3. BMW 1200 R/ RS/ RT/ GS, 2004-2015

The BMW boys are as hierarchical a bunch as any, and none of them will be content until they have a new Wasserboxer. That fills the Craigslist and Cycle Trader with a plethora of last-generation highly refined oilheads. Some BMW expert told me the only thing wrong with these is they’ll all need a new clutch at 80,000 miles, which is no small task, but other than that they just keep rolling along in a slightly more relaxed fashion than the new, higher-revving liquid-cooled 1200 Boxer.

Pick your poison: Naked bike R, sportybike RS, sports-tourer RT, adventure-bike GS. The GS got here first, in 2004, followed by the others. They’re all previously owned by airline pilots and other sorts who paid attention in class, and usually meticulously maintained their bikes. Prices are all over the map, but $5K and a little shopping around could get you a very nice R complete with saddlebags.

2005 BMW R 1200 RT

2010 BMW R1200GS and GS Adventure Review