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A German made bike, theÂ BMW R1200C was in production from 1997 to 2004, over 40,000 units were made. It has a flat twin 1,170 cc engine with 61 hp and a top speed of 104 mph (167 km/h).
The R1200C was build during a time in motorcycle history when cruisers represented half of the US community. BMW wanted to tap into this industry despite it being a departure from its previous endeavors.
The bike had an advanced promotional placement in the James Bond film ‟Tomorrow Never Dies”. It was also seen in ‟Austin Powers in Goldmember” in the opening scene. The R1200C was one of four BMW motorcycles featured in ‟The Art of the Motorcycle” exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City in 1998.
All models of the R1200C has a fold down backrest/passenger seat, in backrest mode it is adjustable to 3 different angles. In the 2001 model year, four models (R1200C, Euro, Montana, Phoenix) were released with ABS. In 2002 the R1200CL and R1200CLC with many additions including cruise control, a CD player and 12V outlets. In 2003 the final release was the "Montauk", with a twin- spark ignition, improvements of the gearbox and optional integrated ABS.
In 2004 BMW discontinued the R1200C line because of the unsuitability of the 1,170 cc, 61 hp engines to the market tastes at the time and the unavailability of a suitable engine for further development. BMW did not rule out pursuing a reinterpretation of the cruiser idea at a later date.