The R1100RSL is one of Bob’s all-time favorite machines. The staff suggested they do this bike for him but he declined. That’s your gain because it’s a great opportunity to grab a fairly low mileage RSL of which there are just not that many to be found. And while this machine does not need that much work he simply has chosen to wait for an all original machine as is his passion. Maybe this is his loss because he really was considering keeping it.
But as Bob had considered doing it for himself the bike has really been sitting in a corner of the warehouse a long time. See that NFS sticker on the wall in the right side view? That was on the headlight since it arrived in March of 2011. Move along Bob! So, the story: upon trade arrival it started and ran pretty well. We ran it thru the Maryland State Inspection and a PPI and discovered that it could use a front tire, the front shock was just worn out, there was some minor seepage around the cylinder bases (standard for age and model), there were some obvious cosmetic issues on the fairing from a minor spill and it needed a few reflectors that were never attached to the paint matched lids of the BMW system cases or saddle bags.
You can clearly see the cosmetic issues in the images and while that will require some repainting work and a re-alignment of the interior trim or left side dash panel we assure you that it’s not a big job and we saw tweaked interior trim panels all the time when these bikes simply fell over in a driveway or parking lot. Both bags have some scuff marks but are otherwise in great shape with both locking tabs intact. There is one good scratch on the gas tank as well. Some people would just enjoy it as it is.
Both seats have a tiny hole in them but will provide good service for a long time just as they are and are still very comfy. You can see some minor damage to the valve covers and cylinder guards, but both are still fully functional. There is some exposure damage or light corrosion on some hardware here and there, especially around the brake calipers but not uncommon. But it’s all pretty minor stuff in our opinion.
So where’s the great value that Bob saw? Well that list is actually pretty extensive and before we share all of that, in December of 2011 we installed a new front tire and a good used stock BMW front shock, replaced a rear turn signal, key matched the saddlebags to the ignition, changed the oil and filter and took it out for a 5 mile ride – it then passed MSI and all was very roadworthy before it got parked in the warehouse. Not too smart on our part but life happens.
We’ve been taking care of this bike a long time, not since new but since early 2003 when the client moved to our area. He pretty much took our recommendations and did what was needed when scheduled or called for. The last few services are the ones that make this RSL a really great value. At 33,321 miles in early 2009 we replaced the throttle cable. Yeah, no big deal here, we get that. But in April of 2010 he installed a new rear tire at 35,782 and yes that by itself is not a tipping point either.
But then at 36,107 miles in May of 2010 we did a lot of work and all of it has long term value. We installed a complete, low mileage exhaust system because the original had developed a rattle inside the catalytic converter, we also added the barbax set and replaced one of the handlebars (don’t see why in the R/O), we did a full Inspection II including the alternator belt and installed a fresh oil sender switch. But the real valve is here – we installed a new Ohlin’s rear shock and 3 new BMW brake discs with BMW pads. That stuff will be there for a long time and the next owner won’t have to do anything. He spend over $4,500 and then a year later traded it in. the cosmetics brought the value down to where the next owner is going to really make out like a bandit.
So what’s it going to take to bring this home to your garage or parking space where you can address the small cosmetic issues or maybe not do anything but ride the bike until you wear out the tires on it and change the oil every 3,000 miles? Far less than you’d think. It came with the owner’s manual but no tool it. The bike has ABS which was working just fine the last time we had it out. It did not come with heated grips. It does have the factory dash info display, rear luggage rack, adjustable handlebars and adjustable windscreen plus a 3 position adjustable height seat and BMW’s famous para-lever and tele-lever suspension. Topped off with a set of great looking and pretty clean BMW 3-spoke cast alloy wheels. Grab it fast.Color:
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