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post #1 of 4 Old Jan 21st, 2008, 9:30 pm Thread Starter
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Question Converting a Harley Owner... to an "R" bike

Okay.. Heres the deal. Have the opportunity to help convert a Harley owner to a BMW owner. Im going to post this in several places ( hope that isnt in violation of the forum) for a quick shotgun response approach. He would like to work a deal 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 today.

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?

Help me bring him in from the dark side.

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I owned a 1996 R1100RT and bought it used back in 1999. It was a GREAT bike but I eventually sold it because I moved to CA (new job) and had little time to ride. No FD issues at all. I think a price of $4,500 is fair as long as the bike is in good operating condition including regular maintenance.

My cousin used to be a big Harley guy growing up in Michigan and now he owns 37 bikes (not exaggerating) with most of them being BMWs. He's been converted.
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I have a 99 RT, nice bike, and think this would be a good buy, I'd go for it. Learn to do the maintenance yourself. Really quite easy. I see a lot of 1k weekends coming up.
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If he's a Harley guy, first find out if he knows how to ride a motorcycle.

If he does, have him ride the RT.

That should do it.

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