BMW R 100T

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Make ModelBMW R 100T
Year: 1978
Engine: Air cooled, four stroke, two cylinder horizontally opposed Boxer, 2 valves per cylinder.
Capacity: 980
Bore x Stroke: 94 x 70.6 mm
Compression Ratio: 9.5:1
Induction: 2x Bing V94 Carbs
Ignition / Starting: Battery ignition / electric
Max Power: 70 hp 51 kW @ 7250 rpm
Max Torque: 77 Nm @ 5500 rpm
Transmission / Drive: 5 Speed / shaft
Front Suspension: Telescopic fork with hydraulic shock absorber. 225mm wheel travel
Rear Suspension: Paralever swinging arm. 180mm wheel travel
Front Brakes: 2X 260mm discs 2 piston calipers
Rear Brakes: 260mm drum
Front Tire: : 1.85 B19
Rear Tire: : 2.75 C18
Dry-Weight: 234 kg
Fuel Capacity: 24 Litres
Consumption average46 mp/g
Standing ΒΌ Mile 13.8 sec / 95 mp/h
Top Speed126 mph / 203 kmh

RIDING BRISKLY DOWN A CURVING, rain-dampened road on the way to an early-morning photo session, one of our testers, surprised by an oncoming car with its lights off, hit a helmet-sized rock right between the eyes. This happenstance pointed out two items of interest: one, the R100RT BMW, despite ample provocation, managed to stay upright; and two, the retail price of a replacement front wheel was discovered to be $404.45. The first of these items owes to good luck, to the inherent forthrightness and manageability BMW has been building into its motorcycles for more than a half-century, and to the eight inches of travel provided by street-riding’s finest front fork. The second is due in part to the difference between a country which manages its currency properly (West Germany) and one which does not (the United States).

At $6345 the BMW R100RT is the most expensive line production motorcycle in the world-only the Harley-Davidson FLH Classic, at $5529, is even close. The Harley is a universe unto itself and is therefore exempt, at least in the minds of its supporters, from the odious comparisons of the competitive marketplace. The Electra Glide is the Electra Glide. and if you like the way you look on it, well. they only come from one place; here is what you pay, and that’s all there is to it.

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