The BMW R1200S is very vibey – enough to leave your hands tingling after a long (200+ mile) journey – a character trait not shared by its older R1100S sibling. The R1200S is slow to turn in, but once over it holds a great line, though the optional Ohlins suspension package is a worthwhile extra. The (optional) ABS maybe reassuring on the road, but it’s rubbish for track action; losing composure braking over bumps.
Boxer twins (where the two pistons horizontally oppose one another) are historically all about torque. But the R1200S's DOHC, 1170cc item loves to rev, building as it does to a second powerband at around 6500rpm. There is massive torque too, enough to rival Suzuki’s GSX-R1000, but because of this the engineers have built an eccentric pulley into the throttle twistgrip. This means that the delivery in the first few millimetres of travel doesn’t correspond to the expected shove – only becoming more linear later.
Excellent. BMW’s build quality and customer service is second to none.
Poor. The R1200S is very pricey and very much a niche motorcycle. It will hold its value though as so few of these machines are released onto the market. Find a BMW R1200S for sale.
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You get few extras on the BMW R1200S and what factory options there are (heated grips, wider rear wheel, Ohlins suspension) are very expensive. You do get an immobiliser as standard, though. Compare and buy parts for the BMW R1200S in the MCN Shop.