I bought my R1100RT brand new in Oct., 2000. i rode her daily back and forth on Los Angeles freeways for a year. I put 31,000 on her during first year.
She handled very well in rough traffic: stops on a dime and has the ability to power you out of tight spots like a rocket if need be.
I rode her recreationally over the next couple of years, and due to knee surgery, I had to park her in my garage over the 2003-2004 time period.
Occasional starts during 2005 ended with a dead battery, and her sitting quietly in my garage until the spring of 2012 (yes 7 years). I FINALLY put a new battery in her and she started up with a chug, until I put fresh gas in her.
She rode like a champ and I had her serviced within a week. I've put almost 800 miles on her in the first two weeks of bringing her back to life and she hasn't missed a beat.
I was thinking about trading her in for a new R1200RT, but after riding her and enjoying the looks of onlookers, I don't think I could ever get rid of her.
This is one great machine built by one great company. If you have one; keep it.
Upgrades/Accessories: BMW tank bag with light kit. Comfort seat, tall windshield, color matched side and top cases. Heated grips, throttle meister...
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