[TriLUG] [OT] motorcycles
czdrummer at gmail.com
Fri Mar 27 13:36:47 EDT 2009
I ride a BMW R1100R, one of the first made - 1995. The bike is well
supported with parts and trustworthy enough for me to take 600 mile
trips without a problem. I have a Russell Day Long saddle and have
been in the seat for up to 11 hours with out a problem. I love doing
long long trips and hope one day to do an IRON BUTT rally. However, I
will say this is my first BMW and the repairs are generally twice the
price of a comparable Japanese bike. The down side to the Japanese
bikes is that they generally stop making parts for them after five
years or shorter.
I offer this info because it might help Warren with his choice for a
first bike. Price being a certain priority and different for us all,
his total cost of ownership might drive him towards a Japanese bike.
After a couple of years riding that, he might want to step into
another brand or type.
On Fri, Mar 27, 2009 at 11:15 AM, Tarus Balog <tarus at opennms.org> wrote:
> On Mar 27, 2009, at 10:33 AM, Jim Ray wrote:
>> I used to ride a Harley soft tail custom and now ride a BMW K75S. It is
>> old and slow just like me yet outperforms the Harley even with half the
>> engine displacement (Harley was 1320 cc, BMW is 740 cc) and has a lot
>> less vibration. Harley is more cool for sound. BMW is more cool for nice
> The K75 is one of the smoothest bikes I've ever ridden. Like sitting in a
> chair. My wife owned one and we used to ride a lot - Key West, etc. I was on
> a R100.
> Without knowing more about how Warren wants to ride, it is hard to make a
> recommendation. I now ride a BMW R1200C - the "Bond" bike or otherwise known
> as BMW's cruiser. While I wouldn't hesitate to take it on a long trip, it
> works better for me as a commuter bike (I rarely ride more than 100 miles in
> a day - usually more like 20). I did put on some ginormous side cases so I
> could carry my laptop bag.
> While I like my BMW, the newer models don't speak to me as much as the older
> bikes did. I still think the 1991 K100RS in white is one of the nicest bikes
> ever made.
> Note that with BMWs you can expect high mileage. I've known a number of
> bikes going strong with 100K on the clock. With other brands mileage is more
> of a factor. Also, BMWs are known for having a high seat height, so
> depending on your stature you might not be comfortable on one.
> Warren - let us know what you finally get.
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