BMWs have a reputation for long life and reliability. The CHP keeps its Boxers for an impressive 100,000 miles before retirement. Like their home country’s obsession with David Hasselhoff, these Germans also have their peculiarities. The ’05-’06 1200s had finicky, servo-activated brakes. Sealed rear drives on 1150s and 1200s supposedly had lifetime gear oil, but leakage and some failures eventually surfaced. Magically, an oil drain plug appeared on ’08 and later bikes. Emissions-obsessed fueling algorithms caused annoying flat spots and surging in the earliest 1100s and 1150s. The updated BMW K-EMS FI system in the 1200 remedied this. Rumor is The Hoff himself redesigned it. If your budget allows, go for a later R1200RT-Pit’slighter, smoother, more powerful, and clearly the best of the bunch.