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1998 BMW R 1100... | Answered on Mar 14, 2018

Most likely the hall sensor behind the pulley. If you have access to the GS911 diagnostic tool, the hall sensors can be tested.

Alternatively, have a look here: http://advwisdom.hogranch.com/Wisdom/oilhead_hall_sensors.pdf

1998 BMW R 1100... | Answered on Feb 18, 2015

Check the bolts that hold your forks in place, if they are tight, loosen the middle bolts that hold the forks and give the front wheel a good nudge against a brick wall, this is the old fashioned way of aligning your front forks, it does work but make sure those bolts are loose

1998 BMW R 1100... | Answered on Jun 09, 2011

I think there are quite a few parts that has to be changed, so this will be a costly project. If you can get your hands on a cheap RT with a damaged engine, maybe you can do it but it is a huge project, even if the engine is basically the same. It is not only the fairing that differs.
I would think it is better to sell your R and buy an RT, if you want one.

1998 BMW R 1100... | Answered on Sep 07, 2010

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1998 BMW R 1100... | Answered on Jul 27, 2010

The tyre could be worn like that simply because the previous owner liked right hand corners more than left or his common journey had more right hand bends.

But it could be a sign of something more serious.

It could be that the frame is bent at the steering head.(Or the swing arm is bent or swing arm bearings/bushes worn out)

A wheel alignment test should verify this.

It could also be a front suspension fault i.e. un-even adjustment of suspension settings (if it is adjustable) or incorrect fluid levels in the forks, or a bent fork tube
To check the steering head raise the front wheel up off the ground, grab the forks and pull back and forth. If you can feel movement then they are not adjusted properly.
Now turn the steering from side to side. The movement should be smooth and not notchy.
If any of these symptoms are apparent then the steering head bearings need adjusting/replacing.

To check the the swing arm bearings/bushes raise the rear wheel off the ground.
Grab the rear wheel and try to move it from side to side.
If there is movement the bearings/bushes are worn out.

To check the wheel alignment,place the bike on a level flat surface,loop a long piece of (thin) string around the back tyre(at about the 5 or six o'clock position viewed from the left).
so you have two pieces of equal length, long enough to reach past the front wheel.

Now pull the strings to the front of the bike.

Now position the front wheel straight ahead.

Now kneeling(or sitting on the floor at the front of the bike), place a string in each hand.

Now looking to the back wheel move the strings together until the string just touches the front edge of the rear tyre on each side.

Now holding that position, check the distance between the string and the edges of the front tyre to see they are equal.
If the gap is not even the bike has a twist,bend,missalignment somewhere.

If this seems a bit difficult you could try taking it to your local dealer where they can check it for you.

An experienced mechanic can perform these checks pretty quickly.

It usually takes me about half an hour maximum.

I hope that you find this information helpful
regards Andrew porrelli

1998 BMW R 1100... | Answered on Dec 10, 2009

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1998 BMW R 1100... | Answered on Sep 13, 2009

enjine, R11xx bikes are generally regarded as well balanced, sweet handling machines. Indeed, it is one of their better attributes. Have you inspected the rear swing arm and final drive for free play? With the bike securely on the center stand grab the rear wheel at 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock and attempt to rock it. Repeat this at 12 and 6 o'clock. If you discover flex you may have also discovered the cause of your handling problems. If you do discover flex you'll need to isolate it to the rear drive, the paralever bearings (at the rear of the swing arm and a well documented "weak link") or at the swing arm bearings. One more thought; what sort of tire pressure do you run, front & rear? I hope you can sort this out and start fully enjoying your oilhead.

1998 BMW R 1100... | Answered on Nov 20, 2008

Remove the entire fuel pump/filter assembly from inside the tank. The dissassembly and reassembly is then self evident

BMW R 1100 R... | Answered on Feb 18, 2015

inside tank. Use Bosch pump

BMW R 1100 R... | Answered on Jan 02, 2015

first to check is the kill switch on the handle bar is working , next is the immobiliser then the position sensor if you have one.

BMW R 1100 R... | Answered on Jul 03, 2014

check the fuse box and recheck the battery.
Also check the starter motor terminals and make sure they are clean.

BMW R 1100 R... | Answered on Jan 04, 2014

This site has your diagram. http://forum.boxerworks.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=4506

BMW R 1100 R... | Answered on Nov 03, 2013

We need to know which model. Please send fresh question.

BMW R 1100 R... | Answered on Mar 30, 2011


1. Turn off the ignition and remove the seats from the bike
2 Look under the rider seat for a set of three wires that go into a plug.
3 Remove the plug (you will see that it's nothing but an empty piece of plastic!).
4 Insert one end of your 30cm strip of wire into the cable plug so it makes contact with the CENTER wire
5 Ground the other end of your wire
6 Turn on the ignition and hold down the ABS button for 10 seconds.
7 Turn off the ignition, remove your 30cm wire and put the bike back together again.
8 Turn the ignition back on and the ABS is reset!

Good Luck!!


BMW R 1100 R... | Answered on Aug 11, 2010

The gas tank has to come off. It's really not that much more than you've already done. If you don't pull the tank, it's a fight all the way. This way is much easier.

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BMW R 1100 R... | Answered on Aug 10, 2009


BMW Motorcycles | Answered on Dec 10, 2019

Easiest way would be to install a switch between the lights and the high beam switch. That way it would still come on only when high beams are on but you could turn them off. Alternately you could rewire them completely so they run only off of a switch, but then you would have to tun them on and off manually all the time. ---> expect to be pulled over for not dimming your lights when you encounter an oncoming police car and you forget they are on.

BMW Motorcycles | Answered on Nov 08, 2019

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BMW Motorcycles | Answered on Nov 03, 2019

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