With extreme regret, I need to sell my favorite bike. Where we’re moving, we’re not allowed to bring vehicles older than 7 or 10 years, depending on who you talk to. So...
I bought my first BMW, a ‘77R100RS, in Oct. ’76. This bike is a follow-on to that one. 47 years BMW. I haven’t looked back yet. I figured on riding this until I couldn’t throw a leg over anymore.
I’m assuming this bike will be interesting to current or past BMW motorcycle owners, so I won’t describe the stock features of the bike other than to say its engine displacement is 1100 cc. I will write about what’s been added and the general description of the condition. Bottom line: it needs nothing and I would be going to a rally this weekend if I wasn’t deep into packing and trying to move.
As of right now, the bike has 125,534 miles on the odometer. It’s just about broken in. At 123,170 miles (before I knew we were moving), I adjusted the valves, changed the plugs/alternator belt/air filter, and changed the trans and final drive oils. I also put on new Metzeler Roadtec Interact Z8 tires front and rear. That means there are 2,364 miles on the tires. Engine oil and filter was done at 122,400. I replaced the clutch some years back and not that many miles ago. I’ll have to see if I can find the mileage for that.
Techlusion - I got the bike quite awhile ago with 75K on it. The previous owner put a Techlusion on it, possibly because of surging? You know, it has those four adjustable POTS for fine tuning it. I may have what it was set to and what I adjusted it to, but do have the instructions. YMMV, as they say.
Centech AP-1 - For a while there, I had all these things wired up and since I hate my wiring to look like spaghetti, I added this for neatness and having the associated fuses all in one spot. Since moving from NY to coastal GA, a big addition that got eliminated was heated clothing. IAE, there is only one active fuse in it at this time. There are a number of open slots.
Saddlebags - I have the stock saddlebags that my friend color-matched to the seat color.
Tank bag. I have a BMW expandable tank bag. There is yet another section to add to it not shown in the pics. Love this when going to a rally. I also use my truck GPS unit in it when I’m just going places. Really nice addition.
Givi trunk - I had this trunk from another bike and added it to this bike. I’m not sure of the liter capacity but I think it holds two helmets. My wife will not get on the bike so I’ve not tested it out. I use it for a cooler at the rally site on occasion. Last time mounted the rear lights worked fine.
Homemade trunk - I was fooling around one time and decided to cut down a large ‘60s Wixom or equivalent trunk for something more aerodynamic just to hold my laptop on my daily one-way, one-hour commute to work. Not bad for homemade. For some reason the hinges I put on will let you slide the top completely off if you want.
Windshield - I forget the brand of the taller windshield. I would remove it in the summer when we were in NY and rarely have it on here in GA. There are a number of holes on the side that I experimented with to get the height where I wanted it. I added brackets because at 75 mph and faster, I didn’t like the movement in the windshield. I also added side wings that could be adjusted for protection or extra cooling, a la the K75RT I had (that was rear-ended and totaled), but the hinges eventually decomposed. I found a reasonable substitute and was mid-installation when I had to switch to packing. You can see one of them mounted. You can continue that project or abandon, based on your needs.
Hand guards – I have the plastic hand guards I used to use in the winter. Not really needed here.
There’s a White Power remote reservoir that came with the bike. One of the best additions I ever did to my former K75RT was to add a remote reservoir shock. If you have one, you know what I mean. If not, you gotta try one.
Running lights – The previous owner added running lights to the front and rear turn signals. And I think and extra bulb in the taillight.
Auxiliary lighting – I added those running lights at the bottom of the front forks. Don’t leave home without it. I originally couldn’t find the 55w stock bulbs so put 75w ones in from Home Depot. Opposing traffic hated it so I sourced the 55s. They can be switched on with the low beam.
I also a set of lights on the bar across the front you can see. Those can be switched on with the high beams. I have them pointed sideways a bit right now. I call them my deer spotters. When I would leave for work at o’dark-thirty where it was pretty rural, they provided a lot of peace of mind. Lit up it looked like being at Shea Stadium at night.
Brake light – I moved that additional brake light under the luggage rack from a previous bike. It flashed a few times at first and then stays steady as long as the brakes are engaged. I know getting rear-ended is statistically small, it happened to me. Better safe...
