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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The BMW K1200R is another from the latest-generation Beemers that blow away the firm’s reputation for dull motorcycles. A 170mph naked motorcycle with looks that fuse sci-fi and retro with plenty of brawn. Basically a stripped down but modified BMW K1200S. It seems crazy but BMW offer small fairings for the BMW K1200R so you can occasionally use all the 163bhp this motorcycle offers.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The BMW K1200R has huge power, even more torque. The motorcycle's in-line four is borrowed from the BMW K1200S hyper sports touring motorcycle – but with lower gearing and less wind protection the BMW K1200R feels even faster. Other naked motorcycles have engines with more character but this much shove is never boring.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The BMW K1200R is a long, stable and heavy motorcycle. Forget the flighty, fast steering naked motorcycles  like Kawasaki’s Z1000 or the Triumph Speed Triple 1050 the BMW K1200R is more a touring bike than a back lane hooning motorcycle. Innovative Duolever forks use a single central shock and linkage – it works well but can feel odd.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

Naked motorcycles don’t come much better kitted out. Comfort is good for the BMW K1200R's rider, especially if you get the screen. Factory extras for this motorcycle include ABS, the very handy useable-on-the-move Electronic Suspension Adjustment, sports wheels with 190/55ZR 17 tyre, sports pack (sports suspension and 6 inch rim with  190/55ZR 17 tyre), low seat, cockpit fairing, White indicator lense, rack, computer, alarm. Compare and buy parts for the BMW K1200R in the MCN Shop.

BMW K1200R (2005-2008)

Detail Value
New price £9,375
Dealer used prices
£4,680 (2005) - £6,500 (2007)
Private used prices
£4,210 (2005) - £5,850 (2007)
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Engine size 1157 cc
Power 167 bhp
Top speed 170 mph
Insurance group 16 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 5 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 3 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Build quality seems pretty good on the BMW K1200R but few have been dragged through a British winter. Problems seem to be extremely rare on this motorcycle except a handful of early motorcycles vibrated and oil consumption can be high (the BMW K1200R can be spedified with a special low oil warning system as part of the cost-option on board computer).

Value

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

Nearly £10K means the BMW K1200R is competing with exotica like Benelli’s TNT. Aprilia’s Tuono 1000 R and Triumph’s Speed Triple 1050 are both excellent motorcycles for much less. Plus BMW K1200Rs are almost never sold at a discount – at least deprecation is low. Find a BMW K1200R for sale.

 

Insurance

Insurance group: 16 of 17

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Model History

2005: Original K1200R motorcycle released.

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

Top speed 170 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.9 secs
Max power 167 bhp
Max torque 94 ft-lb
Weight 211 kg
Seat height 820 mm
Fuel capacity 19 litres
Average fuel consumption 41 mpg
Tank range 165 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 16 of 17
Engine size 1157 cc
Engine specification 16v in-line four, 6 gears
Frame Aluminium twin spar
Front suspension adjustment Compression damping (only on ESA model)
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, compression, rebound
Front brakes Twin 320 mm discs
Rear brake 265mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/50 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(10 reviews)

  • Great Machine!

    RogerRSV

    Average rating rating is 5

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    After sports bikes, I made the move to a Tuono a number of years ago and loved it. I always said it would be a special bike that moved me on from the Aprilia and this is it! I was seeking better comfort but with added attitude and power - and found it. The duolever suspension works brilliantly, the power band is amazing. At 6ft 3" the machine size is perfect for me - went for the silver bodywork with black engine and shaft drive - looks great - the headlights are an oddity but as with the Tuono, unconventionality is a winner for me. Great bike - love it!

    25 August 2014

  • My best choice!

    Petaar

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I've had lots of different bikes and I usually change bike every year. This year I sold my K1200R and hoped to find something new and fresh to ride. Now the summer is about to end and I still have not found a worthy replacement to the K1200R. The K1200R has so many positives sides like the never ending power and torgue, it's so comfortable for the longer trips and so fun to ride on a race track. The only issue is the price but it's worth saving for. For me this means that I will start looking for a K1200R again and start a long relationship.

    03 August 2009

  • k12100r

    partyarty

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    i bought k1200r model and i had many bikes in my time,but ive never be so blown away with this bikes performace and handling. personally speaking and dont think i would ever get bored with this machine. i recommend anyone to buy one you will be amazed. arty.

    30 March 2009

  • Machs mit qualitat!

    tamlin23

    Average rating rating is 4

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    There is no denying BMW build quality. As soon as I first saw the K12, I knew it had been the subject of many many hours of carefully though out design. The look devides opinions as they say, but I believe a belly pan fitted as standard, would be enough to turn the tide for those who would declare it is not pleasing to the eye. The K12 is not a light bike, but its weight is carried low, so the only time its noticable, is when you try to walk it backward up a hill (yes my garage is on a bit of a hill!). The engine is responsive and linear, but if you want to see what the bike can do, you must relieve yourself of any mechanical sympathy you may have, as the K12's 4 pot makes the strangest noises I have experienced from a bike, especially when winding on from low revs. The K12 is a very fast bike, but it never really feels it. The ESP suspension, with its para - duolever set up works wonderfully well. The rear swing arm is also a marvel, single sided with a shaft drive, in a slim and sculpted arm keeping it all together, how do they do it?! The front wont dive like normal forks, and with ESP set up being WP units and braided lines all round, you wont ever want to upgrade these parts. ABS is good for resale value, but not so good for riding. Sure it could save you someday.. possibly... but for the rest of the time its just awkward. Don't get me wrong, the brakes are good and stop the bike very well. At national limit speeds they offer all you need in power and 'feel'. But enter a town riding environment and they become snatchy and over sensitive up front, and have a dead feel too the rear. I believe it is due to the servo's assisting the brakes. But then if ABS were not installed, I'm sure the situation would swith on its head, and the brakes would be great round town, and awful for higher speed. The choice is yours... The K12 is comfortable and can tour or scratch easily, why buy its ugly sister (the K1200S), when you could have a mean looking naked, and still be comfortable at speed. I would recommend the bike, it will serve owners well, and it will always devide opinion, making it the subject of attention at almost any bike gathering.

    10 April 2008

  • Awesome Bike

    adventureman

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I've been running my K1200R for 5 months now and I'm just as impressed with it as the day I bought it. Once you get used to the front end its a very planted and suprisingly quick steering bike for its size. Comfort is excellent, there's been a lot of thought given to the riding position which is all day comfortable, I purchased the sport screen but to be honest I can't tell any real benefit to having it fitted and I think it tends to soften the aggressive look of the bike too much, want a faired bike? buy the Sport or S instead. The best thing about the bike is the engine, it is immense! the torque it generates is something else it will pull from 6th even from a walking a pace and over 6000 rpm you really need to hang on because this thing is FAST! Downsides? cleaning it, tyre life and price (with the extras), although you do get a bike which turns plenty of heads as people can't comprehend it's actually a BMW, if buying used make sure you check the cylinder head for corrosion underneath the powder coat, this is a problem that has affected my bike but the dealer response has fantastic thus far in relation tot he problem.

    15 January 2008

  • Truly awesome bike

    ostrye

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Having covered 13k miles, am still happy I chose K12R. No problems with jerky fuel injection, so I probably got lucky :D

    23 August 2007

  • Awesome bike

    robpendle

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Awesome engine and stunning looking bike. Riding position very comfortable once you get used to it. Wind protection surprisingly good. Needs a hugger (have fitted one) and not sure about the Bridgstone tyres.

    02 May 2007

  • BMW K1200r Fully Loaded!

    bozr

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Had test ride just for intriuge and was impressed with everything - torque, stability, safety and it'll go like fuck when asked. Wind resistance is so good for a naked roadster compared to other bikes I've had - Ducati Monster Z1000 and CB1300. Strengths: Power, stability, comfort, fuel. Weaknesses: Electric everything, waiting for problem!

    13 October 2006

  • My Review

    garywarren

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Bought my K1200R 5 months ago, 2 days after I took one out for a test ride. Only test rode one to pass the time. WOW! You gotta try it to believe it, always had supersport bikes for last 22 years & this is the most eye popping fun I have ever had! Not only is it very fast & suprisingly nimble & agile it is comfy, been Europe twice on it already, once with wife on the back, very focused & stable on the bends, no sign of wobble even on the dreaded white lines, brakes brilliant (non ABS) no dive at all, suspension brilliant (ESA). Just totaly Mad! Strengths: Power & Torque, Handling, Brakes, Comfort & did I mention the power & torque! Weaknesses: After Market Parts rare as rocking horse S..t.

    02 September 2006

  • Fast, Stable and Fun!

    aja1972

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Done 300 miles, first impressions. Amazing! This bike will pull your arms off from 2000 rpms, when you think the power in the revs are about to die at 8000 rpm, you get another dollop of torque. Round the twistys & corners that I used to slow down for (previous bike FZS 600) now I just ride around. Stable in all situations. No dive when braking. Comfy for over 2 hours, had to stop for petrol before I had any aches or pains. The BMW pannier bags are a class act as well & complement the bike well. I test drove several bikes & the K1200r just felt the best bike for me. Don't take my word for it, get down to a BMW dealer for a test drive.  Strengths: Fun, speed, stability, well made, comfy, carries a pillion in it's stride & I for one like the looks. Weaknesses: Price, centre stand and alarm should be standard.

    15 January 2006

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I have a 2006 k1200r 1300 miles always had the 6000rpm vibration in top gear BMW says not an issue bigger issue is the ball joints on the front suspension can go as early as 4000 miles mine went at 12000 check bmw forum very common and expensive

27 August 2008 22:43

CanadianRider

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Issues?

Hello. Many of you have owned this bike and provided great personal reviews. I am interested in purchasing this bike, but I have a few concerns and I was wondering if any of you can help me clear it up. Since the running gear of this bike is identical to the K1200S, has anyone experienced vibration @ 6000rpm going approx 100mph in top gear? It seems this was a concern on the the reviews. The other issue I would like to address is whether or not any of you have had a strange notchy gearbox when the bike gets hot. Apparently this is an issue with the K1200S. I am not sure if BMW has resolved this issue or not. Thank you!

25 July 2008 06:08

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