BMW R 1200 CL Reviews from United States of America

2014 BMW R 1200 CL

Year of manufacture2014
First year of ownership2014
Most recent year of ownership2014
Acceleration marks 5 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 5 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired18280 miles
Most recent distance20400 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda Valkyrie

Summary:

Not fast, but very fun and comfortable

General Comments:

These motorcycles have received generally poor reviews from journalists and other BMW riders due to poor acceleration, and I would have to agree on that point. These bikes are not for the typical BMW rider; the horsepower/weight ratio is low. I weigh 270lbs and I feel that the acceleration is a little doggy, but this motorcycle is for cruising and long distance travel. This is by far the most comfortable bike I have ever owned or ridden (including my brother's 2014 Ultra).

These bikes are awesome in turns as well as on the open road. If you are into a super fast ride, this is not the bike for you. If you are into cruising at speeds 55-80mph, I would strongly recommend this unit. The cruise control and stereo system work great, and the gas mileage is superb (I get about 47-48 MPG).

I purchased my 2004 R1200CL for $5,500 recently, and have put about 1800 miles on it in about two weeks (one 350 mile trip in 6 hours). I only stopped for gas and was not at all sore (remember, I'm a big guy, 270lbs).

Before purchasing my R1200CL, I test rode a 2004 Ultra Classic and a 2002 Goldwing; both bikes had much more power, but averaged about 5 MPG less, not to mention the asking prices for those bikes were around $12,500 (more than twice that of most CLs). I found the Harley gave off way too much heat at stop lights, and I felt the Goldwing was a little too big for zipping through the twisty roads of western Wisconsin.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th August, 2014

2003 BMW R 1200 CL

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2013
Acceleration marks 6 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired12500 miles
Most recent distance22900 miles

Summary:

Fantastic!!!

Faults:

None.

General Comments:

Most comfortable motorcycle I have ever owned.

Great MPG.

You can ride for 10 hours and feel great when you get off.

Extremely reliable!!!

It is a real head turner for everyone who sees it.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 26th September, 2013

2003 BMW R 1200 CL

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 4 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.9 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance4000 miles
Previous motorcycleYamaha XJ600

Summary:

Good riding on extended trips

Faults:

Battery lasted 5 years, good.

General Comments:

Difficult handling in tight spaces because of the handlebar mounted faring.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 1st July, 2008

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 3 reviews