Product Type: BMW motorcycles
Newest Review: ... well this is it, if you want a quality tourer you need to buy the RT, the K1200RS is not that good on fuel, at good progressive riding... more
Member Name: pebbles
Date: 26/09/00, updated on 26/09/00 (6684 review reads)
Advantages: Build quality,shaft drive, comfort and luggage capacity
Disadvantages: Initial cost and parts
Definitely the best BM so far. It's fast, smooth and versatile. My husband has been riding BMW's K1200RS for the last 18 months (with 14 years experience of various other BMW models). During this time he has covered 22,000 miles in all weather conditions. So far it can't be faulted. It has been totally reliable.The only expense has been servicing and tyres.
The original tyres were Metzeler MEZ4 which were found to be adequate only. They were changed to Bridgetstone Battlax BT56(front) and BT57 (rear). They completely transformed the bike from a tourer to a sports tourer. They encouraged the rider to explore the limits of the bike, the grip was excellent in both wet and dry conditions.
As with the majority of BMW's this is shaft drive. Although the initial cost of the bike is high (BMW has recently reduced all the prices on their bikes) part of the cost is recovered due to the fact that BMW's are made to last. With Japanese bikes of the same performance you will be going through chain and sprockets like they are going are out of fashion. BMW shaft drive has advanced to the degree that the accelaration is instantaneous and almost as rapid as a chain driven bike. Bearing in mind that this bike is just over 1/4 tonne in weight the brakes are more than man enough to haul this bike up to a halt from some rather illegal speeds(I have it on reliable authority that 160 mph isn't out of the question!)
The K1200RS is equally at home scratching round country roads as it is touring the autobahns. This bike is more than a match for the ZX9R's and Thunderaces of this world.