1997 BMW R 1100 RS
If you can find a good one, buy it, you will grow to love it
Both head gaskets failed at around 20000km. These were replaced with an updated part by myself. A very easy job when compared to most 4 cylinder bikes.
Seat retaining latch broke when I was ham fisted with it; it turned out to be a reasonably priced part straight from BMW.
This has been a very reliable and pleasant bike to own.
It has had very low running costs, with easy home servicing, and long tyre life.
Like all BMW boxers, they take a little while to learn to appreciate them as they are quite different to the big bore Japanese bikes. Some people refer to it as character.
It is not a full on track day weapon, but in the real world of riding on poorly surfaced roads, and traveling long distances in comfort, it is a fantastic, top quality, under rated bike.
When riding with large groups, the ability of this bike always leaves people surprised, whether you are crossing the country or just having a blast in the hills.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th January, 2010