Originally Posted by flyingjeep
I'm looking to sell my Harley and face the facts and buy my first BMW. Done laughing yet?!?! Anyway, I've always had champane taste and beer budget. I watch Good Eats and fell in love with Alton Brown's R1100RT. I've read good things and bad. It was THE sport tour bike when it first came out, but now I'm reading about bad clutches and weak trannies. True?
Back to my budget, I would love a 1150RT. But I know I'll end up with an 1100RT. Is it better to spend less on a higher mileage bike and be ready to put a couple grand into repairs, or wait and put more into a lower mileage bike right off the bat? Even if it takes a year to save up the cash?
That being said, I'm off on a road trip Saturday to the local dealer to see if my feet will even reach the pavement!!!!
well you have a HD now right?, what's wrong with it?
if nothing then keep it because any machine you buy you are liable to have problems with
now to the subject at hand buying low mileage later or buying whatever mileage now
I'm not one fond of older low mileage bikes, if your looking for low mileage buy new or buy a year old bike something still under warranty
if you want to save money go for a higher mile bike that is not too old, Why you ask?
well because higher mileage bikes have not been sitting around letting things inside rust or accumulate moisture that will cause premature failures
for instance I would buy a high mileage 02 over a low mileage 02 any day, your going to save money and chances are that all the bugs have been worked out and nothing has been sitting long enough for things to start rusting like tranny gears bearings seals slave cyls brake cyls ect ect
the 1100RT was/is a fine bike , you should be able to get a good deal on one but do not limit your search to a R1100RT , look for the 1150's as well, you mihgt be surprised what you will find that has a few more miles on it, some of these bikes are known to be good for several hundred thousand miles
JMHO working on bikes for longer than I care to admit