BMW K1200LT & R1200GS Named Motorcycles of the Year

BMW K1200LT & R1200GS Named Motorcycles of the Year

The BMW K 1200 LT and the R 1200 GS have been named two of the top ten motorcycles for 2004 by Cycle World magazine. The annual awards, featured in the July issue of Cycle World magazine, recognize the top ten motorcycles in ten different classes.

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“We are honored to have earned two spots on the coveted top ten list this year,” commented Arturo Pineiro, Vice President, BMW Motorrad USA, at an awards presentation at BMW headquarters today.

“This is the 11th year BMW motorcycles have been recognized by Cycle World and the second time that two of our motorcycles have appeared on the same list,” he added. Mr. Pineiro thanked BMW employees for helping to make BMW Motorrad the premium marque it is today and for their role in producing not one but two of the finest bikes available in 2004.

The BMW K 1200 LT was named Best Touring bike for its unique combination of performance features and creature comforts — such as heated seat and backrests and a self-deploying center stand – which make it optimal for long-distance touring.

The editors of Cycle World credited the LT with being demonstrably better than the Honda Gold Wing, which had won the category 15 previous times.

The recently introduced BMW R 1200 GS was named Best Open-Class Streetbike for its emphasis on comfort, versatility and real-world usability. According to Cycle World editors, the R 1200 GS had the potential to win multiple top ten categories because of its light weight and its “category-defying performance” both on and off-road.

1 Comment

  1. Rod Anderson
    January 29, 2020

    I own a 1999 K1200LT, and it’s a great bike, although not perfect. It performs well within the parameters it was designed for, and is very comfortable. The heated grips and seat are fantastic on cold winter days, and the adjustable screen is something every big touring bike should have? Its economical, and great on a long trip, and handles better than a bike as big has a right to?
    However, they have one very common, and potentially very dangerous problem, the inner brake lines collaps, leaving you with no brakes, something that happens with little or no warning, and, let me assure you, suddenly running out of front brakes is very scary. The solution is Braided lines, but on a bike that costs as much as the K does, this should never have been a problem? I owned a K100LT for 4 years without any issues, and wasn’t expecting brakes to be a problem on the 1200? Hopefully the problem has been sorted on the new 1600?

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