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As a newbie member from the U.K. I thought it would be fun to see other members rides, I will start off with my new to me 2003 R1150RT :)

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13 minutes ago, Dave P said:

1996 R1100RT, owned her 10 years now, 133k miles. She was scratched and rashed all over, I did the respray base coat / clearcoat. 

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Great color. My first "modern" BMW was that same year - but I was stuck with Glacier Green (a lot of people seem to like it - I have no idea why, but I couldn't really see it when I was riding!). 

 

This is my current oilhead - not quite the same color as yours, but also a very nice blue:

 

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I think it's pretty enough that I'll sit and look at in the garage. Never did that with the 11RT

 

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I've got the '99RT and the '99R1100S.  To me the 1100RT (and the similar 1150RT) is a MUCH more beautiful bike, if not THE most beautiful bike on the road.  However, I much prefer riding the S.  Go figure.

 

BUT, You definitely bought the RIGHT BIKE if you just sit and look at it!!  Like someone here said, "If you don't turn around to look at it after walking away, you bought the wrong bike."  Something like that, anyway.  True dat, as William says.

 

My particular old bikes certainly won't win any beauty contests, even in their better days:

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OK, I can't resist.  She's a '93 with only about 14K original miles and every one put on by me.  A true garage queen if ever there was.  Just got done installing a new pair of YSS shocks and she rides real nice especially compared to the originals.

 

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17 hours ago, lurch9494 said:

As a newbie member from the U.K. I thought it would be fun to see other members rides, I will start off with my new to me 2003 R1150RT :)

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Looks like oil spots on the paving stones.  You own a Harley Davidson as well?  :S

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My 2001 Opal Blue. 120K miles. I'm second owner. Oilheads have the finest lines and aesthetics. I imagine it was somewhat radical when it first emerged in the middle 90s when compared to the airhead aesthetics. I call it my art-deco motorcycle. It's gorgeous from the top as well. 

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Miguel! !!,

 

"Art Deco" is an insult to these machines!! 

 

Remember the saying, "Form follows function.", sometimes used in conjunction with, "Function is the only deity."??  The best example would be high performance aircraft, at least for aerodynamics. 

 

We've heard about the extensive wind tunnel testing done on the K1 when it came out.  They also did wind tunnel testing on the R1100RT.  Maybe not for max speed but also weather protection and cooling, engine and rider. 

 

Let's call it "high tech aesthetics",    A LOT better looking than the new machines that look like flying cheese graters, all those pointy angles all over the place.

 

VERY nice bike you have there.

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Here you go.  They tell me they brought in 200 of the 75th Anniversary models, if true, I once 1% of the total.  Sadly, I'm now down to 0.5%:

 

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On 10/13/2023 at 4:10 PM, wbw6cos said:

Yes, Virginia, it is an oilhead.

Well, if we’re counting these abominations, I’ll post this pic of my other 2004:

 

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20 hours ago, Lowndes said:

Miguel! !!,

 

"Art Deco" is an insult to these machines!! 

 

Remember the saying, "Form follows function.", sometimes used in conjunction with, "Function is the only deity."??  The best example would be high performance aircraft, at least for aerodynamics. 

 

We've heard about the extensive wind tunnel testing done on the K1 when it came out.  They also did wind tunnel testing on the R1100RT.  Maybe not for max speed but also weather protection and cooling, engine and rider. 

 

Let's call it "high tech aesthetics",    A LOT better looking than the new machines that look like flying cheese graters, all those pointy angles all over the place.

 

VERY nice bike you have there.

 

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Lowndes, I recently sold my 1100RT.  I miss the bike and it's beautiful lines.  However as you may have heard beauty is skin deep. I now ride one of those new "cheese grater" machines and have quickly found out that the beauty is indeed skin deep.

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Here's my brand new to me 2002 R1150RT. 8,700 original miles. Stored for years in a garage, fortunately the PO had pickled the fuel system, but the flex brake lines were toast. Fluid was black coming out. Changed out all fluids, put on Spiegler lines, and rode it for the first time yesterday! Big change from my big Electraglide, but I'm getting used to it quickly. (I miss the turn signals that time out, though). I live on this big flat sand bar called Florida, so that 6th gear is a welcome addition. No hills to contend with here!

 

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Here's my '98 that I've had for about a year.

It took me a while to get it running perfect, putting the code plug back in and a set of Tills Injectors did wonders as well as a good balance on the T bodies.

Redline heavy Shockproof also did wonders for the clunky transmission.

When I got the bike, I went through everything and was surprised to find that it really didn't need much.

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Original owner, 2004 RT with 134k. Just seems to get better with age. Rode about 200 miles this weekend with some  very heavy rain. Probably one of the best all-weather bikes ever to come out of Bavaria.

 

I keep looking at newer bikes, but the old girl just won't let me do it. :)

 

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3 hours ago, RPG said:

Original owner, 2004 RT with 134k. Just seems to get better with age. Rode about 200 miles this weekend with some  very heavy rain. Probably one of the best all-weather bikes every to come out of Bavaria.

 

I keep looking at newer bikes, but the old girl just won't let me do it. :)

 

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Nice looking bike and photo!

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Here is my Oilhead, Big Yeller. A '98 R1100R with a Hannigan Astro Sport sidecar. A very nice rig that drives and handles great. My solo moto was a Moto Guzzi V7lll, but I was rear-ended on it recently and it was totaled. I'm looking to replace it with a 1100R or a 1150R. Just waiting on the insurance to pay up. 

