Join Date: May 2010
Location: glen mills, pa, usa
my motorcycle story:
two years ago i read, zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance, for the second time. the last time i read it, some time in the mid 80ís, i went out a bought a honda saber 700.
i wanted a motorcycle, but had to start from scratch, since so many changes have taken place over the past 23 years. after doing research i narrowed it down to a honda st1300 or a bmw r1100rt or a bmw r1200rt.
i was able to demo a st for a 5 mile ride. thoughts: it gave off a lot of heat from the engine, it was top heavy, had plenty of power, handling was ok, $10,000 for a used one.
demoed the r1200rt thoughts: the engine is low, so there is very little heat, and the handling was great, very easy to turn, looked nice and it was a beemer, $9,500 for 2005.
i ended up getting a 2001 bmw r1100rt w/ 25,000 miles for $6,500. put 5k miles on it in 4 months. took it in for scheduled maintenance. took it to hermys bmw. they did valve check, new tires, fixed fluid weep - $1,500. two weeks later the clutch spine went. after they fixed the clutch, something went wrong with the engine. after they fixed the clutch, rebuilt the trans and rebuilt the engine, the bill was $4,000.
i got the bike back in march, put 1000 miles on it and the clutch spline went again, 40 miles from home. hermys bmw said theyíd fix it, because itís still under their repair warranty.
i really like the bmw, the looks, handling, etc., but i donít want to be stranded again or pay the high repair costs.
now, iím looking to replace the bike, and honda is at the top of the list, although iím concerned about the wooble/weave. i rally like the bmw but...