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I was never a big fan of their cruiser's looks but from a tech standpoint I liked them... 'weird' stuff too like single sided swingarm, tele-lever fork... even the passenger seat flips up to become a backrest. I'm surprised to hear that anyone claims reliability issues but then it doesn't have to be true to be perpetuated... just enough disgruntled owners have to voice their opinions.
 

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I looked into it a little,

something about a seal or gasket between the transmission and engine that tends to leak oil on this bike, and a couple other things,

and the overall low rating that owners reported to consumer reports on the frequent need to take BMW bikes to the dealer for service and repair.

They rate lower than HD on overall reliability.

From a mechanical design perspective a 2 cylinder boxer engine is very smooth and balanced, but the rest of it... not too sure.

The bike was $15,000 new back in 2001, now its averaging $2k with that kind of low mileage. I'm pretty sure I have never seen one.
 

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It was featured in a Bond film back in the day... can't remember which one but it was around the late 90s. It used the first gen cam-in-head boxer motor which I don't have much experience with but still I'd take these 'reviews' with a grain of salt... I'd only trust people I know can be trusted for the same reason I don't believe the Suzuki DRZ-400 self destructing alternator or 80s Suzuki regulator/rectifier failure rumors. And yeah, the old pushrod BMW boxer motors were stone reliable and smooth as silk.
 

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Although I'd prefer to not have FI I would buy that R1200C, remove the windshield and replace those pull back handlebars with low rise or drag bars. Make it look more like this without bobbing the rear.
 

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I like some of the bikes people have made out of early goldwings (up to about '84)

the R1200C looks like someone took a goldwing and went nuts with the mods.

Doe anyone know why an air cooled bike appears to have a radiator on the front of the gas tank?

BTW, in 1946 my father owned a BMW R3 when he was in Germany after the war. Would be a cool connection for me to own an R1200

how many companies have maintained the name model naming protocol for 70 years?
 

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I say, buy the bike, do not modify it but ride it instead. It's a great looking bike and for only 2000 it's a steal. From what I have read, the motor is not as strong as the other 1200 cc motors. When I hear such a thing, that means that the motor will last forever. Super high tuned maximum power motors have a tendancy to die sooner.
 

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this is interesting, specs for the bike

it has an oil cooler (radiator in front of the gas tank)

POWER TRANSMISSION:
Clutch: Single disc dry clutch, hydraulically operated

(never seen a MC with a dry clutch)

and it requires premium octane gas for some reason (compression is only 10: 1)
 

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... (never seen a MC with a dry clutch)...)
My old BMW R75/5 and Moto Guzzi V7 Ambassador both had single plate dry clutches... basically like an old car clutch. Then of course there's the Ducatis with multi-plate dry clutches... you can hear those things from a block away. ;)

 

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...BTW, in 1946 my father owned a BMW R3 when he was in Germany after the war...
I got the opportunity to ride both an R25 and R27 and they were fun bikes. They displaced all of 250cc and people used to attach sidecars to these little single cylinder bikes. In Wim Wender's film "Kings of the Road" there are a few scenes in which the characters rode an R27 with sidecar.
 

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been thinking about this - have put a lot of thought into my next bike - something bigger than my 650

have been looking for a road star or road liner - checking prices listed in several places.

If I was only going to get one more bike for the rest of my life, it would not be the BMW 1200C. If I had a 4 car garage and a collection of bikes, it would be a nice one to add.

sometimes you have to ask the question the right way, then the answer is clear.
 
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