you are set on purchasing a used bike, The general consensus
is that you should purchase the latest model that you can
afford. Some folks find that the cache of owning a new bike
is not worth the extra price one pays, when there are plenty
of used bikes out there that can be had for thousands of dollars
Or, as Short
Cut says: "Before you even look at bikes determine
what kind of riding that you want to do. In my case there
isn't any one bike that will do this. So I shop used for well
maintained low mileage bikes. The money you can save by buying
a used RT rather than a new one can be 6-7 thousand dollars.
[with the money you saved] Now you can buy the most bitchin'
dirt bike. However if you go to the used market again you
could pickup a nice dirt bike and sportbike. Ya see that adds
up because your saving a bunch from not buying a new dirt
and sportbike so you can easily ply what's left into a nice
dual sport and so on. Anyway that's the way I became the owner
of 8 motorcycles. Nine including my son's PW50 which is the
only bike that I purchased new.
Bikes older than
5 years are much cheaper to insure as are multiple bikes.
Having multiple bikes also means you never have to say you
can't go riding because one bike is having a problem."
The R1100RT series
ran from 1996 to 2001, and is replaced by the R1150RT in 2002.
The 1150 model shares many of the same parts and components
of the previous model, but is really a very different bike
in many regards.
If you are considering
an R1100RT, the models are little changed over the bike's
7 year run.
Cromie points out that many of the differences over the
years are technical in nature and are designed to eliminate
bugs or problems with the initial design. He says:
the RT changes and the manufacturing dates they occurred:
- Side stand
- Single throttle
cable with distribution block 7/96
- Drive shaft
- Heads 8/97
from manifold to engine block 12/97
- Main faring
- Clutch Assembly
- Engine block
- Oil pump 12/97
- Throttle bodies
That is not to
say that just because BMW changed these items, that all bike's
components are defective. In many cases, many of these items
may have been fixed or replaced/upgraded as part of the bike's
natural service life.
This brings up
another very important point to consider when purchasing a
used bike - be sure to check on the owner's service documentation
of the bike. It should be complete and you should be able
to see which items where addressed under warranty over the
first 3 years / 36K miles of the bike's life.
excellent pointers on buying used motorcycles, visit Ted Verrill's
site at http://www.verrill.com/moto/kbikebuyingguide.htm
As to purchasing
new, there are benefits to consider:
- Having the latest
- Financing options
- Longer service
- Dealer Service
On the other hand,
new bikes may come at other costs:
- First year model
- Higher price
- More expensive
- Less ability
to self-maintain the bike
- Not broken in
Whatever you decide,
New or Used, you will love your bike. These bikes are the
best all-around multipurpose street bikes you can ride. So,
get what you can afford and get out there and ride it!