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2008 BMW K1200GT-SE
TOP OF THE RANGE BMW TOURING BIKE
ELECTRIC SCREEN ETC
BMW SAT NAV
VERY VERY CLEAN BIG TOURER
FULL BMW LUGGAGE PANNIERS AND LARGE TOP BOX
BMW are best known for tourers, and here we have the K1200GT, the more touring-oriented version of the sporty K1200S launched 18 months ago. The K1200GT has slimline, slab-sided, challenging looks but it’s not the most unattractive sports tourer around by a long shot. The top-to-bottom quality finish is what we’ve all come expect, although there is an excess of black plastic around the dash area for my liking.
Having the optional multi-function computer fitted is one remedy I suppose, as this will make the flat screen dash more interesting to look at on long journeys. And cruising at high speed with a passenger and luggage is what this bike does well. With a claimed 152bhp and a 24-litre tank capacity, 200 miles or more should be a doddle in one stint. Rider comfort can be tailored to your individual requirements as the handlebars and seat height can be adjusted to suit nearly all shapes and sizes.
Where this bike is less able is on twisty roads that require lots of on/off throttle riding. While the mid-range response is fine, there is always a flat spot before the engine picks up, no matter how smoothly you try to accelerate from a closed throttle. Maybe this is strangulation while attempting to meet emissions rules, but a cleaner throttle response would make this type of riding a lot more enjoyable.
On the positive side the engine has a unique, almost race car-like sound, making it a joy to the ears whenever a blast up through the gears beckons.
The servo-assisted linked brakes work well, although, as is the case with all BMWs fitted with the EVO set-up, the feel could be improved. Initial braking is fine but this is followed by a strong surge then a solid feeling through the lever. There is no safety issue; it’s just a different feel from conventional braking systems. No complaints on the ABS rear brake though – every bike should have one.
The suspension works well, with nice front anti-dive and the rear stuck like glue at all times, undoubtedly helped by the superb Bridgestone 020s.
Of the many options available the ESA, or Electronic Suspension Adjustment, is my favourite. Three settings – ‘comfort’, ‘normal’ and ‘sport’ – are changeable via a button on the left-hand controls with the setting registering on the dash. For an extra £1300 there is also an SE model available which, along with the ESA, will have heated bars and seat, a trip computer, cruise control and Xenon lights.
Colours (a key buying decision for me) are graphite, blue and silver grey, which gives the bike a lighter, brighter look.
BMW don’t make a bad sports tourer and the new K1200 GT is no exception. Prices start at £11,995 but a few options are necessary to complete the package and accomplish maximum enjoyment.
It’s not a bike if you’re on a budget – but most BMW owners rarely are.
BMW’s profilation of this bike
For some motorcyclists, long distances and dynamic performance go together like innovation and quality when they have a passion for a supreme touring experience.
Model: BMW K 1200 GT
Rating: 72.6 out of 100. Show full rating and compare with other bikes
Engine and transmission
Displacement: 1157.00 ccm (70.60 cubic inches)
Engine type: In-line four, four-stroke
Power: 150.19 HP (109.6 kW)) @ 9500 RPM
Torque: 130.00 Nm (13.3 kgf-m or 95.9 ft.lbs) @ 7750 RPM
Bore x stroke: 79.0 x 59.0 mm (3.1 x 2.3 inches)
Valves per cylinder: 4
Fuel system: Injection. Electronic intake pipe injection/digital engine management including knock sensor (BMS-K)
Cooling system: Liquid
final drive: Shaft drive (cardan)
Clutch: Multiple-disc clutch in oil bath, hydraulically operated
Fuel consumption: 4.80 litres/100 km (20.8 km/l or 49.00 mpg)
Greenhouse gases: 111.4 CO2 g/km. (CO2 – Carbon dioxide emission)
Chassis, suspension, brakes and wheels
Frame type: Bridge-type frame, cast aluminium, load-bearing engine
Rake (fork angle): 29.2°
Trail: 120 mm (4.7 inches)
Front suspension: BMW Motorrad Duolever
Front wheel travel: 115 mm (4.5 inches)
Rear suspension: Cast aluminium single-sided swing arm with BMW Motorrad Paralever
Rear wheel travel: 135 mm (5.3 inches)
Front tyre: 120/70-17
Rear tyre: 180/55-17
Front brakes: Double disc. ABS
Front brakes diameter: 320 mm (12.6 inches)
Rear brakes: Single disc. ABS
Rear brakes diameter: 294 mm (11.6 inches)
Physical measures and capacities
Dry weight: 249.0 kg (549.0 pounds)
Weight incl. oil, gas, etc: 282.0 kg (621.7 pounds)
Power/weight ratio: 0.6032 HP/kg
Seat height: 820 mm (32.3 inches) If adjustable, lowest setting.
Overall length: 2,318 mm (91.3 inches)
Overall width: 965 mm (38.0 inches)
Wheelbase: 1,572 mm (61.9 inches)
Fuel capacity: 24.00 litres (6.34 gallons)
Reserve fuel capacity: 2.00 litres (0.53 gallons)
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