June 26, 2006 21:00 by keithkaragan
I've been riding a street motorcycle for a few years now. My first Harley, a black 2003 Sportster 883 Custom - that was upgraded to a 1200, got me started and kept me happy until this year. I started looking around for something new, exciting, and different - and came across the BMW K1200R naked bike. Took a test ride - WOW! what a bike, needless to say it's now sitting in my driveway. After a few days and a couple hundred miles I'm still smiling. This bike is a lot of fun, and a great driving experience. You can't really ask for much more power, and the creature comforts just rock.
This bike has an electronically controlled suspension, ABS, heated grips, decent range, a six speed trans, and 163 hp. It handles wonderfully and stops solidly. After dealing with a v-twin with no amenities for the last several years, and some long trips it's really quite a different experience to drive a bike with these refinements. I've always kind of liked the BMW bike style, but the protrusion of the boxster engine was a bit of a turn-off - this model has an inline four cylinder engine, so it has a really clean and aggressive look to it.
Now I have to figure out what to do with some of the Harley branded and cruiser centric stuff I have, and get bags for this bike for traveling.
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