2003 BMW R 1200 CL from Canada
Great fun bike when it’s working properly
BMW did horrible job with their chrome. Most of it had to be replaced within the first 2 years. Thankfully the warranty covered it. When it needed replacement again, they said no.
This is a summer only driven bike that’s always covered and in my carport when not in use. I do live on Vancouver Island and it's surrounded by salt water, but still, this bike doesn’t go out in the ocean, so rusting shouldn’t be happening. I even spoke to a representative at BMW Canada in Toronto Ont and he basically told me I was on my own. You’ll notice that BMW doesn’t have much chrome on any of their bikes after 2005.
My ABS unit has gone out and BMW wants many thousands to replace it because it has electronic servos. They were absolutely awesome when they worked. The front fork coating peeled off years ago. Also, now my chrome forks are pitting and it’s just a matter of time until they tear a fork seal and start leaking oil. I start it a few times a year just to keep things moving as I haven’t driven it since the ABS unit went out, 4 years ago. Now, when I start it, the revs slowly creep up and it won’t kick down. The heated handgrips are all split now as if they’d been left in the elements, which is far from the case.
I love my bike and when it was just a few weeks old, I had the dealer put the BMW Rockster 1200 cam in my bike. We dynoed it and came up with 16.5 more horsepower at the rear wheel. What a difference!!
I can say, I found the bike to be very comfortable and the heated seats work excellent.
I’m at a point now where, I either invest thousands in repairs, or I cut my losses and look at another bike all together.
The motor and trans are about the only salvageable/saleable pieces at only 41K on them.
I know it’s going to cost me upward of 6-7K to fix a bike that is only worth 5-6K at best when completed.
- Be prepared to shell out $$.
- Dealership led me to believe they hold their value like a Harley. A great untruth.
- Rode through some fierce rainstorms (no ringer) with this bike. Only my crotch got wet from the rain running down the tank.
- Top heavy when full of fuel.
- Love the heel/toe shifter & the power assist linked front and back brakes. Just bloody expensive to fix it when it goes down.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 12th November, 2021