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The Black K1100RS
"Speed is what the K1100RS likes,
thousands of miles of it."

Steve Engelbrecht, MotorWorld Online K1100RS Review

The Black K1100RS
by Ted Verrill

I bought my 1995 K1100RS on April 29, 1997. I picked it up around 11:30pm that night and by 5:00am the next morning I was on my way to Georgia for the 1997 Georgia Rally. The bike had 10,731 miles on it. In July of 1999 I unfortunately totaled this wonderful machine, literally just a few miles shy of 50,000 miles.

Regular Scheduled Maintenance

Pick Up Bike Service II Inspection completed immediately prior to pick-up, including Brake Fluid change. 10,731 04/29/97 YAY New(ish) Bike!
Level II (BMW Inspection)
Engine Oil and Filter Change
(work by Bob's BMW)
BMW Oil 20-50,
BMW Filter Kit
12,744 05/20/97 Level I (BMW Service)
Engine Oil and Filter Change BMW Oil 20-50
BMW Filter Kit
16,327 08/02/97 no comments
Transmission Oil Change Mobil-1 Synthetic
GL75/90 Gear Oil
16,327 08/02/97 Smoother shifting.
Final Drive Oil Change BMW Brand
GL 80/90 Gear Oil
16,327 08/02/97 no comments
Coolant Change BMW Brand Coolant
45/55 Mix with Distilled Water. Distilled water in the overflow.
16,327 08/02/97 Removed, drained & cleaned the overflow tank.
Engine Oil and Filter Change BMW Oil 20-50
BMW Filter Kit
20,061 09/06/97 no comments
Spark Plugs
(work by Bob's BMW)
Champion Plugs 23,370 10/11/97 BIG change- much smoother than before, with much less buzz. One plug had yellowish deposits.
Air Filter
(work by Bob's BMW)
K&N Air Filter 23,370 10/11/97 Replaced the stock BMW air filter with the K&N at the suggestion of Bobs' service manager.
Fork Oil
(work by Bob's BMW)
BMW 7.5 Fork Oil & BMW Drain/fill gaskets 24,296 11/13/97  
Valve Adjust
(work by Bob's BMW)
2 Cam Shims Required
(2.75, 2.85)
24,296 11/13/97 WOW - even better than the improvement with the spark plugs. No buzz anymore, smoother than the K75 loaner bike!
Engine Oil and Filter Change Mobil-1 15-50
BMW Oil Filter
Cruch Washers
24,340 11/15/97 Not sure whether it is the synthetic oil or the fuel filter, but the engine seems to run even smoother and rev freer.
Fuel Filter Change BMW Fuel Filter 24,340 11/15/97
Rear Brakes Bled Bell Dot 4 Brake Fluid 25,981 12/13/97  
Front Brakes Bled Bell Dot 4 Brake Fluid 26,837 02/08/98  
Engine Oil and Filter Change Mobil-1 20-50
BMW Filter Kit
29k    
Engine Oil and Filter Change Mobil-1 20-50
BMW Filter Kit
34k    
Fuel Filter Change BMW Fuel Filter     I thought the fuel filter was clogged due to sluggish response so I changed it, (it turned out to be a faulty injector which was replaced under warranty.)
Engine Oil and Filter Change Mobil-1 20-50
BMW Filter Kit
37,341 08/15/98  
Transmission Oil Change Mobil-1 Synthetic
GL75/90 Gear Oil
37,341 08/15/98  
Final Drive Oil Change Mobil-1 Synthetic
GL75/90 Gear Oil
37,341 08/15/98  
Spark Plugs
(work by Bob's BMW)
Bosch XR7LDC 37,??? ?????? Big improvement, similiar yellow deposits on one of the plugs.
Complete Spline Service
(work by Bob's BMW)
  37,???   Requires major dissembly of the bike (and over 7 hours of labor!) Services included are brake fluid change and frame/swingarm bearing check and torque.
Brake Fluid
(work by Bob's BMW)
Bel 3/4 37,???   The brake fluid was changed over when the complete spline service was performed.
Engine Oil and Filter Change Mobil-1 20-50
BMW Filter Kit
42,141 10/30/98  
Fork Oil BMW 7.5 Wt.
BMW O-Rings
45,451 02/07/99 New fork springs too, Yahoo!
Engine Oil and Filter Change Mobil-1 20-50
Motorcycle Oil
BMW Filter Kit
47,022 06/01/99  
Transmission Oil Change Mobil-1 Synthetic
GL75/90 Gear Oil
47,022 06/01/99  
Final Drive Oil Change Mobil-1 Synthetic
GL75/90 Gear Oil
47,022 06/01/99  
Spark Plugs
(work by Bob's BMW)
Bosch XR7LDC 48,282 06/10/99 As with the last plug change, one of the plugs had deposits on it - Bob's will do a leakdown to see if one of the cylinders has "issues"

