Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 19

Thread: 1994 bmw r1100rs

  1. #1
    MJinCP
    Guest

    1994 bmw r1100rs

    Considering a purchase of this model. I've not owned an air-cooled, boxer-type BMW before, just K's. Any input would be appreciated. Pros / Cons? What can I expect? Thank you!

  2. #2
    ONE LESS HARLEY 04r1150rs's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Bowling Green,KY
    Posts
    398
    That's an oilhead i.e. oil cooled. Not a much power as a K bike, or heat off the pipes. More fun to ride as the front end feels lighter, but kind of numb, as you don't get as much feedback. You'll use the gears more.
    Richard
    2004 R1150RS
    1984 R80 G/S
    2003 Suzuki DRZ 400S

  3. #3
    Registered User barryg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    Marion,Ar.
    Posts
    13,770
    I have a '94 R1100RS. Had it since '97. My bike has 51,000 miles on odometer Mostly pros. Good all around bike. Can be a good commuter and nice weekend canyon carver. With the big lid bags, trunk, tankbag, etc. can be great for 2 up touring. Back when they were the latest greatest, it seemed like a lot of the new owners had their trannies changed out due to clunkiness. Turns out the early, clunky trannys were probably the better unit. Early clutchs also went away fast, replacement clutch were upgraded. A lot of the first owners bent or broke their wheels and were dealer replaced. Avoid big pot holes and such. Like most BMW's the shocks went away pretty fast. Cheap fix is to buy low mileage shock take offs. Good pricey shocks also solve the problems of of the sub standard stock shock. A lot of the early owners had a problem with the throttle bodies not always being in sync. Much time was spent educating riders into syncing their throttle bodies. Aftermarket companies stepped in with the dial in fuel delivery box or units to give better control and stopped the surging.

  4. #4
    Prefers to play martinph's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Armstrong, BC
    Posts
    806
    Voni Glaves Where are you?
    Martin. BMW MOA Ambassador.17748
    BMW MOA Charter, Life member.
    Valley BMW Riders. British Columbia.

  5. #5
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Location
    Northern Front Range, CO
    Posts
    6,663
    Clean up on Aisle 7 please. Mods- Aisle 7, requesting clean up.


    please move to Oilheads.

    I went form a K75, to a K11RS, to a R1100S.
    Oilhead = less heat, similar power, but less peaky/more torque. K was buzzier in its vibration, S more throbbing (twin much less bothersome in its vibration than the K).
    MUCH less heat production!!!!!!
    Heavier feeling front end, especially at slower speeds, but the anti-dive characteristic of the Telelever is a huge advantage.
    1994 RS had faulty transmissions- hopefully this one has been updated to a later edition.
    Did i mention less heat on the oilhead?
    Ride Safe, Ride Lots

  6. #6
    sMiling Voni's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    53 sMiles south of Alpine, TX USA
    Posts
    6,271
    Quote Originally Posted by martinPH View Post
    Voni Glaves Where are you?
    My favorite bike EVER!
    My odometer shows 349,000 sMiles but for 8,000 more the odometer was sleeping.

    It still has its own forum here:
    http://www.bikersoracle.com/rs/forum/

    You'll love it!

    Voni
    sMiling
    Last edited by Voni; 04-12-2011 at 01:12 PM.
    http://www.bigbend.net/users/glaves/
    Live fully. Laugh deeply. Love widely.
    BMW MOA Ambassador Emeritus / FOM / Roving Forum Moderator/
    Selected Friends of Wile E Coyote/ A Million 100 thousand BMW sMiles

  7. #7
    Registered User ANDYVH's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Green Bay, WI
    Posts
    2,376
    My best bike I have ever owned, since Oct 94, and still enjoying it today. Now at "only" 154,000 miles. Got a ways to go to match Voni's bike.

    I have done lots of updates and modifications, but its still a great ride.
    Get trained! The best "performance" upgrade you can get is YOU. Visit msf-usa.org for training info.

  8. #8
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Tularosa, NM
    Posts
    666

    Another Fan

    Go for it. EASY to work on, once you learn a few things.

    I'll echo Voni, "best bike I've ever owned" and there have been a few. Larger riders may need to tweak the ergos with aftermarket accessories, but the bike fits me perfectly (5-10, 145#) and mine is bone-stock. This bike has a lot of fans, and if you ride one, you'll know why: Major fun factor. Maybe not the most practical, nor the fastest, and certainly not the newest. . .but they have magic.

    My co-rider and I enjoyed a checkerboard K1200RS and the unlimited power for two-up loaded touring, but this bike is more fun, IMHO.

    Some complain about the original "clunky" transmission, but mine is an original tranny, and you just learn it's ways -- I've not missed a shift since the first day of ownership. . .(well, hardly ever).

    I bought this pristine, white, one-owner bike from a caring owner, learned how to adjust the valves and synch the throttle-bodies, and have never looked back. If you can find a good one, you'll be happy.

    Walking Eagle

  9. #9

    Just Like you!

    I just purchased my 94 R1100RS about 4 weeks ago and it was delivered 2 weeks ago.

