BMW R 1100 GS Review from Canada

1995 BMW R 1100 GS

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2013
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired52000 miles
Most recent distance62000 miles
Previous motorcycleBMW R 90 S


TOO heavy, too expensive, too cliched


This review is going to be a little different than most on the BMW R1100 GS. I bought this bike when it was already 10-years old and it had 52000 miles on the road. However, it was owned by the dealer and always serviced.

The bike is panzer; herein lie the virtues and the problems:

Left side tensioner.

Plugs, and plugs and plugs.

Front brake pads and rotors.

Starter, a really crappy french made Remi. The magnets in the stator are glued very poorly to the body of the starter, and they come off, break when the rotor is spinning and destroy all the assembly. Real third world cheap skate.

Many rear tires.

Transmission will give up sooner or later. Clutch gave up at the end of honorable service.

Always synthetic oil and new filters, always maintained as per schedule and more.

The original seat is uncomfortable; that is easily remedied with a redo or an aftermarket.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th April, 2013

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 1 review