Unscheduled Maintenance History

Bag Latch
(work by Bob's BMW)
BMW OEM Key Cylinder 13,102 06/07/97 Bob's replaced the key cylinder no questions asked.
Radiator Cap O-Ring
(work by Bob's BMW)
OEM Seal 15,585 07/26/97 BOB's replaced sealing ring under warranty with a promise to replace the cap once it is in stock.
Oil Fill Cap O-Ring
(work by Bob's BMW)
OEM O-ring 15,585 07/26/97 BOB's replaced O-ring under warranty.
Radiator Cap
(work by Bob's BMW)
OEM Replacement 16,960 08/07/97 BOB's replaced cap under warranty.
Steering Head Bearing Adjustment
(work by Bob's BMW)
N/A 16,960 08/07/97 Steering MUCH better, no more wobbles.
Rear Tire
(work by Bob's BMW)
Michelin BT-54
160/60 ZR-18
16,960 08/07/97 I switched from the BT-50 to the more mileage oriented BT-54. I noticed no degradation in handling (actually got a little better!)
Exhaust Header Bolt Replaced
(work by Bob's BMW)
BMW OEM Bolt & Hanger Assembly 17,150 08/12/97 All exhaust header bolts were retorqued, two additional ones were not to spec. The missing bolt (#1 cylinder) simply backed itself out?!?
Front Tire
(work by Bob's BMW)
Michelin BT-54
170/70 ZR-17
23,370 10/11/97 The old BT-50 lasted about 14,000 miles but towards the end wore very unevenly towards the left side of the tire.
Check Exhaust Torques
(work by Bob's BMW)
  23,370 10/11/97 All bolts within spec.
Fork Seals
(work by Bob's BMW)
OEM Seals 24,296 11/13/97  
Fork Gators
(work by Bob's BMW)
Bob's Gators for K bikes 24,296 11/13/97  
Tachometer
(work by Bob's BMW)
OEM 24,296 11/13/97 Original tach stuck when in direct sunlight I think from an air bubble under the tach face sticker - a pin would have done the job out of warranty ;-).
Rear Right Turn Signal Bulb OEM from BMW Bulb Kit 25,746 12/07/97  
Rear Brake Pads EBC "Black" 25,981 12/13/97  
Rear Right Turn Signal Bulb Generic 1157 25,981 12/13/97  
Front Brake Pads EBC "Black"
FA170
26,837 02/08/98  
Exhaust System
(work by Bob's BMW)
BMW OEM     Baffle was loose, replaced under warranty.
Injector Unit
(work by Bob's BMW)
BMW OEM     This might have been faulty from the beginning, only progressively getting worse.
Rear Tire
(work by Honda NorthWest BMW, Columbus, OH)
Metzeler ME-Z4 36,601 07/19/98 Love this tire! The BT-50 that had only a few thousand miles on it picked up a few staples and had to be replaced.
Rear Tire
(work by Bob's BMW)
Bridgestone BT-50 41,864 10/24/98 The ME-Z4 was a great tire but its softness was its undoing - after picking up a second nail I replaced it with my old standby, the BT-50.
Adjust Clutch
(work by Bob's BMW)
N/A 46,370 4/17/99 I gotta learn how to do this myself :)
Front Tire
(work by Bob's BMW)
Michelin BT-50 46,370 4/17/99 The old BT-50 lasted a long time but towards the end wore very unevenly towards the left side of the tire.

Updates & Modifications

Run'N'Lites
Rear
Run'N'Lites
Type-2
16,960 08/07/97 I decided to spend the $27.95 after being told how poor the rear visibility of the K Bikes are.
K&N Air Filter
(work by Bob's BMW)
K&N Air Filter 23,370 10/11/97 Minor improvement in performance.
Fork Gators
(work by Bob's BMW)
K bikes 24,296 11/13/97 Far better than regular fork slider, keeps seals far more protected.
BMW K-Bike Luggage Rack OEM Rack 24,296 11/13/97  
BMW Heated Grips BMW Heated Grip kit 42,141 10/30/98 These things are HOT!!!
BMW "C" Bar BMW "C" Bar 42,141 10/30/98  
Fork Springs White Brothers
WP Fork Springs
45,451 02/07/99 Big difference, much nicer ride. The WP springs are "full length", no spacer is required. I believe the longer spring and progressive windings at both ends make for a better upgrade than similiar aftermarket springs.

