BMW K1200R (2005-2008) Review

Published: 22 November 2006

"170mph naked with looks that fuse sci-fi and retro with plenty of brawn"

BMW K1200R motorcycle review - Riding

"170mph naked with looks that fuse sci-fi and retro with plenty of brawn"

  • At a glance
  • 1157cc  -  167 bhp
  • 41 mpg  -  165 miles range
  • Insurance group: 16 of 17
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  • Medium seat height (820mm)

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 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.

Engine 4 out of 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.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 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).

Insurance, running costs & value 3 out of 5

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.

 

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Equipment 5 out of 5

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.

Owners' Reviews

11 owners have reviewed their BMW K1200R (2005-2008) 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 4.6 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.6 out of 5
Engine 4.8 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.8 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.3 out of 5
Equipment 4.4 out of 5
5 out of 5

Go, go, go .......... gone!

14 November 2014 by BartonBiker

Recently bought a 2006 K1200R after many years of riding Boxer BMWs, and although I wouldn't want to be without my flat twins, this in-line four brings a whole new meaning to grunt. It will go like stink in top with only 2,000 revs on the clock, and... Read more will out-accelerate most other bikes which try to take it on. The only down side is I should have bought one years ago, but really enjoying it now! Excellent, and a real crowd puller too.

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 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

Great Machine!

25 August 2014 by RogerRSV

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... Read more 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!

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 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

My best choice!

03 August 2009 by Petaar

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... Read more 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.

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

k12100r

30 March 2009 by partyarty

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... Read more amazed. arty.

Overall Rating 4 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 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Machs mit qualitat!

10 April 2008 by tamlin23

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... Read more 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.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 3 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
4 out of 5

Awesome Bike

15 January 2008 by adventureman

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... Read more 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.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Truly awesome bike

23 August 2007 by ostrye

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

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 4 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
4 out of 5

Awesome bike

02 May 2007 by robpendle

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. Read more

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

BMW K1200r Fully Loaded!

13 October 2006 by bozr

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.... Read more Strengths: Power, stability, comfort, fuel. Weaknesses: Electric everything, waiting for problem!

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 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

My Review

02 September 2006 by garywarren

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... Read more 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.

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 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
Read all 11 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2005
Year discontinued 2008
Original price £9,375
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 167 bhp
Max torque 94 ft-lb
Top speed 170 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.9 secs
Average fuel consumption 41 mpg
Tank range 165 miles
Specification
Engine size 1157cc
Engine type 16v in-line four, 6 gears
Frame type Aluminium twin spar
Fuel capacity 19 litres
Seat height 820mm
Bike weight 211kg
Front suspension Compression damping (only on ESA model)
Rear suspension Preload, compression, rebound
Front brake Twin 320 mm discs
Rear brake 265mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/50 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2005: Original K1200R motorcycle released.

Other versions

None.

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