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Snowbum's 1995 R100RT (Monoshock)
WAS for sale.....including tools & parts.
This is BMW's last of the R100RT models.

(This article also includes a bit of history on my immediate prior bike,
the 1984 R100RT)

Copyright 2018, R. Fleischer


It's the end of an era.  Snowbum is quitting motorcycles.  My health is failing (my prostate cancer has returned, and treatment is, ....well 'nough said), and in the near future Penny and I will be moving to a Continuing Care Retirement Community. Sidecar rig and my two-wheeler, the 1995 R100RT, were up for sale.


The sidecar rig, still up for sale, and a true bargain too, has its own for sale page:

A bit of recent history:

FIRST:   A short version of the 1984 R100RT story:  Even after being sold, it was kept most of the time in my garage at Lake Tahoe; and I maintained it, and rode it occasionally; ...until early January 2014, when the long-time owner finally brought a trailer and picked it up and took it home.  In the below photo, the purchaser, a friend of mine, arrived with a newly purchased used trailer, which was found to need some work.  We fixed up lights for the trailer, added the metal storage box, and in the photo we have the wheels off in order to install new wheel bearings, and Bearing-Buddies.  Two days later both the RT and the HP2 that were in my garage were wrapped extensively in plastic film, and it all left me, BOO HOO!  

It remained a California-licensed vehicle, and the owner wanted to keep my license plate as a sort of honor to me, SNOBUM2 I transferred that particular license plate rights to him.   He may have changed to SNDBUM by now, not sure.

I had not intended to get another 2 wheeler, but just occasionally ride a Ninja 250 and a 500, and a dirt bike, all of which I have access to, ....& to ride only when my back and left leg was up to it.  I day-dreamed about doing some vintage racing (don't ask on what bike).   Things changed in Spring of 2015, back and leg problems or not.     I just could not stand not having an Airhead to ride for over a year. ...I purchased one ...the 1995 R100RT, and had it shipped to me from Minnesota.  This is a model I had never owned before, a Monolever RT....the last of them produced by BMW.   See the rest of this article, below.

You are probably reading this article because you want to know about the 1995 R100RT, because it WAS up for sale, as Penny and I planned to downsize to a small cottage in a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), and I would have no storage nor workplace to maintain anything, let alone ride motorcycles (which I have decided, since I am in my eighties, and have a serious disease which is causing me lots of problems, finally give up).

Below is the 1995RT, with the seat and windshield all exactly as received from the seller, photographed by him before it was shipped to me.   I received it in the Spring of 2015.  This is not the seat (I had the seat 100% re-done with higher lumbar support, over-all lower in height, & a narrower front area) and also not the windshield shown (this one is quite tall, but is included in the sale) I ended up installing  ...see further below on what I did.

Below is a photo of how seat I had made for me looks now. Note the high lumbar support.  The wings are also different, hard to see in the photos, but are softer, shorter, less stiff.  These wings are the Sport version of Russell Day-Long's special seats.  This seat is not even barely broken-in.

SO....I made the 'final decision' that I would fix up this 1995 R100RT to what I wanted, and it would definitely be my last motorcycle; mine until I hung up the keys and quit riding 2 wheels entirely.  I made some changes to it, and quite a long list of service was done by me (who else?).   100% in-depth service (and removal of everything rear of the clutch, for just one example). As things went, & they went awfully slowly for a variety of reasons, none of which had anything to do with work on the bike, was my laziness, energy level, and life's responsibilities (such as my work with the Kiwanis), and physical deterioration, that caused the slowness. The results were that it was quite awhile before  "I'm done, time for a Test Ride"....but, that finally happened.  I had even cut down the windshield and put my Kiwani's Club decal onto the windshield.     See photo below.  It wasn't a short ride.  I was having too much fun.  It is only 7 miles to the mountain twisties.  I left the Tour Bags at home.  Note the shorter windshield I installed.  I still have the extra tall windshield, which goes with the motorcycle, as well as the one in this photo.

One of the many changes was to try out an idea for a side-stand modification, that worked OK, but could be improved.  Details and photos of that experimental side-stand are in here:

This 1995 R100RT has a EnDuraLast permanent magnet alternator & Alpha ignition.   This motorcycle will maintain its battery charge even at idle RPM, and in such as city traffic. It, of course, has a fair amount of extra watts available, if you need such.

It has BMW heated grips.  I kept the original alternator and ignition for the next owner.   I installed special electrical outlets, and a 15" height Parabellum windshield, for which I cut down the medium tall Parabellum the bike came with, and I still have the original owner's even taller windshield on my storage shelf for the purchaser.  I purchased the bike from the original owner, who had purchased it brand-new.  He is 6'7" tall, and with a 38" inseam and very light for his size; very different from my 5'8" at best, and 150 pounds and 29" inseam; this led to adjustments and to the redone seat, windshield, etc.    I've changed/modified other items, improving reliability, etc.   You would find this motorcycle comfortable ....and everything falls to hands (and feet) without straining or otherwise uncomfortable movements.

I left possibly the most important modification for last. This was to modify the seat to fit me and my particular riding position.   The next photo shows a side-view of how the bike appeared for its 'finished' test ride, Nov. 13, 2016.  Note the much lower windshield (It is Parabellum style, with air venting), different seat style, etc.  I left the bags off for these photos.  I disliked having the as-purchased very nice Day-long seat re-done because it was like new (see photo a few paragraphs above), but it would not be comfortable for me on a long tour.  The seat was removed and sent to Russell-Day-Long.  They re-made it to my specifications.  It is their Sport model, so the seat wings are a bit softer and considerably less prominent than the Day-Long;  and, the front of the seat is narrowed from normal, also at my request.  That was done for help in reaching the side-stand, and for help in side-gripping the seat with my thighs (I do like riding in a sporting manner!).  I asked for a very high lumbar support, which is not overly clear from this photo, so see other photos in this article.  My longish test ride in November 2016 was wonderful.

