Need Some Input From You Experienced BMW Owners
Hi Everyone! Long time motorcycle rider, but never owned a BMW. I have owned a couple of BMW's four wheelers, but not the twos. I am a sportbike guy, with a passion for Ducatis, but I need to move to a bike which is more conducive to everyday riding and especially two-up riding for the Mrs.
I am looking at BMWs K series bikes to be my commuter/wife carrier. They all seem to carry enough sport flavor to satisfy my like of that genre. Really enjoy the new K1300S, but the insurance in MA for that bike is outright robbery. So I am looking at an older model to help keep costs down (both upfront and enduring). I will find a BMW K model whether it is one of the two below or another.
Here is where I need some help: I looked at 2 K1100RS today; a 1996 and 1995. The 1995 was a good looking bike, the owner did some work to the paint to make it nice and shiny. However, it had some maintenance issues. It had an oil leak (minor) under the waterpump into the belly pan. It needs a new battery. The manifold studs/nuts were very rusty (I was told to look for this issue). Lastly, the ABS do not work, owner says he doesn't know what the issue is. So cosmetically the bike is nice; mechanically it has some issues. bike has 28,000 miles with some maintenance history included. Owner has a starting price of $4200 and I think he will go lower.
The 1996 has some cosmetic defects. Nothing too major, but enough to detract from the overall looks of the bike. It was pushed over on the street and has some paint scratches on the fairing and mirror and some cracks on the front from where the mirror must have stressed it when it hit the ground. It also has some other plastic defect on the other side, not sure what from. It also has a very small ding in the tank. I think if it was mine, I would use it for awhile and consider fixing all that stuff in the future. Here is the good part of this bike though: the owner is a BMW guy. He knew all kinds of stuff about this bike. Although I am not a BMW guy, I am mechanically inclined enough to understand this guy knows his stuff. He has performed a whole bunch of maintenance to the bike. His list of work performed is pretty long. Bike has 23,000 miles on it. Owner wants $4,250. Not sure if he will drop the price or not.
My gut says the 1996 is the bike to go with. That one seems to be maintained by a guy who loves BMW and he was clearly knowledgeable about the bike. It needs some work to be pretty, but I don't think that bike will strand me anywhere. My issue is I think he wants a little too much for the bike. Mechanically, the bike is great, but the cosmetic issues, IMHO, bring the value down just as much as mechanical issues do. I looked at KBB and found that Trade-In value is $3,085 and Retail is $4,420. I think that with those numbers in mind, the bike should be worth somewhere in the middle considering it's high state of mechanical readiness and it's cosmetic defects.
What do you all think? Is the 1996 the one to go with? Is it too much money at its current asking price? Should I make a play for the 1995 for less money and handle the maintenance problems after? I could really use your experience on this. If you want to send a message to me via email, please feel free to do so.
Thanks in advance!!!