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BMW June 3, 2015 posted by

Eurostar – 2003 BMW R1100S BoxerCup Replika

Introduced in 1999, the BMW R1100S re-introduced motorcyclists to the sportier side of BMW, and inspired a brand race series in Europe, which developed into a support race for MotoGP and the Daytona 200.  Signed by spokesman ( and AMA hall of fame member ) Randy Mamola, the BoxerCup Replika is the ultimate version of the oil-cooled BMW 1100cc twin.

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2003 BMW R1100S BoxerCup Replika

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Applying evolution to the classic BMW twin, factory designers added a lot of new things to the R1100S - a new rear subframe supports the suspension ( rather than the transmission case ), underseat exhaust, aluminum fuel tank ( under the beauty cover), and clip-ons.  Front and rear fenders are carbon fiber, as are the valve covers.  Keeping the successful 4-valve heads and shaft drive ensured reliability and a solid 98 hp.  The traditional automotive-type dry clutch resides between the engine and the close-ratio six-speed transmission.  On a sportbike weighing in at 500 lbs., the 320mm front ( and 275mm rear ) disks will be tested.  Nice touches on the BCR optional on the the R1100S are the 5-1/2 inch rear wheel, Ohlins shocks, bellypan, braided brake lines, as well as pillion cover and clear signal lenses.

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Almost ready for its first oil change, this BoxerCup Replika has just 1,600 miles over 12 years.  No dusty barn find, this one looks basically new.  Naturally, not much said about repair or maintenance history, but new fluids and rubber would be expected before a serious ride. The owner states:

As stated I am the original and only owner of the bike. I really hate to part with it. It has been part of my bike family and like any family member I will miss it. Bike has been stored and maintained in a climate controlled environment and I would consider in mint condition.

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Though it was succeeded by the R1200S, and eclipsed by the HP2 and eventually the RR1000, the R1100S was a signature all-rounder, which could be ridden to and from a track day.  This BoxerCup Replika is a barely broken-in example of one of BMW's best S-bikes...

-donn

Eurostar – 2003 BMW R1100S BoxerCup Replika
BMW June 1, 2015 posted by

Unlikely Track-Day Hero: 2008 BMW HP2 Sport

2008 BMW HP2 Sport R Side Front

Prior to the "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" S1000RR, BMW's sportbikes were decidedly offbeat. They were almost like the Saab of the motorcycle world, with remote-operated brake master cylinders, shaft-drive, unconventional suspensions, and that durable and charismatic, but very, very wide horizontally-opposed engine. And their last hurrah before the stunningly capable S1000RR was the stunningly improbably HP2 Sport.

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It shouldn't work, and really wasn't capable of going toe-to-toe with the best literbikes from Japan on paper. But period testers seemed to understand that the bike wasn't meant for everyone and was a statement of intent from BMW that they could make more than just stodgy, old-man bikes. The HP2 isn't featherweight and was certainly expensive when new, but top-shelf suspension gave amazing handling and stability, in spite of the Telelever suspension's reputation for blunting front-end feedback. Carbon-fiber everything and a cool self-supporting seat/subframe unit kept weight under 400lbs dry, and a slick digital dash looked like it'd be more at home on a race bike, while being far more legible than similar displays used by Ducati at the time.

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And the engine wasn't just some sort of high-compression and ECU-tweak affair. The HP2 featured new DOHC heads and radial valves that helped the bike produce 128hp and rev all the way to 9,500rpm, although there is a price to be paid: the brittle Titanium connecting rods call for replacement at 30,000 miles. Not the worst job on a twin with the heads sticking out in the breeze, but something to keep in mind.

2008 BMW HP2 Sport Dash

The original eBay listing for this 2008 BMW HP2 Sport contains very little information about the bike, but does feature plenty of photos and mentions that the bike is "in good overall condition" and that a six-mile test ride as part of the dealer's "As Is" buying policy.