Short Trip Notes

January 31, 1999 Short Ride to West Virginia
Don Graling, Bill Shaw, Brian Horais and I rode out to see Larry Fears at his house in Charles Town. It was COLD but the bike performed flawlessly - didn't even have an ABS fault and the bike started immediately at 18 degrees. Here is what Don had to say :)
July 15, 1999 Washington DC to Delaware Memorial Bridge.

Detailed Trip Logs

GEORGIA RALLY 1997
April 29th - May 4th, 1997

MILEAGE GALLONS TOWN ELAPSED MILEAGE
    Georgetown, DC    
    Front Royal, VA    
11,018 4.00 Buena Vista, VA    
11,182 4.30 Fancy Gap, VA 164 38.14
11,284 2.52 Blowing Rock, NC 102 40.48
11,448 4.0   164 41.00
11,660 3.9   212 54.36
11,812 3.45   152 44.06
11,955 3.42 Hiawassee, GA 143 41.81
12,147 4.15 Ashville, NC 192 46.27
12,338 4.30 Lexington, NC 191 44.42
12,469 2.87   131 45.65
12,575 2.46 Richmond, VA 106 43.09
       

43.928

The bike in general ran flawlessly, though it was quite a big change from the K75S. Initial impressions are that while it is not as nimble in the corners as the K75, when the proper line is found it is truly incredible.

MAINE for the 4th of JULY 1997
July 2nd - 6th, 1997

MILEAGE GALLONS TOWN ELAPSED MILEAGE
13,933 Full Alexandria, VA
07/02 - 17:39
N/A N/A
14,105 3.52 NJ TPK
07/02 - 21:32
172 48.86
14,292 4.46 Waterbury, CT
07/03 - 1:52
187 41.93
14,477 4.05 Freeport, ME
07/03 - 6:31
185 45.68
14,597 2.67 ME
07/03 - 9:32
120 44.94
14,765 3.85 ME
07/04 - 12:04
168 43.64
14,963 4.59 ME
07/06 - 12:52
198 43.14
15,137 3.63 CT
07/06 - 16:43
174 47.93
15,291 3.16 NJ
07/06 - 20:34
154 48.73
15,458 3.89 MD
07/06 - 23:12
167 42.93
15,613 N/A Old Town, Alexandria, VA 155 N/A

1,680

33.82

   

45.309

I rode up to Islesboro through a terrible storm the entire way (with a quick 30 minute nap in Massachusetts), stopped at Beans, and made it to the Lincolnville Ferry at about 9am. The next day Larry Fears and I rode over to Acadia to get the National Park Stamp. Returned through terrible traffic on the 6th. I had only two problems with the bike. The gear indicator was intermittant the second day (I think due to 12 hours of heavy rain,) though that lasted only a few hours. Second, the radiator cap leaked. Bob's replaced the sealing ring as they had no cap in stock, and I have made a service appointment to have it replaced before my big August trip.

VERMONT, NEW HAMPSHIRE, CANADA & MAINE
August 13 - 24th, 1997

MILEAGE GALLONS TOWN ELAPSED MILEAGE
17,186 Full Alexandria, VA
08/13 - 04:52
N/A N/A
17,321 2.99 Cape May, NJ
08/13 - 09:31
135 45.15
17,491 3.80 Paramus, NJ
08/13 - 12:21
170 44.74
17,676 4.35 Becket, Mass.
08/13 - 20:21
185 42.53
17,873 4.19 Lebanon, NH
08/14 - 13:20
197 47.02
18,029 3.61 Johnson, VT
08/14 - 17:22
156 43.21
18,190 3.79 Berlin, NH
08/15 - 10:09
161 42.48
18,374 4.05 Franconia Notch, NH
08/16 - 08:25
184 45.43
18,542 14.77ltr
4.06
Marieville, PQ
08/16 - 11:46
168 41.38
18,687
(horrendous headwinds)
15.04ltr
4.14
Laurence, PQ
08/16 - 19:47
145 35.02
18,754 4.21ltr
1.16
St. Gerard, PQ
08/16 - 21:56
67 57.76
18,943 4.35 Newport, ME
08/17 - 10:34
189 43.45

Arrive Islesboro, Me, 08/17 - 16:30, 18,999 miles.

