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1Back to top Go down    Feedback required on Wed Oct 05, 2016 11:24 pm

malcoops

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I've posted this on the BMW Facebook forum and thought I would put it up on here as well, I am after constructive feedback.
I gather this feedback might be slightly Kurupt in its answers but everything is good feedback.

So guys/gals I'm after some knowledgable feedback.
My present ride is a 1993 kl1100 - great old bike ,its now done 113,000km , gear box may need some attention in the next year or so but its a great tourer and so comforatble.
Ive been looking around at some other BMW's and need some feedback from you all regarding the following models etc, pluses /minuses/ things to look for
2000 R1150 GS 70,000 km
1993 R1100RS 50,000 km...
1997 RT1100R 80,000km
I need a tourer ,a mile eater plus something I can communte on each day, realibility is a must, plus seat comfort, Im 6 foot 4 so I need the leg room, and it needs to last me a few good years until I can buy a new bike (one day maybe).... so maybe the kl1100 ticks all these boxes and I just keep the old girl/fix the gear box when it goes , maybe the R1150 gs is better for my height and back-less km?
All feedback appreciated
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2Back to top Go down    Re: Feedback required on Thu Oct 06, 2016 1:09 am

Waz

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I have a r1100r 1997 about 80,00klms, I am 6 foot and a little cramped for leg room. You can get lowered feet rests but I think you will struggle at 6'4. It is a good tourer and commuter.
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3Back to top Go down    Re: Feedback required on Thu Oct 06, 2016 1:15 am

malcoops

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thanks waz


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4Back to top Go down    Re: Feedback required on Thu Oct 06, 2016 1:31 am

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@malcoops wrote:I
2000 R1150 GS 70,000 km
1993 R1100RS 50,000 km...
1997 RT1100R 80,000km
I need a tourer ,a mile eater plus something I can communte on each day, realibility is a must, plus seat comfort, Im 6 foot 4 so I need the leg room, and it needs to last me a few good years until I can buy a new bike (one day maybe).... so maybe the kl1100 ticks all these boxes and I just keep the old girl/fix the gear box when it goes , maybe the R1150 gs is better for my height and back-less km?
All feedback appreciated
mal

Do I translate that as
2000 R1150GS
93 R1100RS
97 R1100RT (no such thing as an RT1100R) ?

The RS is possibly the most comfortable but 93 is one of the first. The gearbox had issues on the early 1100s and it would depend very much on what upgrades its had if any.

The 1100RT is a good solid thing and will have more legroom than the R1100R that Woz is talking about. I had an R1100R and it suited me fine but I do have short legs.

The 1150GS has the advantage of the later 6 speed transmission and later version ABS. Don't know if you've sat on it but the standard 1100/1150 seats aren't that comfortable. Listen for a rattle when started from cold, if it does its the timing chain tensioner. There is an upgrade to later components available. If not done it will end with a large repair job or bill when the guides fall apart.

I'd stay away from the RS myself, it would come down to whether I wanted a fairing or not.

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5Back to top Go down    Re: Feedback required on Thu Oct 06, 2016 3:11 am

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"I need a tourer ,a mile eater plus something I can communte on each day, realibility is a must, plus seat comfort,"

Try a K1100LT with a custom seat to sit you back about 40mm to give you some leg room.

I have done close to a Million km touring and the K1100LT is by far the best tourer I have ever riden. As a commuter I would say it's not ideal but it is good. A much smaller bike would be an advantage, something like an ER6F Kawasaki.
I don't believe that you could get the best of both worlds in one bike.


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6Back to top Go down    Re: Feedback required on Thu Oct 06, 2016 5:17 am

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R1150GS has the six speed gearbox and hydraulic clutch, and possibly the servo brake system.

The six speed box has been know to strip the input shaft splines (andclutch plate splines).

Hydraulic clutch slave cylinder can weep, and is awkward to get to.

If fitted with the servo brakes, they can fail, check any service records for regular full brake flushes (max 2 year interval).

I have a 2001 R1150RT and all of the above have occurred on it (twice!)

As mentioned the LHS cam chain tensioner has been upgraded. It's an easy DIY job. On the early version the oil leaked out due to the orientation of the tensioner, so on initial start up, it would let the chain flap about a bit until the oil had filled it again.

Lighter than the K1100LT (I've got one of those as well), and comfortable to ride, with an adjustable seat. Handles better at speed.

Mike

K1100 gearbox a lot smoother in operation. Fantastic engine compared to the R1150 (or maybe just different!).

Mike

    

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