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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The BMW R1100S is now starting to be regarded as something of a classic, especially in Boxer Cup form. Classy (and crucially un-ugly) styling, VFR-esque comfort and versatility plus BMW quality and residuals make for a stonking and attractive all-rounder, if not quite the sports bike BM intended…

 

Engine

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

The BMW R1100S's first incarnation ‘new school’ boxer engine is now thoroughly outmoded by later 1150 and current 1200 versions but it’s still pleasant, flexible and bulletproof. Don’t expect fireworks and you won’t be too disappointed…

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The plush ride usually delivered by BM’s novel Telelever/Paralever suspension set-up is present and correct on the R1100S but for some reason it manages to avoid much of the steering vagueness that comes with it. The BMW R1100S is no super-sharp sportster, but it is smooth, predictable and pleasing enough to hustle along country A-roads…

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

The BMW R1100S has nothing to get worked up about, unless a previous owner has treated him/herself to the BMW options list. In stock trim there’s OK instrumentation and… not a lot else. Cup Replicas get jacked up suspension, belly pan and special paint, but heated grips, luggage and a myriad other goodies are available. Compare and buy parts for the BMW 1100S in the MCN Shop.

BMW R1100S (1999-2005)

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Engine size 1085 cc
Power 98 bhp
Top speed 141 mph
Insurance group 13 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 3 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4
Value rating is 4 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The R1100S is a BMW so… the usual peace of mind applies. Although being the sportiest of the R-series the same is true of the S, especially as it’s powered by the understressed 1100 engine. As long as it’s been looked after and regularly  serviced, it should be fine, even well over 50,000 miles…

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

In terms of bang for your buck, the £9000+ when new BMW R1100S can’t hold a candle to the best from Japan. But as a classy, versatile, and durable all-rounder, there’s not much that comes close. Just don’t expect explosive performance. Replicas are best of bunch (but have high seats). Find a BMW R1100S for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 13 of 17

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Model History

1999: BMW R1100S launched.
2002: Boxercup limited edition launched.
2004: Boxercup replica linited edition launched.
2005: BMW R1100S discontinued.

Other Versions

BMW R1100S Boxercup: Limited edition version built to commemorate the Boxer Cup race series, as 1100S but with race replica belly pan and specil paint job.
BMW R1100S Boxercup Replika: 2nd limited edition version, as before but with different paint job

Specifications

Top speed 141 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.9 secs
Max power 98 bhp
Max torque 72 ft-lb
Weight 208 kg
Seat height 800 mm
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Average fuel consumption 48 mpg
Tank range 150 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 13 of 17
Engine size 1085 cc
Engine specification 8v boxer twin, 6 gears
Frame Steel tube monocoque
Front suspension adjustment Preload
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, rebound
Front brakes Twin 320mm discs
Rear brake Single 276mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17 in
Rear tyre size 160/60 x 17 in

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(8 reviews)

  • 68kmiles and a WVM

    minivin

    Average rating rating is 3

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    Had mine for five years till White Van Man wiped me out just before Christmas. Handling and Engine were faultless in my eyes. Quality and Reliability was dyre, what with a failed fuel pump, failed battery, seized callipers each year, ABS being tempremental, paint peeling off and having to wait a month for the warrentee job to get done et cetera. However I'm struggling to find something to replace it's all-round capability...... can't seem to fit a Land Rover gearbox on the pillion seat of many other bikes :o) (yes, LT77 from a mates to home. Didn't have a car at the time).

    13 May 2009

  • 2nd BMW

    johnyrunnerbean

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I have had the R850R and grew to like it, this R1100s does what I want and with the same reliability, its smoother, sharper and feels really safe, looking forward to years of happy sports touring.

    01 November 2008

  • Boxer cup Rep

    steven durno

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    All that you'll ever need from a bike, does it all, in comfort.

    04 August 2007

  • Brilliant

    Onebag

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    The daily Scarborough - Whitby commute has never been so much fun! Down on power compared to japanese sports tourers, but more than makes up for it in every other way!

    22 May 2007

  • 1st 'Big Bike'

    Simon Boulton

    Sandbach , UK

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Purchased this after writing off my SV650S. Came with luggage so I can travel a bit with it. Love it! Just grown up performance without waking up the neighbours. Sporty looking but with a mature kudos. Does everything I ask of it - tours, commutes, gets silly....

    21 May 2007

  • Boxer cup replica (R1100SS), with luggage

    L4YKY

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I've ridden just about everything over the years including various beemers, and owning mainly japenese fours this bike is a revalation, it covers miles with ease, doesn't kill my back or knees and has room for my 6' son when he's pillion and the missus loves it too. Not too bad for a bit scratching once you get used to the size. I'm glad I watched the race series, seeing titanium sparks coming of the head covers is a sight to behold.

