BMW R 1100 GS Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1995 BMW R 1100 GS from United States of America

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.9 / 10
Distance when acquired7000 miles
Most recent distance60000 miles
Previous motorcycleBMW K 100 LT

Summary:

This motorcycle is a do-all, rugged and reliable ride

Faults:

Speedometer cable broke at 13,000 miles.

Fiberglass gas tank pealed at 15,000, replaced under warranty with metal tank.

General Comments:

This is awesome motorcycle, and I realize that BMW has since refined the GS to an unbelievable level of excellence, that makes this original seem like a horse.

The motorcycle is an excellent touring bike for a single rider, and with a passenger.

I am a 6-3, 240-pound rider, and this bike is perfect for my size. I have added Corbin seat and foot-peg lowering kit for more leg room.

Fifth gear runs a little high; could use sixth gear or different gearing. Love the ABS brakes.

Excellent for all road surfaces and very rugged bike.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th June, 2008

1995 BMW R 1100 GS from United States of America

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 6 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.9 / 10
Distance when acquired20000 miles
Most recent distance28000 miles
Previous motorcycleBMW R90/6

Summary:

Will just keep getting BMW GS's, forever

Faults:

Dropped it on the ice and broke a front turn signal; had to take it to dealer to replace, as the mount was buried further than I wanted to take it apart.

General Comments:

The GS line of BMW is their best selling line ever. They are comfortable, handle well, have large tanks, can go just about anywhere and are as dependable as anything on two wheels.

Only drawback is that they are a bit high and heavy, so are not designed for folks with short legs, unless you want to replace shocks, etc, and can be difficult to pick up if you happen to lay it down.

Although very capable on dirt and gravel, they can be a bit tricky until you figure out to lower the rear shock pre-load all the way down. Once you learn to do that, they are like a big, fast, comfortable dirt bike.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st May, 2008

1998 BMW R 1100 GS from United States of America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 miles
Most recent distance36000 miles
Previous motorcycleKTM 525 EXC-G Racing

Summary:

The R1100GS is a keeper !

Faults:

This bike is reliable as a sledgehammer. Follow the maintenance and pass it on to your son or daughter.

General Comments:

This is an excellent motorcycle that can do just about anything.

It excels in handling, ergonomics, versatility, roll-on power and has a high fun factor. As one rider said "It's a grown-up hooligan bike!".

Windshield buffeting is fairly pronounced, but I have reduced it with after-market products.

Gas mileage is 38-45 mpg, and I'm not shy about twisting the throttle.

The engine is under-stressed, as is the drive-train. I can see putting over 100k on this bike easily.

Build quality is excellent.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th April, 2008

1996 BMW R 1100 GS from United States of America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired22000 miles
Most recent distance40000 miles
Previous motorcycleSuzuki GS1000EC

Summary:

Superb machine!

Faults:

Front fork seal.

General Comments:

Very comfortable and competent for all-day riding on interstate or back road twisties. Has more off-road capabilities than I do.

ABS and heated grips are big plus. Quirky appearance draws attention everywhere.

Downsides: Tall and heavy for a short, elderly guy like me. Dealer service costs are high.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st August, 2007

1996 BMW R 1100 GS from United States of America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1996
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired2 miles
Most recent distance52000 miles
Previous motorcycleHarley-Davidson FXRS-SP Low Rider Sport

Summary:

Truly excellent sport tourer

Faults:

Routine maintenance only.

General Comments:

Bought as a 2 up sport tourer when the hog started acting up.

Needed to replace the seat with a Corbin, and handle bars from a K75 standard, in order to be comfortable.

The bike would be a complete flop as a dirt machine due to its weight, but that is not why I bought it. As a sport tourer it was excellent. I could hang with the best as long as speeds were kept to "grand touring" and not flat out racing.

Put on 52K miles in 2 years, and that was mostly sport touring. Some commuting in San Francisco traffic.

The bike is reliable as a hammer.

Seat a bit high for me (28" inseam), but doable.

This is my third Beemer. They are what they are, and do well at it. You won't knock off any GSXR's or KTM Dukes at their games, but for sport touring, I can't imagine anything better, and I have owned other sport tourers.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th July, 2007

1999 BMW R 1100 GS from United States of America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2006
Acceleration marks 6 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired24000 miles
Most recent distance45000 miles
Previous motorcycleMoto Guzzi California 1100 ie

Summary:

Smooth and reliable, safe

Faults:

The only things needing repair have been a switch for the starter/clutch interlock ($11 part), and I had to rebuild the rear brake caliper pistons at 40000 miles. All other expenses have been routine maintenance and upkeep.

General Comments:

Very dependable. Very versatile. Good performance.

Love the ABS brakes. Integrated hard bags are useful and efficient. Excellent traveling motorcycle.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th September, 2006

Average review marks: 8.4 / 10, based on 10 reviews