BMW R 1100 S Review

2004 BMW R 1100 S from United States of America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 5 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 5 / 10
Handling marks 5 / 10
Braking marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.5 / 10
Distance when acquired4000 miles
Most recent distance12000 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda CBR 600F2


Overpriced bike without performance, but has an unmistakably unique look


None so far.

General Comments:

Very heavy motorcycle without power. Not even close to most Japanese 600cc bikes when it comes to pure performance.

Brakes are OK, but the ABS requires some getting used to.

Gear shift isn't up to Japanese bikes.

OEM muffler too quiet and heavy. I replaced it with Laser full exhaust for a much better sound with less weight.

Gas tank way too small with only 120 to 140 mile range.

Riding position is bit awkward... bar is too far for me.

Suspension is very weak. Ohlin shocks should improve the ride a lot, but it is too expensive.

Maintenance cost is obnoxiously high. It is true that dealers provide good service, but $700 to 800 every 6000 miles (it is much higher for 12000 mile) is way too much.

Paint is very strong and doesn't get scratched easily.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th April, 2008

Average review marks: 5.5 / 10, based on 1 review