BMW K1200 GT Named Among Cycle World's Ten Best Again
Woodcliff Lake, NJ – June 25, 2007… For the second year in a row, the BMW K 1200 GT has been named one of the top ten motorcycles for 2007 by editors of Cycle World magazine. At the 32nd Annual Cycle World Ten Best Bikes awards dinner, the BMW K 1200 GT received the magazine’s award for Best Sport-Touring Bike, the category for motorcycles designed for sport/adventure riding, covering long distances over multiple days. “We are honored to have earned the same spot on Cycle World’s coveted top ten list with the same motorcycle for the second time in a row,” commented Arturo Pineiro, vice president, BMW Motorrad USA. “This is the 14th year BMW has been chosen for a top ten award.”
All winners and runner-ups in the ten different classes can be seen in the July issue of Cycle World, available on newsstands June 25.
Here’s what Cycle World editors had to say about the BMW K 1200 GT:
“It’s hard to figure out what the K1200GT can’t do. Its 150-plus-hp engine is capable of breathtaking acceleration, and its sophisticated shaft-drive chassis (with available adjustable-on-the-fly suspension) is fully at home decimating the backroads, droning the interstates or anything in between. A highly protective full-coverage fairing, an electrically adjustable windshield, a cushy dual seat and spacious, quick-detach saddlebags provide all-day or all-week comfort and convenience. You can complement the basic package by choosing from a mile-long list of options that include heated seat and grips, cruise control, GPS navigation, Xenon headlight and stability control. Sport-touring can be the most challenging segment of the sport, since it tries to combine the best from opposite ends of the streetbike spectrum, but for the K1200GT, it’s a no-brainer.”
Since its introduction, the K 1200 GT has strengthened BMW Motorrad’s worldwide market position in the tourer segment. Following the success of the former model bearing the same name, the new K 1200 GT offers added dimensions in riding dynamics and long-distance performance. Innovative wheel guidance systems - the BMW Duolever at the front and the EVO-Paralever at the rear - make a significant contribution to the K 1200 GT’s riding prowess. Drive power comes from the cutting-edge inline four-cylinder engine in transverse arrangement, developing maximum output of 152 hp and thus currently setting the benchmark in the tourer segment.
Riding comfort is enhanced by excellent protection from wind and weather, the electrically adjustable windshield, excellent ergonomic design of the rider's seat thanks to flexible height adjustment of the seat itself and the handlebar, as well as standard side cases.
The K 1200 GT also meets stringent requirements for environmental compatibility and safety. Apart from a fully controlled three-way catalytic converter, the high-performance EVO brake system with semi-integral ABS anti-lock brakes and an electronic immobilizer are standard features offered by this sophisticated new tourer. Optional equipment includes Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA), an on-board computer, a xenon headlight, cruise control, or the BMW Navigator.
“Given all of these enhancements, features and options, the new K 1200 GT is able to meet the very highest standards of comfort so important to the passionate touring rider, while, at the same time, making the sporting heart of the die-hard motorcycle enthusiast truly skip a beat,” observed Mr. Pineiro.
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