The below photo shows my usual tank-bag, electric heated vest controller mounted to the back of the tank-bag, the extra-sturdy rear rack, etc.  This tank-bag is a BMW-sold but I am using a combination of different BMW-sold bag items.  You will like this tank bag.

Below, rear view.  Notice that the rear turn signal lights have the rare RED lenses that I installed. Of course, you get the stock items too.
The rear also has Run-'N-Lite conversions....and the tail light has the many dozens LED lamps will like that, too.


Mileage:  about 52000 at the moment.  I have put on very few miles on this bike, due to a variety of unforeseen problems with my health.

I am the second owner.  The original owner has furnished me the history of the bike, maintenance, etc., since brand new.  You get those.  I also will provide you all my records, showing what I did to the motorcycle since I purchased it (a LOT); including the normally scheduled maintenance records.

EnDuraLast Permanent Magnet type alternator (usually called the 450) (and, you also get all the original alternator parts).
Near new MotoBatt battery. 
RAM mount on the handlebars (I probably have enough adaptors for your GPS, or?).
Alpha ignition, Dyna coil (and, you also get all the original ignition parts).
Lighting conversion at rear:
   1.  Complete Run-N-Lites conversion (and, I have included the rare red plastic lenses as well as the originals).
   2.  Complete Tail light assembly conversion, with 50 LED's, ETC.
   All the original parts ARE included too!

Power plug outlets: two each DIN (BMW type) (one for passenger, one for rider).  Also, one SAE cigarette lighter type.

Headlight or fog light or driving lights relays:  If you want a set of auxiliary relays, just ask.

Tires:  Avon Roadriders, tubeless, on tubeless type BMW wheels, just like stock.  Plenty of miles left.

Front forks have 'gators; and you also get the original fairing rubber bellows.

Existing windshield:  15", shortened Parabellum, including Parabellum air-flow dash conversion.  I also include an extra-tall Parabellum windshield.

Handling:  You won't have any complaints!  High speed stability is very good; and low speed handling will also leave no complaints!  The shocks work peachy-fine.  The steering head is set for very slightly less preload than stock.

Brakes:  Brembo dual disc brakes with two piston calipers on each disc.... that DO stop well.  LOTS of pad material left.

Seat:  Custom-made for me by Russell (The Day-Long folks) with high lumbar described earlier.

Fuel tank:  modified for easier filling; and, has all the Pulse-Air and vapor and fuel solenoids items removed, and gas cap modification to match.

Heated grips (BMW original, not aftermarket); with proper improved-version Grip Buddies over them.  There is a CrampBuster on the throttle, besides the BMW style throttle friction special screw assembly.

ALL locks, bike, luggage, etc., are on ONE key (you get multiple key copies, of course).

Tools:  Full set of hand tools.  Includes tire repair kit, electric compressor, multimeter; ETC.

You won't find mickey-mouse work.  No rusting-out.  No squeaks, rattles, etc.

NO "problems".  Ride anyplace without worries.

I have a couple of shelves-full of spares, heck, even oil, etc.  The purchaser get it all.   You will also get a LOT of other tools, etc.   This will also include everything I have for maintaining an Airhead.  I really have a lot of stuff ....lots of $$ value here.

This motorcycle handles quite well, and does NOT ride harsh, but it is NOT a comfy wallowing couch either...It really will carve canyons.  The engine is smooth, the braking excellent, the handling in straights and twisties is very good.  The transmission shifts silky-smooth.  There are NO PROBLEMS that I know of.

All Servicing up-to-date.

I have a lot of time (something well north of 140 hours), and some goodly amount of money in this bike.   I have debated what to ask for it.   It is exceptionally nice.....AND, you KNOW who serviced and maintained it!

I set the price at a quite reasonable $7500 with ALL parts, tools, spares, both tall and short windshields, literature, records, etc., all as outlined in this article.  Thousands of dollars of tools and spares.

The purchaser will have use of our Guest Room, if needed.
The purchaser is welcome to pick up the motorcycle at my home at South Lake Tahoe and ride it to his home; or, trailer-it.   It could also be shipped.  I can ship the parts, tools, etc., to you....there is way too much to fit into the saddlebags; AND, you'd need the saddlebags for your personal traveling items.

The purchaser will probably want to consider taking the BMW tank bag, large screen GPS, heated vest, heck, even my jacket(s), helmet(s) (very nice top-of-the-line Schuberth), whatever.  Such things you do not take will probably be offered to the purchaser of my sidecar rig; otherwise, offered for sale on the Airheads List.

I have a lot of quality backpacking camping gear, and might consider selling all of it cheaply with the sidecar rig, if you are the camping type.  Very handy at Rallies, or in the woods...  (INCLUDES a 12 volt electric blender!).

If you have questions, see my E-mail address, located in a photo, here:

rev/release:  10/02/2018
10/16/2018:  Fix typo on selling price.  Had been $8500.
12/15/2018:  Minor updating to reflect it was sold, but here, etc.

Copyright 2018, R. Fleischer

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Last check/edit: Saturday, December 15, 2018