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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The BMW K1200R Sport is a dazzling mix of super-naked-meets-sports-tourer. Although it’s basically a K1200R with a half fairing it manages to combine all the fun of a mad, agile naked but is comfortable and practical enough to go touring on. The K1200R Sport is the ultimate Nurburgring tool; as at home whizzing around the track as it actually getting there and back.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

The BMW K1200R Sport's in-line-four-cylinder 1157cc motor is identical to the naked K1200R, which is a good start because it has the distinction of being the fastest most powerful ‘super naked’ around, beating off the Tuonos of this world. At full throttle the BMW K1200R Sport's acceleration is savage like a proper superbike and the hard-edged growl it makes is more akin to a ZX-10R than a cuddly BMW.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

The BMW K1200R Sport is one of the most stable motorcycles you can buy. Few bikes can attack fast A-road curves with such poise, thanks to the Duolever front suspension isolating all but the worst of the bumps from the rider. The trade-off for such stability is that the K1200R Sport isn’t that agile in tight corners. Motorway comfort is excellent thanks to a roomy riding position, although the screen is too low for taller riders.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Like all BMWs there’s a vast array of gadgets you can have on the K1200R Sport, but you’ll have to pay for them. Tick all the options boxes and you’ll push the Sport to over £12,000. The heated grips and ABS are the ‘must have’ options, although if you’ve got the funds the Electronic Suspension Adjustment and BMW alarm are recommended.

BMW K1200R Sport (2007-2009)

Detail Value
New price £9,695
Dealer used prices
£5,980 (2007) - £6,520 (2007)
Private used prices
£5,380 (2007) - £5,870 (2007)
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Engine size 1157 cc
Power 138 bhp
Top speed 167 mph
Insurance group 16 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 5
Engine rating is 5 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 4 rating is 3.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

BMW’s are synonymous with quality and reliability and the K1200R Sport looks as if it will be no different. This motorcycle's overall finish is excellent and the build quality puts a Tonka toy to shame. The only blip to the K1200R Sport is to do with the new half-faring, which looks fine on the outside but lacks any infil panels to finish it off on the inside.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

The BMW K1200R Sport is one of the genuine surprise motorcycles of 2007; it’s a brilliant bike. But it’s not cheap; it’s just three hundred quid short of ten grand. Maybe if you got all the optional extras for that it would be a bargain, but as it is this is a bike for the well-heeled only. Find a BMW K1200R Sport for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 16 of 17

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Model History

2007: BMW K1200R Sport introduced.

Other Versions

BMW K1200S: The fully faired sports tourer: the rival to the Hayabusa, Blackbird and ZZ-R1400.
BMW K1200R: The super naked: made to take on the Super Dukes and Speed Triples of the world.

Specifications

Top speed 167 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.85 secs
Max power 138 bhp
Max torque 80 ft-lb
Weight 215 kg
Seat height 820 mm
Fuel capacity 19 litres
Average fuel consumption 39 mpg
Tank range 163 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 16 of 17
Engine size 1157 cc
Engine specification 16v, fuel-injection, 6- gears
Frame Aluminium perimeter frame
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload and rebound
Front brakes 2 x 320mm discs, 4-piston calipers. ABS optional
Rear brake 265mm disc with twin piston caliper. ABS optional
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 190/50 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(2 reviews)

  • Perfect do everything bike

    gavweb69

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Love this bike, lovely to ride and really practical for my 50-60 mile commute as well as being able to blast across Europe.The best bike I have ever ridden in the wet,amazing. Good points: Engine, stability,comfort,handling,ESA is brilliant. Bad points: not cheap,screen is too low (sorted with double bubble)

    16 September 2008

  • K1200R Sport

    RolandJohnson

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    This bike is perfectly geared for UK roads offering superb handling / braking / comfort / power, without the high speed temptations of the K1200S. You get just enough wind pressure at 100mph to remind you that you are now the entering licence-losing zone !

    11 January 2008

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sltan

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the best k bike among all

stable,fast,no problem for the engine n the last thing...super cool

27 January 2011 16:12

Anonymous

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Any Problems With K1200R Sport?

Since this is based on the K1200R which is based on the K1200S. There were issues with vibration @ 100mph top gear, and as well as weird hot gear box. Do these problems still persist in this new model or has BMW resolved all those issues?

26 July 2008 19:07

Dave.X

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K1200R Sport Tyres

Absolutely agree with the above post, super practical bike. I will be going over to Nurburgring in May 2008. Anyone recommend tyres? Otherwise, I'll be fitting Michelin Pilot Power 2CT.

23 April 2008 11:49

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