BMW K1200GT (2006 - 2009)

Summary | Full Review | Reader Reviews | Gallery | Specs | Discussion
Our score:

Your score:
1 to 5 of 7 reviews
lkLKakl;coo[qkcm .c .
Reviewed: 15 August 2012

Best bike I ever had

Fantastic ride quality, great engine, superb equipment level. Handles like a much lighter bike, easy to ride, huge tank range (225 miles),50mpg, great build quality, brakes that would stop an ocean liner.
BMW indicator switches
Best all round bike I ever had - good for a blast on a Sunday, good for touring, a great and practical commuter. What the Blackbird could have been had Honda continued development. This is not just a tourer - looks are deceptive. Its the only bike you'll ever need for the road.
Score breakdown



Engine:
4.0
Brakes:
5.0
Handling:
5.0
Comfort:
5.0
Build Quality:
5.0

lkLKakl;coo[qkcm .c . would recommend this product
User 98047
Reviewed: 24 July 2011

A superb touring bike, quick with plenty of torque. Beware buying private expensive gearbox repairs.

Excellent solo or two up, dont know you have a passenger. Wind protection good with electric screen. SE version recommended has all the gadgets you need. Separate heated seats for rider and passenger. Excellent fuel economy never fallen below 50mpg and good gor 57mpg if taking it easy. Easy to adjust suspension on the move with ESA. Plenty of luggage space.
Bit on heavy side, and you will probably drop it at some time while at a standstill. Expensive if goes wrong, gearbox disintegrated on me, new one cost £2,490 from BMW (fitted price). Therefore recommend purchase from BMW with warranty or get big discount if buying privately.
Superb bike, if buying private and gearbox feels and sounds clunky then beware. Do not beleive the hype they are all like it. New gearbox is silky smooth with no clunking
Score breakdown



Engine:
5.0
Brakes:
5.0
Handling:
4.0
Comfort:
5.0
Build Quality:
3.0

User 98047 would recommend this product
MoMo
Reviewed: 06 July 2010

Great year round transportation, excellent for vacation and daily commute alike, even in adverse weather

When I was evaluating bikes for my purposes, these were the key features:
- no chrome to polish
- good protection from the elements
- versatile and spacious loading options
- heated seat and grips
- cruise control for the highway
In the end, this is the only bike which really offered all of these things. One of the most important, but ofte underrated advantages is the easy attachment/removal of the big side cases & top case. Go to work and need to slip through traffic? Top case only. Go for a weekend over mountain passes? Side cases only. Go far - load up everything.
ESA is great.
The gear box is clunky and the drive train has too much play. That was fixed in the 1300, but it's not a big enough issue that I would want to upgrade. You need to plan your hairpin turns properly on a mountain pass to be smooth, but hey, it gives you a sense of achievement

The seat really hurt the inside of my legs on longer trips. I went to a saddler in the next village and he shaped it to my liking wihtout touching the heating. No complaints now

I tried the higher windshield for winter, but came back to the original because on the highway the higher version is loud and buffets a lot
If you feel ok with a big & heavy bike, that gets bigger and heavyier when you use all the loading options, if you like to ride in all kinds of weather, never lack for power, and enjoy all the comforts and options of modern technology, this bike is hard to beat.
If you want to spend your time polishing chrome, and like to fiddle with the mechanics, this is not your bike.
Score breakdown



Engine:
5.0
Brakes:
5.0
Handling:
4.0
Comfort:
5.0
Build Quality:
4.0

MoMo would recommend this product
Eagle6
Reviewed: 08 April 2010

Fast efficient tourer with everything you need for distance touring.

200+ mile tank range from an engine that has more than enough power to haul 2 + luggage anywhere. Handles well and is comfortable in all weather conditions.
Didn't like being an unpaid development rider for BMW. Too many rough edges with engine and gearbox. Had to learn how to change gear to avoid really noisy up-changes. Clutch actuation problem which was eventually sorted with revised parts. Airbox replaced by revised version after engine revs up on it's own. Cam chain tensioner replaced. Front discs replaced.
All of these problems were fixed under warranty.
Was never let down in 26,000 miles in 2.5 years but felt a lot of problems should have been sorted before being signed off by factory.
If you want a fast tourer it's about as good as it gets. Mountains of torque all through rev range.
Service costs weren't too silly (Oop North prices).
ESA as standard on SE model but after initial "new toy" syndrome it was hardly used. Changed to a 1200GSA and never missed ESA.
Score breakdown



Engine:
5.0
Brakes:
5.0
Handling:
4.0
Comfort:
4.0
Build Quality:
4.0

Eagle6 would recommend this product
Davali
Reviewed: 27 May 2009

GOOD FOR SPORTY TOURING

Weather protection is excellent, very fast, performance smilar to my old Blackbird. All the gadgets on my SE are 1st class, heated seat and grips on cold days are good. regular 48-52 MPG. I got 7500 mileson rear on Bridgestones, now on Metzeler. Dealer back up excellent (Wollaston Northampton)
Seat is too soft for journeys over 120 miles, new 1300 seems firmer. High version of screen is noisy and distracting on long journeys. Fuelling is sometimes an issue, new 1300 is smoother
For me I would buy the 1300 next , but may look at sargent seat or airhawk as 1200 seat is only thing that lets it down. I know of other 1200 GT owners who don't have problems. I guess each bike and rider combination is unique
Score breakdown



Engine:
3.0
Brakes:
4.0
Handling:
5.0
Comfort:
3.0
Build Quality:
4.0

1 to 5 of 7 reviews
Click on the 'edit text' button to edit this region

Busiest motorcycle review conversations