BMW R 1100 RS Review from Australia

1997 BMW R 1100 RS

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2010
Acceleration marks 5 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 5 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.1 / 10
Distance when acquired12000 kilometres
Most recent distance59000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleKawasaki ZX-11


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.

General Comments:

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

Average review marks: 6.1 / 10, based on 1 review