1998 BMW R1200C
BMW revised their range of motorcycles in the early 1990s, retaining the basic “boxer” twin configuration, but using four valves per cylinder and fuel injection to meet emissions regulations while still providing the signature BMW grunt. Revisions were also made to the frame, now using the engine as a stressed member with bolted-on sub-frames supporting the steering head at the front and the suspension unit and seat at the rear. And that front suspension received a total redesign to a revolutionary “telelever” set up, whereby the legs of a conventional telescopic fork connected to a pivoting wishbone controlled by a single coil-sprung damper unit below the steering head. This transformed the bike’s handling by adding to the already comfortable ride with a “sit down” pose under hard cornering for sportbike-embarrassing results.
In a bid to cross German engineering and efficiency with the huge American market for cruising motorcycles, the R1200C was introduced. Exquisite build quality synonymous with BMW, and with handling to match, the ‘C’ was typical cruiser with low seat, forward foot controls and high handlebars for that laidback stance, and, of course, lots of chrome. The R1200C became a little more famous in the hands of British secret agent, James Bond in “Tomorrow Never Dies” in 1997.
The motorbike offered
The white with blue trim ‘C’ on offer here, hails from a California-based substantial collection of American and European bikes. A barn-find when discovered, the bike was stored for the decade or more, having covered little more than 10,000 miles from new. Recently liberated, the bike was cleaned and detailed and given a full re-commissioning, including new battery, fuel pump and general service to the fuel and spark systems. Cosmetically, the bike is in good overall condition, though seat material shows wear. Now, in good running condition, the bike is ready for the James Bond.
Sold on a clean, clear California title in non-op status, so no past registration fees are due.