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    Opinions on buying a used 1150RS

    Hi! First post from a new member.

    I'm looking at a 2004 R1150RS ABS at a local dealer. The bike has 17000 miles and looks perfect in all respects. Haven't gone for a ride yet, because the weather has been awful! The asking price is a hundred or two above bluebook, which isn't way out of line.

    I'm a pretty fair wrench, but haven't owned a modern Beemer (just an old R27). So I'm looking for advice and comments. Does this year and model have any weaknesses or problem areas I should watch for? Any services or inspections I should ask the dealer to do? ( I haven't looked at the service record yet.)

    I'm quite sure this is the model for me -- not interested in dressers, cruisers or crotch rockets. If any owners care to comment on the riding characteristics of the RS, I'd appreciate it.

    Thanks!

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    Welcome to the forum.

    The 04 RS under the shorter faring is pretty close to an RT. Not sure if the RS had stuff like the electric windshield, but pretty much the same. Point is, that bike should have had it's first tune up at 600 miles which is the only time in the bike's life to torque the heads. No reason to suspect it didn't.

    Other than that, the bike should have had a tune up every 6,000 miles. The tune ups have oil and filter change, new plugs, valve adjustment, balance of throttle bodies, air filter, and at some, transmission oil change ( possibly every 12k miles ?). Also, depending on the rider and places the bike has traveled, it might be likely the bike is at the end of a second set of tires.

    If I'm right, in theory that bike is due for a tune up in 1,000 miles. Truth is, the bikes often get their tune ups prematurely for the purpose of convenience. I just sold my 04RT with 48k miles on the clock and many times I had the service done early because I was heading out on a long trip or already had the bike at the dealer.

    Hopefully, your dealer did the 18k service on the bike before hanging the For Sale sign on it. Also the tires should be relatively new.

    Lastly, the price on used bikes outside the dealers are more of a "Starting price". You should be able to get a better price especially in non riding weather.

    As for an 041150RS with 17k on the clock, it should be just breaking in and ready for tens of thousands of hassle free miles. Good luck and don't pay the window sticker price.

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    Welcome aboard, The 04 1150 is the last year of the 1100/1150 run. All of the bugs from previous years have been worked out. I ride a 04 1150 RT. I believe that the RS is the same engine, though I'm not sure about the trannie. I know on past RT Police bikes, the claim to have the RS trannie. Proberly for better performance I guessing. I also ride a 94 1100 RS which I really enjoy riding. I would not hesitate to take either anyware, but usually take the RT on longer trips, mostly for the protection and a little better gas mileage. If you do purchase it, good luck. Try and make a rally. Post a picture of the bike when you can.
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    The RS is a wonderful bike, does just about everything tolerably well.

    I have a '96, which is inferior in several ways (a clunkier five-speed gearbox, for example, instead of the 1150's six-speed, more subject to surging), and arguably superior in others (no whizzy brakes).

    The riding position's the same as the 1150, but for me, the bars were a bit too far forward and the pegs too high in their stock configuration. I added barbacks to raise the grips and installed GS footplates to lower the pegs; these rotated the riding position a bit more upright, so that my bike is now about half-way between RS and RT. Now it's perfect, it has a bit over 96K miles on it, and I still smile when the garage door goes up.
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    I have an '03 1150RS that I bought new in Feb. '05 - got a good deal on it because the dealer was tired of seeing it on his floor after two years.

    I now have 48,000 miles on it and still love it. It is great fun in the twisties and a great solo tourer. Yours - dual plugged - is even a little better.

    Just FYI, Motorcycle Consumer News' used bike value guide lists the '04 RS at $9175.

    John

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    I have a 04 R1150RS, what I really like about it is that it has a blacked out motor, better looking than silver. A great bike and fits my 6'2" body very well ( I have bar backs). Great for the long haul. My only real concern is the linked ABS, still works fine, but I'd hate to see it go out. I've only got 13,000 miles on mine, darn shame. seat fits me well with the Alaskan Sheepskin cover, good for over 700 mile days.
    Stick to dealer recomended service and she'll treat you well. I do the tune ups and oil changes, but have the dealer do the brake evac at recommended intervals.
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    Great Oilhead bike - well executed. Solid performer, few warts.
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    used RS

    NH:

    Welcome.

