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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-22-2004, 08:37 PM Thread Starter
 
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R1100S - Opinions?

Does anyone have seat time on an R1100S? I am interested in them and am curious what anyone thinks.
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-23-2004, 07:36 AM
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No personal experience here, but I found this: http://www.motorbikestoday.com/revie..._r1100s_03.htm
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post #4 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-23-2004, 11:38 AM
 
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Not a bad looking bike.
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I definately like the SSS
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Sweet looking bike. Might want to hold out for K1200S

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Does anyone have seat time on an R1100S? I am interested in them and am curious what anyone thinks.
Yep, I just bought an R1100S.... I specifically did not want a K1200S because aesthetically, they just don't do it for me....

Here are my impressions after putting on 2,000 miles.

The R1100S is one of the "sportiest" bikes offered by BMW. It's probably the only bike in the BMW range that I would have purchased because I specifically set out to buy a sport bike and not a touring bike. To give you an idea, the other bikes I seriously considered were a Suzuki GSXR and a Ducati 999. I was sold after sitting on all the bikes and comparing their ergonomics. I had planned on long rides, and it wasn't a good sign when my butt hurt sitting on a Gixxer in the showroom. That and the fact that the R1100S is raced (sort of-- in the Boxer Cup) made me give the edge to the BMW.

The R1100S is a compromise.... It certainly is more comfortable than the GSXR and Ducati for all day riding, but it is going to get smoked on turns and on top end by a competent GSXR or Ducati rider.

Off the line, I can hold my own with a GSXR until about 60 MPH, and then the GSXR launches like a rocket ship and leaves me in the dust. On turns, the R1100S handles surprisingly well, and will amaze a lot of sport bike riders..... However, if you get behind a "knee scraper," he or she will certainly roast you on the road.

I am impressed with the handling for such a big bike, but like I said, it's not going to be anywhere near as quick or nimble than a Japanese or Italian sportbike. However, if you group ride, you'll still have more miles in you at the end of the day, while the sport bike riders straighten out their tired shoulders and backs.

Everywhere I go, people check out the Beemer. Most of the comments I get are that they had no idea BMW made a "race" bike.

There are a couple of issues that can be annoying... The R1100S (like all Boxer motors) may have more vibration than you are used to, especially in the 4,000 to 5,000 RPM range. Some people actually like the rumbly feel after awhile. My opinion is mixed. I also like "smooth." Also puzzling is the fact that there is no storage on the bike itself. Even my friend's GSXR has a storage compartment. I envy the fact that she can put her long sleeve shirt, Cobra chain, water bottle, wallet and other personal items in her lockable compartment, while I have to lug anything I want to carry in my pockets.

Whether or not to buy one depends on what type of riding you plan on doing. I basically have two types of friends. Those that like "all day cruising" and those that like "fast and hard" canyon riding. The BMW is the best bike for all day cruising and a lot of my friends who do that think nothing of having tank bags and saddle bags along for the ride. The fast crowd likes to ride stripped down, and I'd feel like a dorkmeister if I showed up with saddle bags. Suffice it to say, I have started to lean towards the "fast and hard" style of riding (the chicks are much cuter, and younger-by several magnitudes). If I had to do it all over again, I'd still buy the R1100S for cruising, but then again, I am now on the market for a faster and more flickable sport bike.

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More vibration than I'm used to? Christ, I hope not, I'm currently riding an F650GSA! Seriously, thanks for the comments. That is exactly the feedback I was looking for and am now convinced this is the bike I want. Thanks!
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More vibration than I'm used to? Christ, I hope not, I'm currently riding an F650GSA! Seriously, thanks for the comments. That is exactly the feedback I was looking for and am now convinced this is the bike I want. Thanks!

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I have a 2002 R1100S Boxer Cup Prep. I chose this bike for the comfort and because it is very different from the other bikes I have owned. This bike has all the torque of my jap bikes with a little more heft.If you buy one of these bikes try to go for the "lite" or "prep" model, they will be easier to throw around and will feel more like a jap bike.They also come with tons of options which make them a year round bike. Riding a flat twin is great and a unique experience. Good Luck!!
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Thanks for the feedback. The only problem I have with the prep model is that I believe they are taller compared to the stock version. (I don't think they have center stands either.) I have a 32" inseam and the 2004 Boxer Cup replika at my dealer has me up on my tip-toes. Are they all like that? Unfortunately, it is the only one he has. I am also wondering if I should look for the low or high handlebars, or disregard this and just accept whatever I happen to end up with based on my other requirements.
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From that angle it looks like it has handle bars? Please tell me it has clip-ons?
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From that angle it looks like it has handle bars? Please tell me it has clip-ons?
Clip-ons, but mounted either above or below the triple clamp. Those mounted above also feature a slightly taller windscreen.
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All 02" prep models are identical with the clip-ons below the triple clamp. I have a 32" inch inseam and no problems but I also weigh 225lbs so that may lower it a bit. If your in the market for a used R1100s mine is for sale. It is in A1 condition and pampered it's whole life. Let me know.
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Here it is !!!!
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post #18 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-02-2006, 05:03 PM
 
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I have the exact same bike as NOX. 2004 R1100SA. I keep mine at the BMW Motorrad Neiderlassung in Munich, Germany. I meet a bunch of guys from the BMW club from San Diego in Munich every spring and fall for 2 to 3 weeks of riding in the Alps. I have been doing this for about 5 years now. Some of the guys have been doing it for 25 to 30 years.
I love it for sport touring in the mountains. Two full size bags and handles great. Last year I scraped the saddlebags in Spain on some killer sweepers.
These pics are from the guy I bought it from. The "city lids" are on the bags in these pics. I have replaced them with regular lids. This bike is WIDE with regular lids on the bags. Splitting lanes is a little nervy.


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