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BMW R1100S (2003)



In the summer of 2006, I was browsing the web and saw a picture of the the BMW R1100S. This was a motorcycle that I always loved, the only BMW I liked in fact. At the time, I was riding a Yamaha FJR 1300 and while that was and is a wonderful bike, it wasn't for me. I was riding it too hard and abusing it too much. I only had that bike for a year, but it was time for it to go. Now, keep in mind I had always had a Japanese 4 cylinder motorcycle and I had no idea if I could live with a boxer twin. But, a seed had been planted so I had to find out.

One Saturday, we went over to a dealership where they had the model of my choice and went for a test ride. This was not a major success. These boxer twins vibrate, rough running, clunky. Very agricultural. But I was in love. I decided I was going to buy this bike and see if I could live and get used to the engine. I figured, if not, I could always sell the bike again and get something else. But the only way to find it out, was to buy the bike and ride it.

And I am so glad I did. :)

After properly adjusting the bike, valves and throttlebody sync, the bike ran better than ever and a lot less agricultural. Over the next 3 years I put something like 50.000km on the bike with trips going literally to the northern and southern edges of Europe.

However, after doing many modifications and these long trips I found the R1100S to be not the most comfortable bike on long straight stretches of highway. The riding position is rather sporty and the constant vibrations at higher speeds make your hands go numb. That said, I was not ready (nor will I, ever) to part with this wonderful bike. So now I have two...