A good alround motorcycle for touring or regular runs due to its well designed fairing and comfortable riding position.
BMW have a reputation for workhorse bikes and as this is my 5th, I'd say they are hard to beat for reliable, fast and occasionally fun riding.
The RS model has a slightly forward seating position which really suits my style and ability. Though heavy to wheel about at times, it makes up for the effort with excellent torque and handling on either the narrow lanes or motorways.
The best thing is the protection offered behind the first class fairing, and though I've fitted a taller screen, most people would find the worst of the weather is kept from hitting you on the face or body.
One seemingly obvious drawback to many would be the 'boxer' motor with its horizontal pots either side. However, once a few miles have been done the true nature becomes apparent, with a unique blend of thump and rump, a surge of torque with a gentle rolling sensation.
Pulls up smartly and requires little in the way of running maintenance, which is just as well as servicing can be prohibitively expensive.
Gearbox can seem a touch heavy at times.
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.