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I cant’ help it: whenever I see a BMW R1100S I have to give it a closer look. Here’s a picture from a 2002 model with quite a few modifications – including a unique look!

Details (as long as it isn’t sold) on 2dehands.be

Don’t tempt me: I would love to give it a spin, for old times sake ;-)

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I can’t help it: when I see a BMW R1100S for sale online, I have to check out the pictures and the specs. These days, a user called Julien is selling this Randy Mamola edition of the R1100S. It cannot be denied: the bike is looking fine after about 15 years on the road. It’s a bit too flashy for me – I don’t go racing every weekend, or ever.

A BMW R1100S in a nice and sunny setting

Nice bike, nice picture!

Will it fetch the asking price of 6000€ ? No idea. Will its new owner like it? Sure hope so!

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The You-Are-Here Boxer

Over at the Pelican Parts forums, Craig Carr calls this “the best color scheme ever” for the BMW R1100S. Who am I to disagree?

Picture of an R1100S in front of a wall with the text: "You are here"

Photo by Craig Carr. Click on the picture to see the large version.

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Flickr user “Classic Dreams” has an extensive collection of pictures from all kinds of classic motorcycles. The albums are about bikes from Indian, Zündapp, Harley-Davidson, BMW, and more – even Ducati makes the list ;-)

And sure enough, the BMW R1100S is one of the subjects. Classic Dreams‘ photos of the R11S do a great job of illustrating the elegance of this particular model. Here’s a sample illustration of the lightness that the design of this bike projects, with the rear wheel perfectly and fully visible when looking at the left side of the motorcycle. A fine bike, yes indeed, shown off perfectly in these excellent pictures!

This is just one of the pictures in the R1100S album of ‘Classic Dreams’ (click on the picture to see them all)

It’s clear that the BMW R1100S is indeed a classic bike, at least in the eyes of “Classic Dreams” – and in mine, of course ;-)

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Most motorcyclists know it: no matter what bike you’re riding today, there’s always another, very special bike that no other can replace. Perhaps you rode it already, perhaps you are just wishing you owned it. Readers of this blog know of my love for the BMW R1100S, and I’m just adding this post as further proof of that fact.

Pelican Parts user ‘LGB’ expresses this feeling very succinctly: “It was fun while I owned it… sold to a friend. Now I’m looking for another.” I can dig that, and his bike was truly made for touring: it even includes additional lights low on the fork – nice touch!

I’m not (yet?) looking for a replacement for my F800GT. But the R1100S remains in my heart, that’s certain.

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BMW R1100S rider ‘John Lyon’ recently added a few great pictures to the Pelican Parts Forum for this bike. And this time it was not just a photo of his bike, he managed to upload a picture of an R1100S meeting somewhere in 2006. Nice work, John!

Just click on the images to got to the original posts, so you can read the comments as well ;-)

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The BMW R1100S riders on the ADV Rider forum continue to post pictures of their (favourite) bike. Like UK user ‘Bryn’ who found an R1100S with an unusual but very BMW-inspired paint job:

There’s another view of this bike over the ADV Forum – just click this one to go there.

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Great Bike, Great Picture

Much as I like the BMW R1100S, this picture first and foremost drew my attention because it is an excellent picture. It’s an excellent portrait of a great bike.

User ‘bimmerphan’s well tended R1100S in a nice pose

American bikers certainly have the advantage over us Europeans: we can only dream of such small license plates for motorcycles!

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The BMW R1100S isn’t exactly a new bike, but even today it has its fans (like me!). Some of them can be found found over at the Pelican Parts fora. Here’s a recent addition of a very nice R1100S – I love the blue paint, and the seat looks quite comfy!

User ‘punkassjim’ calls this a ‘hero shot’ of his R1100S

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I don’t like the name of this machine, but I can see where it’s coming from – and “black” is certainly appropriate. It’s a nice picture of a nice bike, though, so I wanted to keep a reference to it on this blog…

User ‘learner’s Black Magic Woman
(Click on the picture to go to the original post)

 

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Who says you can’t go on a big motorcycle tour with a BMW R1100S ? Here’s proof that it can be done:

User ‘buzzerbee’ photographed his packed R1100S outside Canon City, Colorado

 

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My admiration of the R1100S motorcycle should be clear to any reader of this blog. Even today, I think back to mine from day to day. If it weren’t for my back and hip issues, I would probably still own and ride it.

I’ve shown a picture of a similarly modified BMW R1100S before: street-fighter handlebars and a windscreen extension turn it into a different proposition.

Paul Campagna’s BMW R1100S as he bought it (click on the photo to see more pictures of the bike)

And then wonder: why did I not convert mine to such a form, rather than trade it for the F800GT ? Well, there’s no use crying over spilt milk – but I would love to ride an R1100S with a street-fighter handlebars for a day or so!

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User “plexiform” writes: “start ’em young“. Well, the son of my friend M. is already in this situation: his toddler is mad about motorcycles!

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Another BMW R1100S Image

More curvy roads, but no sun…

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A couple of years ago on this blog, I started publishing links to a wide variety of photos picturing the BMW R1100S. That was the bike I owned at the time. While revisiting the forum websites where I found most of these pictures, it became clear to me that even in 2018 the R1100S owners still take pride in their machines. So I’ll continue to tell you about the new pictures I found.

Jeff Roof’s family & friends are very fond of
the R1100S (and its successor)

(Click on the picture to see the original photo)

Here’s the follow-up picture:

(Click on the picture to see the original photo… and more!)

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