BMW R 1100 RS Review from United Kingdom

2001 BMW R 1100 RS

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Acceleration marks 6 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 6 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired14000 miles
Most recent distance22000 miles
Previous motorcycleBMW R 1150 GS


Good, practical hoot with a touch of seriously boring engineering


Fork seal replacement at 14000 miles.

Rear indicator lens replacement at 16,000 miles due to poor quality fixing.

Cold starting problems associated with a poor battery.

General Comments:

A good alround motorcycle for touring or regular runs due to its well designed fairing and comfortable riding position.

BMW have a reputation for workhorse bikes and as this is my 5th, I'd say they are hard to beat for reliable, fast and occasionally fun riding.

The RS model has a slightly forward seating position which really suits my style and ability. Though heavy to wheel about at times, it makes up for the effort with excellent torque and handling on either the narrow lanes or motorways.

The best thing is the protection offered behind the first class fairing, and though I've fitted a taller screen, most people would find the worst of the weather is kept from hitting you on the face or body.

One seemingly obvious drawback to many would be the 'boxer' motor with its horizontal pots either side. However, once a few miles have been done the true nature becomes apparent, with a unique blend of thump and rump, a surge of torque with a gentle rolling sensation.

Pulls up smartly and requires little in the way of running maintenance, which is just as well as servicing can be prohibitively expensive.

Gearbox can seem a touch heavy at times.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th January, 2005

Average review marks: 6.3 / 10, based on 1 review