My 2001 black with white pin stripe, as of March 2012, has 50,553 miles on it and has never had a problem. It has been a fantastic motorcycle for daily commuting, twisty road Sunday rides, touring and even seen a track days (yes, I said track day).
I have ridden this bike over 5,500 miles from Chicago to the most Southern point in Mexico and Yucatan and back. I've done a few cross country trips all without problems.
With all the miles my stock rear shocks were getting soft and saggy. A few weeks ago I did replace the front and rear with Ohlins shocks at $1,300. Shocks are a wear and tear item.
I read a review here where the rider said the exhaust was too quiet for him. The stock exhaust is almost silent, yery stealthy!
But I did miss a little rumble and wanted to make a few performance changes. I decided to drop 28 lbs. and gain better Bhp by changing the exhaust to a full Two Brothers Racing ($289) setup.
I also added a Techlusion Tfi ($169) fuel/air tuner like a power commander. Right away the exhaust note blew me away.
This bike rumbles like a Ducati with Termigonis! The weight loss and hp make a huge difference in "get up and go".
I will say I love the increase in performance but when on long distance rides, I wish I had the stock silencer on it purely for the peace and quiet.
The RL handled twisty curves with grace and now with Ohlin suspension, it feels surgically precise and I feel very, very confident in corners.
The R1100RL can be a great all-around bike. It has the museum quality in it's throw back classic BMW styling with new technology performance.
It's a great bike for shorter height riders as the seat has three height settings from 29.6-31. 5 inches. You do feel like rider and bike become one.
I think everyone who truly rides should own 2-3 bikes. It's a fun bike, a commuter and long distance tourer.
This bike is fun, but not as fun as a Ducati sport bike. Although, it will still have your heart pounding and put an ear to ear smile on your face!
It is a fantastic city commuter. I have even ridden a suit and tie to work on this stylish machine. I added the Parabellum Scout faring so with side cases, tank bag and large BMW bag on the optional luggage rack, it will get the job done riding long distance tour bike, but not as comfortable as the new K1600GTL on long trips.
This why I say you always need the right bike for the job. Some are more versatile than others. BMW does a great job at making a bikes that can have multiple uses. The R1100RL really does this well! This is one bike I don't think I will ever sell.
Upgrades/Accessories: Parabellum Scout Faring ($600+). Techlusion Tfi. Ohlin shocks front and rear ($1300-$1800). Stebel Compact Nautilus Horn (under $50), Euro Effects (EFX) HID headlight conversion ($100), Two Brothers Racing Exhaust, Kissan Signal Minder ($58), Ram Mounts for cell phone and radar, Scala Rider Q4 communication system, steel braided brake lines, BMW System cases, BMW luggage rack, BMW 51 litre bag, marsee tank bag. K&N air filter.
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