2004 BMW R 1200 CL

Summary:

Unique

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

I love this bike. After owning over a dozen street bikes over the last 40 years, I find this bike (at my age) to be an unusual taste. No it's not the fastest or quickest, the handling is not bad (especially compared to the top heavy feel of the Honda Interstate I've been riding the last few years), gas mileage is good (42 MPG), and it's very comfortable and easy to work on. But this bike really just puts a smile on my face as it reminds me why I love to ride. I love the feel and sound of the torquey flat twin, the brakes are the best of any bike I've ever owned, the transmission shifts smoothly, and it just feels good going down the road.

Yeah I read how the moto-journalists all panned the R1200CL when it first came out, but I have a mind of my own, and after riding it I realized they spend too much time buzzing around on 150 HP bikes that go 0-60 in 2.5 seconds. I'm past that in my life, and enjoy comfort and quality over pure speed. I'll be riding this BMW for a long time, as she has grown on me with her quirky ways. She may not be a beauty to everyone, but she has a great personality that I enjoy!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th December, 2014

2014 BMW R 1200 CL

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

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

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