2008 BMW HP2 Sport L Side Front

All this adds up to a bike that was genuinely fun to flog around a track or twisty back road, although all those enhancements serve to emphasize a couple of shortcomings: sportbike grip and handling mean that it is possible to deck out the heads at extreme lean angles, and the bike is just begging for a slipper clutch. One is available, but the longitudinal engine orientation and shaft drive mean that fitting it is a headache to fit.

2008 BMW HP2 Sport R Side Rear

Bidding is pretty active and up to $7,600 with three days left on the auction. These are genuinely rare, high-spec sportbikes and, while this example has a few very minor cosmetic blemishes, we're looking at a pretty good opportunity for BMW enthusiasts to grab one of these before they get squirreled away by collectors.

-tad

2008 BMW HP2 Sport R Side

Unlikely Track-Day Hero: 2008 BMW HP2 Sport
BMW April 20, 2015 posted by

Silver slipper ( yellow stripes ) – 2000 BMW R1100S

Introduced in late 1998 as a 1999 model, BMW brought an S-model back to the brand.  Pushing 98 hp from the 1098cc boxer, the light(er) weight Beemer could break 12 seconds in the 1/4 mile and very nearly 140 mph.  Telelever front end has inherent dive control, and low-maintenance Paralever swingarm encloses shaft drive.  This second-year R1100S with optional paint has low miles and some nice upgrades.

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2000 BMW R1100S for sale on eBay

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For the R1100S introduction, BMW made many sport-related upgrades to their sport-touring package.  While their family of touring bikes hangs the rear suspension directly from the transmission housing, the R1100S has a sub-frame providing much great rigidity to the chassis.  The flowing design of the bodywork hides the underseat exhaust and an aluminum fuel tank holding almost 5 gallons.  Carbon front fender and clip-on handlebars were first on a BMW on the R1100S.  BMW pioneered development of ABS and debate continues of whether sportbikes should have it, but the triple Brembo disks on this bike appear to be ABS controlled, and who knows, it could make a save one day.  This example has only 8,500 miles and the newly recovered seat has the cowling, also the nice touches of enlarged windshield, barbacks, clear signal lenses, and factory cover.

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From the eBay auction :

New Michelin Tires, Full Remus ext, New recon seat, bmw cover, Barbacks, New batt.

Bike is in the best condition runs great needs nothing but a rider. you can see in the pics how fine the bike is.

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A sparkling presentation with new tires and battery, upgraded exhaust, and usual Bosch Motronic reliability, a successful bidder should have a summer full of trouble-free miles.

-donn

Silver slipper ( yellow stripes ) – 2000 BMW R1100S
BMW March 14, 2015 posted by

The Other Red: 1999 BMW R1100S

After 25 years without, BMW renewed interest in an -S variant, and their design team applied the innovative Telelever front and Paralever rear suspension to a sport motorcycle.

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1999 BMW R1100S for sale on eBay

The first BMW with clip-ons, passenger seat cowl, and rear-sets, the R1100S also has carbon fiber fenders and underseat exhaust.  The 4-valve 1085cc twin makes almost 100 hp with 72 ft-lbs of torque, and inspired the Boxer Cup, a single-type race series which supported Moto GP and the Daytona 200.  Later models included a Sport and Boxer Cup Prep with a belly pan, braided brake lines, and carbon valve covers.

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Tested against the Ducati ST2 and Honda VFR 800, the R1100S wasn't quite as comfortable on the track, but the Telelever front end provided good anti-dive characteristics.  Dual front / single rear Brembo disks are more than capable.  The bodywork flows beautifully and hides a 4.8 gal. fuel tank.  Speed yellow was the predominant launch color, and the red is distinctive.

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Part of the BMW ownership experience is the wide variety of aftermarket upgrades and this R1100S has been nicely "farkled" - from the eBay auction:

Beautiful R1100S always garaged and in excellent condition. Low miles and great upgrades.  Corbin leather seat, carbon fiber turn signal covers, carbon fiber front and rear fenders, Brembo brakes, billet brake and clutch covers, Rizoma rear turn signal lights, handlebars raised, Throttlemeister cruise control, fuel injected engine, Remus stainless exhaust (including original exhaust), hard cases - both wide and narrow (City), smoke windshield (includes original),Avon tires. Lightly used and looks like new.

