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Fan Fave – 2003 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replika

While BMW's wide-ranging catalogue didn't justify a MotoGP campaign, their sport division had a proper bike and its own support race series.  With the brand ambassador Randy Mamola's signature in paint on the fairing, this R1100S BCR has 20K miles and a spotless presentation.

2003 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replika for sale on eBay

 

BMW put its then most powerful engine in the R1100S as early as 1998, with a single cam for each cylinder actuating four valves, resulting in 98 hp at just 7,500 rpm.  The engine was a stressed chassis member, with front and rear subframes attached top and bottom.  The Telelever front uses a compact monoshock, as does the Paralever shaft-drive rear.  The staggered 17 and 18-inch wheels help the heavyweight turn in sharply.  Special parts for the later BCR include dual-spark heads, longer fork tubes for greater lean angles, Laser exhaust, and carbon head covers and mudguards.

 

Despite some miles, this Replika is in outstanding shape, and offered by a Bay Area dealer.  Pictures are mostly overall views but indicate none of the usual brushes with reality.  From the eBay auction:

This is a track version of the R1100S, (albeit this track machine is shaft drive and comes with heated grips) and is the mostly unadulterated BCR version of the R1100S and retains everything that makes it a fantastic sport tourer including an upright riding position that allows for the ample leverage needed to wrestle the heavy machine from side to side.

Aside from the blatant difference in livery, rear-solo cowl, and carbon fiber valve covers – complete with sliders – there aren’t many differences between the regular R1100S and BCR-spec models.  The Boxer Cup Replika (BCR) bikes were equipped with Ohlins suspension, a Laser exhaust, and a special paint livery with Randy Mamola’s signature. The BCR’s 1085cc twin makes 98hp at 7,500RPM and 71.5 ft-lbs of torque at 5,750RPM. A top speed of 140 mph is nothing too special, granted it does weigh in at just over 500lbs. A 31.5-inch seat height allows for surprisingly sporty riding (when you’re not scraping that ridiculously wide engine) and it’s 4.75 gallon fuel capacity is said to be good for a cool 150 miles.

 

Randy Mamola might be the winningest Moto-GP rider without a championship, having placed 2nd four times in the series and 3rd twice, all in the 500cc two-stroke formula.  He went on to test-riding and race broadcast commentary, and hosted BMW fans in the Grand Prix paddock for Boxer Cup races.  This Replika is a highlight, at least among fans of the marque, and is a nice example for the miles...

-donn

4 Comments

  • Sold already, wow. Despite the write-up content though, I notice that this bike doesn’t have the Laser exhaust, it has the heavy BMW stock exhaust that the non-BCR R1100S had. My ’04 BCR also had BMW stock exhaust when I purchased it from first owner. Although I haven’t found any official literature to support this, I wonder if California BCRs couldn’t be sold with the Laser exhaust because of some emissions-related reasons. Fun riding guaranteed though, mine has 68k miles on it and still evokes smiles on a fast twisty road!

  • 68K that is great Luke… 🙂

  • This is a a 2004 model, not an ’03 as it has a dual spark plug head. The seller has resisted the bike with the correct year. No laser exhaust as correctly noted by Luke and no Ohlin;s from the factory either – stock bikes came with Sachs although I am not sure what the shock/spring set up here is. Original springs were yellow. Looks to be a BCR without the ABS/Heated grip option which I think is good. BMW ABS on these bikes required almost religious service and the touchy diaphragm could have been easily damaged when evacuating brake fluid. Some dealer would make you sign a “hold harmless agreement” should that happen while in their care as new units were very pricey.

    There were 300 total of 2004 m.y. SOLD in the US. Worldwide production figure is much higher, I just don’t know what it is.

    Mileage is good, but does not correlate with the price and although it appears low for a 14, almost 15 year old bike, it is not considered a very low milage in the market. The seat is not original but that could be a positive. Provided that this bike has solid service records and no significant scrapes on the CF cylinder valve trim covers it could be a $6k for someone who is in love with the BCR. Otherwise, its a $5-5,.5k bike. The market on all R11S has softened quite a bit and just with the rising tide lifting all boats. The R11S is currently experiencing the reverse of this phenomenon.

  • Tirefriar – you have good eyes. That there is a Sargent seat, good for 450 mile days on twisties as per my butt-tolerance, I wouldn’t want to do more than 600 mi in a day on a multi-day trip though. Personally I think it’s a good upgrade (better than a Corbin IMHO, though I’m sure you’d be happy with any bespoke seat that has more foam than the “racy” seat that comes stock here).

    Ohlins designed for this bike (BM842 + BM205, same ones that the factory brochure mentions when they say “Ohlins”) are still manufactured though they are not cheap. They’re great (I have that setup) but odd because the front Ohlins shock has rebound and preload but not compression adjustment – the only Ohlins product I’ve ever come across like that. Rear is fully adjustable with a remote reservoir.

    Agreed that the market for this bike is very soft, so I would not consider this a monetary investment, but as an interesting alternative to a VFR, for those who fancy that kind of riding.

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