Any BMW motorcycle people here?

Re: Any BMW motorcycle people here?

PostBy: sandman On: Thu Jan 01, 2009 11:23 pm

thanks.

i did the klr thing a couple of years ago, but kept taking it down trails i had no business on. i got rid of it and replaced it with a ktm exc 520

i like the big strom, i almost got one instead of the tiger.


Cap wrote:
sandman wrote:iv'e been thinking about adding a R1200GS to the stable

iv'e been looking at 06's the prices seem to sway a lot anywhere from 9-16k

i dont even know if i'll like riding one.

btw:my current adventure bike is a tiger

i wonder how a R1200GS or a 990 adventure would fit in to possibly replace the tiger.


I like your taste in bikes Sandman. The Triumph Tiger is a cool bike. All of the models you mention a little out of my price range and even more out of my "Can I really get the use out of it" range, thus I ride the KLR650 and a Suzuki V-Strom 650. I find a 650cc is all I really need for power and economy.

Sorry to hijack your thread Euro. All BMW bikes are really cool in my opinion. If you have the dough go for it. I wish I could justify a F650GS. But no one ever sings the praises for this model over the KLR or a similar machine.
Check out ADVforum.com. Good place to find a nice used bike.
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Re: Any BMW motorcycle people here?

PostBy: Cap On: Thu Jan 01, 2009 11:38 pm

sandman wrote:
i like the big strom, i almost got one instead of the tiger


I had the '05 DL1000 for almost 2 years. Drove 15,000mi on it. I loved it above 4000rpms. But too many low rpm FI issues which were not really repairable. But it was an excellent long distance highway tourer & terrible at low speed commuter on warm days. Traded it on the DL650.
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Re: Any BMW motorcycle people here?

PostBy: europachris On: Mon Jan 05, 2009 12:42 pm

av8r wrote:Wow...you're all over the place. 70s 2 strokes, Buells, Beemers? Quite a spread there.

Have you considered a Yamaha RZ? Plenty of those around and man....they are fasssssssssssssssssst!

Find a nice 01 BMW 1150GS. Dead reliable, comfy, fast and you can take it of road. A buddy just bought one locally with 24K on it for $6500 and lots of extras. Nice bike. You can sell it with 50K for nearly the same $$$


I am also looking at a '95 R1100R right now, yellow, 43k miles, pretty much stock, with ABS. Need to go find a BMW FAQ on the oil head bikes and see what to look for and what to avoid.....

Yeah, I am all over the place. So many cool bikes, so little time. It seems that most of the bikes I liked over the years were not real "popular" except the RD/RZ Yamahas. I'd kill for a mint RZ350 - that was my dream bike of the early 80's, but I was several years away from a license and a real job to pay for it....
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Re: Any BMW motorcycle people here?

PostBy: Flyer5 On: Mon Jan 05, 2009 5:20 pm

europachris wrote:
av8r wrote:Wow...you're all over the place. 70s 2 strokes, Buells, Beemers? Quite a spread there.

Have you considered a Yamaha RZ? Plenty of those around and man....they are fasssssssssssssssssst!

Find a nice 01 BMW 1150GS. Dead reliable, comfy, fast and you can take it of road. A buddy just bought one locally with 24K on it for $6500 and lots of extras. Nice bike. You can sell it with 50K for nearly the same $$$


I am also looking at a '95 R1100R right now, yellow, 43k miles, pretty much stock, with ABS. Need to go find a BMW FAQ on the oil head bikes and see what to look for and what to avoid.....

Yeah, I am all over the place. So many cool bikes, so little time. It seems that most of the bikes I liked over the years were not real "popular" except the RD/RZ Yamahas. I'd kill for a mint RZ350 - that was my dream bike of the early 80's, but I was several years away from a license and a real job to pay for it....



The 95 s have the earlier transmissions . A few problems more than the M97 style that replaced it. http://www.ibmwr.org/
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Re: Any BMW motorcycle people here?

PostBy: europachris On: Tue Jan 06, 2009 2:37 pm

[quote="Flyer5] The 95 s have the earlier transmissions . A few problems more than the M97 style that replaced it. http://www.ibmwr.org/[/quote]

That's a good website - I did a little digging there last night - lots of good info.

I also see that I need to sit back and take my time looking for a bike and either find the "right" one, or suck it up and buy new.

I did find a '75 R60 pretty close by for $2k in pretty clean original condition, but now we're getting into REAL vintage stuff, and I just want something that's reliable and fun to ride.

There's a '91 K75S locally for $3300 in clean shape, and I recall the K75 was a better bike than the K100, actually. More research !!

The biggest issue I have is I am a freak (in more ways than one.... :oops: ) about taking care of my stuff and maintenance. One person's idea of "good maintenance" and "restored" or "rebuilt" is usually poor compared to mine. When I sold my '80 XS850G in 1990 with 36K miles, it looked virtually showroom new, and ran perfectly. I'm still kicking myself...... But that's what I expect in a used bike.....
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Re: Any BMW motorcycle people here?

PostBy: av8r On: Tue Jan 06, 2009 3:36 pm

A buddy just bought a local, 2001 1150 GS with a bunch of nice extras for under $7K. These are absolutely bulletproof and a nice ride.


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