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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The BMW R1150GS Adventure is the ultimate round-the-world, do it all motorcycle – as Ewan MacGregor and Charley Boorman proved in their ‘Long Way Round’ motorcycle adventure. The BMW R1150GS Adventure is a jacked up, kitted out, heavy duty version of the already excellent BMW R1150GS and is the Hummer of the motorcycle world. Awesome in every way…

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The BMW R1150GS Adventure has since overshadowed by the newer, 110bhp BMW R1200GS, this version of BMW’s venerable boxer twin all-round motorcycle is able and bulletproof – if a little on the soft side power-wise. But for peace of mind, not many motorcycles come close to a BMW R1150GS Adventure.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

The BMW R1150GS Adventure is far better than it has any right to be. The BMW R1150GS Adventure is a tall, heavy and ungainly version of the already tall and beefy BMW R1150GS – but once you bin the standard equipment knobbly tyres it’s a great road motorcycle with neutral (if hefty) handling and superb long distance ride and comfort.

 

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

The BMW R1150GS Adventure has everything including the kitchen sink. Well, almost. Compared to the stock BMW R1150GS, the BMW R1150GS Adventure gets a bigger tank, knobbly tyres, taller screen and jacked up suspension. Other goodies (like the metal panniers and top box, engine guards etc) are extras on this motorcycle – but definitely recommended if you want the full monty Camel Trophy Land Rover look for your motorcycle. Compare and buy parts for the BMW R1150GS Adventure in the MCN Shop.

 

BMW R1150GS Adventure (2002-2005)

Detail Value
Dealer used prices
£4,630 (2003) - £4,940 (2003)
Private used prices
£4,210 (2003) - £4,500 (2003)
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Engine size 1130 cc
Power 85 bhp
Top speed 133 mph
Insurance group 13 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 5
Quality & Reliability rating is 5 rating is 5
Value rating is 4 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

The BMW R1150GS Adventure is about as rugged and reliable as motorcycles get. Paint is good (although the logos etc are stickers that are not lacquered in come off far too easily), metal finishes are hard wearing. BMW R1150GS Adventures get a hard life – but they’re a well made motorcycle, too. Don’t worry about seemingly high mileages. It’s what these motorcycles were built for…

 

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The BMW R1150GS Adventure was Range Rover money when new (well over £10K fully BMW R1200GS (which some don’t rate as highly) they’re still in demand now which limits depreciation on this motorcycle. Find a BMW R1150GS Adventure for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 13 of 17

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Model History

2002: BMW R1150GS Adventure model introduced.
2005: BMW R1150GS Adventure model discontinued.

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

Top speed 133 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 13.1 secs
Max power 85 bhp
Max torque 71 ft-lb
Weight 227 kg
Seat height 900 mm
Fuel capacity 22 litres
Average fuel consumption 44 mpg
Tank range 180 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 13 of 17
Engine size 1130 cc
Engine specification 8v boxer twin, 6 gears
Frame Steel tubular type
Front suspension adjustment Preload
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, rebound
Front brakes Twin 304mm discs
Rear brake 276mm disc
Front tyre size 110/80 x 19
Rear tyre size 150/70 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(3 reviews)

  • forgot to mention...

    miles8160

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I forgot to mention that the fuel economy is outstanding. I just got 550km from the last tank of juice before the fuel light came on, which has another 40km in reserve... which is welcome in comparison to the TL1000S I just traded in which got barely 200km before it ran out of fuel. The brakes are unbelievably good, it just takes a bit of getting used to the servo assisted brake motor sounds. This bike had already ridden 56,000km and the BMW dealer assured me that these Adventure models run to about 300,000 km before needing an engine rebuild... they also gave me a 2 year guarantee which adds credibility to this claim. The bike was in tip top condition and will remain so. Wrapped to say the least.

    09 July 2009

  • What a surprise!

    miles8160

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Just bought my first BMW after 7 Suzukis and am totally schocked how well this bike handles... better than any other bike I've ever ridden. It's deceivingly agile for a bike that in a stationary position appears to weigh quite a lot. But, get going and you don't notice it one bit. This bike is so perfectly balanced it goes through hairpins and tight corners faster than most R1 riders can manage. Rough roads are eaten up by this bike... you can take it over anything and still ride it fast. It goes off road and through the mud also, just keep the momentum going and try not to stop as this is where you will notice this bikes kilos. Probably not my preferred bike for the autobahn (this is where I would prefer the Hayabusa) but it does most things with exceptional poise. If you love corners and touring, then it's absolutely fantastic. Heated grips, big screen, big protective cylinder bars which you can rest your legs on for that lounge chair feeling, ABS, the list goes on. OK the motor could use a few more PS but what you get as an overall package can't be beaten. Acessories are damn expensive, so if you're in the market for a used one then find one with all the extras on it like a Remus exhaust system and alu panniers. These are really expensive... even used ones which you'll see on eBay. The motor does use oil and it's best to check after your ride when hot... but all boxer motors use oil I'm told. 9/10 thumbs up!

    07 July 2009

  • better bike than the new ones

    zardon

    Average rating rating is 5

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    I had a 1150GS adventure before and I sold it to get the new model. what a mistake ! I am currently on the hunt for a mint 1150GS adventure again as the bike is better made, has more torque down low (if you fit the y piece and a remus) and handles better with a more front oriented bias. Also has less plastic than the 1200GS, stronger battery anad an overall better package.

    20 January 2008

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Journeymanbiker

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So what's the story now? Is this still the original and the best bike in the Adventure Motorcycling class? Any owners prepared to compare it with new BMW models, KTMs, Triumphs and jap copies out there? I'm just starting a motorcycle blog at http://journeymanbiker.blogspot.com. It began as an online journal to document motorcycle touring, kit reviews etc. Any comments on adventure bikes well received.

15 March 2013 09:30

thistlegill

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bmw r1150 gs adventure

Bought one last year come from a R1 and Fazer 600......my son wanted it ..hes long way round daft...got one with 30000 on the clock and at first was nt in love with it..then in july we went on a trip to the Pyrenees...now last year i went to the Alps on the Fazer fzs and absolutely loved it.....but   cruising down France i started to get the Beamer.....at the end of the trip i was in love all over again...i didnt want it to end...it is quite simply the best bike i have ever had(2007 R1,Fazer ,ducati 748,gpz1100)....it was just the most comfortable fantastic journey....if you try one give it time ,their different to start with but after a while the penny drops and ...quite simply the bike is unique...a LEGEND...and i ve got one

 

15 January 2011 20:11

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