BMW R1200C (1998-99)

The BMW R1200C, produced from 1998 to 2004, was the German brand’s attempt to break into the American cruiser market dominated by Harley-Davidson. The R1200C featured a 1,170cc boxer engine that produced 61 horsepower and 72 lb-ft of torque. Its unique design was inspired by the Art Deco movement of the 1930s, with its rounded lines and retro styling. The bike’s standout feature was its fuel tank, which was positioned under the seat, giving the R1200C a low center of gravity and a distinctive profile.

The R1200C was sold in two variants: the Classic and the Independent. The Classic had a more traditional cruiser look with a windshield, leather saddlebags, and chrome accents. The Independent, on the other hand, had a more custom look with a stripped-down design and a single, round headlight.

Reviews of the R1200C were mixed. Some praised its unique style and comfortable riding position, while others criticized its heavy weight and lack of power compared to other cruisers. Despite efforts to market the bike towards a younger generation, the R1200C failed to make a significant impact on the American cruiser market and was eventually discontinued in 2004.

Today, the R1200C has a cult following among BMW enthusiasts and collectors who appreciate its unique design and place in the brand’s history. Its distinctive style has even been featured in movies such as the James Bond film “Tomorrow Never Dies.”

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