Introduced for 1994 model year, BMW’s R1100R fits in between the versatility of a tourer, the performance and handling of a sportbike, and the comfort of a dualsport machine. Sporting the same 1085cc flat twin “boxer engine”, the “Oilhead” (oil-cooled head, air-cooled cylinders) gave a torquey 90bhp. The engine became a stressed member reducing the frame weight, while front suspension received a total redesign to a revolutionary “telelever” set up, whereby the legs of a conventional telescopic fork connected to a pivoting wishbone controlled by a single coil-sprung damper unit below the steering head. This transformed the bike’s handling by adding to the already comfortable ride with a “sit down” pose under hard cornering for sportbike-embarrassing results. And braking forces are taken back horizontally minimizing conventional ‘fork dive’ under braking.
The bike offered here, of 1998 vintage, has covered a mere 27,000 miles from new – barely run in for a BMW – and was part of a California collection of American and European bikes. A barn-find when discovered, the bike was stored for 14 or so years, but recently liberated, it was carefully cleaned and detailed and given a full re-commissioning, including new battery, fuel pump and general service. Both cosmetically and mechanically, the bike is in excellent condition. In great running condition, the bike starts easily, has lots of BMW oomph, and stops with Brembo stopping power and goes round corners as it should. It is fully ready for the next owner to display and enjoy.
Sold on a clean, clear California title in non-op status, so no back fees are due.