BMW R100 RS
|Model:||R100 RS Mk1|
Interesting specification early model RS, more R90S in some ways, didn't really appreciate this model existed until we looked closely and spoke to the last (one of two) longterm owner who knew exactly how special it is and why. The 3/4 "seat an'arf" sports seat is a rare thing indeed; standard on the early models, it also appears on almost all the scale models of the time as well as in some shots of Simon Templer's (The Saint) RS, a true icon of the era. The front brake master cylinder is under the tank as per R90S, not sure when this changed but you rarely see an RS with this feature. Spoked wheels were very soon replaced by the "snowflake" cast wheels and the blue pin-striping on these alloy rims looks to be original handpainted. Unfortunately this is not the case on the rest of the bodywork which was "refreshed" with a coat of lacquer and new pin-stripes a good few years ago, and it does look like it's had some paint at the same time so whilst it's the right colour and much of it may be original it isn't the best condition paintwork you'll find. On the plus side the documented history and provenance are excellent and a hand-written note from the last owner describes the bike and some of it's many stories in some detail. The tools and books are all there, as is rare and practical period luggage: small rear rack, side bags for the fairing and the small Krauser panniers - think they called them the Starlet as opposed to the larger Star. Just out of the workshop where we fitted the original fork covers with new fairing-fork "bellows" and a new genuine BMW clear screen. Runs exactly as she should; starts on the button every time hot or cold, idles easily and pulls cleanly which tells you the set-up is spot on.
In summary then... a rare low mileage, two-owner UK example of a very unusual first-model RS in lovely if not perfect condition, runs perfectly and looks stunning. This is one we will wish we had kept in years to come.