BMW R 1200 GS Review from United States of America

2011 BMW R 1200 GS

Model year2011
Year of manufacture2010
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2013
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 6 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance8500 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda GL1800


Mediocre engineering at a premium price


Still burning oil at 8500 miles; about 1 qt/1000 miles.

Engine knocks occasionally on start-up.

General Comments:

Telelever appears to lack torsional rigidity and feedback, possible cause of pain between shoulders from continual steering correction on long freeway rides.

My and 2 friends 2011 R1200s all burn oil. Very disappointing. What other modern engine has this fundamental problem?

The riding position is comfortable. Not much bend to the knees.

It is a fast machine, but does not seem very refined. Great brakes though.

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

Review Date: 17th February, 2013

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 1 review