Im looking to buying one of them, but I am a bit torn. I love throwing a bike around tasmanian twisties, and enjoy running off exploring trails and tracks. I think the 800 would probably be more fun in the twisties and easier to pickup out of the trails, but the 1200 has a motor that is reputed to be bullet proof, I like the looks better and I wont have to lube a chain. The bike is likely to be used frequently to get to work and back, so I really like the idea of a solid reliable bike above all else. All comments, flames, wild speculation, guesses, opinions welcome I have no idea where bmw developed their 800 from, and dont want to be a guinuepig.