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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.
    A couple of years ago I picked up an '01 R1150GS single spark, second year of production, from a friend. Best bike ever. My '87 K75S is a close second (bought it from the friend's brother).

    I've put about 30K on each bike, and they are both around 85K.
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    Enjoying mine,

    Quote Originally Posted by skibum69 View Post
    You guys! You all know the 1100S is the absolute machine!
    Yes sir after a great number of years on my R75 (don't know the slash 5 or 6) and having a few Japanese sport bikes before and after, I really like this R1100S. When I need a walker I might get a Bagger but not now.

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    I own a time machine, a 1998 75th Anniversary R1100R
    59 thousand kilometers on it
    Factory windscreen, tank bag, panniers and silver large dry bag with the scuba-suit zipper.

    Absolutely love it

    my forever bike

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    I would happily own a K1300S.
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    Agree with Paul and others that the single spark 1150ís are a high point in the BMW universe ó Iíve had mine for almost 20 years, while many other bikes have come and gone through my garage during that time. However, Iíve ó reluctantly ó put mine up for sale on the oilhead marketplace. Iíve got a newer BMW (F700GS) that is amazingly capable, and I just added a Royal Enfield INTerceptor 650 to the fold. So, maybe someone will find my trusty R bike a good fit for their needs, but if not, Iíll still be smiling.
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    The Best

    All I know is, my 2004 RT (110k) still evokes the right emotions when I ride. And I think it's one of BMW's most elegant designs.

    I've tried, but still can't understand all the angles and mis-matched pieces on most of the new BMW's.

    But I'm old, so........

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    I got a 2008 RT to complement my '99 RT and though in many respects its more useful for two up and long distance riding, the 1100 is more fun to ride and better at very low speed handling imo.

    I have a 2nd oilhead I bought from a member which has 298K miles on it. I am the second owner and put a new clutch in it though all it had was a blown throwout bearing. I think it had rebuilt heads put on it at some point. It runs and rides just like my 99 which has a little over 100K on it.
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    My '00 1150GS has 368,000km on it. I've owned it for 20 years and will never sell it.
    I also have a '13 1200 Camhead GSA. I love that bike as well but always enjoy jumping back on the old one. It is a great bike and has never let me down.
    Properly maintained they will last forever.
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    Great, so according to Paul, I have 2 classics in my garage now, or 1 classic, and one soon-to-be classic?

    And here I was thinking about modernizing the entire fleet.

    Oh well, instead of wanting something I don't have, maybe I'll start wanting what I already have. Pretty much how I've always done it.
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    Guess I don't need to get an airhead after all!

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    Yes you do! Everyone needs an airhead!
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    Quote Originally Posted by skibum69 View Post
    Yes you do! Everyone needs an airhead!
    I've owned 2, and have NO regrets. If you're going to own a BMW motorcycle, an airhead is a great (positive) experience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by braddog View Post
    I've owned 2, and have NO regrets. If you're going to own a BMW motorcycle, an airhead is a great (positive) experience.
    I agree, but the oilheads have more power and fuel injection, are generally cheaper, and are still relatively easy to work on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lawrencecarlson View Post
    Agree with Paul and others that the single spark 1150ís are a high point in the BMW universe ó Iíve had mine for almost 20 years, while many other bikes have come and gone through my garage during that time. However, Iíve ó reluctantly ó put mine up for sale on the oilhead marketplace. Iíve got a newer BMW (F700GS) that is amazingly capable, and I just added a Royal Enfield INTerceptor 650 to the fold. So, maybe someone will find my trusty R bike a good fit for their needs, but if not, Iíll still be smiling.
    nice bike. If I didn't just drive a R1100RT that i bought back from Greenwich, I would fly and drive that baby. Looks like a fun ride, well taken care of.

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