BMW R 1200 C Review from United States of America

1998 BMW R 1200 C

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired18000 miles
Most recent distance41000 miles
Previous motorcycleBMW R90/6




The clutch slave started leaking last winter, and I replaced the cylinder without taking the reservoir off the bike! Works perfectly now.

General Comments:

This is BMW's cruiser bike, and is a rolling work of art in my opinion. You ether love it or hate it. I happen to love it.

It's perfect for us vertically challenged Beemer riders, and pulls like a freight train. It tops out at around 105, and if you replace the seat it's quite comfortable for long rides.

Mine is the most basic model with no ABS, but since I have never ridden a bike with ABS, I feel no need for it.

It has given me only 1 minor problem, but after 11 years you might expect a seal or 2 to let go. Parts are not cheap, but it runs like a champ. There are some chrome peeling issues and it's a common problem. Look out for it. I ride mine constantly and don't clean it constantly so the peeling chrome is not very noticeable.

The bike handles great for a cruiser, and like I said... It's rolling art. I trust it and I'd ride it anywhere.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st January, 2009

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 1 review