2001 BMW R1200C Montana

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Post Sale Update: sold for $5,400 after 67 bids on eBay.


First shown to the world in the 1997 Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies, the BMW R1200C was Germany’s attempt to break into the cruiser market. There was a lot to like about it objectively, however American riders never fell in love with the distinct styling and the non-V-Twin motor.

In the mid 90’s, BMW was using a 1,100cc boxer engine for almost all of their R-series bikes. When they bumped up capacity, the first bike to receive the 1,200cc engine was surprisingly this cruiser and not their popular GS or RT. Producing 61 horsepower and 72 pound feet of torque, power wasn’t an issue, but it was ‘different’ than the V-Twins that dominated Harley and the Japanese Harley clones. One of the niftiest features was the passenger seat, which could fold up to become a backrest for the driver at three different angles. It was smooth, distinctive, and surprisingly nimble in the corners for a 564 pound (wet) bike, but after 7 years of production, BMW killed the R12C. One of the R1200C’s editions was the Montana, and it came with hard saddlebags that matched the leather of the seat, an upgraded windshield, heated grips, and bigger passenger seat. For more on the Montana, check out this review from Motorcycle Cruiser.

This example (VIN: WB10434A81ZA66494) has 14,473 miles and it’s equipped with Galfer stainless steel braided brake lines. Everything else seems to be stock, and the sale includes the owner’s manuals, tool kit, and service manual (on a CD).

Find this R1200C Montana for sale in Merritt Island, Florida with bidding up to $3,500 and the reserve not yet met

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