By John Burns
And in those waning days days of the 20th century, everybody knew his place. Crotch rockets with cylinders numbering four, came from the East in great numbers to be ridden by sybarites and Phyllistines, and motorcycles from Germania were for aged gentlepersons of great wealth and knowledge but low testosterone. And you knew who you were then, goils were goils and men were men, those were the days. A reading from the Book of MO…
First Ride: 1999 BMW R1100S
Our one day test ride covered about 300 miles in about eight hours
Surveying the current landscape of road racing, which is dominated by ultra-light, liquid-cooled Japanese multis and Italian V-twins, it is easy to forget that back in 1976 Reg Pridmore won the inaugural AMA Superbike Championship on a BMW R90S. Back in the good ‘ole days, the R90S was considered a superbike that also doubled as an excellent touring bike.In its time, the R90S offered a unique combination of handling, performance, comfort and reliability. Essentially the 90S was the world’s first sport tourer. Today, the entire BMW motorcycle line-up, with the possible exception of the F650, are for the most part sport tourers. BMW is know for well-built, reliable and relatively quick motorcycles, lighter and sportier than touring cruisers like Road Kings and full dressers like Gold Wings.
We loved the R1100RS as a long distance sport-touring mount. But in the canyons it felt a little porky.