If you thought BMW’s new model introductions were done with the K1600GT at INTERMOT, you were wrong. BMW saved a few surprises for the annual EICMA (Esposizione Internazionale Ciclo e Motociclo e Accessori, International Bicycle and Motorcycle Exhibition) in Milan, Italy next week. The updated R1200R and R1200R Classic you see here and the G650GS (see additional news post on our website) are sure things but we’re told there’s one more surprise announcement to come. Be sure to read our EICMA coverage in the Winter issue #9 of BMW Motorcycle Magazine coming soon.
With the new BMW R1200R and R1200R Classic, BMW Motorrad is continuing its long tradition of roadster building by presenting the revised successors to the R1200R. Both combine a modern sporty and accentuated classical motorcycle design, once again with considerably greater quality and driving dynamics for even more riding fun. See more photos on our complete R1200R and R1200R Classic Gallery Page.
Generating perceptibly higher torques, the new boxer engine provides an extra boost to temperament. Whereas the boxer in the predecessor model had already provided superior propulsion under all conditions, the new BMW R1200R models can deliver more on top. Derived from the BMW HP2 Sport, their new boxer with 1170cc and DOHC valve gear corresponds to the engines already installed in the BMW R1200GS and BMW R1200RT.
Thanks to ultra modern technology in conjunction with two different design concepts, the new BMW roadsters are setting discrete accents in the segment to a greater degree than before.
Whereas the basic version of the BMW R1200R emphasizes the sporty all-round character with new cast light alloy wheels, the R1200R Classic presents wire spoke wheels for a deliberate touch of refined nostalgia.
This demarcation between the two new roadster models is also continued in the color of the paintwork and other equipment details. For instance, the R1200R Classic pays homage to the classic roadsters with metallic sapphire black paintwork in conjunction with a center stripe in plain alpine white extending over the tank and front wheel cover.
The basic version of the R1200R is available in matte metallic smoky grey, metallic light grey, or metallic red apple: three color schemes representing a dynamic, elegant, and modern interpretation of the roadster.
These three color variants when combined with wheels and drivetrain in Nürburg silver highlight the sporty, dynamic side of the roadster. The R1200R Classic, on the other hand, deliberately goes for a refined contrast and emphasizes components like the Telelever, drivetrain, cylinder head covers, frame, and fork with silver. Their classical, refined quality also finds expression in the completely chromium-plated exhaust system and the mirrors with a chromium look, whereas the basic version provides a sporty touch in the form of a rear silencer in brushed stainless steel and black rear view mirrors.
Despite the differences in visual appeal presented by the R1200R and R1200R Classic, they are nevertheless united in their technology.
For instance, maximized rigidity and strength is provided by the tried and tested, two part main/rear frame, which has a weight-saving structure of steel tubing designed with the engine as a load-bearing element for maximum stiffness and rigidity. The front suspension of the new BMW R1200R trusts in the BMW Telelever in conjunction with a new fork structure. Its high quality, technical grace and the enlarged diameter of the standpipe (from 35 to 41 mm) contribute decisively to shaping the face of the new R1200R. The rear suspension takes the form of the tried and tested single arm with BMW Paralever.
Both the R1200R and the R1200R Classic can be fitted optionally with electronic suspension adjustment (ESA). This serves to vary the spring base and the suspension’s pressure and rebound stages at the rear wheel, and the suspension’s rebound stage at the front wheel — a system that has established itself as the solution for optimized road handling and comfort.
The maximum safety standard is ensured by the established and proven brake system, which can be fitted in the factory with the optional BMW Motorrad integral ABS (in the partially integral version) and automatic stability control (ASC).
In its role as a traditional system provider, BMW Motorrad has also developed for the new R1200R and R1200R Classic extensive ranges of optional equipment and tailored optional accessories for further individualization.
The following presents an overview of the essential features of the new BMW R1200R and BMW R1200R Classic:
- Clear differentiation between the R1200R and R1200R Classic in the form of characteristic color concepts and equipment features.
- New dynamic drive, now with double overhead camshafts in each cylinder.
- Maximum torque raised to 119 Nm at 6000 rpm, and rated power raised to 81 kW (110 hp) at 7750 rpm.
- Maximum engine speed now raised from 8000 to 8500 rpm for an even wider usable speed range.
- Perceptible improvements to torque values for even greater roadster pleasure on country roads.
- Spontaneous response with optimized controlability and clearly improved load-alteration effects.
- Cylinder-head covers now with two instead of the previous four mounting bolts and a new, dynamic styling.
- Shorter, sportier rear silencer in brushed or chromium-plated on the R1200R or stainless steel on the R1200R Classic.
- Electronically controlled exhaust flap for a superior powerful sound.
- Cast light alloy wheels (R1200R).
- Wire spoke wheels with light alloy flat collar rims (R1200R Classic).
- ESA (electronic suspension adjustment) as an optional factory fit.
- BMW Motorrad integral ABS in the partially integral version (optional factory fit).
- Automatic stability control ASC (optional factory fit).
- Redesigned cockpit with two round analog instruments.
- New hydraulic reservoirs with a smoked glass look.
- Extensive range of optional equipment and tailored accessories at the familiarly high BMW standards.