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bigjnsa
04-08-2011, 09:32 AM
I picked it up last night and man is it perfect! I can't believe the ride quality. MUCH softer (like a Cadillac) compared to my Sportster. A few things which I need help on are:

1. Axle shimmy during shifting - I'm not sure if that's the actual term but I'm so used to my Harley and the motor still spinning during shifting. When I let off the throttle at any speed on the BMW, its instantly back to idle so when I engage the clutch the whole backend wiggles to get back up to the speed I'm at. I guess I'll have to experiment with giving it more throttle while shifting, BUT I'm up for all thoughts and opinions.

2. Brakes - Holy schmollys does this thing stop on a dime! Again, I'm used to my Harley and so-so brakes, but even the slightest touch and I get a firm stop. Reminder to self, DONT grab all brake like on the Harley ;)

3. Turn signals - Argh... the ONE thing I hate about it, doesn't have self canceling signals ;(

4. Power - WOW does it have it. Nothing like my 883, even in 6th gear I can twist the throttle and it surges with power. Nice, I like it!

Those are just the things off the top of my head for now. I'm sure the more I ride it, the more I'll get used to it and discover more things, but for now, I think it was well worth the investment.

Here's me today heading out to work:

http://mann.uthscsa.edu/images/new-beemer.jpg

Farkles..

Remus exhaust w/can from the heads back (no cat)
Side bags
Reversible rear seat pan (changes to a luggage rack or passenger seat)
RheinWest chip
PIAA running lights
Llamar lip
Highway pegs
Rear brake conversion to LEDs with flashers

ed29
04-08-2011, 09:51 AM
Congrats on the new to you bike!

On the shifting... let me see if I can relate a suggestion. Break the habit of completely closing the throttle on shifting. Downshifts in particular. A slight blip of the throttle on downshift will bring the engine up to speed for the new lower gear. It is easier to demonstrate and practice on a smaller bike. Road racers and MX guys can help with pointers on this. Once you get the hang of matching the RPM to the next gear it is actually smoother and quicker to shift without using the clutch. To be clear, I am NOT recommending trying clutchless shifting right off the bat on your new bike.

On upshifts as you get used to the gear spread you can match RPM to road speed pretty easy using the throttle too. Again, when you have this mastered it is possible and quite smooth to shift with no clutch.

bigjnsa
04-08-2011, 10:02 AM
Thanks Ed.

RedPill
04-08-2011, 10:25 AM
Very nice.

Hemibee
04-08-2011, 10:36 AM
Nice bike. Did you keep the 883?


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bigjnsa
04-08-2011, 10:44 AM
Nice bike. Did you keep the 883?


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For now, yes I kept the 883. But I'm thinking eventually I'll sell it.

bigjnsa
04-12-2011, 12:50 PM
Almost a full week with hit so far and I just love it. I finally found a good compromise with the adjustable rear shock. Firm but soft. Saturday I did 180 miles and never even had back/butt problems. Same ride on my Sportster and I'd be cringing with pain ;) I'm still getting used to the shifting shimmy, I can't shift as fast as my Harley but I'm learning. One thing I might change is the ratio of 1st gear. Its way too tall and I'm stalling on a daily basis. The same stop light or hill on my Harley and it chugs right through it. I know the Harley has more low end torque and I'm compensating by using more throttle on the BMW.

Average gas mileage has been 46mpg (mixed city and highway).

The Remus exhaust REALLY sounds good over 4000 RPM ;) Above 5 grand the bars start a noticeable rattle but I'm used to that because the Harley bar always rattled.

Brakes in the morning are pretty useless backing down my drive way. I guess the servos need time (or engine RPM???) to get up to speed or temperature.

There's only one problem I have and its selecting 1st while idling in neutral for a few minutes. I press one down and nothing happens, I try even harder and nothing. The only way to get it from Neutral to 1st is to hold my foot down and release the clutch slightly and it "clicks" into gear. Possible tranny problem in my future???

