BMW R 1150 GS Adventure Reviews

2005 BMW R 1150 GS Adventure from United Kingdom

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.1 / 10
Distance when acquired900 miles
Most recent distance14000 miles
Previous motorcycleKawasaki ZX-12R

Summary:

Excellent all around, and will tour and commute easily

Faults:

Upper shaft minor oil seal, causing engine oil to leak down inside shaft housing and out by the rubber boot.

General Comments:

Top bike. Easy covers 6 to 800 miles in a day.

Excellent tank range for touring.

Comfort is good, but you really need to be taller than 6ft or 180 cm to probably be comfortable/secure at standstill so as to reach the ground securely (this is a very tall bike).

Handling well above average for a dual purpose (on/offroad) bike.

I recommend a screen extension such as Touratech or alike to reduce wind buffeting.

BMW original alu luggage is excellent, but hinges can break (cheap to replace though).

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th December, 2009

2005 BMW R 1150 GS Adventure from United Kingdom

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance104037 miles
Previous motorcycleTriumph Daytona

Summary:

Fantastic. Just get on and ride

Faults:

Speedometer cable broke at 42,245 miles.

Gear position indicator switch failed at 42,362 miles.

Large rear wheel/crown wheel bearing replaced at 68,606 miles.

Gear position indicator switch failed again at 72,087. I made a cover out of a piece of neoprene to keep water away. No problems since.

Starter motor replaced at 77,411 miles.

Clutch slave cylinder failed at 80,905 miles.

Main ignition coils. L/H 72,211 miles.R/H 88,166 miles.

General Comments:

This bike does it all. After just over 104,000 miles, I still enjoy this bike as much as the day I bought it new.

It is comfortable for 900 mile days, which I have done quite a few of, all for pleasure. It is tall, and the seat height may be a bit high for some.

The handling and performance are excellent for a bike of this type. I always get over 50 mpg.

The BMW top box and panniers have been excellent, easy to use with a good capacity (optional extra but worth the money). However the leaked for the first time on a recent trip in torrential rain for just over 500 miles.

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

Review Date: 27th October, 2009

2004 BMW R 1150 GS Adventure from France

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance84000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleBMW R 1100 GS

Summary:

If you find a good one, buy it and keep it

Faults:

Fork stanchions badly oxidised within a couple of years, despite a lack of salted roads round here.

Original grey / red seat gets really grubby and can't be cleaned.

Eats rear brake pads almost as fast as rear tyres.

Shaft broke at 81,000kms.

General Comments:

A great do it all motorbike. Amazing tank range of over 400kms with the 30L tank option. Great for trips in remote areas.

Big heavy bike, but handles very well once on the move.

ABS servo brakes are astonishingly powerful, and bring the bike to a stop quickly. They ARE however, "grabby" at low speeds.

Once the bike is full of petrol, low speed maneuvres can be tricky with the high centre of gravity.

Routine maintenance is straightforward enough, only thing I haven't touched is the ABS braking system.

Front tyres last 12,000kms, rear 10,000kms.

Average consumption 6L/100kms.

Great bike for two up as the telelever front suspension isn't affected much by passengers. Seems to cope easily with full luggage loads on panniers and top box too.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd January, 2009

2004 BMW R 1150 GS Adventure from South Africa

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance8700 kilometres
Previous motorcycleBMW BMW GS1100

Summary:

Great all round motorcycle!

Faults:

Absolutely nothing.

General Comments:

I previously had a '98 GS1100 for 36000kms, and I thought that it was the best all round bike I had ever had.

The Adventure offers the same bullet proof reliability, fantastic handling, and good all round performance.

The long range tank is fantastic for long trips, albeit a little heavy round town when full.

Good wind protection, ABS brakes, heated grips, shaft drive, multiple power points etc, all make for a very comfortable and capable motorcycle that devours long distances with ease.

It's big, imposing, and very capable!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th August, 2006

2003 BMW R 1150 GS Adventure from Sweden

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Acceleration marks 6 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 6 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired9000 kilometres
Most recent distance18000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleCagiva Canyon

Summary:

The perfect all-round bike

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

I've owned several motorcycles and this is my favourite.

The quality of the bike is extraordinary.

It looks intimidating at first, but it's very easy to handle once you get rolling.

The seating position is very high, but you can buy a lower seat.

The ABS brakes are fantastic. I did not think I'd need them, but I've changed my mind.

My bike was delivered with ABS brakes, aluminium panniers, low first gear and heated grips. I use the heated grips very often, even in the summer.

I can spend a whole day on the bike without getting tired.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th February, 2006

16th Apr 2007, 20:33

Stephen from Canada: I would like to get one, but would like to know more.

27th Apr 2007, 01:42

Hi Guys... Go here for a large GS forum!

http://www.ukgser.com/forums/

Best wishes

Bilks

Average review marks: 8.2 / 10, based on 5 reviews