BMW K1200 RS Bike Overview
Try telling kids nowadays that this was the top-performing BMW motorbike at the turn of the century, and they’ll look at you as if you’re crazy. But it’s true – the Munich firm really did class this 285kg, 130bhp behemoth as a supersports machine, despite being 50bhp down and 100kg up on the cutting edge of the time.
Fans of track-ready performance looked elsewhere of course, but if you ignored BMW’s category error, the big K1200 RS was actually quite an impressive fast tourer. The massive fairing adds loads of weight and looks a bit whale-like. But it gives good weather protection at high speed. The shaft final drive cuts maintenance, and the laid-down inline-four engine is a long-established, mature design with few problem areas. And the low-slung nature of the engine mass makes it more manageable than you’d think.
As ever on a BMW, the official accessories are very desirable – the German firm has always focussed on making excellent add-ons. So it’s well worth looking for stuff like hard luggage, heated grips, trip computer, sat-nav and other luxuries when scanning the used ads.
BMW sold the RS between 1996 and 2004, when it was replacedby the far better K1200 S, which used a conventional transverse engine layout and Duolever front end. We’d always recommend the later bike, but if you come across a well-priced RS, and don’t mind a big beastie, it still makes a solid heavyweight tourer with a load of grunt.
Take a look at the BMW K1200 RS in action…
BMW K1200 RS Bike Spec
- Top speed153mph
- Average fuel consumption36mpg
- Seat height800mm
- EngineLiquid cooled, four stroke, DOHC, 4V
BMW K1200 RS Bike Insurance
Just increasing good comfortable ride. Super gear change ratio and remarkably easy for such a big bike in London peak hour traffic.
Again, pure quality. Very smooth operation and just "tics" over consistently.
Seating adjustments. I am aShorter guy and I wish I would have an adjustable seat.
What can I say – Its German and the quality is refectory ex in every aspect of this really super nice bike.
First generation ABS. Very different from my much newer Ducati, but all the same good performance