2003 BMW R 1200 CL from Canada




Blown fuse for the running lights.

General Comments:

I've been riding a bike with a sidecar for over 28 years. Needed to get a little used to a 2 wheeler, but I just love the ride.

Well balanced and very comfortable. It's not a loud bike, but it has the power to ride the speed limit in any terrain with any bike out there.

It was a good fit for me and it made me fall in love with riding again. I may be 52, but it puts a smile on my face and makes me feel 22 every time I go out on the road (freedom).

Be safe all - see you on the road EH...

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd August, 2020

7th Dec 2020, 18:47

I'm glad to see a positive review. I just bought one with 22000 miles. It's my first cruiser, and I bought it simply because it's comfortable and fit my budget.

"Underpowered" seems to be the common theme of all reviews. While it's not a racing machine, there's adequate power for my riding style.

I hope to be able to keep in touch with other R1200 "Cruise Liner" riders.

Cruise on!


30th Sep 2021, 17:35

I acquired a 2004 BMW R 1200 CL in September of 2020. Having now rode the motorcycle for exactly one year and put 8000 miles on it, I can honestly say it has been a great motorcycle. Very comfortable and reliable. My wife doesn't hesitate to get on the back of this motorcycle and ride long distance with me. That is an added plus.

As far as being underpowered, I have never had an issue keeping up with other motorcycles in the group. Also people need to realize this is a big touring bike; it's not designed to be fast. It's got torque where you need it and will move 2 people along with luggage without any issues whatsoever. At times you feel like this thing could tow a trailer.

2003 BMW R 1200 CL from United States of America


Hidden treasure

General Comments:

I bought this bike after the first ride. I have an R100 as well with a lot of miles. Each time I ride, I'm so glad I bought it. I like twisties and this bike will do them and make you smile. I ride with friends with RTs, LTs and the like; I lead the way a lot. 70,000 miles and she rides like day one. It has enough speed to gain performance awards (tickets), which I have received in several states. Long distance is the best. Never felt the ride was too long. 1,000 mile days.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th February, 2018

2003 BMW R 1200 CL from United Kingdom


Poor man's Electraglide



General Comments:

Very nice underrated touring bus.

Low power does not detract from the experience provided you are not in a hurry.

Copes with the weight of luggage and pillion admirably.

Good torque.

Servo assisted brakes can be a bit grabby at low speed, especially when operated from the rear (linked brakes).

Handling raises a few eyebrows from riders on sportier bikes.

Panniers don't hold a lot, but more space can be liberated from the R/H box by taking out the CD player.

Looks polarize opinion.

Other motorcyclists think it's ugly, whereas non bikers think it's a thing of beauty.

I think from the front it looks like a Sentinel from the Matrix film.

Not the sort of bike I ever thought I would enjoy riding.

I bought it mainly so my Wife could have a bit of comfort, but I'm finding it hugely enjoyable.

Definitely can recommend.

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

Review Date: 26th September, 2017

2003 BMW R 1200 CL from Canada

General Comments:

This is my first touring bike. I ride mostly by myself and enjoy every minute. I am 62 and it took me over one summer to get used to the weight and handling of the bike. I had not ridden in over 40 years and my last bike was a Canam 175.

This BMW, once you get used to it, you become totally comfortable, and attach to the bike. I meet all kinds of motorcycle in the Rocky Mountains and I would not trade this bike for any of them. This machine is a classic, it's got it own style and is easy to control. Once you're on the go, you rarely have to shift to a lower gear even in the Rocky hills. I can lead or follow any bike out there running at a reasonable speed. My trip are usually between 600 to 1000km per day with only a few stops for gas; it does over 300km per tank.

Maintenance for me is an air filter, an oil filter and an oil change once in a while. Never had a breakdown; the engineering of this bike is just awesome. Just turn the key, push the starter button and go.

If you find one, buy it, you will not regret it. I would buy another BMW today.

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

Review Date: 15th April, 2016

28th Feb 2017, 12:47

I agree that it's a comfortable ride. Somewhat under powered, which is a good thing considering the amount of torque steer caused by the boxer engine. It will push you into a right corner and out of a left. I had my 1200CL for a year, put 22000 km on it, sold it and bought a Yamaha Royal Star. It was quite an upgrade. In closing it is a comfortable bike with good features, but handles like a bumper car.