When the R1200S landed in showrooms in 2006, it was the most powerful production boxer that BMW had ever made. Performance was rapid, with 122 horsepower and a claimed dry weight of just under 400 pounds. But the R1200S was dropped from the catalog after just two years, making way for the HP2 Sport.
Despite the short production run, the R1200S is a good motorcycle with plenty of fans. And one of them is Alan Stulberg of Revival Cycles in Texas. He likes the bike so much, he broke his own rule and took on a failed project from another workshop.
“We prefer to avoid projects that other shops have failed to complete,” he told us. “They normally come with a string of problems, and/or a client who could be impossible to resolve.”
“But we took on the R1200S because we were motivated by the model of bike—and the client’s desire to build something unseen in the current red hot BMW oilhead/airhead custom scene.”
Alan’s crew are no strangers to airhead builds: They built their first way back in the mid 2000’s, before the BMW boom, when they were underappreciated by most custom builders.…