Because it is so different than other cruiser motorcycles, some
people don't believe that the 1200C actually fits into the cruiser
phylum. That's only true if you believe that a cruiser must have a
V-twin engine and traditional American styling. However, if you
believe a cruiser simply requires a certain attitude, riding
position and nostalgic styling, then the BMW fits the bill
This 1 owner garage kept cruiser has never been wrecked or toppled.
A few minor scratches are seen throughout, but overall in very nice
The 1200cc electronic fuel injected engine, will take you smoothly
down the road. A single clutch 5 speed transmission completes the
Viewers with a limited scope may take issue with the Telelever
front suspension, but BMW's use of telescopic forks is relatively
new. The Earles fork, to which this has a vague resemblance, was a
BMW tradition. The Telelever also permitted BMW to minimize the
aluminum frame and make the engine a primary chassis component. The
geometry of the design reduces dive under braking. At the rear, the
single shock and one-sided swing arm impede the view of the
wire-spoked rear wheel less than a hardtail. The wheels are the
perfect example of BMW's ability to meld tradition (wire spokes)
with modern technology (tubeless tires). Stopping comes from disc
The tall handlebar and the small passenger pad (which hinges up to
become a rider backrest and reveal a luggage platform) give the
bike a chopperesque quality. The lines of the tank, the rear
fender's shape and the black-with-white-pinstripes finish evoke BMW
models from even further back in time than the 1948 model recalled
by Harley's Heritage Springer.
All in all, a piece of BMW technical history especially as it
relates to the front suspension configuration. Technology mixed
with nostalgia, give this bike a truly unique look, as well as
utilizing the latest innovations.
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 150 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. A 450 barn find
collection is currently also on display.
This vehicle is in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania,
conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76
Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and
our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for
more information or to come see the vehicle in person.
1998 BMW R1200
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