Riders are impressed by the stability and composure of the BMW R1200ST, but the downside to that is the sense of heaviness in corners. It simply doesn’t carry its weight well. The Telelever front end feels remote until you get used to it – but it’s as safe as houses in reality.
The BMW R1200ST's 1170cc, twin spark, SOHC Boxer twin is from BMW’s best-selling R1200GS. But in this package it feels slightly underwhelming. No matter how hard you wring the throttle the R1200ST always feels a little lacking in urgency. There are some intrusive vibes, despite the balancer shaft, which further spoils the show. The gearbox lacks smoothness, too.
BMW enjoy an excellent reputation for quality and reliability. Not only that but the R1200ST has service intervals widely spaced at 6000 miles apart – with prices ranging from £155-£175, which is very reasonable indeed. The shaft drive means there’s no chain to wear out or clean, either.
It is a lot of money for a machine that’s out-handled and out-paced by its rivals and on those terms the BMW R1200ST doesn’t represent terrific value. But depreciation is less of a factor since BMW values are as stable as they come, thanks to a high brand image and that reputation for reliability, almost regardless of mileage. Find a BMW R1200ST for sale.
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The R1200ST has the usual optional BMW items available – sat nav, heated grips, ABS, hard and soft luggage, a range of clothing and an alarm/immobiliser. Compare and buy parts for the BMW R1200ST in the MCN Shop.