The Quest Begins
I put the quest for my first motorcycle on a separate
The Quest Continues
Ive been riding BMWs.
- 1985 R80GS PD: February, 1997 at San Jose BMW
was the first Bimmer I ever rode. A big bike compared to my trusty
CB-1, I sat tall in the saddle. Despite its size, the bike inspired
confidence. I liked it, but it was very tall and tippy to maneuver in
the parking lot. I didnt want to spend $5k on it.
- 1997 R1100RT: October, 1997 at Cal BMW in Mountain View
one had the Paralever and Telelever suspension. Its handling was quite
competent. I just loved the way it stopped: No fork dive at all. The
bike just stops. Driving this is like driving a big Lexus. It was comfy,
but not really what I wanted.
- 1997 R1100R: January, 1998 at San Francisco BMW.
An all-around nice bike: competent and confidence-inspiring. I fell
in love with the Telelever front again, and its authoritative horn.
If it were a car it would be a Civic or a two-door Accord.
- 1997 R1100GS: January, 1998 at San Francisco BMW.
I was a bit hesitant about trying this bike because of my experience
on the 85 GS, but this new model has a much lower seat. It has
a nice wide handlebar and a comfortable upright seating position. Around
corners it felt more competent than my sporty little CB-1. This is a
ForeRunner on two wheels. Riding the GS was a mistake. Now I want one.
Ive been surfing the web, looking for pages about the R1100GS.
guy broke the frame on his GS in Australia.
- 1997 F650: February, 1998 at San Francisco BMW.
- I hated it.
- 1997 R1100RS: February, 1998 at San Francisco BMW.
I fell in love with this bike right away. Its strong and confident.
I rode it around some curvy roads near where I live. Because it wasnt
my bike, but a dealerships expensive new bike, I decided to take
it easy and not push it. I looked at the speedo and found myself doing
5MPH faster on that road than I do on my CB-1 when Im riding harder.
Thus the R1100RS is either a safer bike or a more dangerous one; I havent
figured out which. If this were a car, it would be an Acura Integra
or a 318i. (Okay, the R1200C is the open sportster and the k1200RS is
any of the M cars.)
- 1997 R1100RS, R1100GS; 1989 CB-1: March, 1998 at Cal BMW.
- Back-to-back I rode an RS, a GS, and my CB-1 on the same route around
Cal BMW in Mountain View. The RS seemed stiff while the GS was softer
but with an engine stronger in the low RPMs. The RS handled better.
I had been wavering between the RS and the GS, but this back-to-back
comparison convinced me that the GS was the right bike to get. When
I got back on my CB-1, my backache returned right away.
- 1998 R1100GS: May, 1998: Purhased!
traded my CB-1 in on a brand new 1998 R1100GS. Just a month later I
brought the bike to the dealer for the 600-mile inspection and got an
F650 as a loaner bike. Im glad I didnt buy one of those.
The F650 is a well-built, sturdy motorcycle. The first time I rode one
it seemed big and clunky compared to my CB-1. This time, compared to
my GS, it seemed small and clunky.