BMW has always been well known for producing some of the finest types of vehicles in existence. When you consider that fact, it really shouldn't come as any surprise that's this is one of the most prominent motorcycle manufacturers in existence as well. When most people think about BMW, they only think about its cars. In reality, the company is capable of producing some motorcycles that would easily rival practically anything else out there. Many of their ideas have been nothing short of revolutionary over the years. Another thing that sets them apart is the fact that they've never been afraid to take a chance on something. Just because it hasn't been done before didn't mean that they weren't willing to try it. Many of those gambles worked quite well for them.
2004 BMW K1200S
This motorcycle was different from everything else that was being produced at the time, for one reason and one reason alone. It featured an engine that was liquid cooled and it was also an inline 4-cylinder type of engine. It allowed the bike to produce 165 horsepower, more than enough to allow it to be competitive with bikes that were a lot heavier. That being said, a lot of problems occurred with this particular bike and the company ended up issuing a recall in order to fix problems with the engine itself. It might seem like a big ding on BMW's reputation, but once the engines were fixed, at the company's expense, this bike went on to make a name for itself as one of the best bikes of the decade.
2007 BMW K1200R Sport
All in all, this particular motorcycle was almost identical to the one listed above, at least as far as its performance characteristics went. It did look a little different, as its main focus was to be used as a bike that could be ridden across the country. Since it was a touring bike, it was designed to be a little heavier, easier to control, and a lot more comfortable. This made it look somewhat like its predecessor, albeit a much tamer version.
2008 BMW K1300R
Once again, BMW decided it was time to increase the horsepower in order to enjoy improved performance. The end result was this bike, capable of producing 175 horsepower. The bike also featured a brand new exhaust system. It looked a little sleeker than the bikes that were produced earlier in the decade and it was capable of both performing and handling slightly better.
2005 BMW R1200GS
This is one of the most unique bikes ever produced by BMW, regardless of when it was produced. It featured what was known as a boxer engine, effectively allowing the bike to produce more horsepower and weigh less than virtually everything that came before it. The end result is a motorcycle that's capable of doing practically everything. As a matter of fact, these bikes were actually marketed as dual purpose motorcycles. The company wanted them to be capable of traveling in an off-road environment, yet still be good for riding long distances. At the time, this was a concept that most people wouldn't even consider, let alone construct. However, BMW was ready to take the gamble and it paid off. As it turns out, this ended up being one of the most popular bikes of the decade and it's still popular today.
2010 BMW K1600GT
The thing that sets this bike apart is its engine. As opposed to the standard four-cylinder engine that most motorcycles of the time were equipped with, this one featured a six- cylinder engine they gave it a little more power. It also added a lot of weight, but the bike was powerful enough to overcome the additional weight without suffering much in the way of performance. Some might even argue that the bike offered superior performance.
Of course, every person has their favorite BMW motorcycle. Perhaps yours is on this list or maybe it's another motorcycle that was made during the same decade, yet isn't listed here. It might even be a motorcycle that was built in an entirely different decade that really pulls at your heartstrings. Whatever the case might be, there is no doubt that BMW bikes are top quality, just like everything else produced by this company.
Written by Garrett Parker
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