Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: Hollister, CA USA 95023
While speaking with a BMW USA rep at the recent Cycle World International Motorcycle Show in San Rafael, CA, I got a sketchy outline of BMW's plans to update the R line.
I told her I'm holding out for an R1150RS. The S model isn't a proper sport touring bike in my estimation. My Triumph Sprint RS does everything the R1100S does, and better. The RT has too many gizmos for my taste. I don't want a stereo on my bike. Hell, if I did I'd be a moderator over at loungechairworld.com or some such place. I can even live without the nifty electrically adjustable windscreen. Nope. What I want is an R1150RS with a proper six-speed tranny and updated ABS, like the R1150R will have next spring.
The BMW USA rep basically told me not to hold my breath. BMW plans to release an R1150RT, then an R1150S, before working on a new R1150RS. I realize BMW is a small company, but this is disappointing news. My 1993 R100R isn't exactly a road burner, what with only 60 HP at the crank, and the transmission reminds of the tractors I drove on ranches in Texas when I was a kid.
I was hoping to give the R100R to my son next year and buy a newer BMW as my daily ride. The R1150R is certainly a major improvement over the R100R, and even over the current R1100R. But living in California means I need a good fairing on the bike to keep fog, wind, and rain off my torso. If I get an R1150R then I'll need something like a Parabellum fairing. Not a bad option, but not my first choice either.
Ah, decisions. Get something I'll need to modify, or buy my son something else and wait two to three years to see what BMW does with the RS model. Or, horrors, buy another brand when I give the carbon descendant my R100R.
The Sprint RS is looking more like my next daily ride. That'll leave me with the decision of what to get for a track bike.
[Edited by photobug on 12-07-2000 at 10:44 PM]
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Beats a '52 Vincent, and a red headed girl."