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I purchased a 1100 GL interstate for $125.00 up and running with seals in the forks and the final drive and chik tirs, now up to $250.00. It is now painted USAAF WWII Green ( looking like a P-40, complete with Stars and sharks teeth). Than when I was getting the seals for the forks, I spotted a 1200 GL Aspencade, coved with dust in the corner of the shop, and I bought that for $2500.



Current ride is a R1200RT BMW and I bought that new in 06, now has 60K on it, Both the Wings have 75K Each on them.



Both of the wings are about to hit the road and I really cannot wait to get them out on the slab.



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1. Is the 1200 Aspencade a good performer. I seem to remember 20 years ago when I had one but I cannot remember if it corners or handels well, How about some references on them, what should I be aware of or afraid of? Like breakdowns and weak areas. It has not been run in a few years but seems to have a strong engine, right now doing the rear brake seals beore I hit the reoad this week.

2. The 1100 GL, now that I got the 1200, what do I do with it? I don't think it will perform anwheres near as good as the Aspencade. What are the weak points compared to the 1200. What to do?

3. The BMW RT has 118 Horse and really handles super well. I know nithere of the Wings will handle like this but I am 66 and want a smoother, softer ride from Pa to California.

4. On both of the Older wings, should I swith to synthetics as soon as possible, also what about the Gas. With all this Ethanol, I am concerned for the seals in the carbs, valves etc.



How about some help here>>> Thanks
 

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The gl1200 handles better than the gl1100, more noticed at low speed and in the winding mountain roads. I have a gut feeling that the German bike will handle and stop much better because its modern tech and I've seen them tear through tight bends with ease, but the gl1200 should be more comfortable.
If it's touring comfort you want, I think you will be able to go further on the gl1200 before the sore butt and back settles in.
 

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i owned an R1100RT at one time. it was a very good motorcycle. great touring especially on a good winding road. both my wings are more comfortable . like comparing a Jaguar to a Mercedes. one is Grand Touring, the other is luxo-touring.
i do miss my RT, maybe you want to trade for my 1200 aspencade??????:action:
 

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Post pics of the "Warhawk" 1100, then sell it.

Keep the 1200, just watch the stator - put on an accessory voltmeter.

Oil choice is a hotbed of controversy, but use any regular 15w40 that meets or exceeds factory specs, and doesn't contain friction modifiers, and change it every 3k.

Your 1200 will like regular gas. Soon we won't be able to avoid ethanol.

Don't forget the pics of the 1100. . . . . . . :)
 

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Thanks for the info on the Bikes....on the comparison on the 1100 to 1200, would you say the handling is 50% better? I know, hard to say, but just a guess would be fine.



On the Stator, I know some years had problems with the 1200 GL, does anyone know what year, and what will the accessory voltmeter do except tell me when it fail??? or will it give me a clue in advance....



other problems with the bike?, I am also told that there are belt failures and there are cam shaft bearing problems,
 

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84 and 85 was the 2 years with the questionable stators. In 86 the stator got an upgrade.

Oh, and here in the south I can still find regular gas without ethanol for the same price.
 

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the 1200 is the way to go, over older wings... you got it almost for free... sell it and make a couple of bucks to put on the 1200.
 

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I have had both, the GL1100 and GL1200. When I had my 1100, I told myself that I would never need or want a different bike. Through a sad story, the bike died, and eventually got parted out. But, when I got the 1200, I said WOW, it is just like the 1100, but better in every way. Smoother, faster, etc. And, it still looks like a motorcycle.

As for the oil, I run Castrol GTX 20-50, and have done so for 30+ years in all my motorcycles. Never had an oil related problem. Can't see any reason to spend the extra money for synthetic. Maybe in the Beemer, but not in a motorcycle which was designed to run on Dino oil.
 

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Thanks for all the input, If I could find the previous owner of the 1200 than I could find out about the Stator

Surprisingly neither aare oon the road, the 1100, is awaiting the final shock seals and the 1200 a rear brake kit. Soon I can evaulate them myself. I am still painting the GL 1100 by finishing up the stenciling and the sharks mouth and the shocks. About 10 hrs left on the project. 1200 almost ready so this weekend, Out to Long Island on the R1200RT Beemer for a cookout.
 
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