Question about 2001 BMW R 1100 R

1 Answer

R1100 Handling Hey guys, I have a 1999 R1100R, which I bought used a few years ago. The bike has 92k miles on it, and i have put about 20 of those on. I've taken it from new york to california and back, as well as new york to georgia and back, but otherwise, use it daily in the city and for short trips around the area. the problem i'm having is that i'm scared to death of the way it handles. turning corners, i feel as though the bike is just going to slip out from under me and fall. in fact, i've felt the rear whee literally slip to the side when turning at lower speeds. this makes going on offramps on the freeway a very slow and shaky process. i used to have a '95 honda nighthawk, that i could toss a 200lb buddy on the backseat and cut through the twistys without flinching. that's about all i have to compare it to. and the difference is night and day. i replaced the OEM shocks with less-used OEM shocks when i got the bike. i noticed only a slight difference. my questions are: - is it possible that the bike's frame could be causing this? - would paying practically what the bike is worth for Ohlins fix this? - other R1100R riders i talk to say their bikes handle great. maybe they never rode a nighthawk? - maybe it's all just mental? i do love the bike and find it very dependable. it's a bit small for me (i'm 6'2"), but doing mostly city riding with the occasional long trip, that's fine for me. any suggestions would be very helpful

Posted by on

Ad

1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    President:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 500 times.

  • Master
  • 2,712 Answers

Enjine, R11xx bikes are generally regarded as well balanced, sweet handling machines. Indeed, it is one of their better attributes. Have you inspected the rear swing arm and final drive for free play? With the bike securely on the center stand grab the rear wheel at 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock and attempt to rock it. Repeat this at 12 and 6 o'clock. If you discover flex you may have also discovered the cause of your handling problems. If you do discover flex you'll need to isolate it to the rear drive, the paralever bearings (at the rear of the swing arm and a well documented "weak link") or at the swing arm bearings. One more thought; what sort of tire pressure do you run, front & rear? I hope you can sort this out and start fully enjoying your oilhead.

Posted on Nov 20, 2008

Ad

1 Suggested Answer

6ya6ya
  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi there,
Save hours of searching online or wasting money on unnecessary repairs by talking to a 6YA Expert who can help you resolve this issue over the phone in a minute or two.

Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.

Here's a link to this great service

Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Ad

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

1999 Ford Ranger AC low side pressure reads 100 psi


Was the a/c compressor running when you got this reading?

I’m happy to assist further over the phone at https://www.6ya.com/expert/jeremy_d728a59f986299fa

Feb 03, 2012 | Ford Ranger Cars & Trucks

2 Answers

1998 1200 Custom - We bought this bike in 2000 and it had hardly ever been ridden. We rode it for a couple of years, then parked it in the garage when we bought a bigger bike. A year ago we took it out...


I had exactly the same problem. It turned out to be the ignition module. The first time that mine failed it was exactly as you described.
What happens when the ignition module goes is the bike will run fine then when the motor gets hot it will shut down. Then it won't start again until the motor has completely cooled down. Then it will start, run rough, get hot and shut down again.
You will find the ignition module behind the round cover where the points are on older bikes.
There is an LED light on it that will tell you if it is working properly or not. But replacing one probably isn't a project that you want to take on yourself.
Unless you are completely confident with working on vital electrical components of your bike then I would suggest taking it to an experienced mechanic whom you trust.

Jun 18, 2011 | 2000 Harley Davidson XL 1200 C Sportster...

1 Answer

I have been having issues with my real wheel on my bicycle. I have Mavic Ksyrium Equipe wheels, and the rear wheel seems to be flexing too much under loads (i.e. sprinting, climbing, descending, and...


It's hard to believe a shop can't deal with what sounds like loosening spokes. OTOH, we Clydesdales are tougher on wheels than the lil guys. I used to break a lot of spokes under high torque demands, especially on several sets of Spinergy Spox wheels, then I bought a Park spoke tension gauge and meticulously trued and tensioned all the wheels on all my bikes. Haven't had a spoke issue since then.

Or you could get an old set of Spinergy Rev-X like I did a long time ago before I figured out the tension thing. If you can break or bend them you are not human.

