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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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MI

Does the K stand for Kiwi?  1990 BMW K1
BMW November 13, 2014 posted by

Silk Purse: 2008 BMW HP2 Sport for Sale

2008 BMW HP2 R Side Front

The BMW HP2 Sport sounds slightly insane in concept: take an air-cooled 180° twin with shaft-drive and an innovative suspension designed more for touring than sport, then throw as many high-spec parts at it as you can in a serious effort to make it as fast as possible. It’s sort of the Porsche 911 story, a triumph of development over design: it shouldn’t work nearly as well as it does. But, like the venerable ass-engined car from Stuttgart, the HP2 does work.

2008 BMW HP2 L Side Rear

Reviews lauded the handling, stability, and the useable power. BMW’s Telelever suspension has been accused of providing reduced steering feedback and can be a bit heavy, but allows for amazing stability on the brakes which, in this case, were very fierce monoblock Brembos.

The bike featured fully adjustable ergonomics, an exotic, self-supporting carbon-fiber seat/subframe unit, a quickshifter and high-spec suspension. New DOHC heads with radial valves first featured here and would later be expanded to other bikes in the range helped the bike rev to 9500rpm, making 128hp along the way, all in a package that weighed a claimed 392lbs dry.

2008 BMW HP2 Dash

In spite of appearances [see: “180° twin”], the HP2 has all the cornering clearance you'll ever need on the road. On track, things can get scrape-y at race-pace as the heads touch down at extreme lean angles and the front wheel lifts... If you plan on racing yours, you may need to jack up the suspension slightly, or adjust your lines. Luckily, the bike’s extremely forgiving handling and grip should allow you to ride around this minor limitation.

Inertia in the shaft-drive means a slipper clutch is sorely missed as well. One is available through the aftermarket, but is a real pain to fit, since the transmission needs to be dropped.

2008 BMW HP2 Cockpit

In typical BMW style, the HP2 was expensive, but provided dead-reliable performance, although the bike’s racing legacy shines through in the titanium con-rod replacement suggested for the 30,000 mile service…

From the original eBay listing: 2008 BMW HP2 Sport for sale

Very clean 2008 HP2 Sport for sale. Non-ABS model with Ohlins suspension, lots of carbon fibre, and BMW OEM LED turn signals! Quickly becoming a collector bike. Not many of these were made. Very fun, sporty, responsive bike that sounds meaner than your average boxer. Don't miss this opportunity!

Options/Accessories include:
Titanium exhaust
Forged HP race wheels
Ohlins suspension
Carbon fiber bodywork
BMW LED Turn Signals

2008 BMW HP2 R Head

This is available from a dealer, so you aren't likely to get a screaming deal here. But it is rare, and these will likely be very collectible in years to come: only 2,260 were built and the list price new was over $25,000. With only 5,500 miles on the clock and only some minor cosmetic blemishes, this bike looks barely broken in. If you’re looking for an alternative to an “S” model Ducati superbike that you can actually ride without destroying your wrists and back, this would make an excellent choice.

-tad

2008 BMW HP2 L Side

Silk Purse: 2008 BMW HP2 Sport for Sale
BMW October 22, 2014 posted by

Quirky, Low-Profile Fun: 2007 BMW R1200S for Sale

2007 BMW R1200S R Side

The term “sportbike” isn’t really one that has an absolute definition. It’s more of a loose set of parameters intended to capture an idea, and while most of us generally understand what we all mean when we use the word, there’s still plenty of room for interpretation. Ducati thinks a sportbike should be something ruthlessly dedicated to speed, a track and race machine with only the barest concessions to road use: if your Sunday morning canyon road is more than thirty miles from home, better invest in a gel seat and a good masseuse. Bikes like BMW’s R1200S take the idea of a sporting motorcycle in an entirely different direction.

2007 BMW R1200S R Side Rear

Until the S1000RR came along, BMW had a bit of a different philosophy for their sportbikes. Like Ducati, they wanted to keep their trademark powerplant, in this case a big, horizontally-opposed, air-cooled twin. Unlike Ducati, they felt that comfort should be a part of the equation. What they came up with was what seems at first like an oxymoron: a “practical sportbike”. While you can argue that a GSX-R750 is also extremely practical and reasonably comfortable, it wasn’t available with ABS, doesn’t quite have the character of a twin or the more mature, low-profile image. Let’s face it: “crotch-rockets” definitely attract more heat than less squidly rides. And when you’re out on the road, trying to avoid being hassled by The Man, keeping a bit of a low-profile can be a good thing.

And you really can’t get a whole lot more low-profile than a silver BMW.

