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    Am I crazy or is the oilhead the best beemer ever (half serious)

    Picked up a unicorn 01 GS from one of the MOA members. 13,000 miles, the suspension was upgraded and a few things here and there. But man, I canít believe Email how fantastic this thing is. My experience prior was a old multistrada 1100, FJR 1300 and WR Enduro. I canít believe how well this thing does it all, and has plenty of power. Iím sure if I rode a newer model it would blow it out of the water but, am I wrong in thinking this thing is the cats meow?

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    Welcome to the forum! They say the best motorcycle is the one that fits your butt and you smile while riding!! Glad you found your unicorn. Drop a picture here to let us see what you got!
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    Have fun! Welcome from Newfoundland! I too have an oilhead, R1100S.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cstelluti View Post
    Picked up a unicorn 01 GS from one of the MOA members. 13,000 miles, the suspension was upgraded and a few things here and there. But man, I canít believe Email how fantastic this thing is. My experience prior was a old multistrada 1100, FJR 1300 and WR Enduro. I canít believe how well this thing does it all, and has plenty of power. Iím sure if I rode a newer model it would blow it out of the water but, am I wrong in thinking this thing is the cats meow?
    I've got an R1100RT as my main.

    I've owned almost every version of BMW motorcycle including a number of Bricks. A K1100RS will blow your mind with how fast and intuitive its is. Airheads have all been great for days of riding.

    I think the R1150 would be a choice especially because of the 6 speed. Then again, with the spline and stick coil failures reported, maybe not.

    Newer Boxers are very nice and also, very expensive to repair. I don't like the body work or windshields on any of them.

    I have 90,000 mile on mine and thought it's getting a bit long in the tooth but I looked at how easy it is to repair and troubleshoot and opted out for a newer model. Just spent some cash and got some new paint and put some miles on it and it feels like an old friend.
    1997 R1100RT, 1981 KZ 440 LTD, R80RT, R90/6 sidecar, K1100RS,1983 K100RS (Cafe now)

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    Quote Originally Posted by dieselyoda View Post
    I've got an R1100RT as my main.
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    Newer Boxers are very nice and also, very expensive to repair. I don't like the body work or windshields on any of them.

    I have 90,000 mile on mine and thought it's getting a bit long in the tooth but I looked at how easy it is to repair and troubleshoot and opted out for a newer model. Just spent some cash and got some new paint and put some miles on it and it feels like an old friend.
    Yeah. I've got a 2001 R1100RT. Still like the looks of the bike, even though I have become accustomed to the angular look of the new ones, and even though my RT has definitely gotten some blemishes at this point. I've got 223k miles on her (most are mine, not all) and the ability to do the repairs on her myself is an absolute plus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cstelluti View Post
    Picked up a unicorn 01 GS from one of the MOA members. 13,000 miles, the suspension was upgraded and a few things here and there. But man, I canít believe how fantastic this thing is. My experience prior was a old multistrada 1100, FJR 1300 and WR Enduro. I canít believe how well this thing does it all, and has plenty of power. Iím sure if I rode a newer model it would blow it out of the water but, am I wrong in thinking this thing is the cats meow?
    I recall that someone on this Forum once said that Oilheads will one day have a reputation similar what the Airheads currently possess, reliable, easy to work on with good availability of parts. Even a non-mechanical person like me can complete the services.

    My '98 R1100RT has 235,000 kms (146,000 miles). I have never hesitated to take it anywhere. One summer I rode it from Ontario to southern CA and then out to Cape Breton Island. The only issue was operator inattention to the rear tire tread, which fortunately was only a minor hiccup on the the trip.

    So in all likelihood, at least in my opinion, you are not crazy.
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    CSTELLUTI is very close with his observation. I'd make one minor change - its MY oilhead that was the best Beemer ever.

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    I think the R1100RS is arguably a soon-to-be BMW classic motorcycle.

    As for the "best", I think the early (single spark) R1150 bikes are close to the top.
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    Funny, recently having a casual conversation with the owner of a BMW a franchise, about my high mileage R1100 RS. He chuckled and said it probably had a resale value of about $500. I didnít debate it, but said it is valuable to me, since I did the miles and know the machine. Iíve spent double that in the last 24 months on maintenance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    I think the R1100RS is arguably a soon-to-be BMW classic motorcycle.

    As for the "best", I think the early (single spark) R1150 bikes are close to the top.
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    Quote Originally Posted by walshj1024 View Post
    Funny, recently having a casual conversation with the owner of a BMW a franchise, about my high mileage R1100 RS. He chuckled and said it probably had a resale value of about $500. I didnít debate it, but said it is valuable to me, since I did the miles and know the machine. Iíve spent double that in the last 24 months on maintenance.

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    Well that is not a dealership I would ever take a bike to trade-in on a newer one, for sure. I understand low ball trade-in offers but this one is downright insulting. Voni sold her R1100RSL with 175,000 miles on it (not Big Red) for several thousand dollars a few years ago. They are not really high value classics yet but they are becoming so. We wouldn't sell Big Red with 414,000 miles for $500.
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    Paul,


    I Know exactly what you mean. I had toyed with the idea of selling mine, 2000 silver R1100 RS when it had about 65,000 miles. I priced it at $3200 I think, but got a few sub $2000 offers. It was at that point that Iíve decided to just maintain it, and pile on the miles. Itís dependable, paid for and as M_stock10506 said, I can repair it myself.

    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    Well that is not a dealership I would ever take a bike to trade-in on a newer one, for sure. I understand low ball trade-in offers but this one is downright insulting. Voni sold her R1100RSL with 175,000 miles on it (not Big Red) for several thousand dollars a few years ago. They are not really high value classics yet but they are becoming so. We wouldn't sell Big Red with 414,000 miles for $500.
    2000 R1100 RS
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    You guys! You all know the 1100S is the absolute machine!
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    Quote Originally Posted by skibum69 View Post
    You guys! You all know the 1100S is the absolute machine!
    Without a doubt!

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    Today I joined a couple of my friends in washing and photographing an older friendís bikes, as he has reached the point of ďthinning his herdĒ. When we were done, his Ď01 R1150GS was fired up and I was surprised by how smooth and quiet that motor was with 110k on the clock. Especially so when compared to my 2018 wethead GS, which emits sounds like an old Maytag washer at idle. Reminds me why I still miss my Ď95 RSL that I sold; the oilheads are great bikes.

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    The best BMW models are the ones that begin with a "K"...
    The ultimate being the mighty K1300S. Best. Bike. Ever.
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