2001 BMW R 1150 GS from United Arab Emirates


Good ride, poor reliability


Within first 6 months:

Battery thermal runaway - replaced under warranty, but they would not repair damage to the frame paint.

Fuel control unit failed - replaced under warranty.

ABS - many system faults.

General Comments:

Love the riding position, comfort, pulling power, and the great commanding position on the road.

Very heavy to lug around my garage and park.

Reliability was an issue for this one, let me down too many times, and I got the impression it was a five o'clock bike that had all the gremlins.

Local dealer, at the time, was not that helpful and tainted my confidence in the marque, especially when I also had a BMW Mini, which was a bigger let down!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th October, 2011

2002 BMW R 1150 GS from United Kingdom


Sex on wheels


Paint on fork bridge cracked and flaked after 2 years (warranty replacement). Doing the same again.

Paint on bevel box blistered (warranty replacement)

Battery failed after 4 years (replaced by gel battery).

General Comments:

Must be the best motorcycle BMW have made (apart from the R90S). Far superior to the R1200GS. I'll keep this one forever (or until they bring out something to equal or better it)

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th December, 2006