    I had an '02 RS for several years, and I think it's one of the best bikes around. The '04's have dual spark plugs which makes them the best year for the whole series, in my opinion, as surging is minimized.

    The only caveat I would mention is that the RS's, being sport tourers, are specialty bikes, so not quite as easy to sell as say, an RT or a GS. So you want to purchase it at a price that you can easily re - sell at, if necessary.

    There is a good oiler RS group at Biker's Oracle that you can also join:

    http://www.bikersoracle.com/rs/forum/

    But we hope you'll stick around here, as well.

    Rinty

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    Thanks to everyone!

    Quote Originally Posted by rinty View Post
    NH:

    Welcome.

    I had an '02 RS for several years, and I think it's one of the best bikes around. The '04's have dual spark plugs which makes them the best year for the whole series, in my opinion, as surging is minimized.

    The only caveat I would mention is that the RS's, being sport tourers, are specialty bikes, so not quite as easy to sell as say, an RT or a GS. So you want to purchase it at a price that you can easily re - sell at, if necessary.

    There is a good oiler RS group at Biker's Oracle that you can also join:

    http://www.bikersoracle.com/rs/forum/

    But we hope you'll stick around here, as well.

    Rinty

    I *really* appreciate all your replies! Each one added to my understanding of what looks like a well-regarded bike. I'll make an offer on it this week.

    And, yes, I'll definitely stick around. This forum is a keeper!

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    I did it!

    Quote Originally Posted by NHBMAH View Post
    Hi! First post from a new member.

    I'm looking at a 2004 R1150RS ABS at a local dealer. The bike has 17000 miles and looks perfect in all respects. Haven't gone for a ride yet, because the weather has been awful! The asking price is a hundred or two above bluebook, which isn't way out of line.

    I'm a pretty fair wrench, but haven't owned a modern Beemer (just an old R27). So I'm looking for advice and comments. Does this year and model have any weaknesses or problem areas I should watch for? Any services or inspections I should ask the dealer to do? ( I haven't looked at the service record yet.)

    I'm quite sure this is the model for me -- not interested in dressers, cruisers or crotch rockets. If any owners care to comment on the riding characteristics of the RS, I'd appreciate it.

    Thanks!
    Thanks again for your replies! I made an offer that was accepted and the bike is mine Saturday morning. I contacted the previous owner, who was happy to talk about his time with the bike, and that gave me a lot of confidence.

    Now, if his foul New Hampshire weather will go away, I'll bring my new ride home!

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    new RS

    Congratulations!

    Now it's time to install a Remus sport exhaust so you can hear the symphony on those twisty New Hampshire backroads.

    Rinty

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    My new ride

    Quote Originally Posted by r11rs94 View Post
    Welcome aboard, The 04 1150 is the last year of the 1100/1150 run. All of the bugs from previous years have been worked out. I ride a 04 1150 RT. I believe that the RS is the same engine, though I'm not sure about the trannie. I know on past RT Police bikes, the claim to have the RS trannie. Proberly for better performance I guessing. I also ride a 94 1100 RS which I really enjoy riding. I would not hesitate to take either anyware, but usually take the RT on longer trips, mostly for the protection and a little better gas mileage. If you do purchase it, good luck. Try and make a rally. Post a picture of the bike when you can.

    As requested, here's my bike (as it looked last September on the dealer's lot, with a $500 higher asking price than now ). Had a little snow last night, along with the road salt, so I'll bring the bike home on Tuesday. Yippee!
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    Very cool ride.


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    I hope you like it as much as I like mine. My favorite color, look closely for some minor differences to your bike, you might have to look close.
    You'll get plenty of compliments on the color, very european paint scheme.
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    Minor differences..........

    Quote Originally Posted by 04R1150RS View Post


    I hope you like it as much as I like mine. My favorite color, look closely for some minor differences to your bike, you might have to look close.
    You'll get plenty of compliments on the color, very european paint scheme.


    Tinted windscreen and front turn signals. Anything else?

    By the way, when I first saw the bike last September, it was the color scheme that grabbed me. I'm lucky the RS wasn't a big seller, because it sat through the winter without a buyer. I don't criticize it because it isn't a perfect sport bike or tourer, I like it because it's very good at both!

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