Digital voltmeter – To monitor all the accessories I had on at one time, I thought a voltmeter would be a reasonable addition. I found that if I had the accessory lights on along with my heated jacket, pants, and gloves, sitting at a light at idle, it would drop below 12v. That was good to know.
I have some experience with using different types of foam and gel pads, and sewing seat covers, so I tweaked this one a bit.
I lowered the foot pegs a little but can easily be returned to the stock position.
I have bar-backs on the handlebars so I sit a little more upright.
I replaced the rotors a few years back ($550!). I didn’t replace the pads at the time since they were new. That might have been a mistake. Sometimes at light pressure I can feel a slight vibration or shuddering. I’ve always meant to replace them but I guess it’s never really bothered me enough.
For awhile there it seemed like I was taking the gas tank off a lot so I put quick disconnects on the fuel lines. And then I didn’t take the tank off after that. Go figure. In the past it has dripped slightly, never enough to make the ground. You can see the yellow staining under the right throttle body. New fuel lines will cure that although it’s not been leaking for a while now. Another thing I wanted to do.
Once as I was turning into work an hour away, my clutch cable started to go. I had three strands left in the cable. Enough to get to the building but not enough for the hour ride home. As I was replacing the cable in the parking lot, I also ran another new cable in its place and taped up the ends. The thinking was if it should happen again on the road, there would just be two cable ends to deal with and not the whole routing deal.
I had some kind of electrical issue on a rally trip. I don’t remember the particulars but at the time, it would have been helpful to be able to jump-start the bike. You know how hard that is given where the battery is located. So I ran a thick wire from the positive terminal to a more convenient location under the seat should I need that again. Of course, performing all these extra measures means I will never have that situation again. But if I did...
I lost the mercury from my carb stick so I built an effective but cumbersome manometer for precise throttle body syncing. You’re welcome to it if you can use it.
Please ask any and all questions.
The 1994 BMW R 1100 R, with the 1,085cc flat-twin engine, generated 80 hp with a peak at 6,750 rpm and 98 NM (72 lb-ft) of torque available at 5,250 rpm and with a curb weight of 235 kg (518 lbs), the bike registered a top speed of 197 kph (121 mph).What are the specs of the R 1100 RS? ›
The 1100cc air/oil-cooled engine was integrated into the chassis as a supporting element and gave a power output of 90 hp at 7,250 rpm and 95 Nm (70 lb-ft) of torque available at 5,500 rpm. The engine power, combined with the curb weight of 239 kg (527 lbs), pushed the bike to a top speed of 215 kph (131 mph).How much does a BMW r1100rs weight? ›
How much does a BMW R 1100 RS weighs? The BMW R 1100 RS weighs 239.0 kg (526.9 pounds).How much horsepower does a 1995 BMW r1100rs have? ›
The R 1150 GS featured a modified frame, and the flat-twin engine was increased in power by increasing the displacement to 1130cc, which had a power output of 85 hp with a peak at 6,750 rpm and 98 Nm (72 lb-ft) of torque at 5,250 rpm.What does the R stand for in BMW motorcycles? ›
Between those extremes, you have bikes starting with the letter S (four-cylinder sport motor), R (opposed twin-cylinder), G (single cylinder), F (parallel twin-cylinder), and K (three or more cylinders).What does R stand for in BMW? ›
It's straightforward in the Roadster line. They all have an R suffice, which tells you that it's a naked upright sportbike. Sport. RR: When you think of RR, think of Road Racing. These are the highest-performance BMW motorcycle.What is the top speed of BMW R 1100 RS? ›
BMW R 1100RS.
|Make Model||BMW R 1100RS|
|Max Power||67.1 kW / 90 hp @ 7250 rpm|
|Max Power Rear Tyre||60.4 kW / 81 hp @ 6900 rpm|
|Max Torque||95 Nm / 9.7 kgf-m / 69 lb-ft.@ 5500 rpm|
The BMW R 1100 R weighs 214.0 kg (471.8 pounds).
