K 1200 S
The new K series was launched in 2004 with the presentation of the K 1200 S – a sports machine fitted for the first time with a transversely mounted four-cylinder engine and newly developed Duolever front wheel suspension. The completely newly designed high-performance engine develops an impressive 167 hp, and the bike can be ordered as an option with ESA, a system which allows the driver to electronically adjust the spring elements. The Duolever system and transverse in-line engine form the basis for the new series. The boldly styled, naked K 1200 R was the next model in the family to appear, followed by the K 1200 GT – a luxurious, yet sporty and dynamic tourer which opened the door to huge average touring speeds. The series was rounded off in 2006 by the half-fairing K 1200 R Sport. A stand-out feature of all the models is extremely impressive straight-line stability at high speeds, which is achieved without any compromise in the bike’s handling. The Duolever front wheel suspension – boasting superior torsional rigidity compared with the conventional telescopic fork – ensures above-average braking stability.
As things stand, the BMW K 1200 S is the most powerful and fastest series-produced BMW ever made. Visually and technically a match for even its most ambitious rivals, the K 1200 S offers not only outstanding sporting expertise but also dynamic touring capability. A popular optional extra ordered for this model is the electronically adjustable chassis system ESA.