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Old 07.03.2011, 14:03
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Re: Buying a new BMW motorcycle [Dealer recommendations?]

Here, try this site.

http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/cmps_index.php
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Old 07.03.2011, 14:17
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Actually, it's from my friend's bike (R90S motor in a 750/5 frame). He heard/felt something go wrong last fall, and immediately shut it down. We (mainly I) took it apart last month to find out what happened, and that's what I found!

My LeMans, bought new in the US in '85, and brought here in '86, has 94k miles (~150k km), my other LeMans has 115k km, and I have 130k km between my 3 Ducatis.

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I had my R1150R serviced at arragoni last year. I cannot complain about the service. Personally, if I were to upgrade my bike, I would go for the K series
I looked at the K1300R but I don't want to spent that much (23k with the ESA) plus from experience I know that an extreme amount of horsepower is not that much fun. Once had a gsxr1100 with 135 hp, it wasn't a nice bike where you could cycle through the gears and enjoy the exhaust note cause it would do 130kmh in 1st gear.... My old 68 hp GS750 was much more enjoyable with this respect, I used to drive that thing like it was a musicle instrument. Knew exactly, if I upshift now it's going to make that (heavenly) noise. Plus the gsxr1100 was too nervous on the throttle...
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Old 07.03.2011, 21:54
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Last year, we (i.e. mainly I) did a frame-off restore of my friend's '74 750S (same guy with the broken crank).

Two months, start to finish:

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Re: Buying a new BMW motorcycle [Dealer recommendations?]

Just ordered my new R1200R in red with touring pack, tyre pressure sensors and alarm. Me happy
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Arrgh! Snuff porn! Bad JuJu you got there.
BMW 1100LT, running since 1994, a rear spring, front fork gaskets (once a year) Tires, oil, petrol.
She now has 218000 Ks on the clock, not gonna get that on a Harley.
I had a BMW K100 for years. It did 175,000 miles before something big went and it wasn't worth repairing. A friend had the same bike and his did 275000 miles before he lost interest.

They were awfull bikes though - handling, smoothness, brakes, excitement - all missing. The 1100LT was better, and I now have a K1200LT which has basically the same engine, but I only bought it for commuting.

I don't think the R's are as reliable. I had a R1150GS ADV and although it was reliable the engine felt much more fragile.
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I looked at the K1300R but I don't want to spent that much (23k with the ESA) plus from experience I know that an extreme amount of horsepower is not that much fun. Once had a gsxr1100 with 135 hp, it wasn't a nice bike where you could cycle through the gears and enjoy the exhaust note cause it would do 130kmh in 1st gear.... My old 68 hp GS750 was much more enjoyable with this respect, I used to drive that thing like it was a musicle instrument. Knew exactly, if I upshift now it's going to make that (heavenly) noise. Plus the gsxr1100 was too nervous on the throttle...
I just can't understand that. I had a Hayabusa with 175 bhp and I loved the insanity of it. I only sold it because it was uncomfortable after 1/2 an hour, and I moved away form Basel and the German autobahn's. I once briefly had a go on a Turbo Hayabusa which was absolutely mental. I like having an absurd amount of power that you can only judiciously use.
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Re: Buying a new BMW motorcycle [Dealer recommendations?]

I drove a few BMW's (including RR and GS) at Arragoni, the service is kinda okay and most of them really do speak English.

I did not fall in love with BMW's though (something about the posture, too "enduro" or something) and was deciding between the new Tiger and Versys. Versys won.. 650cc is has far enough power for me and since I mostly commute to work, Tiger would just not be able to show its full potential
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at Arragoni, the service is kinda okay and most of them really do speak English.
I ordered the bike using (swiss) german, I hope I'll get what I want maybe I should change
my earlier post to 'I think I just ordered a R1200R' etc etc
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I ordered the bike using (swiss) german, I hope I'll get what I want maybe I should change
my earlier post to 'I think I just ordered a R1200R' etc etc
- R1200R in Swiss German means FS1E!
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Re: Buying a new BMW motorcycle [Dealer recommendations?]

hope you are aware of the bmw issues....

final drive gearbox craps itself requiring a new unit of approx 3000chf or the oil seal leaks meaning a new seal, that is a quik job though.

fuel pump controller randomly fails leaving you stranded (modified unit was released but still fails)

the EWS( immobiliser) antenna randomly fails again leaving you stranded.

if the fuel qty sender is the strip type rather than the float type, it doesnt work - just set the trip meter and fill up around 350kms

frame paintwork is poor and very thin resulting in rubbed thru paint in the foot rest area and rust in other areas of the bike.

engine casings corrode along split lines (unless is a pure dry sunny summer day bike only)

any aluminium casings have a tend to corrode at random points esp the front engine casing.

your first job is to remove the small foam block behind the engine front plastic cover, it traps and absorbs water, leading to massive corrosion.


and the most serious of all..... the exhaust valve head and stem of the rh cylinder likes to come apart as you are riding

so for any longer touring, a FPC, a EWS ring and your TCS card will be a wise idea.

i have a bmw btw!

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