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1997 BMW R1200C

Lot No.: 504

Registration: R602YNN
Frame Number: Not Specified
Side Car: No
Engine Number: Not Specified
Year of Manufacture: 1997
Sold for (£): 6,410

Designed by BMW Head of Design, David Robb, the R1200C was BMW's attempt to tap into the Harley Davidson cruiser style market and was a significant departure from their previous endeavors. An advance promotional placement of the R1200C in the James Bond film "Tomorrow Never Dies", ahead of the first deliveries to dealers was a real coup for the company's Marketing Department and ensured a global audience.

The BMW R1200C is a Harley-Davidson rival with German engineering. Like most cruisers, it sells on looks. The power characteristics of the R1200 are typical of large capacity twin cylinder cruisers where low down torque is more desirable than outright speed. Dynamically it's better than many of its rivals thanks to quality engineering and light(ish) weight. With its low centre of gravity, lengthened wheelbase (1,650mm) and modern suspension, BMW's radical cruiser has pushed road-holding standards, arguably, even higher. 

Exhibited in many Museums around the World (Guggenheim included) effectively as a Work of Art and the winner in several countries of Motorcycle of the Year and Cruiser of the Year, these motorcycles are approaching cult status. 

With only 1,533 miles logged since new with its two owners, the motorcycle on offer today is, as might be expected, in excellent condition and has been very realistically priced compared to the cost of a current brand new cruiser. A great bike to ride now or as a long-term collectable machine.