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Quick Review BMW K1200GT

Discussion in 'Bike Reviews, Questions and Suggestions' started by Scumbag, Jul 21, 2006.

  1. Just a couple of quick thoughts after taking one into town and back again, work purposes of course. :LOL: :LOL:
    Right first up, horsepower, lots, stupid amounts for a tourer.
    next riding position, neutral tending to sitting a little upright. If I adjusted the bars to the lowest position it would probably be better.
    Screen, dumb dumb dumb. In the lowest position it creates lots of wind buffet around the helmet and the top setting is nice and quiet. Even running it in the intermediate positions did not help. The real reason it is dumb is because I am not a tall person, so if you are taller than 172 cm you are going to have trouble with wind buffet.
    The bike is light on its wheels considering its size, moves very easily and is easy to ride.
    Did I mention horsepower before, oh good.
    Overtaking is a slight twist of the wrist and there you go whoosh.
    Brakes are very good, though a little dead in the feel of them.
    Typical of the servo brakes BMW are using now.
    Bike tips into corners nice with just a little nudge on the bars and is very stable.
    Heated seats and grips were a blessing on the way in though I had turned them off on the way back.
    Did I mention HORSEPOWER, in a tourer.
    One last thing, cruise control. Not sure I am sold on it on a motorcycle, I tried it out going into and out of town and just could not get used to it. I suppose with more time it could be done.
    No pictures, if you want to have a look just jump across to the BMW Motorrad site.
    Oh yes it is ugly, but damn has it got some grunt.

    :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin:

  2. Just read the review in Two Wheels. Sounds like a fine sports tourer, but DAMN!!! someone needs to take the design guys out the back and shoot them. The thing looks like it was designed in the 50's as a guess at what bikes would look like in the 21st century. Ugly, ugly bike.
  3. I was reading about this bike in Two Wheels last night and it mentioned the words comfort over long distances. Interesting...
  4. Yep real interesting if you want to drop 30 large on a bike that looks like it was vomited up by a sperm whale.
  5. :LOL: :LOL: :LOL: :LOL:

    Hmm, the new BMW 'Ambergis'...
  6. Not quite my kettle of fish...
  7. Definitely not a bike for squids... :roll:
  8. There's a special place in hell reserved for you and your puns Tony. It's right next to spot reserved for whoever deigned the GT...
  9. No - the GT is not too bad compared to some. :roll:

    I still say the R1200CL is absolutely the worst looking bike to come from BMW (and they've done a few...and that comes from someone who likes BMWS!)

    and as to going to hell for the bad puns... there's carrie and Hornet and Loz as well so I should be in good company there :LOL:

    Although they probably give you a Mach III Kawasaki to ride

  10. i htought it looked OK from the article i read..... just proves i have amost nothing in common with the majority of mankind.

    On second thoughts that's not so bad after all :LOL:
  11. OK Here's a picture


    a bit slabby but not as bad as all that... :roll:
  12. ive seen a lot worse....
    not quite my thing but would suit the retitree tourer very well

  13. OK Tony,enough with the jokes can you put up a REAL pic not a cartoon version.
  14. OK... :LOL:

    This one really makes it look good.
    (especially compared to the Teutonic gentleman sitting astride it :roll: )

  15. and just like the bike styling his dress sence is out of the 70's

    Brown coudoroy and hush pupies. Eeek

    even got a porno 'stash going
  16. Believe me they look no better in the flesh.
  17. Actually he could be Belgian when I look back at the original site - the photo is from the Brussels Bike Show. That would really explain the lack of any sense of style... :LOL: :LOL: :LOL:

    Or he could just be a school teacher... :p :p :p
  18. And neither does the bike? :LOL:
  19. I usually prefer simple, unadorned shapes, but there's a rear 3/4 shot of a silver 1200GT in Two Wheels and boy is it slabby.

    It's crying out for some (subtle) graphics to lighten it up a bit.

    Unfortunately BMW wouldn't know subtle graphics from a hole in the ground. So they've probably done the right thing leaving the GT plain.
  20. I kinda like the way it looks. Very German IMO. :wink: