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San Jose BMW is a good start...

Then Matt Capri's business, whatever it's called now. It used to be Luftmeister, but now it's a BMW dealer in SoCal somewhere.

Warning- modifying your K bike is a risky proposal. Expect to spend a lot of money for not a lot of gains, and decreased reliability.

It would be much cheaper to just buy a used japanese sportbike.
 

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(sing) Stop draggin, stop draggin, stop draggin..

Your heads around! If you hit a bump mid-corner with your head decked out, it can bump the rear tire into the air and cause a high-side, just as if you were sliding in some oil.

I found this out the hard way on my '77 R100 with rear-sets (cylinders touched before the footpegs). I high-sided it up on Mount Hamilton and broke my leg.

One way to get more ground clearance but with more traction is to hang off the bike more- alters the c of g and gives you a little more confidence in the corners.

Scuffed valve covers are the ultimate badge of courage for the beemer rider, though. Especially on a GS!

But if you have reached this bike's limit on the road, for god's sake, man, you probably passed ANY machine's street-riding limit a long time ago! Slow down!

Take it from me, I've crashed 5 times this year! (please don't insult my riding- I'm actually pretty good.)
 

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That's a lot of money for just a little improvement. But hey, who can criticize? Cruiser owners routinely shell out huge bux for little chrome geegaws and things that don't improve performance at all. In fact, they shell out more money to make their bike perform worse, like lower shocks, etcetera.

Of course, the R100S looks like it's been soaked with the ugly hose, but to each his own. . . I guess.
 

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Sporty Touring or Comfortable Sportbike?

I've been searching the market for bike that will satisfy my motorcycling desires that seem to change with the wind. I still love the sporty styling of a good sportbike but get discouraged because i want to clock some serious miles.

This bike is very comfortable. The open view of the rear wheel is unique and attractive. I dont care much for the style of the headlights.

When Spring 2001 rolls around this bike will be a serious contender. I might take the safe bet and go with Honda's CBR929.

Anyone here ride the new ZX-9R? Ive heard that it was pretty comfortable as well?

Oh.. btw.. I would buy the 1300 exhaust kit for the R1100S. :)

-Roland
 

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Re: Delusions of Ducati: MO''''s BMW R1100S Hop-Up

On some kinds of road surfaces a BMW is superior, and that's that.

DucatiRed certainly would tell you that frost heaves and potholes "don't count". But they have them out on the highways. I have minimal skills, and I didn't even pass a collection of Japanese and Duc riders, but there were reasons.

I overtook them on some twisties, but was familiar enough with the road in question to know that there were blind curves ahead. The older I become, the more likely it is that around the next blind curve is a refrigerator on the road, and the pickup that dropped it stopped blocking both lanes.. So I fell in behind, and decided to play the same game I do with cages, namely fall back and catch up in the curve. The line was long enough that I had a pretty good chance of getting stopped before rolling over the wreckage of the leaders of the pack.

Actually, the riders had plenty of guts. Not only did they take the curves faster than clear sight distance allowed, but the bikes were clearly dancing out on the bumps, yet they didn't back off. It took less guts to have my BMW stay with them, especially since the Ohlins shocks were keeping my tires on the road very nicely.

The squids here, anonymous or otherwise, would have passed on the outside, I suppose, but I really didn't like the notion of some multicolored plastic from Japan or red plastic from Italy sliding out into me.. And when we all stopped, I could have offered to swap with someone, but who needs that humiliation? At least the BMW overcame some skill and guts differences.

I agree with some of the other messages. Money for Ohlins suspension is far more worth while than money for engine hop-ups. If you want to go fast, get one of the big Japanese fire breathers, your BMW will never be in the 180 mph category anyhow.
 

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Wow, no wonder I can't afford a BMW anymore, with attitudes of spend thrift's like MO's doing, BMW's have been priced out of the "working man's" income scale!!



I had a excellent 87 K100RS and should have never sold it, although it would have 200,000 miles on it by now and need work or replacement. The most inexpensive BMW (not including the F650 GS), is the R1150R standard at a insane $12,000 dollars for a naked bike!!



Personally, I'm a K-Bike fan, I paid $5,000 for my 87 in 91, now a K-RS would cost me $16,000+, you can sure tell that both BMW & Ducati have decided to "Harleyize" their machines. We used to kid about BMW rider's being "Blue Blood Rich boy Snobs", now it seems to be much closer to the truth, truely SAD! JMNSHO



BJ Ondo

80 Suzuki GS 1100E

Colorado-USA
 

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Re: Delusions of Ducati: MO''''''''s BMW R1100S Hop-Up

BMWs inability to keep supply up with demand doesnt give anyone the right to stereotype the people who ride BMW's.

Say what you will about BMW, their automotive lineup is not cheap and neither are their bikes, but the last thing the motorcycle community needs is more stereotyping of its members.
 

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the pipes blow, but what about the arm?

The pipes in the hop-up are a waste of money. I notice the catalytic converter is missing now, so the bike pollutes more as well. A shame, after all the German engineering. What I'm really interested in is the paralever arm. I'm not sure on the S, but on the other models, the stock arm is two pieces of cheesy sheet metal, and I've heard the more rigid replacement dramatically improves handling and throttle response. But what does this mean to the internal forces inside the driveline? Anybody with any yays or nays on the CC Products paralever arm please reply.
 

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R1100S mods...

As a proud and satisfied owner of an R1100S I have to say I found the article interesting... But Remus wouldn't be my pipe of choice...Van Der Linde would at $1795 for pipe and chip its a better deal IMO...

As for seats, one of the posters asked about that. Do what I and a buddy of mine did, peel the stock seat and reshape the foam under it for more comfort, then resking with the stock cover... It looks stock but when you sit down its wayyyyy more comfy...

I did an 8,000 mile tour on mine last summer, and regulary spent more than 8 hours in the saddle. Its a great bike to tour on and the smooth unflappable handling is something I love. I've owned a CBR 600 and frankly I hated it for relaxed high speed twisty cruising as opposed to full on racetrack banging...

I've also driven an R11S with the shorter para link arm. And liked it a lot. That will be one of my next mods...BTW you can swap in one from the GS at a much lower cost than any aftermarket one...
 

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Re: Delusions of Ducati: MO

Sounds like this Blackbird would be a wonderful bike but I'm afraid that here in Canada the end product would be signifigantly more expensive than at the very least a non ABS R11S. You could however do these same mods to a late model used BB as on occasion there has been a number of them for sale

in the local bike trader! Save yourself a bundle there! Cheers! LB
 

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Have you looked into the 2002 1150RS , lighter then the RT and faster then 1100S, one draw back to you , the ABS , for me , the ABS EVO has saved my life in a real tight situation , we can talk all we want here, try useing that talk when you're in a immediate use situation , if you ride , you;ve seen cars pull in front of you, run red lights or slam on their brakes in front of you
 
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