I owned a 1977 R100S up until Sept. of this year. Still own a 2005 R1100S. For out-and-out comfort, the V-strom is the way to go.... For the thrill when you twist the throttle and shoot out of a corner (asphalt), the R1100 would be hard to replace.
50K miles on '95 R11GSA, 24K miles on '97 R11RA, 49320 miles on '02 R1150GSA. All gone. Enjoyed the companionship and the miles and sMiles from Maine to Washington and most places inbetween , but time to move on. Now. New '06 DL1000 in the process of becoming the LD tourning bike. Also have an '00 KLR650 that's seen 4 bikes leave my shop/garage with new owners and it's still there. That says a lot for it.
Just got my 300,000 mile award from BMW this past summer, then picked up my Strom in August and am now Beemerless for the first time in 23 years. My order went like this:
'82 R65 - 124k miles
'90 K75S - 67k miles
'94 R1100RS - 61k Miles
'01 R1150GS - 14k miles
'99 R1100S - 43k miles
A few other Kawasakis, Hondas and a Ducati were sprinkled in there too.
Unfortunately, I experienced more quality issues (mostly drivetrain related)the newer the BMWs got, and decided to take a break to see what all the fuss was about the Stroms. A decision I have not regreted, although I do miss those big old honkin' BMW alternators! I also despised the whole BMW servo-assisted brake concept, vowing never to own one of those bikes, and am glad to see that BMW is dropping the servos on new bikes.
What I was looking for before I bought the Strom was a '94 or '95 R100R; that great aircooled motor, but a newer suspension & brakes. Couldn't hook up with a seller, so I bought the Strom & haven't regretted it.
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