BMW R1200 C Bike Overview
It’s a crazy world out there – and few things are crazier than a BMW Boxer twin pretending to be a Harley-Davidson. First launched in 1997, the R1200 C was based on the BMW Boxer twin engine, with cruiser-type styling, loads of polished chrome and high-end build quality.
Back in the mid 1990s, BMW’s Boxer range was well down on power. The 1200 C puts out just 61bhp – from an air-cooled 1,170cc – despite fuel injection and four-valve heads (this same engine capacity, bore and stroke would actually feature in the 2004 R1200 GS, but making a much healthier 100bhp).
That low peak power isn’t such a problem on a relaxed cruiser like the R1200 C though. The large capacity motor gives strong bottom-end power, and the laid-down motor plus low seat height (just 740mm) means easy low-speed handling.
That seat also features a flip-up pillion pad which doubles as a rider backrest, while the handlebars are pulled back, giving a comfy riding position. It’s no tourer though: there’s minimal wind protection and you’ll struggle to get any useful luggage mounted.
The most famous thing about the R1200 C is probably its film career, bizarrely. The bike featured in the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies in a car chase scene, and that, plus its appearance at the Guggenheim Museum’s motorcycle exhibition has cemented its place in biking history.
Now, the R1200 C is becoming rare on the roads, and good used examples are harder to find. But if you’re an avid fan of BMW and have a weird yearning for a Harley-Davidson type cruiser, the BMW R1200C is everything that you could ever want…
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BMW R1200 C Bike Spec
- Top speed105 mph
- Average fuel consumption46 mpg
- Seat height740mm
- Engine8v flat twin
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It is a heavy bike but with a low centre of gravity
1200cc but only 61bhp pulling nearly 700lbs plus rider and luggage. It does well but will never the fastest out of the block!
tank capacity and fuel gauge.
Great bike, only problem I've had were the ignition coils needing replaced
Hydraulically linked braking system, excellent brakes.
She is a big, heavy cruiser but beautifully balanced and a great ride. She corners well. Can be difficult to maneuver when pushing into a parking space.
66bhp I find her slow on take off and to gain speed. However, she is steady and I don't even notice a twitch when overtaking lorries on the motorway.
A little less heavy.
Exactly the excellent build one would expect with a BMW
Brakes well and ABS gives me a feeling of security... Fortunately I've never needed to use it.