Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Morgan Hill, CA
Re: Buying an R1150RT or an R1200RT?
I have the 2004 R1150RT with 140K miles; had a few final drive seals replaced (3, first 2 under warranty), last one has stayed fixed. No other issues; starter is getting a bit noisy and I'll eventually need to replace. I've used it for work commutes, plus 2-up trips along the US west coast and Nevada and Arizona. Good tour bike, yet also easy to handle in commute traffic including lane splitting. (ABS brakes are nice to have when needed, and a couple of times I needed them.)
I also had a 2015 R1200RT, now replaced by a 2018, love it too. I'm heading out from California to Ohio / Kentucky / South Carolina / ... and back next month on it. Tours just as nicely as the 1150. No issues so far on the 1200.
So, I agree with earlier posts -- the last couple of years of the 1150, and the more recent 1200's, both nice and relatively good on the maintenance front. If I were on a budget and looking for a good touring BMW, I wouldn't shy away from the late 1150's.
But I also have an F650CS (OK, my wife will point out that it is hers), and for my 30 mile commute, one up and no luggage, that is quite acceptable as well. Good gas consumption, light weight, low center of gravity.