BMW R 1150 GS Reviews

2001 BMW R 1150 GS from United Arab Emirates

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Acceleration marks 6 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.7 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance5000 kilometres

Summary:

Good ride, poor reliability

Faults:

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

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2006
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 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)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance25000 miles
Previous motorcycleBMW R 1100 RT

Summary:

Sex on wheels

Faults:

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

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 2 reviews