19,125 4.08 Saco, ME
08/24 - 10:43
182 44.61
19,290 3.59 Scituate, RI
08/24 - 14:25
165 45.96
19,474 4.09 Montvale, NJ
08/24 - 17:33
184 44.99
19,662 3.90 Bel Air, MD
08/24 - 20:54
188 47.24

Arrive Old Town Alexandria, VA, 08/24 - 22:31, 19,742 miles.

2,538

56.15

   

44.731

The bike didn't as much as hiccup during this trip. On the New Jersey turnpike the back end felt a little loose like the tire was low on air but the tire checked out fine. I wonder if the rear shock is starting to go?

1997 RA RALLY, FONTANA, NC
September 18 - 21st, 1997

MILEAGE GALLONS TOWN ELAPSED MILEAGE
20,944 Full Alexandria, VA
09/17/97
N/A N/A
21,127 4.12 Apammattox, VA
09/17/97
183 44.17
21,300 3.95 Floyd, VA
09/18/97
187 47.34
21,385 1.78 Doughton Park, VA
09/18/97
85 47.75
21,530 3.41 Ashville, NC
09/18/97
145 42.52
21,657 2.80 Fontana, NC
09/19/97
127 45.36
21,815 3.73 Chattanooga, TN
09/19/97
158 42.36
21,957 3.11 Exit 42, I-75, TN
09/19/97
142 45.66
22,109 3.49 Robbinsville, NC
09/20/97
152 43.55
22,252 3.00 Robbinsville, NC
09/20/97
143 47.67
22,326 1.79 Pigeon Forge, NC
09/21/97
74 42.53
22,509 3.75 Pennington Gap, VA
09/21/97
183 48.80
22,706 4.095 Ironto, VA
09/21/97
197 48.11
22,798 2.02 Greenville, VA
09/21/97
92 45.55

Arrive Old Town Alexandria, VA, 09/21 - 23:35, 22,960 miles.

2,016

41.045

   

45.49

The bike worked literally without incident. Oil consumption is down to about 0.5 quarts per 1,000 miles. The bike did run a bit hot in traffic on I-24 around Chattanooga, though the light never came on and as soon as we started moving again the temperature returned to normal. Also, the front tire, a BT-54, has finally given up the ghost and will soon need a replacement. In the final 300 or so miles the tire has worn unevenly, much more on the clutch side then the throttle.

1998 GEORGIA RALLY
April 29 - May 3, 1998

MILEAGE GALLONS TOWN ELAPSED MILEAGE
31,614 Full Alexandria, VA
04/29/98
N/A N/A
31,801 4.317 Fairfield, VA
04/29/98
   
31,951 3.702 Fancy Gap, VA
04/30/98
   
32,128 4.152 Black Mt., NC
04/30/98
   
32,279 3.43 Hiawassee, GA
04/30/98
   
32,469 4.05 Robbinsville, NC
   
32,549 1.8 Helen, GA    
32,649 2.05 Hiawassee, GA    
32,752 2.245 Ashville, NC    
32,908 3.56 BRP/Doughton Pk, NC    
33,109 4.36 Steele's Tavern, VA    
33,332 4.786 Old Town Alexandria, VA    

Arrive Old Town Alexandria, VA, 05/03 - 21:05, 33,332

         

Used very little oil, down to about 0.3 per 1,000 miles. This was a WET trip, both up and back. The BRP, which was far too foggy to ride on the way down, was too rainy on the way back (but I did it anyway ;-) Too bad the Aerostich Roadcrafter I won didn't arrive till 5 weeks later.

AMA Conference
July 17 - July 20, 1998

MILEAGE GALLONS TOWN ELAPSED MILEAGE
35,792 Full Old Town Alexandria, VA    
35,942 3.492 Cumberland, WV    
36,121 4.413 Wheeling, WV
07/18/98
   
36,328 4.660 Lancaster, OH    

Arrive Columbus, OH, 07/18/98, 36,366

36,517 4.875* Mid-Ohio Races    
36,709 4.258 Columbus, OH    
36,905 4.395 Cheat River, WV    
37,051 3.083 Frederick, MD    

Arrive Old Town Alexandria, VA, 37,066

         

Oil consumption hovering about 0.3 per 1,000. Trip went well but for a rear tire that picked up a staple at the Mid-Ohio races. The Metzeler rep helped me patch it so I replaced the ailing BT-50 with a ME-Z4 from Honda Northwest BMW in Columbus, OH (excellent service and prices!) The tire is excellent in all respects. The AMA Lobbyist almost took me out in his black 325 on the way back to the Hotel, made sure to kid him about that one ;-)

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