Hi, everyone...first time poster here. I've had a couple of K bikes (LT, traded it in for a GTL) but felt like I needed an R to be a real Beemer guy. So I just picked up a 96 1100 RS with 32K miles as a second bike. It just had an annual service and runs like a top.
Lots of questions, but here are the ones I feel like are most important right now.
1) The tires on the bike are 6 years old. They have very few miles on them; I would guess < 1K. There is no sign of dry rot or cracking, although the chicken strips have kind of a yellowish film on them. It seems to just be a surface discoloration, as I can scrub a bit and get it off.
Should six-year-old tires concern me? If they wear faster than normal, no big deal, as long as they don't suddenly wear out in the middle of a sweeper!
2) I want to get some more light on this baby, not for night riding, but for visibility. I had some Motolights on my LT and they seemed like they did a good job, and I liked the simple clamp-on-fork-tube mounting. Any reason not to go that route on the RS?
Thanks in advance...looking forward to learning a lot here...already have!
Jim E - Austin TX