My 2004 R1100S Diary

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My 2004 R1100S Diary

Postby R1100S » Sun May 19, 2019 4:58 pm

Hi All,

Just thought i'd make a diary of my new R1100S experience. I hope this is the right section.

Little admission to start... i'm not really a die-hard biker. If i'm getting my knee down it’s probably because i've fallen off. Bikes for me have to spark an aesthetic interest, irrespective of their capabilities. That's lost me a lot of friends on here already! Stick with me.

It all started with a Honda VFR400R (NC30) - it's what I did my 'direct access' test for - but it's far too tiny (I’m 6’1”) and I can't actually ride it for more than 15 mins before pain! It now resides indoors an ornament.

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Then my second dream bike, the BMW K1 - but i'm scared to use it as parts are drying up, especially that irreplaceable fairing. It also has comedy luggage space. It’s a sport tourer that is rubbish at touring! It too has become an ornament.

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So bottom line, two bikes, and not one I can actually use!

My mates have an annual European bike trip and I'd love to go along, so needed a usable bike, but one that sparks an interest to preserve.

I remembered this very press photo, and it’s been in the back of my mind for over a decade...

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As usual, i'm a sucker for a good colour scheme... yellow wheels, chequers, top exit exhaust…. All lovely! It must be a yellow wheel thing!

Had an eBay saved search for ages. Then, one cropped up in Peterborough, just up the road. I had the opportunity to inspect before bidding.

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I didn't want a garage queen, I have two of those already and they just aren't usable. This bike was a good start. I think it lived on the street. Checked it over, all seemed good, no rattles, started on the button, engine dry of oil leaks. Non-ABS model so less to go wrong.

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Usual eBay story, went over budget bidding after a few beers, but it’s all forgotten now.

I rode it home and the "intermittent speedo" as per the eBay add should of read “speedo doesn’t work at all”!

Got back, started to take it apart and make a snagging list. First thing on the list was that speedo which seems to be an R1100S tradition reading the threads on here.

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Items missing from the toolkit ordered...

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Selection of new bolts, trim and luggage rails purchased...

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Corroded frame bolts replaced...

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Service time; oil & filter...

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Battery was cable tied in... badly. New rubber retaining strap ordered from BMW.

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Speedo wiring checked for continuity and traced to this corroded multi-plug under the seat/side panel. Connector replaced and speedo operation restored.

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Another really corroded multi-plug in the same rear wheel area; this time for the auxiliary DIN power socket. It’s a handy battery trickle charge point, so had to be fixed.

I purchased a section of good harness from Motor Works, cut out the old, installed the new...

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... and back-sealed the plug. Something BMW should of done...

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Three mounting screws had taken their toll on the number plate. Plus, no affiliation with "Preston Superbike" so off the plate came for a dealer plate...

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The bike actually has a centre silencer delete pipe. This i'm happy with as it saves weight and sounds better. But unfortunately with said pipe you lose you centre stand rubber stop. So, my centre stand was hitting the paralever lower arm.

Decided to make my own stop... and while off, tidied up centre and side stands...

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Then a set of rather expensive BMW boxes turned up... but they are very good condition and I needed them so what else are you to do?

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Boxes hung at last...

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Valet time, plastics 'restored' and a good polish...

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And that's it really...

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What do I have in store next? Well, nothing really. I'm not the type of expert rider to yearn for handling or power enhancements. The bike will simply be a case of keeping it well maintained, presentable and see where we are in ten years’ time. I think any BMW air-head is an investment. I plan to use this thread to document that story. There are some minor cosmetic issues that still bug me but I have to get out my usual mindset with this one... It has to be used!

My thought on how it rides doesn’t mean much, but i'm happy. Loads of grunt and the boxer engine has a character. The gearbox is just as agricultural as the K1... I thought that would be better being 15 years newer but it’s the same clunky old thing. I think the handlebars have been raised by poking the dampers through and mounting the clip-on grips above the yoke. This makes it easier on the arms and it’s just fine. Kind of fortunate really because if it was uncomfortable, i'd still want to keep it.

I have a French road trip coming up to the Alps, so next update soon, hopefully glowing reports of excellent reliability and comfortable effortless cruising... hmmm we'll see! Thanks for reading.

James.

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Re: My 2004 R1100S Diary

Postby nab 301 » Sun May 19, 2019 6:40 pm

Interesting write up and you have the bike looking almost factory fresh! . The comparison between the gearbox on the K1 and the 11s is strange . There is at least one other K1 owner on here ( I think ) Maybe they can offer their comparisons too. I've always found My 11s gearbox to be good.
On the cllp on's ( handlebars ) over the years I've run standard , above the top yoke and above the top yoke + risers , I'm currently back to standard below the top yoke.. Could be worth trying for comparison , The higher bars for me never really suited the seat shape/ position, although I have lowered the footpegs.
Any chance of a write up on the other vehicle in the garage or at least a pic of the powerplant.. (in the "my other bikes a " section will be fine!)
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Re: My 2004 R1100S Diary

Postby dave the german » Sun May 19, 2019 7:21 pm

The bike is looking good. My BCR is undergoing cosmetic surgery as well. Did think about selling it but I know I would regret it. My only issue is space (or distinct lack of it). Look forward to reading the diary as it progresses
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Re: My 2004 R1100S Diary

Postby Yogi Bear » Mon May 20, 2019 11:06 am

Great report & a Lovely Bike :D
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Re: My 2004 R1100S Diary

Postby exoticices » Tue May 21, 2019 9:26 am

Nice bike(s).

I've got a K1. I find the gear changes on it (and the old R1100S I had) to be fine, but I suppose it depends on what you're used to. Compared to a modern Japanese box with their 'snick snick' gearchanges they would probably feel agricultural. You do need a more 'positive' action in comparison.

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Re: My 2004 R1100S Diary

Postby stevesilver » Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:50 am

Best colour, great write up, look forward to next instalment.
You must be single having a bike in the lounge on display, I can imagine my Mrs response :D

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Re: My 2004 R1100S Diary

Postby The Teutonic Tangerine » Thu Jun 06, 2019 1:33 pm

At 6'1" I'd lower the pegs to get the benefit from the raised bars. It lessens the amount of knee and ankle bend required.

Oh yes and before someone ticks you off.

Air head is the old Boxer twin with push rod valves.
The 1100 S and others of that Ilk (R1150) are Oil Heads as they are AIr / Oil cooled. the Generation that came later -
the R1200 range are Hex Heads due to the shape of their Head covers

Confusing aint it :D
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Re: My 2004 R1100S Diary

Postby Phillip » Sun Sep 08, 2019 7:20 pm

That cloud scheme has certainly grown on me; mine is all black.

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Re: My 2004 R1100S Diary

Postby Neil178 » Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:03 pm

Many colours suit the bike, but black seems the best of all to my eye.
I have a spare set of Tupperware and I have been meaning to get it changed from silver to black. Maybe something that has a hint of purple when it’s in bright sunlight. Seems like a winter job!

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Re: My 2004 R1100S Diary

Postby Britisherspy » Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:29 pm

Sorry to be pedantic, but it's not an airhead, its an oilhead


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