2005 BMW R1150 C Montauk
BMW Motorrad has introduced the R1200 C Montauk as the fourth 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 £9,510 (on-the-road) 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 as standard.
Characteristic features of the R1200 C Montauk are as follows:
powerful, evolutionary looks but with traditional appeal striking front end design with twin vertical headlights optimised and distinctive exhaust sound superior seating and riding ergonomics specially designed passenger seat and various seat combinations
Evo brake and BMW Integral ABS available as an option.
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) by the Avantgarde (1999 to 2003) and Independent (2000 to current). 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 innovation.
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 adds to 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 with dual-ignition
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 remain unchanged.
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 R1200 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 protection.
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 style.
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 ABS
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 socket
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. Heated grips Fog lamp (as on the R1200 C Independent). white indicator lenses. Small, folding passenger seat (as on the R1200 C Classic). Comfort seat for the passenger (as on the R1200 C Classic). Leather upholstery (only in combination with comfort seats for the rider and passenger).
Chrome package with chrome-plated alternator drive cover, radiator grid, handbrake lever, hydraulic tank cover for the brake and clutch, fork bridge, sliding tube bridge, handlebar clamp stops.
Special equipment - wide range of cases and bags, unique design features, and extra comfort. The wide range of special equipment available direct from BMW motorcycle dealerships (and also conveniently retro-fitted by the dealer) ensures additional customisation. This wide range of special equipment comprises the following items:
saddlebag supports saddlebags, small (available in black, Canyon Brown and blue)
saddlebags, large (black only) inner bags for saddlebags baggage fastening kit chrome package (with the same features as with the optional package) large windshield cylinder protection hoops foglamps anti-theft warning system oil filler flap, lockable comfort seat for passenger railing for passenger comfort seat passenger seat, small, with backrest rider's seat, narrow.
The narrow rider's seat mentioned at the end of the list is an all-new construction tapering to the inside at the front and allowing the rider to keep the legs closer together for extra safety and stability when at a standstill. The rear seat section firmly supports the rider's pelvis and gives a more relaxed seating position.
Standard factory equipment
Integral ignition switch and steering lock
One key system for ignition, steering and fuel filler cap
Clutch lever adjustable to three posiitons, brake to four
Side stand with ignition circuit breaker
Complete exhaust system made from stainless steel, chrome plated
Comfort saddle for rider and small passenger seat
Hazard warning lights
Oil cooler integrated into front of frame
High, one piece tubular steel handlebar
Telelever front suspension and Monolever rear suspension
WAD supension strut with hydraulic spring rate adjustment, 100 mm spring travel
Five-speed gearbox, deep-tooth 4th and 5th gear
Plastic front mudguard
Side panels below rider seat
Low maintenance battery
Instrument cluster as R1200 CL
Vertically arranged headlights (additional high-beam headlight)
Exhaust silence shields
Five-spoke cast alloy wheels
Twin spark ignition
Factory fit options
Small pillion seat in leather/footrests - £125
Integral ABS (Touring) - £750
Heated grips - £175
Additional fog light - £210
White indicator lenses - £18
Chrome package - £200
Leather equipment - £130
Pillion comfort seat black - £130
* Prices current as of 1 January 2004.
Left and right black panniers, including mounting kits, locks and emblems - £539.60
Large black panniers (each) - £156
Inner bags for panniers (each) - £60
Luggage roll - £90
Additional power socket, mounting kit - £25
* Prices current as of 1 January 2004.
Engine Type: oil-cooled 2-cylinder 4-stroke boxer engine,
one camshaft and four valves per cylinder
Bore x stroke: 101 mm x 73 mm
Capacity: 1170 ccm
Rated output: 45 kW (61 bhp) at 5000 rpm
Max. torque: 98 Nm at 3000 rpm
Compression ratio: 10 : 1
Carburetion/engine management: Electronic intake pipe injection/digital engine management: Bosch Motronic MA 2.4 with overrun fuel cut-off, dual ignition
Emission control: Closed-loop 3-way catalytic converter
Maximum speed: Approx. 168 km/h
Fuel consumption over 100 km at steady 90 km/h: 4.6 l
Fuel consumption over 100 km at steady 120 km/h: 5.8 l
Fuel type: Unleaded premium, minimum octane rating 95 (RON)
Generator: 840 W three-phase generator
Battery: 12 V/19 Ah (low maintenance)
Clutch: Single-disc dry clutch, hydraulically operated
Gearbox: Constant mesh 5-speed transmission (Overdrive)
Drive: Shaft drive
Frame: Triple-section frame consisting of front and rear
frame sections and load-bearing engine
Front suspension: BMW Motorrad Telelever; stanchion diameter
35 mm, central strut
Rear suspension: Steel single-sided swing arm with BMW Motorrad
Monolever; WADstrut (travel dependent damping), spring preload adjustable by
means of hand wheel to continuously variable levels
Travel front/rear: 144 mm/120 mm
Wheelbase (in normal position): 1641 mm
Caster (in normal position): 184 mm
Steering head angle (in normal position): 56.5°
Wheels: Die-cast aluminium wheels
Rim, front: 3.50 x 16
Rim, rear: 4.00 x 15
Tyres, front: 150/80 VR 16
Tyres, rear: 170/80 VR 15
Brake, front: EVO brake system with dual disc, floating brake
discs, 305 mm diameter, 4-piston fixed caliper
Brake, rear: Single disc, floating brake disc, 285 mm
diameter, 2-piston floating caliper
ABS: Special equipment: BMW Motorrad Integral ABS (fully integral)
Seat height, unladen: 790 mm
Unladen, road ready, fully fuelled 1): 265.0 kg
Dry weight 2): 245.0 kg
Permitted total weight: 460.0 kg
Payload (with standard equipment): 195.0 kg
Usable tank volume: 17.5 l (Incl. reserve: Approx. 4.0 l)
Length: 2370 mm
Height (not incl. mirrors): 1340 mm
Width (incl. mirrors): 1120 mm