 

 

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4 hours ago, Pfestus1 said:

Here is my Oilhead, Big Yeller. A '98 R1100R with a Hannigan Astro Sport sidecar. A very nice rig that drives and handles great. My solo moto was a Moto Guzzi V7lll, but I was rear-ended on it recently and it was totaled. I'm looking to replace it with a 1100R or a 1150R. Just waiting on the insurance to pay up. 

 

 

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Your rig looks very familiar - as does that other Hannigan in the foreground of the second pic...

 

 

ETA: Found 'em - Jeremiah approves this rig! (but now he's days away from turning 15...)

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On 10/14/2023 at 11:39 AM, Miguel! said:

My 2001 Opal Blue. 120K miles. I'm second owner. Oilheads have the finest lines and aesthetics. I imagine it was somewhat radical when it first emerged in the middle 90s when compared to the airhead aesthetics. I call it my art-deco motorcycle. It's gorgeous from the top as well. 

Miguel

 

 

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I’ve only seen the R1100RT in this colour, twice, both in photographs. I think it looks astounding!

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On 10/16/2023 at 12:49 PM, Roadflyer said:

Here's my '98 that I've had for about a year.

It took me a while to get it running perfect, putting the code plug back in and a set of Tills Injectors did wonders as well as a good balance on the T bodies.

Redline heavy Shockproof also did wonders for the clunky transmission.

When I got the bike, I went through everything and was surprised to find that it really didn't need much.

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I just got time and just did the Throttle bodies as well. I'm taking it out today for a ride to endure it runs right. Beautiful bike!

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16 hours ago, RK Ryder said:

I’ve only seen the R1100RT in this colour, twice, both in photographs. I think it looks astounding!

RK, I also like the color of my bike. I've see the same color on cars and it does nothing more me. I had been looking for different color which I've never seen in person, Glacier Green. I was unable to find one and came across this very well maintained Opal Blue R11RT and jumped at it. I had a local body shop prep and paint the side and top cases to match (cost several $100) which I like a lot better than the original black because it visually balances the front and back of the bike better, to my eyes and aesthetics anyway. Miguel. 

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Only recently acquired and resurrected this '04 from a year-long slumber. Only has 24k miles and accrued 22k of those between 2004 and 2007. Perfect companion for my '09 VMX1700. Completely different personalities but equally enjoyable!

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On 10/21/2023 at 6:10 PM, PopPop said:

Only recently acquired and resurrected this '04 from a year-long slumber. Only has 24k miles and accrued 22k of those between 2004 and 2007. Perfect companion for my '09 VMX1700. Completely different personalities but equally enjoyable!

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That V-Max is a Monster!   Nice bikes! 

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On 10/16/2023 at 12:49 PM, Roadflyer said:

Here's my '98 that I've had for about a year.

It took me a while to get it running perfect, putting the code plug back in and a set of Tills Injectors did wonders as well as a good balance on the T bodies.

Redline heavy Shockproof also did wonders for the clunky transmission.

When I got the bike, I went through everything and was surprised to find that it really didn't need much.

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You have one pristine Glacial Green RT. A friend had two and I swore that if I ever got another Beemer it would never be that colour! Of course a few years  later when my K was in the shop to be worked on during downtime that summer, the only 1100RT I could find was a ‘98 Glacial Green R1100RT. 😱

 

I’ve had mine mine now for fourteen years and have gotten to like that colour. With all the miles, the bugs and stones I’ve encountered, my bike’s bodywork does not look as fine as yours. 👍

 

Cheers!
 

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On 10/14/2023 at 11:39 AM, Miguel! said:

My 2001 Opal Blue. 120K miles. I'm second owner. Oilheads have the finest lines and aesthetics. I imagine it was somewhat radical when it first emerged in the middle 90s when compared to the airhead aesthetics. I call it my art-deco motorcycle. It's gorgeous from the top as well. 

Miguel

 

 

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He Miguel, Is that The Salinas Valley in California?

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4 hours ago, Witty_Low said:

He Miguel, Is that The Salinas Valley in California?

You are close Witty_low but not quite. it's on Highway 156 close to Aromas (between Rt 1 and 101)  looking back at the southern end of the Santa Cruz Mountains. It's part of a really common 80-ish mile recreational ride for me between Santa Cruz and Hollister. Where are you located? Miguel

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19 minutes ago, Miguel! said:

You are close Witty_low but not quite. it's on Highway 156 close to Aromas (between Rt 1 and 101)  looking back at the southern end of the Santa Cruz Mountains. It's part of a really common 80-ish mile recreational ride for me between Santa Cruz and Hollister. Where are you located? Miguel

I used to live in Monterey County, so know the area well. I live in NY State now and miss Cali in the winter. Riding year round was great! I used to work for Driscoll's in Watsonville. Small world.

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Here’s another one of my 04 RT with me heading west ish through Deal’s Gap. I’ve put 14000 miles on it since I picked it up June 2 of this year. 

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On 10/14/2023 at 8:04 AM, Red said:

Looks like oil spots on the paving stones.  You own a Harley Davidson as well?  :S

Nah its my mates 2015 Honda! lololo!

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So i've upgraded this yr. sold my 03 r11s, bought a Duc st3s... what a mistake, sold that and then bought this nice 04 r11s, red like the "Baron"  70k km

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16 hours ago, SANTA said:

So i've upgraded this yr. sold my 03 r11s, bought a Duc st3s... what a mistake, sold that and then bought this nice 04 r11s, red like the "Baron"  70k km

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That's a smart looking beastie, don't see very many 'S' models over here in the UK, lovely!

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