BMW K1200R SPORT (2007-2009) Review

Published: 24 January 2007

"A dazzling mix of super-naked-meets-sports-tourer"

BMW K1200R Sport motorcycle review - Riding

"A dazzling mix of super-naked-meets-sports-tourer"

  • At a glance
  • 1157cc  -  138 bhp
  • 39 mpg  -  163 miles range
  • Medium seat height (820mm)

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 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.

Engine 5 out of 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.

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 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 & Running Costs 4 out of 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 group: 16 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 4 out of 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.

Owners' Reviews

2 owners have reviewed their BMW K1200R SPORT (2007-2009) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3.5 out of 5
Equipment 4.5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Perfect do everything bike

16 September 2008 by gavweb69

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... Read more points: not cheap,screen is too low (sorted with double bubble)

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

K1200R Sport

11 January 2008 by RolandJohnson

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... Read more zone !

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
Read all 2 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2007
Year discontinued 2009
Original price £9,695
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 16 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 138 bhp
Max torque 80 ft-lb
Top speed 167 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.85 secs
Average fuel consumption 39 mpg
Tank range 163 miles
Specification
Engine size 1157cc
Engine type 16v, fuel-injection, 6- gears
Frame type Aluminium perimeter frame
Fuel capacity 19 litres
Seat height 820mm
Bike weight 215kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload and rebound
Front brake 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

History & Versions

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.

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