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Thread: Bought my first BMW! A 1996 R1100R!

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    Quote Originally Posted by miseenscene View Post
    Congratulations! I recently acquired a '96 R850R and, while it it not my first BMW, it is my first boxer. I too have been enjoying my 24 K maintenance work and small upgrades. It is a simple and robust machine perhaps being flawed only by its substantial weight.

    Enjoy the ride.

    RK
    Congrats on your new bike!

    I'm looking forward to getting my bike in my hands and actually getting some miles on it!

    Curious on what is the difference from the 850 from the 1100? Is it a bore or crank (or both) difference?

    Cheers!
    Jedz
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    Hi Again,

    Just for reference since my R850R is of similar vintage: some of the worn or rotted "soft" parts I have replaced which you may want to check on your R1100R.

    -steering dampening bushings
    -control cable covers
    -missing tank trim soft grommets (fitted into the tank rim itself for the trim screws to tap)
    -final drive boot

    Be well, ride safely.
    RK

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    Congrats on your new bike.
    I have a '98 and love it.
    You will find a wealth of knowledge here, all you have to do is ask.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jedz View Post
    Congrats on your new bike!

    I'm looking forward to getting my bike in my hands and actually getting some miles on it!

    Curious on what is the difference from the 850 from the 1100? Is it a bore or crank (or both) difference?

    Cheers!
    My understanding is the that the R850r is a smaller bore version of the R1100r and that the engines are identical otherwise but I do not have definitive documentation of this. The 850 displacement model was offered to meet various license restrictions in Europe. The 850 was only imported to the US for a few years in the mid-90s, but continued in Europe into the 2000s.

    The stock final drive may have been different on the two cycles but the previous owner of my r850r change to a 3.09 final drive which suits me fine at the moment.

    Be well, ride safely.
    RK

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    Found this article online:
    https://www.motorcycle.com/manufactu...r850r-859.html

    "The R850R shares most all the same features found on it's larger stablemate. The fuel-injected, four-valve twin-cylinder engine is identical to the R1100R's mill, save for a smaller bore (87.8mm vs 99mm)."

    And a few more tech tidbits:
    Specifications:
    Manufacturer: BMW
    Model: R850R
    Price: $8990.00
    Engine: Air cooled/oil cooled boxer twin cylinder
    Bore x Stroke: 87.8 mm x 70.5 mm
    Displacement: 848 cc
    Carburetion: Bosch Motronic fuel injection
    Transmission: 5-speed, shaft drive
    Wheelbase: 57.99 in.
    Seat height: variable, 29.9 - 31.5 in.
    Fuel capacity: 5.5 gallons
    Claimed dry weight: 482 lbs.
    2000 BMW R1100RS | Past bikes: 97 Suzuki GS500E, 82 Suzuki GS1100E, 07 Suzuki V-Strom 650

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    Hello,

    Just to follow up: the US R850R had a 5 speed transmission. The 2nd generation version offered excusivly abroad, did have a 6 speed. This is why the previous owner of my R850R changed to a 3.09 final drive. This allows it to cruise comfortably at 70 MPH. It is a bit sluggish off the line but for me, this is only a concern when riding two up. If your R1100R has a 5 speed you may wish to tweak the performance with an alternate final drive to suit your style of riding.

    I am still adapting to my R850R ( I am an old enduro guy and my primary cycle is a F650gs Dakar ) but the R850/1100 is a great all around platform; fuel injected for efficiency but otherwise simple, stable and reliable. I look forward to taking a long tour this summer with it.

    Be well, ride safely.
    RK

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