The 1999-2003 R1150GS

R1150GS July 1999, an updated version of the oilhead GS is presented. The main changes regarding the R1100GS are:
  • a new front part (beak, fairing, front-lights, dashboard);
  • a new "S"-style fork with lighter Telelever triangle;
  • new exhaust pipes, one on each sides of the engine like on the airhead;
  • hydraulic clutch;
  • a bigger engine (1130cc), the cylinders are from the R1200C while the heads, cams and crankshaft are from the R1100S;
  • a 6-speed gear box;
  • a redesigned rear subframe mounting on the gear box and footpeg support plates;
  • a larger oil cooler (R1100RT);
  • a shorter paralever swingarm but with same travel distance;
  • new colors.

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Some remarks:
  • What about the driveshaft problems with the biggest angle needed with the new shorter swingarm?
  • It seems (Motorcycle Online test rides) that the new footpegs bracket are unprotected and fragile. Other problem related to these support plates, they are mouting points for the swingarm pivot. So if you broke the footpeg bracket, the bike is rendered inoperable.

  • The (US) presentation spec sheet (European spec sheet in red)

    The new R 1150 GS:
    The ultimate motorcycle for taking the world
    New Features      Brakes
    • New engine setting with higher power and torque
    • "Light" Telelever suspension
    • New larger displacemen cylinders and cylinder heads
    • Magnesium cylinder head covers
    • New six-speed gearbox with sixth speed as overdrive
    • New cockpit with twin headlight unit and revised front fender design
    • Redesigned gear/box frame mountings
    • New footrest support plates
      Brake system BMW/FAG anti-lock brake ABS II
    Actuation method Hydraulic, DOT 4 fluid type
    Front brakes Two 4-piston calipers, wear compensation
    Front rotors Dual 12.0-inch (305 mm) flaoting rotors
    Rear brake One 4-piston caliper, flaoting mount
    Rear rotor Single 10.9-inch (277 mm) fixed rotor
    Wheels and Tires
    Front wheel 2.50 x 19 MT-H2 Patented Cross Spoke Wheels
    Engine      Rear wheel 4.00 x 17 MT-H2 Patented Cross Spoke Wheels
    Type Air cooled/oil cooled twin cylinder      Front tire 110/80 - R 19 59H tubeless
    Displacement 1130 cc (101mm x 70,5mm)      Rear Tire 150/70 - R 17 69H tubeless
    Horsepower 85 Bhp @ 6750 rpm (62,5 kW DIN)      Dimensions
    Torque 71 lb.-ft (98Nm) @ 5250 rpm      Overall length 86.2 inches (2189 mm)
    Valves gear HC, chain-driven      Overall width 35.9 inches (920 mm)
    Valves 2x34 mm intake / 2 x 29 mm exhaust      Wheelbase 58.9 inches (1509 mm)
    Valves per cylinder Four      Ground clearance 7.8 inches (200 mm)
    Engine oil capacity 4 quarts of SF, SG motor oil      Seat height 33.1/33.8 inches (840 / 860 mm)
    Engine oil filter Spin-on Micronic filter cartridge      Handlebar width 35.5 inches (903 mm)
    Carburation Fuel injection and electronic ignition      Steering angle 64 degrees
    Ignition MA 2.2 Bosch Motronic (MA 2.4 Bosch Motronic !?!)      Weight - wet 549 lbs. (249kg)
    Fuel demand Unleaded, middle-grade premium, 90 (AKI)      Maximum load 992 lbs. (450 kg) GVWR
    Fuel tank Steel tank with enclosed fuel pump      Top speed Over 121 mph (194 km/h)
    Fuel capacity 5.8 U.S. gallons (22.1 liters) including 1 gal. (3.8 liters) reserve      Available Colors
    Air filter Paper-type element      Titanium Silver Metalic    Mandarin    Night Black
    Charging system 14 V. 50Amp Alternator (700W)      Standart Equipment
    Battery BMW Mareg. 12V - 14 Amp/h low maintenance     
    • Adjustable seat height (two positions)
    Cooling system Combined air/oil cooled     
    • Single key lock system for ignition, steering, fuel cap, seat storage compartment locks
    • Redesigned exhaust system with catalytic converter
    Primary drive Helical-cut gears with tensioner     
    • Valve cover protection and sump protection plate
    Clutch 165 mm dry hydraulic, single plate     
    • Hazard warning flashers
    Gear ratios 1st gear: 2.04:1    4th gear: 1.03:1     
    • power accessory socket
    2nd gear: 1.60:1    5th gear: 0.90:1     
    • ABS II (anti-lock brake system)
    3rd gear: 1.26:1    6th gear: 0.69:1     
    • Rider Information Display (oil temp., fuel indicator, clock, gear gauge)
    Drive system Enclosed driveshaft with two universal joints and integral torsional damper     
    • Saddlebag mounting brackets
    Final drive Spiral bevel gears, 2.82:1 ratio      Importer: BMW of North America, Inc.
    Frame and Suspension      Manufacturer: BMW AG, Munich, Germany
    Frame Three-section frame concept with reinforced rear frame connection.      MFR's Suggested Retail Price: $14,190
    Front suspension "Light" Telelever with central spring strut. Progressive coil spring. Twin-tube gas-filled.      Note: Details and specifications are subject to change
    Travel/dimensions 7.46 inches (190 mm) total travel, 5-position preload.      © 1999 BMW of North America Inc. Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey. All Rights Reserved
    Rear suspension Patented BMW Paralever swingarm & shaft drive; single shock with variable rebound damping     
    Travel/dimensions 7.81 inches (200 mm) travel, hydraulic adjust. 40 positions     

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