My BMW R1150GS

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2001-2008 BMW R1150GS '01

Bought in 2001...
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...I rode it for nearly 8 years and 35Mm until I sold it 2008.
What sums this bike up for me?

  • Badly designed ABS, if she was not moved for some days (especially winter), or it was below zero, ABS won't initialize for the next 100km[1]
  • Badly designed rear brakes, when heavily breaking[2] (f.e. when driving down hill like at Stelvio Pass) the brakes fail
  • Badly sized battery, when temperature below zero she most likely won't start (even if you have an fully loaded (but cold) battery)
  • Very comfortable
  • Very reliable[3]
  • Paralever and Telelever are such a great thing!
  • Can take a hell of a beating and still bring me home
  • Yellow

Footnotes:

  1. You might think, that especially in winter ABS should work - I agree. BMW obviously doesn't.
  2. Okay, by "braking" I mean: Drive downhill as fast as possible. Braking in the last moment until ABS kicks in. Repeating this for >40 turns
  3. besides the battery-, ABS- and the braking-issue, but that were minor (Okay - probably not minor. It's probably the reality distortion field (or just the need for justifying the price) problems :-) )