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    Fianally - R1200 C

    Friends:
    I posted a thread asking advice on choosing between RT / RS. But I could not give up on a good local deal and end up buying a 1200 C . I did not mean to waste your time asking for advice about Rt/ RS. I apologize to all of you who answered the post.

    The temptation landed me on a 2004 R1200C with 6,500 miles. I was not able to resist the low miles, good tires, battery, ABS and touring bags. I paid 4700. Part of the decision was based on a memorable trip I took 2 years ago from New Jersey to Key West FL. I traveled on my old 2002, Moto Guzzi Stone, a bike which is a bit along the same lines.

    Now that I have plunged without doing research, I need your advice regarding the bad and the good points of the 1200 C , especially bad ones. Do I have to worry about the spline problem?

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by mkmd555 View Post
    But I could not give up on a good local deal and end up buying a 1200 C .

    Do I have to worry about the spline problem?
    1. You have purchased one of the ugliest motorcycles to have ever come out of Germany. But that's just my opinion.
    (Having said that, you need to post a picture of it in the, uh, Post a Picture of Your Oilhead section here)

    2. Yes.

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    Welcome Zoomer! Cograts on your acquisition of the most UNIQUE BMW ever produced. But then, I am somewhat biased in my opinion.

    To answer your spline lube question, they should be lubricated. Some will argue whether or not the factory job is as "permanent" as it is claimed to be.

    You can find lots of discussion about our splines, as well as anything else you may care to know about our beautiful bikes over at Chromeheads.org

    Hope to see you there.
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    Welcome to the club! I bought my 98 R12C with 5000 miles on it 10 years ago and it's been a terrific bike so far. In addition to this forum, chromeheads will provide a wealth of information about your new ride.

    Get used to hearing two things about your choice in motorcycles.......on the the internet it's the UGLIEST friggin bike EVER conceived........and when your riding it in the REAL world people frequently will come up to you and remark it's one of the most beautiful bikes they've ever seen.

    Enjoy!
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    Beauty is different things to different folks. The BMW crowd seem to think the C bikes are the ugliest bikes ever made since they have chrome and a seat low enough for normal people. However, that feeling is not shared by many. I have had my mojave brown R1200CLC for a little over 6 years. Our riding group sometimes has my R1200CLC. a R1200GS, a couple of R1200RTs, a K75RT and sometimes a R100RT airhead. When we pull into a watering hold (typically Harley gathering places), there are a lot of questions and compliments for my bike and most of the others are ignored. It might be the chrome and it might be the rarity but it does stand out. In the last 6 years, it has been very dependable (46,000+).
    'You can say what you want about the South, but I almost never hear of anyone wanting to retire to the North.

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    Congrats on the new bike. Didn't see that one coming since you were asking about RS's and RT's.

    Beauty's in the eye of the beholder. May you enjoy your chromehead for many miles and many smiles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BC1100S View Post
    1. You have purchased one of the ugliest motorcycles to have ever come out of Germany. But that's just my opinion.

    2. Yes.
    Ignore the above comment. You have one beautiful bike!
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    1200 c

    I used to have a 2001. I rode it for 7 years, I have had many positive comments from strangers as to what a nice looking motorcycle, mostly attractive ladies. That bike and I traveled 27000 miles together without any major problems. The only reason I sold it was it became uncomfortable for my old bones. Ignore the nay sayers, its a great bike.
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    First of all I have to thank you for welcoming me to this august forum. In the past your ideas have been immensely helpful when I had a R1500 R back in 2008 ( for some reason my old posts have been lost).

    To my eyes the bike is pretty. The judges must have seen some merit when they placed this bike at the Guggenheim museum in NYC in the "Art of Motorcycle" display. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Art_of_the_Motorcycle

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...cle_exhibition

    Few questions:

    1. Is the HP too low, something to worry about during touring.

    2. Can you explain what a torque curve means to a rider?

    Thanks

    ZomZoom

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    HP too low? Only if you're looking to drag race or run 100+ mph.

    Torque curve? Means its got lots of low end grunt and pulling power. You could almost start off in 5th gear.

    This bike is a cruiser, and the best performing and handling one I've ever ridden. Get comfortable on it and then enjoy the ride!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mkmd555 View Post
    First of all I have to thank you for welcoming me to this august forum. In the past your ideas have been immensely helpful when I had a R1500 R back in 2008 ( for some reason my old posts have been lost).

    To my eyes the bike is pretty. The judges must have seen some merit when they placed this bike at the Guggenheim museum in NYC in the "Art of Motorcycle" display. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Art_of_the_Motorcycle

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...cle_exhibition

    Few questions:

    1. Is the HP too low, something to worry about during touring.

    2. Can you explain what a torque curve means to a rider?

    Thanks

    ZomZoom
    I've never ridden a C but am confident in saying the HP is nothing to worry about. I've had an R1100RS for 19 years and I'm sure they are similar.

    Torque is what you feel pushing you when you open the throttle and most people who speak of a torque curve (in favorable terms) are saying the engine pushes the bike plenty hard starting from low revs.

    Look up Bimota Mantra if you want to see ugly. IMHO

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    Quote Originally Posted by BC1100S View Post
    1. You have purchased one of the ugliest motorcycles to have ever come out of Germany. But that's just my opinion.
    I know people say that about that machine. In fact when I first saw one, the same idea passed briefly through my mind. But over the years I have heard nothing but good about them. People who own them seem very loyal, and really like them. I have come around to thinking that they are actually a very good bike to have. They seem to be especially good at cruising the expressways at high speed. And I may be mistaken, but I thought they had more storage space than my RT has. Sounds like you got a great deal on a really useful machine.

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    Hey Folks,

    Please do not interpret my earlier comment to mean that I think the 1200C is not a good motorcycle. I have zero experience with them but everyone who has one seems to love theirs so that's a positive statement on its own.

    I just wish the factory had included a paper bag to put over one's head to preserve your anonymity when riding it. Yes, I'm KIDDING.

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    You've got a great bike - enjoy it. I predict it will get you more compliments than criticism. Chromeheads.org is a good source of info for all matters relating to the "C" from philosophy to mechanics.

    R/Jim
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    Hope you live long and prosper on your "C". That said I think it is BMWs red headed stepchild. They dumped it because it didn't sell. It didn't sell because it was perceived as an underpowered chromed lead sled.
    Marty - in the western Oregon mountains.'06RT, (gone '04RT, '86 Venture Royal, '81 Yamaha Virago920, '82Suzuki GS1100GK, '76 Suzuki GT750, Triumph 750 Bonneville, BSA Road Rocket 650, 61" Harley knucklehead)

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