Which: '94 R1100RS or '05-'07 R1200RT?
Hi, I just joined the forum and would like some input from the crew:
I'm in my late fifties, 6'3"/210 lbs. and in very good physical health. I have a 34" inseam and a long torso. After a 14-year hiatus from motorcycling, last year I became the owner of a 1994 R1100RS with just over 28000 miles. From the look of the bike and the maintenance records, the bike has been treated kindly. I'm the third owner. I just replaced the 14 year-old Elixir battery with a Scorpion AGM battery and the worn out Metzlers with Pirelli Angel GTs. And I replaced the stock windscreen with the tallest one available from Parabellum. The RS is just about to turn 30000 miles and is a blast to ride. The right amount of sporty and simplicity.
The previous owner, being as tall as me, also gave me a set of BarBax which I installed. (My previous bike was a 1998 Honda VFR800. Try as I might, I could never get enough stress off my wrists or back to make the VFR a comfortable ride.). With the BarBax, I'm able to center my balance, but just barely. Truthfully, I wish I could find a way to install RT handlebars on the RS.
There are other concerns I have about the RS; it was the first year for that engine design and there were issues with the transmission. Also, the tri-spoke wheels supposedly can be bent easily by the wayward pot hole.
Looking online, I've noticed 2005-2007 R1200RTs for sale at around the same price as I paid (mid $3K) for my 25 year-old RS(!); some with less mileage, too. I can't help but wonder if these bikes are being sold before big repairs are required, or do BMW values drop faster than a brick sinks in water? I've seen the same price drop in K1200GTs from the same model years (another bike of interest).
I've learned firsthand that rider comfort is critical to preventing rider fatigue. An R1200RT might be a better match than the R1100RS for my riding goals. Or am I better off staying with the RS. Any insights or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! :-)