BMW R 1100 RT Specs
The engine produces a maximum peak output power of 90.00 HP (65.7 kW) @ 7250 RPM and a maximum torque of 95.00 Nm (9.7 kgf-m or 70.1 ft. lbs) @ 5500 RPM . With this drive-train, the BMW R 1100 RT is capable of reaching a maximum top speed of 200.0 km/h (124.3 mph) .
|Overall height||1170 mm / 46,1 in|
|Seat height||760/780/800 mm (adjustable seat)|
|Wheelbase||1487 mm / 58,5 in|
|Ground clearance||138 mm / 5,4 in|
|Seat height||31.5 in (800 mm)|
|Weight||527 lb (239 kg) (dry) 564 lb (256 kg) (wet)|
|Fuel capacity||6.1 US gal (23 L)|
Fully fueled and fully equipped, including the M Package, the S 1000 R weighs in at 438 lbs. and boasts 165 hp.What is the seat height of a 1995 BMW r1100rs? ›
Seat height: 30.7-32.2 in. Fuel capacity: 6.2 gal.How many engine cylinders does a BMW R100 have? ›
BMW R100, with variant models designated by T, S, CS, RS, RS Classic, RT, RT Classic, TIC, TC, R and GS is a BMW motorcycle series, using a two-cylinder four-stroke boxer engine of 980 cc capacity.How much horsepower does a BMW r100rs have? ›
Around 48-50 mpg.How many MPG does a BMW R 1150 RS get? ›
Based on data from 32 vehicles, 1,965 fuel-ups and 279,548 miles of driving, the 2004 BMW R1150R gets a combined Avg MPG of 40.40 with a 0.30 MPG margin of error.How many miles per gallon does a 2003 BMW R1150R get? ›
|Transmission||6 speed, shaft final drive|
|Average fuel consumption||50mpg|
|Tank size||20.5 litres|
Expect a High BMW Maintenance Cost
That isn't to say that a BMW motorcycle is a bad choice. BMW bikes can be very reliable and durable, although most rely on expensive maintenance. If you want to avoid costly maintenance, make sure you know your specs and do your research – especially when buying a used motorcycle.
BMW's R 1250 GS. Media sourced from BMW. “Germany remains the manufacturer's largest market, and the R 1250 GS is still the biggest selling BMW motorcycle,” lauds MCNews. “I would like to express my sincere thanks to our customers worldwide for the great trust they have placed in us again in 2022,” adds Dr.What BMW motorcycles do police use? ›
Police departments all around the world rely on the BMW R 1250 RT-P for their motorcycle patrol units. The bike sports many features and accessories that assist the officers in their duty.What is the fastest BMW motorcycle? ›
For all those driven by their passion and ready to take on challenges. For all those who refuse to give up one single millimeter or millisecond: The BMW M RR is the superbike homologated for racing. It was optimized in the wind tunnel and further developed on the circuit.Who builds BMW motorcycle engines? ›
Contract manufacturing Loncin, China.
Since September 2007, the Chinese manufacturer Loncin has been producing various engine components, motorcycle parts and complete engines for BMW Motorrad.
The 3 series goes from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds. Meanwhile, the Model 3 takes 5.0 seconds. In the quarter-mile, the BMW 3 Series reached 110.4 mph while the Model 3 reached 104.9 mph. Speed matters.What BMW has a V8? ›
This engine is found in BMW 550i, X5, X6, 750i, and 650i models.How fast is a BMW 1000r? ›
2023 BMW S1000RR Top Speed
The maximum speed of the BMW S1000RR is around 188 mph. This performance is brought by the inline-four engine, which has a capacity 999cc and produces 205 horsepower and 83 lb-ft of torque.
Motorcycle Consumer News reported a tested top speed of 176.7 mph (284.4 km/h).What is the top speed of BMW R11? ›
BMW R 11 1929-1934
The 1929 BMW R11, powered by a 745cc two-cylinder boxer engine, had an output power of 18 hp with a peak at 3,400 rpm. Equipped with a three-speed manual transmission, the bike's top speed was 100 kph (62 mph).
|Summary of owners' reviews|
|Overall rating:||4.2 out of 5 (4.2/5)|
|Ride quality & brakes:||4.3 out of 5 (4.3/5)|
|Engine:||4.3 out of 5 (4.3/5)|
|Reliability & build quality:||4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)|
|Rake (Caster Angle)||28° 0′|
|Seat Height||27.5 inches|
|Curb Weight||487 pounds (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and a full tank of fuel—ready to ride)|
200 miles for road driving and 156 miles for city/traffic driving.What is the cruising speed of a BMW R100RS? ›
The long-range touring capability impressed nearly everyone, the R100RS could be ridden comfortably and afforded excellent protection at a high-cruising speed (not too far off its 125mph maximum).What is the top speed of 900 r? ›
- Performance / fuel consumption. Maximum speed. Over 124 mph. ...
