I had a '96 R1100RT. It was the best highway bike I've ever had, thanks mostly to the fantastic electric windshield. The fairing also provides great wind/weather protection without turning the bike into a Goldwing-style road barge. Like everyone else said, the stock seat sucks. But this can easily be changed with an aftermarket seat, or simply a spacer up front. I went with a BMW comfort seat and could ride all day without pain. I also added highway pegs --there are lots of kits to do that as well. I could ride my RT much faster than I dare to push my FXST, mostly because its ABS brakes were so good. Combined with the telelever front suspension, you could really stop RIGHT NOW without any brake dive or risk of skidding. Tank range is also very good. You can also load the bike to the gills and it still handles great. The 700 watt generator handles all kinds of accessories. I had Piaa 110w driving lights on mine.mfn said:Thanks James. There is a 1998 BMW 1100 RT with ABS at our local dealership. Has 46,600 miles and the guy that owns it has had the bike in for it's regular service since new. He's in his mid 50's so I don't think the bike has been abused. Always wanted one of these and am half heartedly thinking of putting an offer on it. I only highway ride. Never been an in town rider if I can help it.
With the imminent release of the new R1200S, there will be some killer deals on used 1100s if you don't mind buying privately.MikeyB said:I have been in the market for a BMW also. Looking at the R1100S. Figured it's time to replace the Springer with something new and different but can't seem to get the local BMW dealers to deal. Oh well.......
Guess I'll stop by the local HD shop and look at the V-Rod Night Rod.
mfn said:Anybody have or has had a BMW 1100-1150-1200 RT? Curious about comfort level, cost of maintenance, and how often the bike needs work other then the usual oil, tire, spark plug changes.