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Motorcycle insurance bargains: BMW R1200S

By MCN -

 17 December 2010 15:26

Motorcycle insurance costs are an important consideration for any bike buyer. That's why MCN is highlighting some of the best cheap-to-insure motorcycles out there. This time it's the BMW R1200S.                   

Insurance group: 13
Engine: 1170cc boxer twin
Power: 122bhp
Top speed: 148mph 
Weight: 190kg                        

The looks divide opinions, but only half as much as the Boxer engine and the Telelever/Paralever suspension do. As an oddball track motorcycle it works, but as an accomplished all-rounder it falls short of the standards set by the R1100S that preceded it.

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The R1200S is slow to turn in, but once over it holds a great line, though the optional Ohlins suspension package is a worthwhile extra. The (optional) ABS maybe reassuring on the road, but it’s rubbish for track action; losing composure braking over bumps. It will hold its value though as so few of these machines are released onto the market.

Boxer twins (where the two pistons horizontally oppose one another) are historically all about torque. But the R1200S's DOHC, 1170cc item loves to rev, building as it does to a second powerband at around 6500rpm. You get few extras on the BMW R1200S and what factory options there are (heated grips, wider rear wheel, Ohlins suspension) are very expensive.

MCN verdict

Handling

3/5

Engine

3/5

Reliability

4/5

Value

2/5

OVERALL

3/5

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