2007 BMW R1200S L Side Head

I actually prefer the dash on the earlier model, but this restyle gives the bike a more butch, angular look. I remember when the first-generation R1200S was introduced, some artist or other whipped up a bunch of alternative paint schemes I saw posted in a bike magazine that incorporated some great WWII warplane motifs and iconography, which would have looked even more appropriate on this second-generation bodywork.

From the original eBay listing: 2007 BMW R1200S for Sale

For Sale is a rare, Fun BMW R1200S. Only brought into the US for one year! It's comfortable, Sporty and can keep up with most sportbikes. It has the Full Remus Exhaust, an MWR Racing High Efficiency Airfilter and a Bazzaz Z-fi Fueling controller (She dyno's at a nice 115 hp!!) Also installed a C2 Slipper clutch to keep the rearend under control along with R&G Racing Axle and Swingarm sliders along with Carbon/Kevlar Engine sliders and a nice tidy tail to slim up the rearend. Also has a Hyperpro RSC Steeering damper.  Has fresh brake pads and Dunlop Q2's on it with only about a sixth of thier life used. Odometer is sitting at about 17,000 miles. last service was at 12,000 miles (Due again at 18,000). Also included are all the Specific tools you need for general up keep and a GS-911 Diagnostic tool (Bluetooth!!! Works with your iPhone or Android phone!!). I also have a set of Drop in High Compression pistons I never installed that I will include for an additional Amount. This model has the Showa Suspension. It does not have ABS. (ALL THE BETTER TO DRIVE MY DEAR!!)  There are a couple small scratches in the Paint on the body work on the tail. The windscreen has spots on it from Brake fluid. The only other thing worth mentioning is the small chips in the finish of the rear wheel (pictured in the last photo).

This particular example does not have ABS which, to my mind is probably a mark against it: most riders can benefit from that additional safety margin everywhere except the track [where it can be switched off], an environment for which this bike isn’t particularly suited anyway. It’s a bit too heavy, and BMW’s Telelever front suspension has been lauded for its stability under braking but often criticized for a lack of front-end feel. I’ve only ever ridden one BMW with this suspension, a big K1300S, and the movement of the bars was weirdly light, like a sports car with overboosted power steering.

2007 BMW R1200S Exhaust

This R1200S does have a steering-damper, an aftermarket slipper-clutch, and a single-outlet Remus exhaust that looks very cool and should give the bike some much-needed aggression. BMW’s twins have more of a flat drone than other sporty twins, but it’s distinctive and should sound very authoritative as it goes past. 115hp is nothing to sneeze at, since it should be backed up by plenty of midrange as well.

$10,000 does sound pretty steep for one of these, but I haven’t been pricing them lately. There are still a few days left on this listing, so make an offer! All-in-all, a pretty cool, unusual sportbike with all-day comfort for people who plan to do most of their riding on the road.

-tad

2007 BMW R1200S L Side

Quirky, Low-Profile Fun: 2007 BMW R1200S for Sale
BMW October 19, 2014 posted by

Ride like Larry: 2011 BMW S1000RR Larry Pegram AMA Superbike

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Today we have a very interesting offering. Typically, non-exclusive bike models that are mass produced cannot be considered rare. However celebrity ownership sometimes can make a non-rare bike considerably more notable. It helps if the celebrity in question is related to the motorcycle world. In this case, the owner was well-known AMA Superbike contender Larry Pegram. You won't see a "never raced" message here, because what we are looking at is one of Larry's race bikes from his stint with BMW. And while nothing depreciates like last year's race bike, historical ownership can play a hand in raising the value of ex-race bikes for collecting purposes. On face value, what we have here is a used S1000RR with some cool components and a bunch of funny stickers. But that is a cynical view, no? You would be hard pressed to purchase a used RR model and make the kind of mods that this one has on it. On the other hand, you would at least have a street legal bike on your hands. So that makes this a terrific track-day weapon, or a collector. Which is it to you? First and foremost, Larry's butt once graced the seat pad - isn't that cool enough?

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2011 BMW S1000RR ex-Larry Pegram AMA Superbike for sale on eBay

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From the seller:
Up for sale is Larry Pegrams AMA Superbike. I bought this bike from Larry himself on 6/18/2013 when he was unloading his BMWs in lew of switching to Yamaha. This bike has everything as his "A" bike, just missing the digi dash and oversized radiator.

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More from the seller:
Since buying it, I have kept very detailed logs of every track day I have done - how many miles I put on it, what I changed, when I changed the oil, etc. and will pass that along with the sale. I bought the bike with 1472 kilometers on the odometer, and it currently has 2391 kilometers on it; meaning I rode it only 571 miles in the course of 1.5 years.

Check out the complete details here - the seller has done a great job describing the bike and its current condition. It's worth a look. Good Luck!

MI

Ride like Larry: 2011 BMW S1000RR Larry Pegram AMA Superbike