The new 125hp BMW R 1200 R for 2015

BMWMotorrad and the roadster with the flat-twin boxer engine – it’s a partnership that has kept enthusiasts enthralled ever since the arrival of the R32 some 91 years ago. 

The flat-twin boxer engine on the new R1200R is the same DOHC drive unit that already powers the R1200GS and R1200GS Adventure as well as the R1200RT and the new R1200RS. It produces 92kW (125hp) at 7,750rpm and develops its peak torque of 125Nm (92 lb‑ft) at 6,500rpm. Compared to the engine on its predecessor, not only has torque been increased substantially throughout the rev range, but delivery is now more uniform too. The exhaust gases are routed through a 2-in-1 exhaust system with a dynamic-looking, steeply angled rear silencer. A modified airbox and newly shaped air intake snorkels, as well as a centrally positioned radiator, all lend themselves to the slender front silhouette to which all roadsters aspire.

ABS, ASC and two riding modes and Riding mode Pro with Dynamic Traction Control (DTC). NB: Pro riding mode with DTC is standard for Australian specification.

For optimum adaptation to the rider’s individual needs, the new R1200R already comes equipped as standard with the two riding modes “Rain” and “Road”. Besides ABS, the standard specification also includes Automatic Stability Control (ASC) for increased safety when accelerating. And with the optional Riding mode Pro feature, the new R1200R also adds Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) with banking detection as well as two extra riding modes – “Dynamic” and “User” – to its technical repertoire.

A new tubular steel bridge frame incorporating the flat-twin engine as a self-supporting element was purpose-developed for the new R1200R. With an upside-down telescopic fork at the front and EVO Paralever at the rear, the wheel suspension remains true to classical roadster principles that have been updated in typical BMWMotorrad fashion. Excellent steering precision, directional accuracy, handling and braking rigidity were all top priorities when configuring the chassis – and all while never losing sight of the overriding objective for the new R1200R of creating an exceptionally dynamic roadster for the keen rider, whose design language is derived from the S1000RR superbike.

Opting for the latest generation of the electronically controlled suspension Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) takes the dynamic riding experience to even greater heights. With its two damping settings “Road” and “Dynamic”, Dynamic ESA enables the rider to enjoy unprecedented levels of handling, safety, performance and comfort, as the damping is automatically adapted to the prevailing riding conditions to suit the riding situation and the manoeuvres being carried out.

Even the instrumentation of the new R1200R takes a quantum leap into a new roadster era. The speed is displayed in traditional fashion by an analogue speedometer, but there is also a TFT display for showing a wide array of information.

The new BMWR1200R fuses all-round credentials with both significantly sharper performance and a contemporary, pared-down roadster look. The dynamic proportions, with the low-set front and the light, almost delicate-looking tail jutting up at the rear, give the bike a slight wedge shape and leave no doubt as to its sporting prowess, along with its many other talents. Three colour and finish variants each underline the powerful character of the new R1200R, but in their own individual way. This results in a choice of three decidedly different styling variants: the standard colour in Cordoba blue non-metallic, the “Style1 / Sport” variant in Light white non-metallic with frame in Racing red, and the “Style2 / Exclusive” variant in Thunder grey metallic with frame in Agate grey metallic matt.

Highlights of the new BMWR1200R:

  • Classic flat-twin boxer engine with 92kW (125hp) at 7,750rpm and 125Nm (92 lb‑ft) at 6,500 rpm.
  • Dynamic-looking, compelling roadster design.
  • Torsionally rigid tubular steel bridge frame with engine as self-supporting element.
  • Classic wheel suspension concept using upside-down telescopic fork at the front and EVO Paralever at the rear.
  • New intake air duct and central radiator for ultra-compact front silhouette.
  • Upright seating position with front bias for a dynamic riding sensation combined with excellent seating comfort for longer tours.
  • Restyled exhaust system in pentagonal design.
  • Automatic Stability Control (ASC).
  • “Rain” and “Road” riding modes.
  • Riding mode Pro offering two additional riding modes, “Dynamic” and “User”, for optimum adaptation to prevailing riding conditions. NB: Pro Riding Mode is standard for Australian specification.
  • Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) as part of the Riding mode Pro.
  • Latest-generation Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) as an option for optimum riding dynamics in any situation.
  • Powerful braking system with radial four-piston callipers and ABS.
  • Lightweight 10-spoke cast wheels.
  • Gear Shift Assistant Pro for fast, clutchless shifting as an ex-works option.
  • Sophisticated instrument cluster offering a wide array of functions and wealth of information.
  • Keyless Ride for supreme ease of use as an ex-works option.
  • Innovative colour scheme with three individual characters: Basic colour, “Sport (Style1)” and “Exclusive (Style 2)”.
  • Extensive range of optional extras and special accessories available ex-works.
  • Australian Standard Specification
    * Comfort Package (not standard in all markets): including
    – RDC Tyre Pressure Monitoring
    – Chrome Exhaust
    – Heated Grips
    *Dynamic Package (not standard in all markets): including
    – Riding Mode Pro / DTC
    – Daytime Riding Light
    – Headlight Pro
    – Windshield Sport
    – White LED Indicators
  • Optional Equipment
    * Touring Package: including
    – Dynamic ESA Electronic Suspension Adjustment
    – On Board Computer Pro
    – Preparation for GPS Device
    – Cruise Control
    – Main Stand
    – Luggage Grid
    – Pannier Fastenings
  • Keyless Ride
  • Gear Shift Assistant Pro
  • Anti-theft Alarm
  • High Seat (N/A with Low Seat)
  • Low Seat (N/A with High Seat)
  • Comfort Passenger Seat Black

The new R 1200 R is expected to arrive on Australian shores in Feb / March, 2015.  Pricing will be announced closer to this date.

BMW R 1200 R (2015)
BMW R 1200 R (2015)
BMW R 1200 R (2015)
BMW R 1200 R (2015)
BMW R 1200 R (2015)
BMW R 1200 R (2015)
BMW R 1200 R (2015)
BMW R 1200 R (2015)

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BMW R 1200 R 2015 Specifications

  • Displacement cm3 1170
  • Bore/stroke mm 101/73
  • Output kW/hp 92/125 at rpm 7750
  • Torque Nm 125 At rpm 6500
  • Type air/liquid-cooled twin-cylinder boxer engine
  • No. of cylinders 2
  • Compression/fuel 12.5:1, premium unleaded (95 RON)
  • Valve actuation DOHC
  • Valves per cylinder 4
  • Ø Intake/outlet mm 40/34
  • Ø Throttle valve mm 52
  • Mixture preparation BMS-X
  • Emission control closed-loop 3-way catalytic converter
  • Alternator W 508
  • Battery V/Ah 12/12, maintenance-free
  • Headlight W H7/LED (optional)
  • Starter kW 0.9
  • Clutch anti-hopping oil-bath clutch
  • Gearbox constant mesh 6-speed gearbox
  • Primary ratio 1.650
  • Final drive cardan shaft
  • Frame construction type tubular steel bridge frame, engine self-supporting
  • Suspension, front upside-down telescopic fork
  • Suspension, rear BMW EVO Paralever
  • Spring travel, front/rear mm 140/140
  • Wheel castor mm 125.6
  • Wheelbase mm 1515
  • Steering head angle ° 62.3
  • Brakes front hydraulically actuated twin-disc brake Ø 320 mm
  • rear single-disc brake Ø 276 mm
  • ABS BMW Motorrad Integral ABS (standard, part-integral, can be switched off)
  • Cast aluminium wheels 3.5×17″ (F), 5.5×17″ (R)
  • Tyres – 120/70ZR17 (F), 180/55ZR17 (R)
  • L x W – 2165 x 880
  • Seat Height – 790mm
  • Unladen weight but road ready is 231kg
  • Fuel Capacity 18 litres
  • Claimed 0-100km/h is 3.3 seconds
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