BubbleHead
04-12-2011, 12:59 PM
Nice looking bike!

Desert Skies
04-12-2011, 01:16 PM
Sweet Beemer. :thumb:


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For now, yes I kept the 883. But I'm thinking eventually I'll sell it.

http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm178/ninaudp/2010_03/harleydualsport.jpg

Just a thought. :trust:

Another convert in progress (http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=657449).



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bigjnsa
04-12-2011, 01:38 PM
OH snap! DS conversion? I just may have to consider that ;)

Doons
04-12-2011, 02:59 PM
There's only one problem I have and its selecting 1st while idling in neutral for a few minutes. I press one down and nothing happens, I try even harder and nothing. The only way to get it from Neutral to 1st is to hold my foot down and release the clutch slightly and it "clicks" into gear. Possible tranny problem in my future???

Not your tranny per se, it's your BMW tranny!!! My 1150GS (23K) did that on occasion, my current K (50K) does it more often. So in my most humble opinion and based on my expereience with BMW, it is normal for your beemer to be disagreeable sometimes, like any self repecting German is!!!

My solution, release the clutch and pull it back in and "click" in drops/clunks into 1st gear

bigjnsa
04-12-2011, 03:07 PM
Not your tranny per se, it's your BMW tranny!!! My 1150GS (23K) did that on occasion, my current K (50K) does it more often. So in my most humble opinion and based on my expereience with BMW, it is normal for your beemer to be disagreeable sometimes, like any self repecting German is!!!

My solution, release the clutch and pull it back in and "click" in drops/clunks into 1st gear

Cool, thanks for the verification. I figured nothing was wrong, but I'm so used to the loud Harley CLUNK going into first gear.

wanabeguru
04-12-2011, 04:11 PM
Nice bike, ENJOY!

WoodButcher
04-12-2011, 04:20 PM
There's only one problem I have and its selecting 1st while idling in neutral for a few minutes. I press one down and nothing happens, I try even harder and nothing. The only way to get it from Neutral to 1st is to hold my foot down and release the clutch slightly and it "clicks" into gear. Possible tranny problem in my future???

With my 1200GS I have the same issue. From what I've read that is pretty standard. I find a little throttle blip does the trick too. Or just slightly engage the clutch, disengage and slip it into gear. I've gotten to where I don't even think about it most of the time.

mi1lertm
04-15-2011, 12:02 AM
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There's only one problem I have and its selecting 1st while idling in neutral for a few minutes. I press one down and nothing happens, I try even harder and nothing. The only way to get it from Neutral to 1st is to hold my foot down and release the clutch slightly and it "clicks" into gear. Possible tranny problem in my future???


Ah yes the BMW tranny. I too noticed that you do not feel that clunk when hitting 1 from a stop. It is another feel thing but it is a BMW thing. Try and feather the cluch somemore when hitting that hill that you are having issues with, the 883 has a shorter release then the BMW and with a bit of gas and a bit slower release you should be fine. That is a TQ'er as well. It has much more TQ then your 883 and is most likely the same weight or lighter. Enjoy, very nice ride indeed.

Mark

SwampFox
04-15-2011, 07:09 AM
... From what I've read that is pretty standard. I find a little throttle blip does the trick too. Or just slightly engage the clutch, disengage and slip it into gear. I've gotten to where I don't even think about it most of the time.

Same here with my older R850R tranny; all three oil-heads that I've owned were similar.