- Electrical system. Alternator. Permanent magnetic alternator 416 W (nominal power) ...
- Power transmission. Clutch. Multiple-disc wet clutch (anti hopping), mechanically operated. ...
- Chassis / brakes. Frame. ...
- Dimensions / weights. Length.
|Top speed & performance|
|Max torque||86 ft-lb|
|Top speed||155 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||11.6 secs|
|Tank range||205 miles|
BMW R1200GS Adventure
Fans of The Long Way Round will need little convincing of its capabilities — the R1200GS Adventure really is the number one bike for taller riders seeking a do-it-all machine.
For example, the lowest BMW seat height is on their luxury BMW K 1600 GTL tourer with a choice of 749mm/779mm.What is the best seating position in BMW? ›
When I went to the BMW driving school, their recommendations were the following to maximize your effectiveness to driving and minimize fatigue: 1) Position seat front/back so that you can place your right foot flush to the floor under the brake petal.How much does a BMW 1000rr engine weigh? ›
The S 1000 RR with the 1000 ccm four-cylinder in-line engine. With an engine weight of just 59.8 kg, the engine is one of the lightest 1000 class four-cylinder engines on the market.
|Make Model||BMW R 1200R|
|Wheelbase||1495 mm / 59.1 in|
|Seat Height||800 mm / 31.4 in|
|Dry Weight||198 kg / 436.5 lbs|
|Fuel Capacity||18 Litres / 4.7 US gal|
THE BMW S 1000 RR. Always pushing to the limit and in search of the ideal line, you've got 205 HP beneath you. Unbridled power pushes your RR to the max - with a maximum torque of 83 lb-ft at 11,000 rpm and a torque curve of at least 74 lb-ft over a range of 5,500 to 14,500 rpm.What size engine is in the BMW r1000? ›
The BMW S 1000 RR is powered by a 999 cc air-cooled engine which produces 212.91 PS @ 13750 rpm of power.What size engine is the BMW 1000 RR? ›
BMW S 1000 RR is powered by 999 cc engine. This S 1000 RR engine generates a power of 212.91 PS @ 13750 rpm and a torque of 113 Nm @ 11000 rpm. The claimed mileage of S 1000 RR is 15.62 Kmpl.How much horsepower does a BMW 1000s have? ›
The BMW S 1000 RR is powered by a 999 cc air-cooled engine which produces 212.91 PS @ 13750 rpm of power. It has a fuel tank of 16.5 L and a claimed mileage of 15.62 Kmpl. The BMW S 1000 RR starts at Rs 20.25 and goes up to Rs 24.45 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). It is available in three variants.How much HP does a s1000r BMW have? ›
Fully fueled and fully equipped, including the M Package, the S 1000 R weighs in at 438 lbs. and boasts 165 hp.How much horsepower does a BMW r1200r have? ›
|Make Model||BMW R 1200R|
|Max Power||80 kW / 109 hp @ 7500 rpm|
|Max Torque||115 Nm / 11.7 kgf-m / 85 lb-ft @ 6000 rpm|
|Clutch||Single disc dry clutch, hydraulically actuated|
MILEAGE AND TOP SPEED
BMW S1000RR mileage is 15.62 kmpl (company-certified). In terms of performance, the 1000cc superbike can accelerate from 0-100 kmph in 2.6 seconds. BMW S1000RR top speed is 299 kmph (electronically limited).
2023 BMW M550i xDrive | 523 HP
You don't have to go full M at BMW to crest the 500-horsepower mark. In fact, the BMW M550i xDrive (a 2021 model is pictured is easier to live with day to day compared to the hardcore M5 model, thanks to its more comfortable suspension tune and less frenetic drivetrain.
BMW's Next-Gen M5 Spotted At The 'Ring With Over 800 HP.What is the top speed of the R1200R? ›
With this drive-train, the BMW R 1200 R is capable of reaching a maximum top speed of 200.0 km/h (124.3 mph) .How fast is a BMW k1200rs? ›
|Top speed & performance|
|Max torque||86 ft-lb|
|Top speed||155 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||11.6 secs|
|Tank range||205 miles|