BMW R1200C (1998) Cream II

Oct. 28, 2020 -

Lenox Road

Lenox Road Dec. 1, 2020

How I got this bike

  Because of the experiences I hadbwith both of the previous R1200c's, I was always on the lookout for another.  So when I saw this one listed on Facebook Marketplace with 39,000 miles and the price marked down from $4,000 to $3,000 (firm?), I was interested.  I talked to the owner who said he's 79 and has had the bike since 1998.  That's as close to one-owner as it gets. I went to Whitesides Road (off Fishhouse Road) with Andrea P, test rode it on a cold rainy day in late October, and trailered it home.

  There is a lien on the title but it's with BMW Financial Services.  I sent them an email requesting a lien release, but still had to call two times to finally get it.

  The title showed he bought it with just 2,092 miles back in Oct. 1998.

   The bike had these extras:

  • - hard bags

  • - chrome engine guards

  • - BMW windshield

  • - Corbin seat with back rests

bagsIt came with the tool kit and an extra oil filter and a disk brake lock. 

Work Log:

  Blue shoe cream for the handgrips and black for the seat and luggage
  Flexible covers for the handlebar wiring
  Rear drive gear oil 75-90 synthetic
  Gear oil synthetic 75-140 for the transmission (1 qt.)
  Engine oil 20-50 full synthetic (3.75 qt.)
  Sticker removed from swingarm
  Turn signal stabilized
  Spark plugs NGK 2095 / Bosch BKR7EKC-N center electrode

  Steel braided front brake lines installed

  Lien release letter obtained from BMW Financial Services
Steinmetz Park Dec. 1, 2020
First Ride:

  After installing the braided brake lines I went for a ride on Dec. 1, a 50 degree day.  The brakes are now fine, even firmer than stock.  The ride is good too with the seat and suspension suiting me well, though the windshield cuts across my line of vision, as I expected. I do a 6 mile ride and get some fresh gas.

   The bike gets registered March 18th, using the license plate from the Suzuki DRZ 400 that was sold in the spring of 2020. 

   The suspension seems to work better than the other R1200C's that I owned.  On the highest setting, 7.  No bottoming and a solid feel on bumps. Tires are nearly new. 
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Edited March 18, 2021