Used Buyer’s Guide.........................

Fast Bikes - - CONTENTS -

The early 2000s were some­thing of a tran­si­tional pe­riod for BMW. Des­per­ate to shed their ‘pipe and slip­pers’ rep­u­ta­tion as an old man’s com­pany that made ex­cel­lent tourers but not a lot to ex­cite younger rid­ers, BMW were push­ing the boat out. They needed to at­tract a whole new gen­er­a­tion of rid­ers to the brand as, to be bru­tally frank, their loyal cus­tomers were get­ting older and dy­ing out! With this in mind, BMW de­cided the time was right to launch some­thing very ex­cit­ing in­deed – a hyperbike.

Un­veiled in 2005, the K1200S took over from the rather hideous pre­vi­ous K-Se­ries of bikes (the K stands for Kraftrad, or wheel power) that fea­tured a lon­gi­tu­di­nal in­line-four with hor­i­zon­tal cylin­ders rather than a con­ven­tional across the frame mo­tor. So, turn­ing their back on their tra­di­tional K-for­mat, BMW fol­lowed the crowds and built a cut­ting edge in­line-four and stuck it the right way in their frame. And, af­ter a few ini­tial hic­cups with a ter­ri­ble fu­elin­jec­tion sys­tem that de­layed the K1200S’s launch by six months, they did a very good job in­deed.

Com­fort­ably fast

By draw­ing on ex­pe­ri­ence gained by their four-wheeled mo­tor­sport di­vi­sion, BMW Mo­tor­rad built only their se­cond gen­er­a­tion of in­line-four en­gines in over 80 years to prove a point. This was a firm who could do fast and thrilling if they wanted – and if you still had any doubts, the claimed 167bhp and 130Nm of torque (in re­al­ity 153bhp and 123Nm at the rear wheel)

Fast and flex­i­ble...

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