Nice BMW bike
December 22, 2008 at 2:38 am #2422Sangria7Participant
I am not a big sports bike fan and I am not particularly fond of the BMW bikes, but damn the K1200R is a beautiful bike with tons of options like heated hand grips, computer assisted traction control, on the move suspension control, ABS, tire pressure sensors, and a lot of other things.
IMO Beautiful bike with lots of bells and whistles..$14K not bad overall.December 22, 2008 at 3:46 am #15375MunchParticipant
“computer assisted traction control, on the move suspension control, ABS, tire pressure sensors, and a lot of other things.”
Hmmm…. got that in my Monte and its paid for! Ok except the on the move suspension control…but that argueable…want a stiffer ride stay on concrete… softer… there is a shoulder to that road…lol!!! Sorry I have a natural distaste for B-mers…. I work on some of their cars ….. wasted money.
For what it is ..it looks purdy
Yesterday is a memory, tomorrow is a prediction, but today…… is a Bi**hDecember 22, 2008 at 4:16 am #15378BuddParticipant
Me likey very much. Price, not so much.
“I am the best there is at what I do, and what I do ain’t nice.”-WolverineDecember 22, 2008 at 5:40 am #15379samgoodyParticipant
I must have missed that part of the specs. I thought the only street legal bike that had any kind of traction control was the Ducati 1098 and 1198 superbikes. The Bimmer does have the other electronic goodies, though.
It’s a nice bike, I can tell you that much. I sat on one at the BMW stealership here, and it feels every bit of its 211kg (465lb) dry weight. The seating position is comfortable, but you’re leaning forward a bit and your knees are a bit higher up than most naked bikes. It’s not a supersport bum-up-in-the-air posture, but just a bit on the aggressive side of upright. Fit and finish is top notch. This is one bike I would like to ride (in the semi-distant future).
The bike has been superseded by the K1300 R for the 2009, which makes even more power and torque (173bhp and 103ftlb. for the 1300 vs. 167bhp and 94ftlb. for the 1200). These aren’t beginner friendly numbers.
A pic of the K1300R:
December 22, 2008 at 5:06 pm #15381Clay DowlingParticipant
I’ll be able to have a toy like that. But I can’t afford one, and I’m not a good enough rider to handle that kind of bike right now. On the flipside, I still love the Magna.December 22, 2008 at 10:37 pm #15386dcJohnParticipant
I also really like that bike, along with the slightly less expensive R 1200 R, and (since I’m going down the dual sport path for the time being) the R 1200 GS.December 22, 2008 at 10:53 pm #15388
Having ridden a BMW F (p twin 800) bike, I just can’t get excited about their K (inline four) or R (boxer twin) bikes. I just can’t see how I’d even need anything bigger than that. It is smooth, makes a great sound, got plenty of grunt and character, and sooo much lighter… You’d need to carry a lot of world-traveling gear to justify the 1200 over the 800 in my mind. And if you’ve sat on a R1200GS, you gotta admit, it makes the Versys feel small. The big R and K bikes are just huge machines (which some people want, but me I want to be able to lift my bike if it falls over).
I seriously think the BMW F is one of my favourite engines. It is a shame I don’t think the made the F800R (which looks a lot like the K1200R above in concept photos).
“The two seconds between ‘Oh S**!’ and the crash isn’t a lot of practice time.”December 22, 2008 at 11:20 pm #15389dcJohnParticipant
Matt, I agree, the R 1200 GS is huge. I’d assumed that when I was eventually ready to “move up” from the Versys, that it would be in my future. But after sitting on the R1200GS at the local BMW dealership, I’m a lot less sure of that.
At 5’8″ with a 30″ inseam, the Versys already has me on the balls of my feet. It’s not a big deal on the Versys, and I can even flat foot it at stops if I lean it slightly. The R1200GS has a similar seat height, but its extra weight and width made a big difference when I was sitting on it in the showroom. The F800GS and F650GS are probably more likely follow-ups.
In general, since I’m relatively light (160lbs) and don’t have a passenger (wife is adamant amount not wanting to ride), I don’t know if I’ll ever really need to go in the 1,000+ cc range unless I switch over to cruisers.
Unfortunately, it’s hard to find a <1000 cc bike with the stuff I want, because it seems that manufactures often treat smaller cc bikes in the US market as budget machines. Finding smaller standard and dual-sport bikes with ABS and the higher-end electronics and components is tough.December 22, 2008 at 11:27 pm #15390Sangria7Participant
BMW offers a lower suspension and lower seat options to accomodate those not 6 or tallerDecember 23, 2008 at 12:54 pm #15393
Yea, but Height isn’t the only issue.
That machine has length and girth. I think I could park two of my ZZRs in the space one 1200GS (with bags) takes up. Simply put the R and K bikes (and a lot of the 1000+cc adventure bikes) offer a feeling of size that is just HUGE. The Triumph Tiger is another one I’ve sat on that, while narrower than the R1200GS, is still a very big machine.
And I’m not knocking it, it is what it is, and many people love it. But for me, the smaller 800 and 650 are nicer bikes.
As dcJohn says, I just wish there where more smaller adventure bikes in North America. Honda brought over the Veradero for Canada, but it too is a 1000cc machine. Why didn’t they bring over the Africa Twin?
I REALLY like the idea of the Buell ulysses. An adventure bike that only needs oil changes? Never need to adjust the belt or valves? Count me in! Too bad it only comes as a 1200. If I could get one with the 900 from they CityX I’d be happy.
“The two seconds between ‘Oh S**!’ and the crash isn’t a lot of practice time.”December 24, 2008 at 4:50 pm #15412
Apparently the F800R was shown at the Milan show in November.
Me, I like it. I’ll take it over a K or R bike and pocket the price difference for some gas money
“The two seconds between ‘Oh S**!’ and the crash isn’t a lot of practice time.”December 24, 2008 at 5:06 pm #15413samgoodyParticipant
The F800 bikes are still quite expensive, especially if you have an unscrupulous dealership where you live. The dealer where I live imports them with most of the electronic goodies already installed – ABS brakes, trip computer, etc. They even go to the trouble of including heated handgrips, which are of little practical use in a country like Saudi Arabia. All for a neat price of nearly US $14,150 according to the latest exchange rates (and it’s probably gone up in the last four months since I’ve been to that dealership). I’m quite sure the K bike will be retailing for quite a bit more than the 14 grand that Sangria7 suggested.
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