BMW Motorrad is introducing the R1200 C Montauk
as the third model in its cruiser range. It
is a motorcycle of unique character modern,
evolutionary and emotional. It is also a cruiser
of pure, classic style but with a wide range
of modern features and innovative technology.
Although the R1200 C Montauk is a traditional
cruiser, without a fairing, it features a beautifully
designed, transparent windshield. It is a motorcycle
that sets new standards and is wonderful to
ride thanks to supreme handling, superb balance
and excellent stability a motorcycle that offers
the highest standards of safety and environmental
care. Like all BMW motorcycles, the new R1200
C Montauk is available with ABS as an option
and comes with both Digital Motor Electronics
and a fully controlled three-way catalytic converter
The cruiser history of BMW Motorrad started
in 1997 with the R1200 C. By introducing the
unique machine with its equally unique flat-twin
power unit and unmistakable design, BMW not
only enjoyed great success but succeeded in
establishing BMW cruisers as a unique and
alternative aspect of the cruiser market.
Since then the range has been gradually extended.
The basic R1200 C is now called the R1200
C Classic. This machine was joined in 1999
(and, respectively) 2000 by the Avantgarde
and Independent. These have virtually the
same technical specification but with distinctions
in colour range, design elements and equipment.
In 2002, BMW Motorrad presented the R1200
CL at the INTERMOT Motorcycle Show. It was
a bold step and the luxury cruiser designed
for grand touring in the grand style offered
the very best in protection, comfort and equipment.
Now, with the introduction of the R1200 C
Montauk, BMW Motorrad is rounding off the
range with a purist cruiser offering unmatched
Design purism and innovation
The Montauk concentrates on the essential
elements of classic cruising, yet still exudes
sheer presence and a powerful stance. The
inherent design of the motor-cycle follows
a classic lineage but nevertheless offers
a whole range of surpris-ing and innovative
features. The front end is particularly striking.
Features include vertical twin headlights
and a highly effective small windshield attached
to the handlebars. The wide, wrap-around front
mudguard and extra-large and beefy front wheel
also provided perfect elements when creating
the striking look of the machine. In fact,
the extra-large front wheel and the widely
separated Telelever fork tubes are straight
from the R1200 CL.
Two of the newest features are the side cover
and passenger seat, both of which contribute
to the R1200 C Montauk's distinctive side
profile. The seat padding for the passenger
is a bit more narrow and slender than on the
other models but extends higher. Offering
a comparable standard of seating comfort,
the motorcycle therefore looks even more muscular
and purist from the side. As an option, a
comfort passenger seat is available either
in leather or leatherette.
Also new is the handlebar. Similar to that
of the R1200 C Independent, the new unit ensures
a relaxed, comfortable riding position. When
viewed with the seat and front section of
the Montauk, it helps to give the new machine
its distinctive look.
The rear wheel mudguard and rear light have
both been carried over from the R1200 C.
The R1200 C Montauk will be available in
three colours: Black Sapphire metallic (the
classic cruiser colour), Arctic Blue metallic
(for sporting and technical flair), and the
supremely elegant Champagne metallic.
Quieter five-speed gearbox Boxer engine
Displacing 1,170 cc, the Boxer power unit
has now been upgraded to an even higher standard
and features dual-ignition (already fitted
on other flat-twin models). This system enhances
the combustion process, minimises exhaust
emissions, reduces fuel consumption and improves
engine refinement. At 45 kW (61 bhp) and 98
Nm (72 lb-ft) at 3,000 rpm, power and torque
The gearbox featured in the R1200 C Montauk
is the updated unit introduced on all 2003
Boxer models and offers, among other things,
an even smoother and more flexible gearshift.
The gearbox has five gears, with so-called
upright gear-mesh on the two last gears. This
provides even softer interaction and minimises
transmission noise in the process. Such upright
gear wheels have also been introduced on the
other Boxer models.
Naturally, the R 1200 C Montauk, like every
BMW motorcycle worldwide introduced since
1997, comes as standard with the most advanced
exhaust management technology, featuring a
fully controlled three-way catalytic converter.
Optimised silencer technology
The sound of the exhaust is particularly
important on a cruiser. Modifying the interior
structure of the silencers, BMW's engineers
succeeded in giving the R1200 C Montauk a
typical cruiser sound while strictly maintaining
all sound emission limits and standards.
Exhaust pipe covers are now standard on the
R1200 C Montauk, not only to make the machine
look more attractive but also offer extra
Extra comfort and superior riding
Another typical cruiser feature is front
wheel suspension with its flat angle (versus
the road surface) and long castor of no less
than 184 mm (or 7.25´´ ) as on
the R1200 C Montauk. The Telelever, in conjunction
with a front tyre width of 150 mm, provides
superior stability and creates a relaxed cruising
Rear-wheel suspension comes with a spring
strut incorporating travel- related damping.
This means that damping increases progressively
with increasing inbound and rebound motion.
As on basic cruisers, overall spring travel
is 100 mm or 3.94´´. The spring
base is adjusted hydraulically and to load
the machine, a handwheel is within easy reach.
EVO brakes and optional BMW Motorcycle Integral
Safety, by tradition, has always been top
priority at BMW. This is why the R1200 C Montauk
features BMW's Evo brake on the front wheel
and offers truly outstanding braking performance.
This particular version incorporates two brake
discs measuring 305 mm and features four-piston
fixed calipers on the front wheel and one
double-piston floating-caliper brake with
a disc measuring 285 mm diameter on the rear
wheel. New features are steel-clad brake hoses
for more stable pressure.
As an option, the R1200 C Montauk is available
with BMW's unique Integral ABS in this case
the fully integrated version. Regardless of
whether the rider operates the brake lever
or foot brake, braking forces always act optimally
on both wheels.
Advanced electrics, innovative dual headlights,
electronic speedometer and battery charge
The face of the R1200 C Montauk is characterised
by twin vertical headlights. The lower of
the two provides the high beam; the upper
headlight provides the low beam. Particular
advantages of this unusual arrangement are
the powerful signalling effect, a unique look
and good illumination of the road ahead.
To facilitate the process of charging the
battery for example while the motorcycle is
parked for winter the R1200 C Montauk features
two battery contact points easily accessible
from outside. The positive terminal is protected
by a rubber cap and housed inside the starter,
while the earth terminal is on the back of
the cylinder head. An onboard power socket
comes as standard.
The instrumentation comprises an electronic
speedometer, rev counter and clock. These
have been carried over completely from the
R1200 CL but with the instrument cluster being
encapsulated at the rear.
Special equipment for extra safety, comfort,
and customisation. Many other features are
also available as optional extras.
BMW Motorcycle Integral ABS is available
as an option in its fully integrated form.