BMW R 1150 R Review

2002 BMW R 1150 R from United States of America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 6 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 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 acquired15143 miles
Most recent distance26167 miles

Summary:

She is a small German car with two wheels, and all the options

Faults:

This is a 2002 BMW R 1150 R (not Rockster). She is BMW's standard bike.

- Fuel quick disconnect for taking off the tank cracked and leaked.

General Comments:

It's my first one. I do 99% of the work myself with a manual and the center stand. The shaft drive makes it easier to maintain.

Sits like a 4 wheeler, which is comfortable for long trips. I have made many 6 hr trips on her. You might want a peg lowering kit if you're over 6' tall.

The saddle bags are money for grocery getting or trips (you can also pack them with ice and beverage as they are all plastic).

This bike also has electric ABS brakes, and stops on a dime. The para-lever/ dual-lever suspension makes cornering and braking fun as the whole bike lowers instead of getting nose heavy. The CG is higher, and she is quick to go into a curve, and with a torquey personality she accelerates enough to hang with sport bikes in traffic/ actual situations.

The removable large windscreen blocks too much wind, and I only use it in the winter. Heated grips are also a nice bonus.

I never use the power point, but if you had a GPS, maybe you would like it.

The 5.4 gallon tank gets 43-45 mpg, and goes 150 miles before the light comes on.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th July, 2009

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 1 review