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Doesn't seem like anyone but a BMW owner would call 33,000 "low" miles, but sport-touring can be easier on the equipment, and the higher purchase price tends to make for mature previous owners.  This first-year R1100S appears well-loved and might be a bargain entry into the brand.

-donn

The Other Red:  1999 BMW R1100S
BMW March 5, 2015 posted by

Rejuvenated 1986 R100RS Tribute

The venerable BMW R100RS was designed by Hans Muth for the 1977 model year,  and based on a 980cc engine, an upgrade from the classic R90S's 898cc.  Looking modern in the late 70's the frame-mounted fairing allows all weather riding and increases stability to allow a top speed of almost 125mph.  The supple ride rewards smooth riding, tucked into the fairing listening to the quiet whir from below.

1986 BMW R100RS Tribute

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This particular machine was a mechanic's love affair:

The bike started out as a 1986 R80RT, that was converted to an RS. The original motor was sold to help pay for the rebuild, and the builder started with a used 1978 R80 motor bottom end off our shelf.

The comprehensive rebuild included an engine with the RS's larger valves, dual-plug heads, Nikasil cylinders, 40 mm Bings, and factory sport cam.  Additionally a stainless custom exhaust was fabricated.

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Over 3 years, the mechanic upgraded and rebuilt every sub-system, replacing the clutch, upgrading the starter, and replacing all the bushings and bearings in the transmission and final drive.  Steering head and forks were rebuilt, and a new fork brace and rear shock installed.  Brake calipers were rebuilt and push EBC floating rotors.

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The list of new parts is pretty surprising, and the fairing was not neglected, a bright yellow with well-coordinated stripes and lowers in black.  With distinctive Motorsport badges all around, it makes a splash.

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Again from the ad:

After turning 3700 miles, it was parked for a few years and has returned to the shop to have the carbs cleaned, fuel tank lined, and a general inspection.  A 1986 version of a model that went out of production in 1984, it will never be destined for a "collection", this tribute to the ground-breaking design is a rider, and appears ready to go.

-Donn

Rejuvenated 1986 R100RS Tribute
BMW January 16, 2015 posted by

Does the K stand for Kiwi? 1990 BMW K1

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The BMW K1 is a controversial machine. Looking like Buck Rogers crossed with a "Pimp my ride" paint job, the K1 was produced in limited numbers and bought by even fewer buyers. Despite the fact that they were not sought after by the BMW faithful (or anybody else), those that have owned or ridden the K1 praise it for all the qualities you would expect from BMW: good fit and finish, high grade components, overall usability and lack of performance. For all of its spaceship good looks, the K1 was meant to maximize its use of 100 HP for cruising purposes. The bike is heavy (500+ lbs) and suffers some heat build-up as the result of the inline four buried under the multi-piece fiberglass bodywork. The K1 does sport the first instance of the BMW Paralever swingarm, which incorporates both the swingarm and the drive shaft in unison and removes much of the typical drive shaft jack that plagues earlier examples of the marque. In cruise mode the K1 is relatively efficient and within its design envelope, meant to eat miles all day long. If you don't like attention when you ride, perhaps this is not the ride for you. For all others, these are relatively rare (fewer than 7,000 produced), and most have high miles and/or bodywork damage (after all, there is a LOT of bodywork). You'll have to travel to NZ for this one; but if you are already close, it could be a great find.

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1990 BMW K1 for sale in New Zealand

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From the seller:
This is a 1990 BMW K1 in immaculate condition.

It has had two owners since new, both New Zealand Police Officers.

New in NZ it has travelled 22,300 kms (about 14,000 miles) and is in excellent condition. It has always been garaged and rarely taken out in the rain. Both owners are motorcycle enthusiasts and have used the bike sparingly to keep the miles down.

This bike is good enough to be a show piece in a BMW motorcycle dealers shop

I have original tools and owners manual, even have the original paint touch up kit.

I doubt you will find a better example anywhere.

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Does the K stand for Kiwi?  1990 BMW K1