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Considering 04 R1200C, questions....

Today I looked at an 04 Phoenix with about 5K miles on it. I have not taken it for a test ride yet. The MC shop said he would come down to $9K. It is an independent shop with many brands of used bikes for sale.

I have never owned a BMW.
Questions applying to the R1200C:
Is there a regular interval for valve lash checking/adjustment?
Do all BMWs require premium fuel?
What kind of gas mileage to expect?

What should I be aware of on this model?
How do I tell if it is the Phoenix model ?

Thanks for any help.

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post #2 of 13 Old Oct 27th, 2007, 3:24 am
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Hi Bob,

I also own a R 1200 C and am very happy with it.

You will find the answers to all ( and more ) your questions here

www.chromeheads.org

Good luck,

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Today I looked at an 04 Phoenix with about 5K miles on it. I have not taken it for a test ride yet. The MC shop said he would come down to $9K. It is an independent shop with many brands of used bikes for sale.

I have never owned a BMW.
Questions applying to the R1200C:
Is there a regular interval for valve lash checking/adjustment?
Do all BMWs require premium fuel?
What kind of gas mileage to expect?

What should I be aware of on this model?
How do I tell if it is the Phoenix model ?

Thanks for any help.
The Peonix has a yellow and black paint job and BBS alloy wheels.

The valves need adjustment every 6k, but it's very easy.

Most BMW recomend premium fuel including the R12C

You should get 40-45 MPG on average.

Hope this helps

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Thanks for the replies and help.

I learned that the salesperson is trying to sell it as a Phoenix and it is not.

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Thanks for the replies and help.

I learned that the salesperson is trying to sell it as a Phoenix and it is not.

Bob
How is it equipted? Does it have a wind shield, leather bags, heated grips, chrome motor guard any extras? There were other special models like the euro and the montana that were cool too...

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How is it equipted? Does it have a wind shield, leather bags, heated grips, chrome motor guard any extras? There were other special models like the euro and the montana that were cool too...
haven't looked at it for a week. trying to remember..........
windshield, black hard shell (I think) bags, heated grips, chrome motor guards and the color was one of the following: white, off white, silver.
The windshield didn't appear to offer a whole lot of protection from the wind. No lowers either.
Appearance wise, it looked to be in good condition.
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haven't looked at it for a week. trying to remember..........
windshield, black hard shell (I think) bags, heated grips, chrome motor guards and the color was one of the following: white, off white, silver.
The windshield didn't appear to offer a whole lot of protection from the wind. No lowers either.
Appearance wise, it looked to be in good condition.
The wind shield, bags and motor bars are expensive extras. If you like the bike, then buy it. How much is it BTW??

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Check the mounting bars for the wind screen real good, look for any small cracks at all. Make sure the bolts are tight always. It is a boxer so you will have some vibe.
They did not make many of the r1200c series but, try not to buy the first on you find. I ride a 98c and am very happy. I had about 20,000 miles before I felt it really break in. With a bmw product I try to find something with at least 10,000 miles on it. If you ever need to work on a r1200c go to www.chromeheads.org and find POKIE.
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Today I looked at an 04 Phoenix with about 5K miles on it. I have not taken it for a test ride yet. The MC shop said he would come down to $9K. It is an independent shop with many brands of used bikes for sale.

I have never owned a BMW.
Questions applying to the R1200C:
Is there a regular interval for valve lash checking/adjustment?
Do all BMWs require premium fuel?
What kind of gas mileage to expect?

What should I be aware of on this model?
How do I tell if it is the Phoenix model ?

Thanks for any help.

if I were you , before I thought about it any furhter, I would go ride more bmw models, ride a RT GT GS whatever. I feel the C is underpowered (it is) and handles like a tank (compared to the other bmw models)

JMHO YMMV just be sure you like it before you buy it

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The 1200C models are good for inseam challenged riders. if this is not you, do as stated before, go check the other models first. I have owned 4 others, and all have their good points. My favorite now is of course, The LT!
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I really enjoy the "C" for day rides in Santa Fe. It is a bare bike with no fairings to block the wind. With a short inseam, there is NO problem getting on and off the bike. I like the built in back rest function of the pinon seat. It is not a hot rod. However, the five pound fly wheel provides plenty of torque and the engine is quite happy running at much lower rpms than my "RT". I find it handles as nimbly as my RT and it is lighter. It is not quite as fuel efficient as the "RT".

However, from my personal experience, it is not really a track day bike. I had fun but others had to go around me. I got to 75 mph on the straights and others blew past at significantly higher speeds.

I bought mine "new" in December 2005 [never titled] with the white pin stripes on black and with all the added accessories and wiring, I was about $12K out the door. It reminded me of my first bike, a 1969 R69S. That is why I bought it and plan to keep it as long as I am able to ride.


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Switz, are all those bikes yours?


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Yes, I owned them all at one time or another plus quite a few others. There are now matching 2005 H-D CVO yellow Classics (one in Indiana and the other in Arizona). The 2004 BMW R1200C lives in Santa Fe along with the 2003 H-D CVO Road King and matching Bushtec trailer. The 2007 BMW R1200RT and 2006 Goldwing with Tailwind trailer (also towed by the Classic) spend time in Arizona. My wife has her 2006 Rebel in Arizona and got her endorsement but is not really interested in riding.

We pull out of the sub division onto a dual lane highway where it is posted (as a reference number) 65 mph so merging is not for an underpowered bike and a novice rider.

I have things pre positioned as I travel a lot by air and 'tis nice to have "toys" at my destinations that have appropriate garages for bikes and vehicles. I have decided the UK might not be a good place to ride on the wrong side of the road. I have a memory jogger for the car that the steering wheel belongs next to the center of the road. That is not quite the option on a bike.....
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