BMW R1200R (2006 - 2014)

Then you ride it and, as it goes, the 1200R is quite a lot of fun...
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£8230
Available from
2007
Looks good and the 1200 engine is very pleasant to ride.
Don’t let the look fool you. It's not an aggressive naked bike, more a soft naked tourer.
The no-frills BMW for all types for riding, on all types of roads, through all types of weather. Just don't expect blistering performance.

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Submitted by hass on Sun, 20/01/2008 - 08:00

Overall Review

I've owned an Aprilia RSV Factory and a K1200S and had no intentions of buying a naked R bike. However, one test ride changed my mind! This is a superb handling bike which is real fun in the twisties! Not only that but it is a reasonable two-up tourer and a wonderful commuter. Highly recommended! But don't test ride it unless you can afford it!

Strengths

+ Handling is fantastic! + Fuel economy is out of this world + ESA + ASC + Engine

Weaknesses

- Need an aftermarket pipe if you want a decent sound. - Seat isn't the most comfy for many although easily fixed and I got used to mine.

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Submitted by Lest on Tue, 09/09/2008 - 14:55

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Very smooth for a 1170CC boxer engine ( that is why I preferred the R850). Gear box is better but you can tell BMW still designed it. Handling is similar to my old RD400 but with more power. Linked breaks work well in wet. Touring I get between 50- 57 MPG. This is a much lighter and agile BMW than we have been use to. It baffles me why people lardy the bike up with the big RT farings.In 32 years of motorcycling this is the only bike that has been better than expected.

Strengths

Much better handling and brakes than the R850R. ( my one is non ABS). The loss of 60 odd LBS in weight and the slightly forward sitting position has helped with steering feed back. Heated handle bar grips and tall screen work well.You must have the main stand fitted otherwise the bike moves about on tick over..

Weaknesses

Non ABS models suffer from road dirt and salt spash covering the battery terminals. I built a cover to fit over the battery. Needs a redesigned front mud guard, no room for a mud flap. Grit goes into the oil cooler. You need to buy the big tool kit now for £56. No space under the seat for leggings and puncture repair kit.Needs a hugger.

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Submitted by Jim Thurber on Wed, 14/01/2009 - 19:00

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An overall outstanding motorcycle -- a bit expensive (!) but overall build quality is excellent, reliability (so far) 100 percent and it features the best brakes I've ever used -- on any motorbike (40 years of riding). A few vibes over 5000 rpm but nothing notable. Overall a phenomenally excellent motorbike.

Strengths

Highway transport; sweeper curves; smooth runner; fuel economy; reliability; best brakes -- ever!

Weaknesses

Weight; tight twisty road capabilities; cost

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Overall Review

Outstanding motorcycle which will suit all your needs (but remember it's not a super sports although still pretty quick at about 140mph) I have had such a enjoyable experience riding mine, I recommend go and get one

Strengths

Handling and comfort. Braking - BMW front end system doesn't dive when you wrench the brakes on = brilliant. Boxer engine, fast and full of character. Super build quality.

Weaknesses

OK maybe a little costly, but remember you get what you pay for!

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Overall Review

Simply the best value for money all rounder you can buy, sporty and practical with great looks.

Strengths

Extremely comfortable but with great engine and handling. rock solid reliability with classic looks.

Weaknesses

none

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Overall Review

A fun bike and at last a comfortable one. Nice package. Good all round performer. Faster than it looks

Strengths

Comfy, punchy, good brakes, finish, nice mirrors, great luggage, amazing wind protection for naked bike.Handles fantastically on poor OZ roads. Nice naked tourer. Confidence inspiring. Looks good too

Weaknesses

Price and price of accessories. Seat may be too hard. Too quiet. Engine a bit soulless compared to Triumph tripple

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Submitted by Censuwine on Tue, 05/11/2013 - 13:55

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Out of the entire BMW range, I think the R1200R is the one that ticks most boxes. Many people, especially Brits, think that the R1200GS is the one to go for. If you plan to use it predominantly in the city, then consider the F800R. Also, don't buy this if you like changing bikes every few years. This will give you no excuse because it will last forever.

Strengths

1. Simply perfect design; 2. Reliable; 3. Hey, it's a BMW; 4. Good consumption figures; 5. Can be configured into a tourer (except for fairings); 6. Bucketfulls of torque; 7. Full of features (ABS, ESC, ASC, etc); 8. Good front brakes.

Weaknesses

1. Very expensive; 2. Costly to service; 3. I would have preferred a smoother engine; 4. If you like a sit-and-beg position you might need a handlebar riser. 5. I'm not impressed with the rear brakes.

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Overall Review

You don't see that many of these on UK roads and even in the BMW Club they are not common amongst all the usual `go everywhere` GS riders - which is another reason I love this bike (and anyway, I'd never join a club that would have me as a member).

Strengths

Riding position comfortable. Potential to fine tune with bar risers or seat options. I have the `sports` seat which is pretty comfy, if a tad firm after 100 miles. BM's not noted for their seats. Yet another fab tweak on the Boxer. Free revving, buckets of torque (way more useful than bhp anyway), agile and flickable through the bends, sensational brakes (non servo'd thankfully), docile and easy in traffic. Trac'n control good. Good fuel economy.I regularly average 55-60mpg on a long run remaining reasonably within the law. A steady 85 will drop it to 48mp

Weaknesses

Needs a mudsling or hugger and f&r mudguard extenders. Most BMW seats can be improved and this is no exception, although it ain't that bad. I average 100-130 miles between bum stops.

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Submitted by TonyBMW on Thu, 27/03/2014 - 23:42

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Probably a bit over priced for what it is, but they hold their value well (its a BMW after all). A very easy bike to live with if you don't mind the looks. My 2013 example gives a good 60 to the gallon at motorway speeds, and 45-50ish around town. If you don't want a barnstormer naked, the Beemer is a good buy second hand, and even better if you can get an ex-demo model (like mine) and the BMW heated grips are the dogs Boll*cks!

Strengths

In the right hands on an A road the R1200r can catch out more than a few Superbikes. The power delivery is nice and predictable, with more than enough torque for motorway miles if fitted with the high screen. Being a long time 'airhead' Beemer owner I found the R12r gave me the extra performance I was looking for with out losing much of the essential Beemerness, in ride and looks. Basically I love the bloody thing!

Weaknesses

The bloody switch gear, especially the indicators. The basic suspension is okay but can feel a little twitchy in the wet, this can be cured with the addition of much dosh, by replacing with Ohlins units.

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Submitted by Jamo 2 on Wed, 02/04/2014 - 17:25

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I'm finished with my BMW stage, but they are exceptional, nice motorcycles and if I could afford a new one I would.

Strengths

great bike in terms of handling, power, BMWness

Weaknesses

The seat. It's for people who don't mind riding on their dangley bits. This model and many other BMWs I've ridden have "U" shaped seats whereupon one is made to balance upon your crotch instead of riding seated on your butt. I don't get it but I can't do it comfortably and I'm not going to try to restructure the seat. Also, less is really more and all the gizmos don't add to the riding experience for me and are very expensive to repair.

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