May 21, 2011 | Mavic Cycling

1 Answer

New GSX-R Owner...questions


short pipe shouldn't cause you any problem...if it starts to backfire a lot after coming down from high speeds then you might want to think about installing something with a little more back pressure. #2 you"ll know it needs an oil change by if it smells burnt, has a slight fuel smell, or it looks real dark black. Now never ever top off your engine oil, pour only 2 and 1/2 bottles at first, start engine let oil get into the filter now shut off, pour a little more in, fill up to 3/4 either on site glass or using a dip stick, and if it uses a dip stick dont screw it in, just drop it in to measure. also check the chain for wear and stretch....you"ll know its stretched buy purchasing a pit bull type rear wheel stand which is a must..you'll always be using it...and spin the tire and check several spots on the bottom of the chain...if some portions are tighter than others then its been streched and now your riding on borrowed time. I"ve had three chains on my bike in a year and a half. Now im gonna need some sprockets next. #3 try to push start the bike to get it started then if it does start ride it somewhere where you can run it for a good solid 15-20 minutes to charge up the battery. if thats all it was, then your battery is probably old and will need replacing..avg bat life is two years! batteries can be expensive, i bought a Yuasa $95 about a year ago and working fine.Hope you found all this info very helpful.

Apr 06, 2010 | 1999 Suzuki GSX-R 750 X

1 Answer

Lifter noise


Could be that the bike has been ridden a little hard; could be dirty oil. Put a cleaning additive in your oil, idle bike for 10 - 15 min drain oil replace filter, add new oil - good stuff- and see if they quiet down.

Mar 24, 2010 | 2005 Suzuki Boulevard C90

1 Answer

Yamaha TW 200 starts but won't run.


If the bike has sat for a long period of time without being run - the gas that is sitting in the carb(s) will shellac.. Then the carb(s) would need to be cleaned and "rebuilt"..

Sep 14, 2009 | 2001 Yamaha TW 200

1 Answer

Charging Issue with 1997 Shadow Spirit VT1100C


hi no way all the guy wants is money any good guy has the right test gear and would test all the charging /starter compnants before replacing the whole caboose buy youself a small cheap volt meter £5/£8 check the battery voltage start motor needle should go up to around 14 put lights on needle should not drop if this is ok then rr and stator is ok stop motor leave lights on if voltage drops rapidly battery is us hope this helps merlinv12

Aug 20, 2009 | 1997 Honda VT 1100 C Shadow Spirit

1 Answer

R1100 Handling


enjine, R11xx bikes are generally regarded as well balanced, sweet handling machines. Indeed, it is one of their better attributes. Have you inspected the rear swing arm and final drive for free play? With the bike securely on the center stand grab the rear wheel at 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock and attempt to rock it. Repeat this at 12 and 6 o'clock. If you discover flex you may have also discovered the cause of your handling problems. If you do discover flex you'll need to isolate it to the rear drive, the paralever bearings (at the rear of the swing arm and a well documented "weak link") or at the swing arm bearings. One more thought; what sort of tire pressure do you run, front & rear? I hope you can sort this out and start fully enjoying your oilhead.

Nov 20, 2008 | 1998 BMW R 1100 R

1 Answer

R1100 Handling


enjine, R11xx bikes are generally regarded as well balanced, sweet handling machines. Indeed, it is one of their better attributes. Have you inspected the rear swing arm and final drive for free play? With the bike securely on the center stand grab the rear wheel at 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock and attempt to rock it. Repeat this at 12 and 6 o'clock. If you discover flex you may have also discovered the cause of your handling problems. If you do discover flex you'll need to isolate it to the rear drive, the paralever bearings (at the rear of the swing arm and a well documented weak link) or at the swing arm bearings. One more thought; what sort of tire pressure do you run, front & rear? I hope you can sort this out and start fully enjoying your oilhead.

Nov 10, 2008 | 2001 BMW R 1100 R

Not finding what you are looking for?
2001 BMW R 1100 R Logo

197 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top BMW Experts

Arnie Burke
Arnie Burke

Level 3 Expert

5055 Answers

Mike Gilbreath

Level 1 Expert

50 Answers

Marvin
Marvin

Level 3 Expert

81285 Answers

Are you a BMW Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...