BMW R 1100 RT Reviews

2011 BMW R 1100 RT from United States of America

Model year2011
Year of manufacture2010
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2011
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired18 miles
Most recent distance3000 miles
Previous motorcycleBMW R 100 RT

Summary:

Best motorcycle I have ever seen for long distance riding

Faults:

Have problems with the Bluetooth cutting in and out while riding with my iPod plugged into the radio.

General Comments:

This motorcycle has more power than I expected, and the wind protection is excellent in all kinds of weather.

I wish they would make it lower for those of us with less than a 30 inch inseam.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th September, 2011

2004 BMW R 1100 RT from United States of America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 6 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired9000 miles
Most recent distance39000 miles
Previous motorcycleSuzuki GSF1200 Bandit

Faults:

Had to replace a highbeam bulb.

General Comments:

I had the dual spark R1150RT. The electric windshield, heated grips and dual power ports are great. Very powerful electrical system will run many accessories. Once rolling this model handles unbelievably well. The braking is also superb. This motorcycle is well suited for riding rural highways and interstates. The luggage is functional and easy to remove. I found this machine to be very reliable. The boxer engine is strong and a joy to ride.

In my opinion the negatives for the RT are: When full the large tank feels top heavy at slow speeds (parking lot speeds). Maintenance is scheduled more often than similar Japanese bikes, and is more expensive.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th November, 2009

1996 BMW R 1100 RT from United States of America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired20000 miles
Most recent distance31000 miles
Previous motorcycleSuzuki GS1100GK

Summary:

Is a nice bike, but kind of expensive

Faults:

This bike is a high maintenance witch! Even with the ability to buy parts at the auto store, it still is an expensive bike to operate.

When it runs, it runs good. But I am dreading the day she drops the ABS controller unit, or the hydro-server thing. And with stock rims, tires are expensive due to only "Sport Touring" type tires fitting.

General Comments:

I do like the mild manner performance, the detachable luggage, adjustable seat, adjustable windscreen and heated grips and the ABS brakes. The radio is not bad, even though it is hard to hear at 50 mph.

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

Review Date: 26th January, 2009

1995 BMW R 1100 RT from United Kingdom

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2004
Acceleration marks 6 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 6 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired5126 miles
Most recent distance81457 miles

Summary:

Good tourer, but underrated (sadly)

Faults:

Speedo cable broke when the bike was 3 years old, a common problem; the main dealer removed one from a sales bike to help me out - very impressed. 10225 miles, May 1998.

N/S of the engine began banging and engine vibrating - caused by a faulty O/S camshaft housing out of warranty, not cheap to fix! 16495 miles, August 1998.

New battery. 41623 miles, May 2001.

Final drive bearings breaking up, no play at the rear wheel however!; new bearings fitted. 47815 miles, September 2001.

Engine refused to start, found to be a faulty side stand switch. 62092 miles, June 2003.

Speedo cable broke, 79480 miles, October 2004.

General Comments:

Tyres last about 7-8,000 miles on the front; rears about 10,000 miles.

Only had 3 sets of brake pads fitted in 81,000 miles; bike now 9 years old.

One battery and 2 speedo cables.

Bike very reliable and returns 56 mpg touring, down to about 50 round town.

Very good handling due to different type of front suspension to a conventional bike.

Wheel changes are very easy due to good design and no chain to remove.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd December, 2004

21st Nov 2006, 18:52

That's an oilhead right?

Do you like the airheads or oilheads better?

I have an 80 r1100rt totally redone in 200 + still running strong, hope to own it for a looooooong time!!!

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 4 reviews