2010-2013 110bhp 85ftlb 229kg 140mph Why you want one
BMW’S boxer twin tourers have always been brilliant bikes, so much so that they pretty much define the category thanks to their combination of easy, fluid performance, classy comfort, decent durability and residuals, light enough handling and benchmark touring equipment and accessories.
The first 1200 came in 2005, immediately asserted itself as the new class leader and was then updated in 2010 with BMW’S uprated and brisker ‘Twin Cam’ engine and improved fairing and clocks complete with new scroll wheel mode selector on the left bar. Although this model was in turn replaced by an all-new, 125bhp 1200RT in 2014, which, with used prices starting at around £10k is out of this budget, eight grand will get you the best of the older, 2010-13 RTS in fully-loaded SE spec which, on top of the standard adjustable seat and electric screen, has a heated seat and grips, traction control plus BMW’S brilliant ESAII electronically-adjustable suspension which lets you choose between Comfort, Touring, Normal and Sport settings at the touch of a button.
What to look for
“It’s a fantastic all-rounder, very comfortable for rider and pillion and benefits from a high spec. I’d fit a front mudguard extender for all-weather riding as the front engine covers can look a bit tired after a few years. It’s generally very reliable. Servicing is every year or 6000 miles. A minor service can be £200 going up to around £500 for a major service.” Jack Loak Service Advisor at Wollaston BMW, Northampton
It’s an incredible mile-muncher with all the trimmings
BEST TOURER £8k
BUY ONE NOW 2012 BMW R1200RT SE, £7995 5300 miles, with Dynamic and Premium packs, FSH, new tyres.