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    R1150r

    Could any owners/riders of this bike share your opinions or experience ? I'm thinking of replacing my R100RS with an R1150r.Or should i get an RT? I've ridden my friends RT so I have some experience with the model.I've also teat ridden an F800ST,but prefer the original BMW designed twin.I've been thinking for a while now of going to something more modern and i'm pretty close to actually taking the plunge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by georgej View Post
    Could any owners/riders of this bike share your opinions or experience ? I'm thinking of replacing my R100RS with an R1150r.Or should i get an RT? I've ridden my friends RT so I have some experience with the model.I've also teat ridden an F800ST,but prefer the original BMW designed twin.I've been thinking for a while now of going to something more modern and i'm pretty close to actually taking the plunge.
    George
    Well I have one, an 04 and I luv the thing, had to make a few changes, handlebars,seat, & pegs...for comfort. But I believe that is more due to my age & size, as opposed to any design flaw. I use a BMW touring windshield, and the whole thing seems to work. I like naked bikes, both in appearence & for the air they allow , since I now ride more warm weather than cold. I am just now working on replacing the saddlebags, to make the motorcycle more narrow, & the bags more user friendly [too me]. I have had Airheads, and a 99RS Oilhead ......this is my favorite so far. Is there something faster, better handling, etc, & so-on ?...I suppose ? but overall it is a fine, fun, good-lookin' motorcycle....{IMO}

    BTW I'm 64 6'1" 280...and have some arthritis issues....

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    From one RS to another RS

    I added an R1100RS to the stable last fall. I exchanged my '77 R100S for it. I still have my R100RS, and probably always will have it.

    In my opinion, the differences are substantial. I'm thinking that you won't be sorry if you go to the R1150R. You'll have better braking, more power, better suspension, etc. etc.
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    I have an 2004 R1150R that I truly enjoy. It faithfully took me to Prudhoe Bay and Inuvik last year. But after a couple of years without an Airhead, I decided I needed to return one to the stable. Being not the sharpest knife in the drawer, I ended up with two of them - a 1976 R75/6 in standard form and I repurchased the R100RS that I bought new in 1977. There is some place in my soul that only an Airhead can reach. It is no match for the R1150R in speed, safety, comfort, handling, or reliability. But there must be one in the stable.

    When given a choice, take both.

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    I rode a 2003 for a good bit-they are my idea of what a MC should be in most ways & were it not for a personal decision to "go smaller" I'd still be on one. I like the late 03's & up for the 6 speed tranny and SS brake lines among a few things to comment on. Far better hwy/long day MC than my current thumper. FD & clutch spline searches should keep you busy in the oilhead arena. ADV has many there that ride them too.
    The seat/height is different than for many other models-doesn't adjust like R1100R's do & the bike will have either the regular,low or high seat option on it. Plenty of those seats out there to shuffle around for a fit. Try R1150R.org website for good folks & info..
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    I purchased a New R1150R in 2002 & am still ridding it, a great motorcycle!
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    Quote Originally Posted by georgej View Post
    Could any owners/riders of this bike share your opinions or experience ? I'm thinking of replacing my R100RS with an R1150r.Or should i get an RT? I've ridden my friends RT so I have some experience with the model.I've also teat ridden an F800ST,but prefer the original BMW designed twin.I've been thinking for a while now of going to something more modern and i'm pretty close to actually taking the plunge.
    George
    Like any good question...it depends! Faced with a similar quandary in 2004 I did some test riding of an R and an RT, then did some serious head scratching. Ultimately decided on the R, because it seemed a touch more adaptable. I'd owned a few full faired sport touring bikes, then ridden Ducatis for about ten years. The RT was no slouch in the handling department, and obviously had a few more amenities in the comfort aspects. In the end I chose to get the R, with bags and the BMW sport screen. Then I added a custom Sargent seat, Cee Bailey's touring screen (which mounts to the BMW brackets), and a set of Hella FF 50 fog lamps. For cold, long rides used the CB screen. For shorter, "sportier" rides with my Duc buddies, left the bags at home and swapped the CB for the sport screen (10 minute job). Part of my impetus to get a Beemer was a goal of getting my spouse to ride again...that plan failed, but she did say that she was actually quite comfortable riding pillion on the R.

    Did several 800 mile days on the R, but thoroughly enjoyed the bike as much when I had it in "sport mode".

    So, do you intend to use your new machine as a pure long distance touring machine, or are you thinking about a more variable type of riding?

    Like I said...it depends!

    Good luck and safe riding!

    PS. And now I ride....an '04 R1100S! Go Figure, LOL!
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    Braddog,
    I'm wondering why you got rid of theR100S and not the RS.I think I would have done just the opposite.
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    get the R, but don't sell the RS.
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    Look at a R1200R, lighter, more power, no wizzy brakes, a bit better handling. I put over 50K miles on a 2003 R1150, traded it on a 2009 R1200, it is a far better bike. After about 50K miles I had to sell it because of age and health issues

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomBarnhart View Post
    Look at a R1200R, lighter, more power, no wizzy brakes, a bit better handling. I put over 50K miles on a 2003 R1150, traded it on a 2009 R1200, it is a far better bike. After about 50K miles I had to sell it because of age and health issues
    Good advice. The R1200R is a definte positive evolution of the 1150.
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    Quote Originally Posted by georgej View Post
    Braddog,
    I'm wondering why you got rid of theR100S and not the RS.I think I would have done just the opposite.
    Hey George,

    My R100RS is an early '77 with the 40mm carbs and pipes. It was also my first airhead. My '77 R100S had been heavily modified by at least 1 user over the years, and had an RS fairing on it. So, basically, I had 2 RS's, one original, one modified. The "S" may actually have been a better bike due to the modifications, but I needed to move one, so I chose the "S". I really have no regrets.

    I was able to pick up a '94 R11RS for a song from a friend of a friend. I almost feel guilty in that I've put waaaay more miles on the R11RS than I have the R100RS this past riding season.

    For the record, the person I sold the '77 R100S to "converted" it back to a real live "S", complete with "S" fairing. He also put in new pistons, Delorto carbs, and painted it white with red stripes in a motosport vein. He wants me to come ride it. Yeah, right, ride it and sell it back to me is what he wants to do.
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    That sounds like a nice problem to have.The one bike I have always wanted is an R100S.I'm actually thinking of converting my R80/7 to an S.I'm still undecided on an Oilhead.Should i get one or not.I think if I did I would ride it and the Airheads would sit.Good thing the season is about to end here.
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    I had a 2007 RT and a 2008 R, I sold the RT a year ago. The R is a much easier bike to ride. Lighter, seems to carry the weight lower and more nimble. You can set it up for long distance touring as I have in the picture. With the panniers, Parabellum Scout fairing and GS hand guards it provides great protection against the elements. Take away the panniers, side cases and put a short screen on the fairing and it is a sporty bike for a day ride. Put on some decent tires (TKC 80s will fit) and it is very good on a dirt road. I have a friend who has ridden her R to Deadhorse, Inuvik, and most other Alaskan and Yukon roads multiple times. What I miss about the RT is the cruise control and large fuel tank, but I do not miss the RT's top heavy feel. The advertised fuel capacity of the R is 4.8 gallons (I think); I regularly put 5.3 in mine.
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