BMW R1100S BoxerCup Replika (2003 - 2005) review

The R1100S Boxer Cup Replika is a really individual, fun to ride sports bike that oozes quality and comes with a ton of presence

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By Visordown on Wed, 1 Jan 2003 - 12:01

Details
Manufacturer:
BMW
Category:
Sportsbikes
Price:
£ 9200
Overall
4
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Strong, raspy engine with bags of torque, stable telelever suspension and low maintenance shaft drive
Too tall for shorties and it's heavy at 230kg. The bulky styling may not suit everyone.

This particular Bee Emm is the tallest road bike I’ve ever sat my tight wee arse on – the Replika comes with taller, sports-spec suspension over the standard R1100S to help keep the cylinder heads off the floor at big lean angles. And just in case that’s not enough, the bike comes with carbon fibre cylinder head protectors too.

The contours, colours and graphics are all pleasing on the eye, copied as they are from the BMW Boxer Cup race bikes, and so too are the underseat pipes. And, apart from some slight vibration through the bars, riding is a comfortable experience as I found on two non-stop, 130-mile trips. The high riding position gave good vision over cars, hedges and the like, and my upper body at least seemed to have decent weather protection.

Considering she weighs in at nearly 230kg, the motor delivers reasonable acceleration while sounding quite raspy through the five gears thanks to the ‘sound optimised’ Laser exhaust. Shifting itself has a positive efficiency to it, and being German I guess it should.

Revving it in the gears to 8000rpm feels good, but torque is what this opposed twin is all about so short shifting makes more sense if you’re in a hurry. The Telelever front suspension feels and works pretty much like conventional telescopic forks, except there is much less dive under braking. When I tried some extreme front braking the powerful brakes would either lock the front wheel or the front end would hop, which is exactly what would happen with conventional forks.

I couldn’t fault the shaft drive rear as it behaved well at all times. Not many negatives here, but I have to say BMW’s ‘sided’ indicator switches really wind me up. Okay, maybe my thumbs are always in the wrong place but operating them is just too confusing for my little brain.

This particular Bee Emm is the tallest road bike I’ve ever sat my tight wee arse on – the Replika comes with taller, sports-spec suspension over the standard R1100S to help keep the cylinder heads off the floor at big lean angles. And just in case that’s not enough, the bike comes with carbon fibre cylinder head protectors too.

The contours, colours and graphics are all pleasing on the eye, copied as they are from the BMW Boxer Cup race bikes, and so too are the underseat pipes. And, apart from some slight vibration through the bars, riding is a comfortable experience as I found on two non-stop, 130-mile trips. The high riding position gave good vision over cars, hedges and the like, and my upper body at least seemed to have decent weather protection.

Considering she weighs in at nearly 230kg, the motor delivers reasonable acceleration while sounding quite raspy through the five gears thanks to the ‘sound optimised’ Laser exhaust. Shifting itself has a positive efficiency to it, and being German I guess it should.

Revving it in the gears to 8000rpm feels good, but torque is what this opposed twin is all about so short shifting makes more sense if you’re in a hurry. The Telelever front suspension feels and works pretty much like conventional telescopic forks, except there is much less dive under braking. When I tried some extreme front braking the powerful brakes would either lock the front wheel or the front end would hop, which is exactly what would happen with conventional forks.

I couldn’t fault the shaft drive rear as it behaved well at all times. Not many negatives here, but I have to say BMW’s ‘sided’ indicator switches really wind me up. Okay, maybe my thumbs are always in the wrong place but operating them is just too confusing for my little brain.

Length (mm) 2180
Width (mm) 895
Height (mm) 1160
Dryweight (kg) 208
Seats 0
Seat Height (mm) 860
Suspension Front BMW Motorrad Telelever; stanchion diameter 35 mm, central spring strut,
Suspension Rear Die-cast aluminium single-sided swing arm with BMW Motorrad Paralever; central spring strut,
Adjustability Front Rebound damping adjustable
Adjustability Rear Spring pre-load hydraulically adjustable to continuously variable levels by means of handwheel, rebound damping adjustable
Wheels Front 3.50 x 17
Wheels Rear 5.50 x 17
Tyres Front 120/70 ZR 17
Tyres Rear 180/55 ZR 17
Brakes Front EVO brake system with dual disc, floating brake di
Brakes Rear Single disc brake, diameter 276 mm, double-piston
Tank Capacity (litres) 18
Chassis Three-section composite frame consisting of front and rear section, load bearing engine
Cubic Capacity (cc) 1085
Max Power (bhp) 97
Max Power Peak (rpm) 7500
Torque (ft/lb) 72
Torque Peak (rpm) 5750
Bore (mm) 99
Stroke (mm) 70.5
Valve Gear Single cam
Compression Ratio 11.3
Valves Per Cylinder 4
Cooling Air/oil cooled
Fuel Delivery Electronic intake pipe injection
Stroke Type Four Stroke
Drive Shaft
Top Speed
Score Breakdown
Overall
4
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