I understand your situation bigjnsa, as I switch back-and-forth between the R850R and the 883 Sportster with sidecar; both are good bikes, just way-different characteristics. And now I'm adding a KLX250S into the mix. I generally take a few neighborhood start/stops/turns to re-accustom to each bike before I head into traffic. /Lee

Downs
04-15-2011, 07:21 AM
I used to have an R1150R and it was one sweet running and riding bike. If I hadn't had found such a sweet deal on my FJR I would probably still have it :)

bigjnsa
04-26-2011, 04:00 PM
I've had this bike for 3 weeks now and I am totally enjoying it. I like everything about it including the hard bags those are cool! But man, this sucker is quick! I routinely find myself thinking I'm going one speed and glancing at the speedo, its much faster than I think it is. 90 on this thing feels like 60 on the Harley ;)

bigjnsa
04-26-2011, 04:05 PM
Forgot to add about the mileage.. Its pretty good on the highway, but not so good in town, 46 highway, 37 city.

aks801
04-26-2011, 04:41 PM
http://mann.uthscsa.edu/images/new-beemer.jpg

Is that a mohawk on your helmet? :mrgreen:

That's a straight-up nice bike you picked up, congrats.

Downs
04-26-2011, 06:33 PM
I was seeing similar mileage out of my 1150R.

Skip Honeycutt
04-26-2011, 06:39 PM
Once you get used to the tranny, 1st gear won't seem too tall and you'll be shifting much quicker than you were on the Sporty, trust me. :trust: (I rode an 1150RT for a few years)

euromedic
05-02-2011, 04:54 PM
The R1150R ranks almost equally to the 650 Dakar as my favorite BMW bike. It just looks so good :clap: Congratulations!

TWTourist
05-02-2011, 10:03 PM
There's only one problem I have and its selecting 1st while idling in neutral for a few minutes. I press one down and nothing happens, I try even harder and nothing. The only way to get it from Neutral to 1st is to hold my foot down and release the clutch slightly and it "clicks" into gear. Possible tranny problem in my future???

First of all, congrats on the new to you bike. :clap:

As for the 1st gear thing, I have the same problem with my new 1200. I found out if I pump the clutch a few times it will go into gear first try.

Downs
05-02-2011, 10:48 PM
First of all, congrats on the new to you bike. :clap:

As for the 1st gear thing, I have the same problem with my new 1200. I found out if I pump the clutch a few times it will go into gear first try.

I missed the quoted post but I had the same thing on mine. Just pump the clutch a few times before shifting into first and all is well.

jsb223
05-06-2011, 03:37 PM
3. Turn signals - Argh... the ONE thing I hate about it, doesn't have self canceling signals ;(

Kisan signal minder

aggie81
05-06-2011, 07:58 PM
Your BMW has a dry clutch, and there is no drag between the plates when it's disengaged. If it doesn't want to drop into first gear from neutral, just release the clutch ever-so-slightly, and it should pop right in. Going from neutral to first is a much more dramatic event on my wet-clutch Suzuki - especially when the oil is cold.

BMWs are something of an aquired taste. But once you've owned one, it's difficult to give it up.

1TallTXn
05-12-2011, 02:41 PM
My VFR doesn't have a problem dropping to idle when shifting up, but downshifts are much smoother if I blip the throttle. Ditto the FILs GL1200.

I think it was Keith Code that said ~1/4 throttle blip on down shifts (on most bikes) makes things nice and smooth. Been the case in my experience.

I don't ride a Bimmer (never have actually, its on my to-do list though! ) so they could be completely different.

Nice looking bike :thumb:

Dahveed
05-12-2011, 06:22 PM
Brakes in the morning are pretty useless backing down my drive way. I guess the servos need time (or engine RPM???) to get up to speed or temperature.

There's only one problem I have and its selecting 1st while idling in neutral for a few minutes. I press one down and nothing happens, I try even harder and nothing. The only way to get it from Neutral to 1st is to hold my foot down and release the clutch slightly and it "clicks" into gear. Possible tranny problem in my future???

My 1150GS does that from time to time. I just let the clutch lever out and then back in and it usually shifts. I've had it where is wouldn't downshift at a light from third before. I had to work the clutch carefully for it to shift.

I have a steep driveway and notice the brake issue too. I just go slowly.

Gratz on the new to you ride!

Does yours have the left signal on the left and right signal switch on the right? If I ride my KLR I now get confused (easy to do for me) looking for the right turn signal button on the right side.