BMW R1150R Bike Overview
The BMW R1150R is a commuters dream, working well and offering a smooth and comfortable ride on shorter journeys with the air and oil cooled, four stroke, two cylinder boxer engine providing enough power and torque for weaving in and out of city traffic and journeying across town. The riding position is excellent, even for those with longer legs and the comfortable pillion riding position is also something worth noting.
If you are planning on taking your R1150R out on longer journeys then you may notice that the engine and gearbox feel a little primitive and vibration through the handlebars is something many owners have reported noticing, particularly on long journeys when travelling at higher speeds.
Quite frankly, this isn’t the bike you should be looking at if you plan to regularly travel hundreds of miles and BMW have a number of other more suitable bikes for this type of activity. The R110R is a bike which has been built for commuting and it does that well. Other common issues reported with the R1150R include rapid oil consumption and limited revs although, again, this is generally when trying to get the bike to ride further than a simple journey to work or out and about your local town.
As with all BMW’s, this is a bike you can rely on to be built well and with quality materials. BMW’s also tend to hold their value better than other comparable models so even with high mileage you can view your bike as a long-term investment.
BMW R1150R Bike Spec
- Top speed126mph
- Average fuel consumption42mpg
- Seat height800mm
- EngineFour stroke, two cylinder boxer, 4v
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Superb torque, excellent telelever suspension provides a smooth ride
The flat boxer twin gives plenty of torque when needed, can be alittle vibey on the motorway
The clunky gearbox
German quality in every part
Twin discs on the front has plenty of stopping power
Not for those seeking a thrill but surprisingly responsive .
Pulls well up to about 80mph and then starts to show it's weight and detuned engine. It's designed for comfort and ease of ride.
Mid 30s mpg. Make sure you budget for regular servicing . You don't want the clutch or prop shaft to fail. The Labour costs alone .....
It's a Beemer. It's built to last, but don't scrimp on the maintenance and keeping it crud free. The fins and cylinder heads can corrode if not kept clean.
Excellent stopping power.
New Michelin Pilot Road 4’s and this is a great handling bike
Great bike more than enough power
Excellent fuel economy, gets taken to independent specialist for servicing .
Never broken down rock solid, amazing build quality
Servo linked and abs