Introduced in 1997 the R1200C was aimed directly at the custom cruiser market which at that time had been totally dominated by Harley-Davidson, even the Japanese competition was having a hard time with sales in this sector, so BMW’s answer was to use their already tried and tested 1,170cc built proof Boxer engine in a bike with radical styling and clever product placement of the bike in the new Bond movie ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’ to boost sales.
In all some 40,000 bikes were built in its relatively short seven year production life, although these figures seem high they are not often seen on the roads and are fast becoming a modern classic.
This example was supplied new by Bavarian Motorcycles of Pretoria, South Africa in 1998 and was imported to the UK in 2001. A UK MoT in 2004 states the then milage was 1,414 it is now currently showing only 3,876 with MoT’s since then to verify that this is correct. Fitted with the optional BMW luggage and ABS the bike remains in fantastic condition, the body work is completely unmarked. Supplied with UK registration documents, current MoT until May 2015 and all the factory handbooks this must be one of the lowest milage examples currently on offer anywhere.