More about the R1150
Following on from its older sibling the R1100, the R1150 hit the streets back in 2000. It’s relatively short life (it was only produced until 2003), saw BMW move to challenge their Asian rivals.
The new road orientated, off-road styled bikes of the day such as the Varadero and Caponord had raised the bar. BMW responded with a bigger engine – 1130cc, which boosting the power a further 5 bhp to 85 bhp.
The result, the air and oil cooled 8v Boxer twin also had a new 6th gear, allowing it to cruise distances more effectively. Its chassis looked smarter too, new asymmetric headlights adding a distinctive look.
For bikers more interested in riding their bikes in rougher terrain, the R1150GS Adventure was added to the collection. More rugged than its cruiser relative, the Adventure had beefed up suspension, larger mud guards and a fuel tank that was much larger.
While some critics argue that it’s heavy and sluggish compared to rivals, the R1150GS sold well, it’s combination of style, substance and practicality making it a winner.