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Re: What to look for - R1100RS
- From: "Greg Guithues" <bikemail@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 19 May 2007 21:27:38 -0400
- Subject: Re: What to look for - R1100RS
On 5/18/07, Eric Stoelting <ericjs@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
I'm about to look at a '94 R1100RSL with the possibility of buying - any
thoughts on what to look out for? Or maybe there's aready been a million
posts on this subject - would you point me to them? Thanks.
The only expensive problem I've had with my '96 R1100GS was the
transmission. I think the RS and GS use the same transmission. The
first symptom I had was a hiccup while pulling hard in a couple of
gears (3rd and 5th I think). That was very infrequently, not every
The second symptom is one you could check easily by changing the
transmission oil (or paying a mechanic to do so). Check the magnetic
drain plug for metal shavings. That's the give-away. Fine gray
spooge is ok, but anything big enough to feel is bad news.
If metal is found that ought to be worth between $1000 and $2000
(depending on whether you do any of the work yourself). Before laying
down money for an R1100 I'd surely do that, or get documentation that
the dealer or a trustworthy mechanic changed the gearbox oil and saw
that the magnetic plug was fine.
Of course, good maintenance documentation is helpful.