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2004-02-16 2002 BMW R 1150 R (ABS) Dual Sport View Listings

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Yeah, it surges a bit.... so what, I don't ride in that range anyway. I have beat the pulp out of this bike for over 46,000 miles now, and it just seems to get better; somebody explain that to me! I love my integral brakes, I love the suspension, I love the combination of torque & power.... I LOVE THE QUALITY and CRAFTSMANSHIP they put into this bike! But it's a rich man's bike, and I am not a rich man. There are MAJOR things that will go wrong with engine, transmission, or rear end; nothing has happened to mine, but I know of plenty instances where it has. In short, buy an extended warranty unless you're quite wealthy and hope to have the same luck I've had with mine. This is a strange crossover bike, as it has brought to BMW's demographics a new breed of BMW purchaser. We want to mess with our bikes: Put cases on, take 'em off, add a loud exhaust, find a fairing that works, we even put off-road hand guards on in the winter so we can ride year 'round. Buy the bike, experience it, and finance the System Cases right away. If you just HAVE to mess with it, put your money into an after-marked suspension, and pay for a track-day or two. This is one VERY CAPABLE bike that'll do ANYTHING!
- Patrick Williams, Stockton, California

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2002-10-14 2002 BMW R 1150 R (ABS) Dual Sport View Listings

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As a current almost 2 year owner of a 650GS Dakar, I also wanted a larger street bike. I originally wanted a large American motorcycle but it was beyond my reach until now. I've been looking and test riding other bikes this past year and finally saw the 1150 R. I've been overlooking it as I've looked at the 1150RT and the R1200. All it took me was 1 ride to realize that this was the bike I wanted. It handles so well and doesn't feel heavy at all. Even in a small parking lot. I'm 6'4 and the pegs are a little higher than I would like, but it does fit. The power is just so smooth and the handling so sweet, I'm really happy with it.
- Guzz, Castle Rock, Colorado

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2002-09-25 2002 BMW R 1150 R (ABS) Dual Sport View Listings

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I just finished a test ride of about 20 miles. I made several mental notes. Since there are fewer I'll start with the bad. The bike vibrated more than I expected and it could be felt through the bars. I am 6' 230lbs. and I felt the pegs were a bit high but not terrible. I understand there is a kit to lower the if you wish. ABS is a nice option but the price increase over a non-ABS is a bit steep. If any one of these were different, I would have given it 5 stars. Now on to the good. Less wind blast than an naked bike I have ridden (I did about 5-7 miles at 70 on the freeway). Plenty of power and very low rpm at freeway speed. Smooth shifting and easy to find neutral. Seating and bars were about perfect for me. Handling was exceptional, even with a Goldwing smoth ride.(I commute daily on a Wing so I should know.) Some people don't like it but I think the clock adds a touch of class. The brakes: AWSOME! Maybe enough to justify the extra $$$. I would have to ride a non-ABS to be certain. With any luck the wife will allow me to purchase one soon. Maybe I'll show her the RT first then "settle" for the R.
- Ray, Sacto, California

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2002-04-28 2002 BMW R 1150 R (ABS) Dual Sport View Listings

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I was seriously interested in purchasing this bike - until a test ride. I couldn't believe how uncomfortable and awkward the ergonomics were. Pegs too high, bars too wide and far away, knees splayed at strange angle. Maybe I'm just not built right for this bike (6' 170 lbs).
- Bill, New Iberia, Louisiana

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2002-04-26 2002 BMW R 1150 R (ABS) Dual Sport View Listings

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I REALLY didn't want to want this bike. Then I test drove it. The brakes stop you faster than a brick wall, the engine is smooth, and it has heated grips and removeable hard luggage. (If you want it. I did.) It handles like a dream, though you R1 fans aren't shaking in your boots right now, I bet. However, I won't need a chiropractor at the end of a 350 mile trip. If you can only have one bike, get an R, GS, or RS. After I test drove mine, my Sportster was sold in 5 days. I haven't regretted a thing. Besides, now my butt doesn't hurt after going across town, and my fillings stay in my teeth.
- K. Holley, Nashville, Tennessee

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2002-01-03 2002 BMW R 1150 R (ABS) Dual Sport View Listings

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Took delivery in May '01, and haven't hardly ridden my other bike since. The controls are somewhat different on BMW from other makes, but I think once you're used to them you no longer notice that. I swapped for the taller seat and made a pair of riser blocks to raise the handlebar about 1.5 inches. Now the ergos feel perfect for me. Power delivery is the best I've had and the power assisted brakes are amazing. No evidence of throttle surging at all on my bike but it is sensitive to input. I look forward to many miles of riding enjoyment on this bike.
- N. Hudson, Tempe, Arizona

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2002-01-03 2002 BMW R 1150 R (ABS) Dual Sport View Listings

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Is it a Sport Bike? a naked Roadster? or a cruiser? The R1150r has the best of all elements from each. From the sport category, exceptional handling and braking. From a naked roadster, the wind in your face and a good comfortable upright but slightly forward riding position that is comfortable. From the Cruiser a lot of low end torque that makes acceleration and riding a breze. This bike is not a lightweight sport bike but other than on a track I don't think it will matter that much. All of the power is useable and in a comfortable rpm range. The gauges are easy to read and while some don't like the clock I think it is great. The lights are easily read and the heated grips work well. Even the ABS is great. don't expect miracles but on an upright straight line stop, you can really stop the bike quickly. However the bike is a little pricy at 12K and if you are not expierenced I would think that a smaller bike maybe better as a first bike. But if you are looking for the all purpose street bike that can ride you comfortably around town, on the highway and even do some rudimentary touring then this maybe the bike for you.
- Roystarman, Merritt Island, Florida

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