2004 BMW R 1200 CL from United States of America
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 3.5 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