- The Washington Times - Friday, January 24, 2003

For lovers of the good life outdoors, BMW has what may well be the ultimate prize package, with the X5 3.0i SAV positioned as the ultimate towing machine.
Say what?
That's right, an X5 with BMW's unique Multi-Trailer in tow, carrying another BMW this one with two wheels. The two-wheeler on the trailer presented itself as what many might well refer to as the ultimate riding machine.
The BMW Multi-trailer is base-priced at $3,600 and sports BMW taillamps and wheels, and may be finished to match the X5 tow vehicle. The trailer has lots of standard features such as an expandable load ramp behind the license plate, and a host of accessories to satisfy the avid adventurer's requirements. Custom fixtures affixed to my test trailer elevated the final price to $4,842.
The BMW K 1200 RS is an aerodynamically styled, heavy-duty sports touring motorcycle with shaft drive and ABS brakes. It is powered by an in-line, water-cooled 1171 cc DOHC, 16-valve motor that pumps out 130 horsepower at 8,750 rpm and 85 foot-pounds of torque at 6,750 rpm. The primary drive is provided by helical-cut gears with a tensioner, while the drive system consists of an enclosed driveshaft with two universal joints and an integrated torsional damper, with delivery to final, spiral bevel gears.
The bike weighs in at 628 pounds wet. It is no toy, but rather a serious tourer with all the bells and whistles. It is smooth, quiet and extremely quick, with performance capabilities that far exceed my current level of riding expertise. Price of the bike was $16,990.
The BMW 3.0i X5 tow vehicle came loaded with equipment and features, with a price tag of $48,810. Each member of this ultimate adventure package came finished in matching Topaz Blue metallic for a totally classy and dramatic visual impact.
Each part is an outstanding machine with excellent fit and finish inside and out.
Combined cost for this impressive and versatile rig came to $70,642 not exactly chump change, but each of the individual pieces of this prize collection is capable of providing a level of unequaled enjoyment.
The BMW slogan Freude am Fahren applies here, meaning "Joy in Driving" I would assume that covers "riding" as well.

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