BMW C1 125 (2000 - 2002) Review
- Bike with a roof
- 125cc so learner-friendly
- Suitable for commuters
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£200|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
The BMW C1 is a motorcycle with a roof that doubles as accident protection. Be the smartest commuter in the city or ‘that twonk in the Noddy moped’, depending on your perspective.
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The BMW C1's £4K price tag (it dropped by £600 when the 200cc version came out) was high for an overweight scooter – even if it did keep you dry. Few were sold and BMW were swift to pull the plug.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
Small wheels, quite a bit of weight and some of it’s carried high – it’s not the recipe for perfect handling. The BMW C1’s not about scything round long sweeping country bends though – it’s an urban dodger. It works fine in that role except it’s a little wider than conventional scooters which can be annoying.
EngineNext up: Reliability
The BMW C1's 125cc engine’s an unremarkable four-stroke single producing a respectable 15bhp. But it’s a heavy motorcycle at 185kg – all the 1000cc sports bikes weigh less. This means performance is pretty sluggish – the BMW C1 willl pull away from cars when the lights go green but not by much. The 200 version (which was actually 176cc) is nippier.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
Like all BMW’s the C1 is well thought out but suffers a few niggles. The oil pressure switch can fail, wipers judder, front wheel bearings fail, fork legs corrode and the headlight can overheat – which sounds like a big list of problems but they’re all pretty minor and not that common.
Our BMW C1 owners' reviews show despite an average score, the bike is capable at what it's meant for: cheap commuting in cities.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
The BMW C1 is not cheap compared to regular scooters – but you get more for your money than most. BMW C1s have a real cult following and some owners have two or three to provide them with a supply for the future. Potentially a collector’s piece. You’ll probably have to travel to find one though – try Chasbikes in London, SE1.
Yes the BMW C1 has a roof and it doubles as a safety cage. The only comparable machine with a roof is Honda’s non-UK Giro. The C1 has quite a bit of luggage space and it’s pretty comfy too. There’s even a seatbelt. Brembo brakes are great and ABS is an option. Massive list of optional extras including things like heated seat and stereo.
|Engine type||4v single, N/A gears|
|Frame type||Steel spine|
|Fuel capacity||9 litres|
|Front brake||200mm discs|
|Rear brake||220mm disc|
|Front tyre size||120/70 x 13|
|Rear tyre size||140/70 x 12|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||72 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£22|
|Annual service cost||£200|
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How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two year unlimited mileage|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||15 bhp|
|Max torque||9 ft-lb|
|Top speed||65 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||20.7 secs|
|Tank range||140 miles|
Model history & versions
2000: Original 125cc BMW C1 launched.
2001: BMW C1 200 launched.
BMW C1 125: Base model with 125cc engine.
BMW C1 200: Base model with 176 cc engine producing 18bhp.
BMW C1 125 Family Friend: extra luggage attachment kit and large storage compartment.
BMW C1 200 Family Friend: extra luggage attachment kit and large storage compartment.
BMW C1 125 Executive: As Family Friend plus reading light and mobile phone holder.
BMW C1 200 Executive: As Family Friend plus reading light and mobile phone holder.
BMW C1 200 Williams: As Executive plus special paint.
Owners' reviews for the BMW C1 125 (2000 - 2002)
3 owners have reviewed their BMW C1 125 (2000 - 2002) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Annual servicing cost:||£200|
Annual servicing cost: £200
Can only rate it based on what it wants to be it is a cult bike designed for women although they must have been amazons, it weighs a ton is almost impossible to push backwards wallows round corners, is top heavy and the BEST THING SINCE SLICED BREAD have been riding 50 years have a garage full of classic and modern bikes from 125 to 1200cc this is the hardest thing I have ever rode But I LOVE IT
Very top heavy little where's so a bit bumpy
Mine always starts and runs sweet
Stand is very complicated and even though I have modified mine still easy to break
Not many bike shops want to work on these so if you get one make sure you can fix it
Amplifier keeps going in sound system but otherwise apart from stand shear system is very good
Buying experience: Private eBay got a great price and am enjoying it
Don't knock it until you've tried it. As a commuting vehicle, it's great. Safe, dry well equipped and comfy. Realistic cruising speed is 50mph, but that's fine on most roads. Don't think that you're getting German build quality though, as it's actually made by Bertone in italy. Will do 85mpg, despite the performance blunting weight. Can't seem to improve on 85mpg no matter how hard I try. Great fun in the wet on Bridgestone Hoops and secure with ABS. A 2 wheeled car.
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