I keep a search running on craigslist for interesting bikes less than $4k. A week or two ago, I saw a 2001 BMW R1150GS pop into the list. I’ve always liked those bikes, but never had the chance to ride the 1150. I rode the F800GS, F650GS, G650GS earlier this year and didn’t like them.
The pic above is me waiting down the road at a park for the guy to show me the BMW. He lives on a nice gravel road in Shakopee.
The correct time had arrived, and I rode up his long gravel driveway. I was a bit concerned about being able to handle a 500lb bike I’ve never ridden on gravel for the first time.
The bike is a 2001 and has been well used. It has 104,000 miles on the odo! It’s in decent shape and just needs two new turn signals and a new tire. It also had quite a pile of farkles. (more on that later)
I liked enough to take it for a ride. I left my Ural there, and took off. My first stop was an empty parking lot. I wanted to get some practice with it before I encountered too many cars. The bike is surprisingly easy to ride for it’s size. It is also confidence inspiring on the gravel. I think I put in about ten miles buzzing around the local area before returning it. The speedo cable is currently broken and will be replaced today/tomorrow.
Here is a shot on one of the roads.
I am seriously thinking of buying the bike to add to the collection. No plans to sell anything yet either. :)