BMW R 100 GS P/D Review from South Africa

1989 BMW R 100 GS P/D

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Acceleration marks 6 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired95000 kilometres
Most recent distance110000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleBMW R 100 RS


Has allowed me to explore some wonderful places


Not much. Electrical wiring is a little suspect.

Speedometer failed at 100 000km.

Seat cover and foam has been replaced.

General Comments:

On tarmac it obviously can't keep up with later GS models. The large (30+ litre) tank gives good touring range.

When tracks get rougher, the 21" front wheel and low gearing comes into its own. Although it's quite heavy (especially with a full tank!), it's surprisingly capable off road thanks to its great balance and low centre of gravity. Doesn't like mud or jumps.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th November, 2006

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