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post #21 of 33 (permalink) Old 06-28-2019, 10:48 PM
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@N4HHE , yes. That is definitely a 1993 R1100RS! Thanks. It's sad to see such a cool old bike die like that. I bet your friend really liked it.


Since the bike is totaled and it is 26 years old I doubt that anything would come of investigating the ABS at this point. But it is not my bike and it was not my crash.


I like my electronic rider aids, I am sure they make my ride safer. But speaking for myself and myself only, I don't expect those electronic aids to save me from my own foolishness. I am in NO WAY saying that is the case here, just my own disclaimer for Traction Control and ABS.


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post #22 of 33 (permalink) Old 06-29-2019, 12:47 AM
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I have a '93 R1100RSL and I've never seen an early R1100 That has that style of valve cover which on this bike looks like an R1150. That said the driveshaft housing looks like an 1100.
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I have a '93 R1100RSL and I've never seen an early R1100 That has that style of valve cover which on this bike looks like an R1150. That said the driveshaft housing looks like an 1100.
The guard over the valve cover, or the valve cover under the guard?

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I have a '93 R1100RSL and I've never seen an early R1100 That has that style of valve cover which on this bike looks like an R1150. That said the driveshaft housing looks like an 1100.

When I was looking at the smaller pics the bike looked a lot like my '02 R1150R, particularly the engine. When N4HHE posted the larger pic I was able to match the fairing to the '93 1100RS.


One could make the argument for Timeless Styling... Or not, depending on how you feel about BMW.


In any case I was wrong. Again. And N4HHE was right. Again.

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I'm confused by what I see in the pics. You said it was bare gravel that he lost control in, but there are black tire skid marks from front & rear tires indicating a solid surface (maybe with some fine gravel on top?). Whenever I have locked up wheels in gravel, it just pushes the gravel out in front of the tires, leaving a fine white dust trail on the ground where the skid was.

The important thing is your buddy will be ok after a bit of healing, ready to ride again I presume. Good thing he was geared up. Kissing the ground, whether asphalt or gravel is never fun.
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I'm confused by what I see in the pics. You said it was bare gravel that he lost control in, but there are black tire skid marks from front & rear tires indicating a solid surface (maybe with some fine gravel on top?). Whenever I have locked up wheels in gravel, it just pushes the gravel out in front of the tires, leaving a fine white dust trail on the ground where the skid was.
Don't know what precipitated the sequence of events but they started on a section which I believe was cut out to reform the road base and left bare to age and settle before "paving" again. Most is tar and gravel but some looked to be asphalt.

Added new picture from farther back to the gallery. Bob is still laying on the bridge. BMW went over the embankment to the right of the bridge rail:


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ahh that's a better pic. Looks like lock up started on grave/loose surface as evidenced by the white stripe, kicking the back end out to the right, as evidenced by front wheel skid mark to left of rear tire skid mark, and continued on the hard surface where he eventually lost control and went down. At least that's how I read it.

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That picture shows that it surely could’ve been much worse.. n4, any word on how he’s doing ?
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That picture shows that it surely could’ve been much worse.. n4, any word on how he’s doing ?
Just the last that 65 year old was home with 4 broken ribs. It is serious, but should not be life threatening.

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Just the last that 65 year old was home with 4 broken ribs. It is serious, but should not be life threatening.

Please tell your friend that the FJR community cares. I have been there.


If he has had that bike since new he was probably pretty fond of it. It looked to be in good shape, somebody must have been taking good care of it.
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