    Strengths

    comfort reliability good fuel consumption

    Weaknesses

    Not as quick as its Japenese countaparts

    14 August 2006

  • A BMW with style and performance - surely not!!

    jamesreeves

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    What a revelation! I have a 60 mile commute on a mixture of motorway, A and B roads and this bike handles it superbly. A brilliant mixture of comfort and real world usable performance with the added advantage of shaft drive. Have to admit was initial sceptical of a BMW but you would need to prise the keys away from me now.

    Strengths

    Effortless mile munching ability coupled with plenty of usable torque for when you need it.

    Weaknesses

    There is some vibration at certain speeds, but that it part of the character of the bike and also it isn't bad so don't let it put you off!

    24 July 2006

  • When it's time to slow down

    lyallhazard

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I purchased this bike new last year after owning a GSX-R750, Fireblade, Hayabusa and a ZX12R that I crashed in France! When I took stock of what I really wanted from a bike the following were important to me;Something that looked the part, sensible power out-put, a physicaly large bike (I'm 6ft 4)and it had to be affordable (I leased the bike from BMW on a 'select'finance deal, it costs me less than £100 a month with a £1200 deposit and i can hand it back after 3 years!). The bike is the best handling that i have ever owned, ok its not the quickest but thats not why i bought it. it attracts all sorts of attention, even has people photographing it at bike meets. You dont need to worry about the race rep crowd either, this bike gets respect as a genuine racer on the road.

    Strengths

    Handling,build quality, resale value, exclusivity (better than a 999 or MV and nowhere near as fragile)

    Weaknesses

    Dealer back up, although my dealer has recently lost his franchise so this may be an isolated case

    17 April 2006

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Bmw R1100s

After 4 1/2 years I let the beemer go but before I do here is a review...

On the road - Handles ok but ist no fireblade, its a bit like a pair of new shoes, tight and rub a bit then in time they become part of you, riding the beemer is comfy and will go for miles and miles with no aches or pains, I took mine around tt circuit at least 60 times and the bike was pretty amazing,even in the wet, the back end will slide but it lets you know in time,front end is the same, try Avon storms or similar, they are pretty good with great wear and good safe handling for a heavy bike.

Build quality - Is great and aslong as you clean it reg it will not let you down,Ignition barrel went on mine but stripped it rebuilt and back to norm for last two years

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Repairs - to be honest its a pain going to bmw at times but in general mine has been bullet proof,cost £300.00 for a rear bearing but otherwise not a problem, so all good...if you do not mind bmw prices buy one.

Would i buy another - yes but gone back to a blade,its just a bug....I love blades. 

 

17 August 2012 20:02

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BEEMERS 1100S PREVIEW... Well i bought this bmw r1100s 6 months ago and was a little dubious to say the least,after riding a fireblade and various japanese fours,a recent white van accident took the blade from me and a beemer was offered,mines yellow and polished aluminium parts all over. First thoughts where oh my god what have i done ,it was awful,handled real scary and gave no confidence,after carefull scruteneering I decide the tyres where shot!a bit like puting someone elses shoes on and trying to jog 2oo miles , not advisable , the previous owner did not go round corners properly and the tyre had serious flat spots on both sides of tyre wall,was real scary if bike leant over too far.. so here we go: handling-with new avon tyres it rides beautiful , great feedback and no wobbles or scares in wet or dry ,it almost feels like a jap four but maybe not as sharp ,lean angles are now much better and the bike now commuicates to me ,there is a lot of weight and you cant ride it like you would ride a blade ,but the bmw has something special, its a bit like buying a mini but it feels like a rolls to use. In the wet and wind it is a real treat,the weight keeps this bike well planted. Servicing -etc... A Really well put together bike ,good feel to all parts ,took both wheels off to get new tyres in 20 mins ,better than i could dream of on any blade etc...goes back to gether well and all fixings are of good quailty ,oil and filter changes a doddle,battery access could be better you have to srip lots of just to get to it! The Looks !! quirky to say the least ,some say ugly,all i can say is they grow on you ,mines all polished to hell and looks real nice when the sun shines,when parked nxt to my mates buell we often walk away from them due to the attention they get !!!like i said the beemer has something i just can sum up at moment,its a bit like my old szr 600 supersingle,unconventional and stands out from the rest ,but also gives lots of smile and individual fun. you really have to try one to understand why most people who have one praise them so much. If you are like me a big fan of blades and fast jap bikes but the points are stacking up , go get one of these,im smitten and like the beemer alot , but be warned ,you do get a lot of bavarian tractor stuff from your mates ,they soon stop when you blow em of on local roads.... nice

13 August 2008 16:26

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