I don't want to start a war here, but I'm new in motorcycling (currently riding a Vulcan 900) but a cruiser style, while fitting my rebuilt knees, is not what I thought I would be riding. I have the age old question of what type of BMW to get. I'm looking to get into BMWs as reasonably as I can and a new bike is out of the financial question. Therefore, I have to go used and have the age old question of what to get. I have spent the last month or so looking on this website as well as others and reading the 96 edition of the BMW Motorcycle Buyers Guide. I would like to find something for less than $6000 or so and am not afraid to get my hands dirty.
Because I would like to get into touring, I have been primarily looking at R100RT, R1100RT, and R1150RT. I'm also starting to consider the K-bikes as well. There is so much on the Web about some of the issues with final dives and such that I'm looking for advice and recommendations from those who know much more than me.
I have seen some bikes on the Flea market here, on Craigslist, and at my local dealer that fit my initial purchase price but am also interested in long term maintenance costs. I've also seen some project bikes that also fit the bill, but again questions about repair costs.
Thanks for the bandwidth and your time.