more than 10 years, based on the tire model. So despite the ample tread I am going to replace them. This bike has the 5 inch rims, which the tire size of 170 is recommended. Unfortunately there are few choices these days if you want a sport tire in 170. The only ones I could find were the Michelin Power 2CTs and the Pirelli Diablo Rosso 2s. I ended up buying the latter and am looking forward to riding them. Supposed to be very grippy based on all the reviews.
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