BMW K1200S First ride

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Words and Pictures by Stelvio

MotorbikesToday reader and avid Stelvio Verdani is a lucky Not only does he live in one of the bike friendly places on the but he won an expenses paid trip to his beloved Nurburgring, courtesy of to try their new K1200S. I don’t what he did ina past life but it have been good.

what he says about the

Read with care: is written by a long-time BMW enthusiast.

I was one of the testers of the new K1200S at the Nordschleife a few ago. The selection of the 30 testers more than 10 thousand was done by BMW subsidiaries in the different so I don’t know if some criteria was adopted: as a matter of it was a mix of BMW customers and people who had never a BMW in their life.

Among the of us from Italy, apart me (owner of 6 different BMWs so currently riding 2 BMWs and a ZX-10R), there was the webmaster of an BMW-aficionados site, and a guy who owns a few and supersports bikes, and never had a One of the criteria, however, was that we expected to be sporty riders.

I must tell you that BMWs I had, in different did surprise me. For example, a K 1200 RS, its enormous weight, proved to be a agile bike (it was the first on which I rode the Nordschleife, a few ago); and the R 1100 S, despite its low power and somewhat important can be a real track-tool that me to leave a few supersports behind, at in corners. So I was sort of expecting surprise from the Bavarians.

But not as big as the K S proved to be.

Let’s take it the start. I had seen pictures of the on magazines and on the web, and they all the impression of a huge, very bike. In real life, the big part seems to be the (rather headlight: the bike is smaller expected, and it does not even that long, although the figure is a large one.

I like the tail of the bike the huge German license was spoiling it), the design of the and the way the big exhaust silencer literally in the profile of the bike, thanks to the of swingarm on the right side, allows it to be positioned extremely to the wheel.

Time to start the engine. The is nothing like any previous BMW I whatever the number of cylinders.

closer to the sound of a supersports, in the engine is very sharp in revs, but it has more body a supersports, and it is still civilized and as a BMW.

Standard (=visible!!) meters, plus an LCD display presumably, a lot of information (but was not the part I was more interested

Time to move. The very impression, moving slowly in the car was of a heavy steering. I stopped and for a steering damper (which there), and even if my front was properly inflated (which it

Then I realized that the disappears as soon as you move at than, say, 15 km/h: probably an effect of the new front geometry.

We spent the first riding around narrow of the Eifel, at speeds that not make German police happy. I must admit I was more attention to the riding, when we went on a few kms of road was being repaved, than on feedback from the bike, but the impression was of comfort, good protection and great torque at rpm.

But, of course, everybody was for the real test on the Nordschleife. So, early in the morning, nordic (at least, not italian style) we at the gates of the track. First of the morning was spent in studying one of the track (I was getting a bit impatient, done several hundred of the place) and in braking exercises.

I admit the ABS (which, in principle, I like) is getting better and and the electrically assisted braking I tried once on a Rockster and on the K1200LT they gave me to go to the reduces the power to apply to the but is now also very sensible. drawback, if you move your in the garage without turning the key on, you are very likely to hit the wall.

an Austrian guy in my group stopped about 50 km/h in 4 meters his back wheel about 40 cm in the

At last, around 10 in the morning, it was to start lapping.

On my very lap I found myself with the slider on the floor in a great corner called Aremberg is something I don’t do that on the ZX-10R). The bike gives a lot of it’s very stable and due to an extremely low center of gravity, and the can pull you out of any corner in any gear.

In my group, I was the only one with knowledge of the track, and we also had riding abilities, so the policy of the was quicker and quicker in corners, down to recompact the group in the Typically I was not using lower than 4th. Nevertheless, at the end of the day, after about 40 (more than 800 kms) we going quite quick.

BMW K1200S

The handles great, is comfortable and It’s no supersports, and yet it is very and very fast: you feel you are on a quiet stroll, and then you you are doing 220 at the bottom of Fuchsrohre. I myself with my knee on the in Angstkurve, which is a 180 km/h lefthander, and on the final straight the still pushes hard at 280 km/h indicated.

Defects? noticed some engine at low revs: I also had some, but for a few minutes on a cold and damp I hear that some complains about vibrations. Come on!

You are practically sitting on an If it does not vibrate, you better it: is probably not running. The age of seriously engines ended probably in the

Other, Iitalian, journalists (of the type) complain that the is not easy to wheelie. I must this is a serious fault, if you use the bike to go from home to the pub and (possibly in a straight line), but a BMW would never be flashy for you, would it?

My point is: 1-litre supersports are great but they simply cannot be on the road. Probably a 600 is still too On my ZX-10R, in Italy, I could my license retired on any road, motorways, using only gear.

The only road I end up it on is the motorway between my place and the

The K1200S is a BMW. It’s comfortable, it has state-of-the-art electronics, you can carry luggage, go for a trip, go for a go to the office (I’ll never do ), but then, somehow, the K1200S is NOT a It has just 8 bhp less than my it made me scrape the surface of the in places where I never did it has proven to lap the place in less 8 minutes (even on a lousy if you have seen Markus video).

By the way, Markus Barth was at the both days, and we saw him passing by at a in a different league.

I heard our instructor that his 7’57 lap was in a session of only 3 laps, on first visit of the year to the with a pre-production prototype equipped with a center-stand (= all the way), and Markus admits he at least three mistakes.

He the bike has the potential for a 7’40.

And I him.

Editor’s note: The lap record around the Nordschleife of was set by Helmut Dahne on a Honda

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