BMW R 1100 RS Reviews from United States of America

1995 BMW R 1100 RS

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired20000 miles
Most recent distance21000 miles

Summary:

Dependable sport tourer

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Handles like it's on rails.

Seating position is somewhat uncomfortable. Had to modify the seat by scooping out some foam to make it fit my rear.

The adjustable seat and handlebars could use a little more adjustability.

The low end torque is very good, and the HP is more than enough at the top.

This is an all around great sport touring machine.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st July, 2007

1994 BMW R 1100 RS

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired95000 miles
Most recent distance97000 miles
Previous motorcycleKawasaki KLR650

Summary:

I couldn't wait to sell this bike

Faults:

Nothing went wrong when I owned it, but for the previous owner the engine blew at 25k miles (cracked crankshaft or something nasty - it took several angry letters to BMW NA to get the engine replaced), and then the tranny had to be replaced at 75k ($3000 out of the previous owner's pocket).

General Comments:

Great power. Big and ungainly. Side bags made lane splitting impossible. Riding position was awkward for me (tried bar rises too).

Bad wind buffeting on the highway too. I tried 3 different aftermarket windshields.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th March, 2006

1995 BMW R 1100 RS

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2006
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired2 miles
Most recent distance35000 miles
Previous motorcycleMoto Guzzi CX 100 LeMans

Summary:

Good, dependable, boring

Faults:

Head gaskets started to leak when the bike was 2 years old.

The battery is a pain to service because of its location.

General Comments:

The Beemer is a very capable high speed commuter, but it is not very exciting in any way. I think of it as an appliance.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 3rd January, 2006

23rd Feb 2006, 18:56

I found my BMW 1100 RS the biggest mistake I've made in a motorcycle purchase. The bikes master for the brakes leaked. The fly wheel went bad at 9400 miles. I requested the BMW dealer to get the factory to honor the fix being out of warranty, which was just post six months with low miles.

No way buy this bike. BMW was down right poor on service. Also the gearbox was a waste of time. It was a chug of gearbox. This is the boxer I would not buy again or put my friends on.

I've been riding a Kawasaki 1200 full dresser 2003 and find it the better cycle for the money.

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 3 reviews