Most deal or bargain hunters would probably wonder why a bike that looks this good, that has such a great owner and service history would end up as a PROJECT BIKE, well we have just one short answer: a failed ABS modulator. Yes, at suggested BMW retail prices including labor plus a few associated parts and a master cylinder that is probably sticking because of the ABS failure it’s a $2,900 repair.
One that the prior owner was just not willing to make even if we’d offered up a generous discount on the parts which have very slim dealer margin to begin with.BMW has published in their service and warranty documents to the dealers that they think the bike is perfectly safe to ride, you simply will not have ABS. While we prefer that every bike with ABS hasa working system we know that is not the case 100% of the time as some of these bikes get older or have more miles. So let us tell you about all the great things this bike has and its excellent service history. At the last big service, and most everything else was performed by the owner, Bob’s installed a new BMW clutch pack and everything and anything related or in that area of the bike, that was in June of 2009 at about 83,600 miles. also performed a standard oil and filter change.
The Michelins were installed at 85,300 miles but we’d think a new set of tires would be spending smart money. The battery is now showing signs of getting tired so while it started up a few weeks ago there is no guarantee it will do so the next time we try to fire it up and we don’t want it to die before we find it a new home; again smart money just replaces it and stops worrying. This machine has excellent cosmetics from end to end. Far nicer than many achiness with half the mileage this one has. It has a very nice Police prototype Aeroflow screen, a very clean stock exhaust system, the wheels appear to be very clean, straight and true, it has heated grips, electrically adjustable windscreen, Areoflow headlight guard, alloy handlebar risers, built in dual Gerbings heated gear controllers (see dash images), the BMW on board computer, BMW cylinder guards and a nice set of highway pegs that use BMW passenger pegs to match the bike, BMW saddlebags (one has a small mount tab repair on the back – see image) with both red locking tabs still intact and key matched, 3 position adjustable riders seat, BMW am/fm cassette stereo system which worked great as recently as 02/13/14 with handlebar controls, a Bob’s stainless steel wrist rest and matching left bar end weight and rear Hyperlights.
So yes, one day you may have to spend upwards of $2,000 to bring the ABS system back to life, but for now you could be riding an otherwise sweet R1150RT with all these features and extras for less than you might dream of. The cost to have two new tires installed and balanced plus a new BMW battery will run about $750 at most shops including Bob’s but you could do that work yourself and if you do there will be a nice discount on the parts. There are a very few rubber parts you might want to replace that might take another $75 bucks so added to the low price of this bike you could be doing some grand touring for around $3,000 this year. Grab it fast because the bodywork and saddle bags are worth more than that!Color:
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