2004 BMW R 1150 R Rockster
The Praying MantisBy (I am an Owner) on Sep 16, 2008
I own a Citrus Green Rockster called the Praying Mantis. It has the speedometer shield, handgrip guards, and belly pan all painted Citrus Green to match the stock paint. It looks like a Praying Mantis, ready to strike!! However, the dreaded drive shaft bearing failure has finally arrived after only ... 48K miles on the odometer. Not a feature one would expect from a BMW branded motorcycle. All maintenance has been performed by BMW authorized dealer. The bike is flawless in all other respects except for this failure that seems to happen to most R models of that genre. I would recommend the bike because of its smooth motor, relaxed riding position, and just the fact that it is so different from other models on the rode. If it weren't for this failure mode that seems to be prevalent in this model, it would be an excellent ride. Too bad. Would have to rethink a future purchase and consider a different brand.