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post #1 of 6 Old Jan 23rd, 2008, 8:11 am Thread Starter
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Question Converting another from the "Dark Side" - HD to RT

I posted this down in the RT section and only had one reply. I am hoping there may be more current or past R1100RT owners here.

Okay.. Heres the deal. Have the opportunity to help convert a Harley owner to a BMW owner. He would like to work a deal on the bike before the guy leaves on travel again or starts advertising the bike.

I have only had K bikes. So R bikes are not familiar to me. I went to look at the bike with him a couple of days ago.

He is looking at a 1999 R1100RT. 55K miles, newish Metzler Z6 tires, looks like a new Hagon front shock. Has both rear side cases and a rear top case. Heated grips. Nice condition, few scratches here and there. No radio, intercom etc.

Current owner is a friend/co-worker of his and travels a lot so the bike doesnt get ridden that much and he thinks it would be better to sell then let it sit. He bought it from another friend/co-worker of theirs some time back.

Bike started right up. Since Im not familiar with the R series, it had a little engine vibration while idling (not as smooth as my K bikes). Seemed natural, not like a miss.

Said he wants $5,000 for it (we think he would drop to $4,500.00)

What is the back ground on these bikes? Do they have FD failures like the LT ?

Does the price sound fair? Good? Bad?

Are there any special questions to ask, issues to check into?

I am just trying to convert another one over from the "dark side"

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I posted this down in the RT section and only had one reply. I am hoping there may be more current or past R1100RT owners here.

Okay.. Heres the deal. Have the opportunity to help convert a Harley owner to a BMW owner. He would like to work a deal on the bike before the guy leaves on travel again or starts advertising the bike.

I have only had K bikes. So R bikes are not familiar to me. I went to look at the bike with him a couple of days ago.

He is looking at a 1999 R1100RT. 55K miles, newish Metzler Z6 tires, looks like a new Hagon front shock. Has both rear side cases and a rear top case. Heated grips. Nice condition, few scratches here and there. No radio, intercom etc.

Current owner is a friend/co-worker of his and travels a lot so the bike doesnt get ridden that much and he thinks it would be better to sell then let it sit. He bought it from another friend/co-worker of theirs some time back.

Bike started right up. Since Im not familiar with the R series, it had a little engine vibration while idling (not as smooth as my K bikes). Seemed natural, not like a miss.

Said he wants $5,000 for it (we think he would drop to $4,500.00)

What is the back ground on these bikes? Do they have FD failures like the LT ?

Does the price sound fair? Good? Bad?

Are there any special questions to ask, issues to check into?

I am just trying to convert another one over from the "dark side"
Not sure about the price (Click Here! ) & (Click Here!) but I had a rental/tour bike in Italy in '06 that had 80+K miles on the clock. The owner of the tour company gave me a discount since it had so much mileage. He said that they check it semi-annually and everything, including compression is w/in spec. It rode like a BMW . . . on & on & on!
Good luck . . . sounds like a deal!

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I had a 98-RT before moving to the LT. The bikes are very nice and if not for two up riding I would still have it. I dont believe that they had the driveshaft problem. It was a great bike and with all those goodies its at a good price.
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I had an 00 RT and sold it for my LT. I had no complaints about the bike it is VERY reliable. No FD issues that I ever heard of. The biggest complaint for pre-02 RT's is "surging" or a galloping like feel when the bike's ridden at certain RPM's. Surging is simply an annoyance and does not effect the engine at all. There are various fixes for the problem I used to belong to BMWsporttouring.com or .net. Its pretty much and Rt dedicated web site and there are wuite a few "fixes" if it becomes bothersome.

The shake you refer to is indicative of all boxer twins, its what gives em thier personality. I hafta tell you if I didnt have an LT I would have an RT or GS, those boxer twins run like stink!

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BTW 5k sounds like a good price so 4.5k is better still. Dont worry about the mileage, its still getting broke in

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I had a 2000 RT with 72,000 when I traded for my 07 RT. I thought it was a great bike. It did surge some but a valve adjustment,tb sync and autolite rn9yc's took care it it. I feel the wind protection was better than my new RT. Shifting takes some getting used to but thats the nature of the beast. $4500 sounds like a good price to me. I'd say go for it.
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