BMW R 1150 GS Adventure Review from France

2004 BMW R 1150 GS Adventure

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance84000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleBMW R 1100 GS


If you find a good one, buy it and keep it


Fork stanchions badly oxidised within a couple of years, despite a lack of salted roads round here.

Original grey / red seat gets really grubby and can't be cleaned.

Eats rear brake pads almost as fast as rear tyres.

Shaft broke at 81,000kms.

General Comments:

A great do it all motorbike. Amazing tank range of over 400kms with the 30L tank option. Great for trips in remote areas.

Big heavy bike, but handles very well once on the move.

ABS servo brakes are astonishingly powerful, and bring the bike to a stop quickly. They ARE however, "grabby" at low speeds.

Once the bike is full of petrol, low speed maneuvres can be tricky with the high centre of gravity.

Routine maintenance is straightforward enough, only thing I haven't touched is the ABS braking system.

Front tyres last 12,000kms, rear 10,000kms.

Average consumption 6L/100kms.

Great bike for two up as the telelever front suspension isn't affected much by passengers. Seems to cope easily with full luggage loads on panniers and top box too.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd January, 2009

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 1 review