    I had previously had a '76 R90/6 which I owned for 15 years. I loved that bike, it was easy to work on and with the upgrades (mostly performance) that I had made it was pretty fast bike.

    When I decided to get a bike again, I wasn't sure if I wanted to go airhead or oilhead. My dilemma was that I liked the styling of the air heads and the easy of maintenance. What I didn't like was the ride, riding position, lack of wind protection and no travel bags.

    I spent a lot of time looking at different bikes and was torn between the R1100RS and the RT. I chose the RS as it have more of a sporty "feel/look".

    So I started my quest and found a beautiful one with aftermarket shocks, barbacks, abs, Russell daylong saddle, and matching paint sidebags. It was a killer deal.

    So, last weekend was my first "ride" on it. It was only about 70 miles, mostly through the country roads is SW Ohio, but I have to say that I am thrilled with my purchase. Nice and nimble through the turns, great acceleration and decent wind protection.

    I hope you find what you are looking for, I am very happy that I did.

    HP

  10. #10
    jduke
    Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by 04R1150RS View Post
    That's an oilhead i.e. oil cooled. Not a much power as a K bike, or heat off the pipes. More fun to ride as the front end feels lighter, but kind of numb, as you don't get as much feedback. You'll use the gears more.
    This might be like splitting hairs, but I wouldn't want a new R bike rider to get the wrong idea. Oilheads, R bikes made from 1993 through 2005, and even the newer Hexheads (2005 - 2009) and Camheads (2010+) are all air cooled. The "oil" part refers to an additional oil pump that shoots cooler oil under the piston to HELP cool the bike.
    You still need moving air over the cylinders to cool the bike. You don't want to start the bike and let it stand for minutes while you do something. Start the bike, ride away.

  11. #11
    I have 70K on my 94 RSL and plan on putting at least 70K more on her. Great bike, maybe the best backroads touring bike ever made
    ________________________________________
    The early bird might get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

  12. #12
    The early RS is a great bike. I like them so much that I purchased a not so well cared for '95RSL in December. My son and I are right in the middle of a year long project to bring her back to her best days.

    Back in Feb.


    April


    The early Oilhead is a future classic.

  13. #13
    Original Oilhead guitardad's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Forest, VA
    Posts
    196
    I have about 113k on my '94 RS, and I love the bike. With three seat positions and adjustable handlebars, you can make the bike fit you rather than the other way around. The one weak spot to look for is a problem in the transmission. Look for a feeling like it's "skipping a tooth" under acceleration. A good description of what's happening is on Anton Largiader's page: http://largiader.com/tech/oiltrans/ Mine had the problem in 2nd gear when I bought it, so I had the transmission rebuilt at 40k miles. 73k since then, and it shifts like butter.
    Chaz
    The skill of effective coaching lies in asking the right questions.
    2013 R1200S {Name TBD} 2016 S1000XR "Raquel"

  14. #14
    Quote Originally Posted by jduke View Post
    This might be like splitting hairs, but I wouldn't want a new R bike rider to get the wrong idea. Oilheads, R bikes made from 1993 through 2005, and even the newer Hexheads (2005 - 2009) and Camheads (2010+) are all air cooled. The "oil" part refers to an additional oil pump that shoots cooler oil under the piston to HELP cool the bike.
    You still need moving air over the cylinders to cool the bike. You don't want to start the bike and let it stand for minutes while you do something. Start the bike, ride away.
    One minor quibble here. The second oil pump does not shoot oil under the piston. What the system has is a low volume high pressure pump for lubrication and a high volume low pressure pump for cooling. Both pump chambers are on the same shaft. The cooling oil is circulated through large oil passages in the cylinders and heads to keep things cool at the hottest parts of the engine around the exhaust valves. The oil circulates through a real oil cooler or two which functions as the oil radiator.

    But as noted above, the bike needs a flow of air for cooling both the cylinders and the oil cooler because except for police bikes or add-ons, there are no radiator fans on the oil cooler(s).

    There have been a number of cases of blistered paint on lower fairings on RT and RSL models from bikes parked left idling. There is one fairly well documented case where a bike left idling in a garage eventually caught fire and also caught the house on fire. Shortly thereafter BMW discontinued the R1100RSL model in the United States but continued to sell that model in Europe, apparently based on the belief that it was safe to sell these bikes to Germans but not to us. So the point is well made even if the technical details of the cooling system wasn't quite right.
    Paul Glaves - "Big Bend", Texas U.S.A
    "The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution." - Bertrand Russell
    http://web.bigbend.net/~glaves/

  15. #15
    badge502
    Guest
    I go through bikes pretty quick... BUT, I keep coming back to the R1100RS. It does EVERYTHING well. Im on #3 R1100RS, and I love it. Ive had K bikes, Aprilia Futuras, Buells, Suzukis, you name it. The R1100RS is the Swiss Army knife of aspalt going motorcycles. I've done Reg Pridmore CLASSes on one, ridden all over the US on em, and hauled groceries on em.

    I wish BMW would come out with them again, or an updated model that had its qualities and characteristics.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •