2014 BMW R 1200 CL from United States of America
Not fast, but very fun and comfortable
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