Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Ailsa Craig, Ontario, Canada
Re: 1200c comparison
I own 2 R1200C's and have ridden a R1200CL.
The CL feels a lot like an LT in size and weight. The Montauk feels heavier than the normal C as it has the same front end as the CL. The regular C's have a narrower front tire and different geometry, making the bike feel light and nimble.
The thing about the detuned 1200 is the torque, Max torque is at 3000 rpm (basically max off idle to red line as the torque is pretty well flat), max 62 HP at 5000 rpm. The gear box is the same as the R1100S, 5th gear is removed from it on the C and Montauk as they have 5 speeds, the CL has a 6 speed. There is more than enough power to lose your license, if you want.
The other thing about the C's is that they were never very popular so the price is usually low. I love my C's and got into them as they remind me of a powerful Airhead, but a lot cheaper.
Definitely try out the R1200C, look for something around 2001 and up for better chrome. The engine is fantastic and should last even longer that the regular boxers as it hardly has to work. The bike has a low center of gravity and is one of the lowest seats for the vertically challenged.
Of all the BMW bikes I have ridden the R1200C get the most comments. They either love it or hate it. (usually BMW owners who think it is an attempt as a Harley)
'01 R1200C Phoenix
'04 R1200C Montauk
'95 R100R Classic
'84 R80RT (naked)(sold)
'94 R100GSPD (sold)
'84 R100S (wannabe)(sold)
'97 R1100RSL (sold)
'81 R100 (sold)