BMW R 1100 RT Review from United Kingdom

1995 BMW R 1100 RT

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2004
Acceleration marks 6 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 6 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired5126 miles
Most recent distance81457 miles

Summary:

Good tourer, but underrated (sadly)

Faults:

Speedo cable broke when the bike was 3 years old, a common problem; the main dealer removed one from a sales bike to help me out - very impressed. 10225 miles, May 1998.

N/S of the engine began banging and engine vibrating - caused by a faulty O/S camshaft housing out of warranty, not cheap to fix! 16495 miles, August 1998.

New battery. 41623 miles, May 2001.

Final drive bearings breaking up, no play at the rear wheel however!; new bearings fitted. 47815 miles, September 2001.

Engine refused to start, found to be a faulty side stand switch. 62092 miles, June 2003.

Speedo cable broke, 79480 miles, October 2004.

General Comments:

Tyres last about 7-8,000 miles on the front; rears about 10,000 miles.

Only had 3 sets of brake pads fitted in 81,000 miles; bike now 9 years old.

One battery and 2 speedo cables.

Bike very reliable and returns 56 mpg touring, down to about 50 round town.

Very good handling due to different type of front suspension to a conventional bike.

Wheel changes are very easy due to good design and no chain to remove.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd December, 2004

21st Nov 2006, 18:52

That's an oilhead right?

Do you like the airheads or oilheads better?

I have an 80 r1100rt totally redone in 200 + still running strong, hope to own it for a looooooong time!!!

Average review marks: 5.4 / 10, based on 1 review