BMW R 1200 GS Review from United Kingdom

2004 BMW R 1200 GS

Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired12 miles
Most recent distance6000 miles
Previous motorcycleHarley-Davidson 50th Anniversary


I recommend this bike. The best all rounder in the world!


Blistering on the engine finish.

Ineffective fuel gauge.

General Comments:

Everything that you have heard about this bikes abilities is true. Once you have become in tune with her, she is incredible.

I have been a biker for 20 years. I have had many bikes including, Genesis, CBR600, Goldwing, Harley. They all had their charms (the Harley’s was only to look good, otherwise it was crap) but this bike is your veteran biker's everything.

The ride position is the ultimate for real world enjoyable riding, and the cherry on the cake is the most effective brakes on a road bike that I have experienced. With this combination, I have yet to be challenged in town by R1’s, R6’s or anything. My girl is called MANGA and she comes straight out of a comic book. She has saved my life more than once.

You must get your suspension set up right and adjust for your specific pillion or load. I wish I had the new automated system that I have seen on the K’s. I would like this for the screen also.

The gears are clunky and are my main gripe. They work well, but you know when people change gear and make you cringe, this gearbox sounds like that as a matter of course.

My girl is blue and silver. The side boxes are very useful and are preferable to keep the gravity centre low.

I recommend this bike. The best all rounder in the world!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd October, 2006

Average review marks: 9.0 / 10, based on 1 review